My LED Lights Won’t Stop Flickering: Do I Need An Electrical Repair?
Part of home maintenance is knowing what the signs are for when you may need lighting or electrical repair. A common home lighting system used today is the LED-type which is installed at fixtures and connected to a dimmer switch; a plate with an illuminated scale that can adjust the degree of lighting from low to high.
In this article, we’ll discuss how to address a flickering LED light and if replacement or repair is needed at the fixture, electrical wiring, or circuit.
Traditional light bulbs were manufactured with an internal filament. When a switch is turned off, the filament inside the bulb cools down, lowering the light emitted. LED is an acronym for light-emitting diodes, which are used in lamps and track lighting.
LED is a semiconductor light source where light is emitted as a current flows through it. LEDs are a popular choice for home and commercial lighting because they can be adjusted to different light levels, consume less energy, and have a longer life span.
When an LED light begins to flicker, this is an indication that there may be a problem at the fixture, dimmer switch, with the wiring or circuitry. If you’re familiar with the task, a dimmer switch replacement can be an easy fix. In older homes, faulty or old wiring could also be the culprit, which an electrician can diagnose.
A dimmer switch is also referred to as a solid-state device. These can be damaged during a power surge or if there’s an excessive wattage load. LED light bulbs themselves are rarely defective because they don’t have a filament that can burn out over time. If you experience LEDs flickering like a strobe light at track lighting or lamps, the culprit is likely an outdated dimmer switch or the circuity itself.
Replacing a dimmer switch can be a DIY task, but for your safety, only attempt this if you’re experienced with the process. If you still have flickering, that’s when you should contact a technician from Art Plumbing AC & Electric for a diagnostic assessment.
A technician can determine if the LED flickering is symptomatic of an issue at a failed fixture or if the problem is related to the circuit main shared with your neighbors. If that’s the case, the technician can assist you in resolving the problem with Florida Power and Light (FPL).
- Check the LED light fixture for a loose connection.
- Replace the flickering LED light bulb.
- Turn off power at the control panel and replace the dimmer switch only if you have prior experience doing this. If you still experience flickering, at that point it’s recommended to contact a professional technician.
Art Plumbing, AC and Electric can efficiently resolve a flickering LED light for you. Art Plumbing, AC & Electric technicians are state-certified, insured, and trained to provide the most effective and affordable lighting and electrical solutions to their clients.