Stop Burning Out Your Cash on Light Bulbs That Burn Out

Does a Burnt-Out Light Bulb Really Need to Be Changed?

Though every horror movie is unique in its own way, many horror movies have very similar scenes. There’s almost always that one scene where a character is slowly walking down the hall, holding a tennis racket or something similar for protection. There are lights flickering in the background, and everyone watching the movie is covering their eyes, waiting for someone to jump out.

Though the flickering lights in the movie add to its suspense, most people don’t want that kind of drama in their daily lives at home. Oftentimes, when light bulbs start to dim or flicker, homeowners will just switch them out without even thinking about it. It’s burned out, right? But that’s not always the case. Sometimes the flickering or dimming is due to a larger electrical issue.

Common Indoor Lighting Problems

indoor lighting problemsIt’s a big misconception to jump to the conclusion that a flickering light just means it’s burnt out. Some types of lighting, like fluorescent lights, are naturally prone to flickering and will flicker for the first minute or so that they’re turned on. Sometimes light bulbs become loose over time.

However, here are some indoor lighting tips; Rather than replacing them, they just need to be tightened up a bit. Faulty light switches are another cause for flickering lights, but this isn’t something to sweat about.

However, there are a couple of signals that the flickering is linked to a larger problem. When turning on another appliance causes the lights to flicker, this is a sign of a voltage fluctuation caused by loose or corroded connections.

Additionally, if homeowners notice loose wiring around the fixtures, this is also a serious problem. Loose wiring is one of the biggest causes of house fires! If either of these problems is spotted, call an electrician right away.

The Best Way to Fix Electrical Problems

Indoor lighting problems like voltage fluctuations and loose wiring can be scary! Luckily there are solutions to both of these problems. As mentioned, voltage fluctuations are typically caused by loose or corroded connections. A professional electrician will easily be able to determine the location of the faulty connection and make the necessary adjustments to fix it.

fixing electrical problems

If the terminal connections on wall switches and outlets become loose, this causes the flickering lights associated with loose wiring. This problem is tricky and dangerous for a homeowner to try to fix on their own, so it’s best to consult a professional electrician to ensure that the changes made to the wiring are done safely and effectively.

Methods to Prevent Burnt-Out Lights

preventing burnt out lightsDespite all of the above examples where a burnt-out light wasn’t the actual problem, lights do eventually burn out. The best way prevent burnt lights too early is to simply be mindful of when the lights are on.

However, do make sure that the light is actually burnt out before wasting a light bulb by replacing it. Try unscrewing the bulb, then screw it back in as the bulb may just be loose. If that doesn’t work, try turning the light switch on and off a couple of times. This will resolve the problem if it is a faulty switch.

These couple of methods can prevent homeowners from wasting money on light bulbs that are still good. If someone notices voltage fluctuations or loose wiring, know that it’s not the light bulb. Instead, there is an electrical hazard at play and a professional needs to be consulted.

About Trustworthy Electric

At Trustworthy Electric, trust isn’t just in their name; their word is their bond for all electrical services in Montgomery. Their licensed electricians work quickly and accurately to make sure all work is done safely and to code. With any electrical repair or installation, the safety of a customer is at stake, and they guarantee that they will get the job done right the first time.