Why Are My Kitchen Lights Flickering? What You Need To Know About Flickering Lightbulbs

Flickering Lights

Flickering lights can mean only one thing according to the movies…but before you call Ghostbusters, you might want to take a look at some of the less supernatural causes for your flickering lightbulbs.

In most rooms or spaces, flickering lights are an annoyance at worst, but in rooms where lighting is important to safety such as the kitchen, flickering lightbulbs and unreliable light sources can cause a real problem – especially when working with potentially dangerous kitchen appliances and implements.

The first thing you need to do is to determine…

Why Are My Lights Flickering?

Flickering Lightbulbs

There are a few reasons that your lightbulbs could be flickering. The best thing to do is work through this list of possible causes for your flickering lights to determine whether stopping your lightbulbs from flickering is going to be an easy fix or something you’re going to have to invest a bit of time and money into fixing.

Loose Lightbulb

Loose Lightbulb

One of the simplest reasons that a lightbulb may be flickering is that it hasn’t been screwed into the socket tightly enough. Table lamps, pendant lights and standard lamps are easy enough to check and you may have already thought to tighten the bulb, but don’t forget that even recessed lights can suffer from a loose lightbulb.

Before you reach in to check if the lightbulb is tight enough, make sure that you turn the light off and, if the light bulb has been on recently, wear a thick glove to protect you from the heat as the bulb is likely to still be very hot! Tighten the bulb, turn the light back on and see if this has solved your problem. If not, it could be another issue on this list.

Faulty Light Switch

Faulty Light Switch

You may find that your lightbulb is flickering because of a poor connection between the light switch and the bulb. Before you rush to replace the light switch, try toggling the switch on and off to see if this fixes the problem. If not, try turning your light off for a while before switching it back on. If this stops the flickering, problem solved! If the flickering continues, then consider replacing the switch.

Voltage Fluctuation

Voltage Fluctuation

If you notice that your lights are only flickering when you power up a high wattage appliance, this could be a sign that the voltage is fluctuating too much. Note if the flickering lasts longer than the time spent using this high wattage appliance. If the flickering occurs afterwards, it could be that the electrical issue is more serious and you should have this investigated by an electrician.

Aside from flickering lights, one sure sign that the voltage in your home isn’t quite right is lights unexpectedly dimming or burning out on a regular basis. Voltage fluctuation can be expected in any home and is safe between around 115 to 125 volts. If you suspect that your voltage is fluctuating outside of the normal range, it may be worth checking yourself using a voltmeter. If voltage readings are able the normal range, check with an electrician about your best course of action.

Loose Electrical Wiring

Loose Electrical Wires

The most serious cause of flickering lights is loose electrical wiring. Loose wires are one of the main causes of house fires so it’s important that if you suspect your flickering lights are caused by loose wiring, you take immediate action. To check, turn the affected light off at the circuit breaker, then inspect the wiring by taking the lighting fixture off the wall. If it looks as though the wiring may be loose, make sure that you contact an electrician for their advice.

Flickering LED Lights & Fluorescent Lights

Flickering LED Lights

Not all flickering lights indicate a problem. If your LED lights or fluorescent lights are flickering, this is because they’re naturally more likely to do so. When fluorescent lights are first turned on, the phosphors used to illuminate the piping can take a while to reach their peak – if the flickering goes beyond this initial ‘warming up’ process, check that the fluorescent light isn’t connected to a failing ballast. Neither case is cause for alarm.

Similarly, if your LED lights are flickering, it’s unlikely to be the result of a serious electrical issue, nor should it cause any safety issue. However, if you’re finding it annoying to live with, make sure that the light is correctly connected to the LED driver or dimming system in use.

How Dusk Lighting Can Help

Electrical issues aside, investing in top quality lighting for your kitchen can prevent you from falling into issues such as flickering lightbulbs in the first place. If you’re lighting a commercial kitchen, why not try the functional kitchen lighting from Saxby Lighting? Or for kitchen lighting with a touch of style, try kitchen lighting from Belid.

Browse even more kitchen lighting options here at Dusk Lighting today!

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