Causes of Lighting Problems

light-bulbWhile enterprising homeowners will no doubt identify many jobs that they can handle for themselves around the house, the fact of the matter is that there are also many jobs that demand the skill and expertise that only trained professionals can offer. Pretty much any electrical problem that you may encounter in your home, for instance, will necessitate that you work with a professional electrician in New Hampshire. What types of problems may lead you to contact a member of our electrical service team?

There are quite a few, but perhaps the most obvious sign of problems with an electrical system is an issue with your lights. Lighting problems are fairly common and, in most cases, they are actually quite simple for a professional electrician to resolve—emphasis on the “professional electrician” there. If you notice that anything is off about your lights—like them remaining off when you need them to be on!—then pick up the phone and give us a call.

First of All, Check Those Lightbulbs!

Okay, so you have noticed that there is a single light in your home that is always flickering when it is turned on. You take a look around your living space, and you determine that yes, everything else is fine. Do you call a professional electrician at this point? No, actually. There is one step that you can take first.

Gently turn the light bulb a bit. You do not want to overtighten it, as this could cause it to break and injure you. However, your problem may be as simple as a loose bulb in a fixture. Stop when you hit resistance, but a bit of tightening may be all that is necessary to solve the problem in this particular example.

Test Other Nearby Outlets

Another potential quick fix can be easily tested by testing out other outlets in the area. Not everyone is going to know the circuitry of the home all that well, obviously, but generally you can assume that outlets and lights in one specific area may be working on the same one. You can also just check your electrical panel to make sure that no circuits are tripped.

If none are, but the light in question still won’t turn on, then the problem may be with the wiring to that specific fixture. If you find that other outlets in the immediate area are dead, then you’ll need to call in an electrician. There is something preventing the flow of electricity on that circuit (provided that the test outlets are all on one circuit) and that requires professional electrical services.

Do You Smell Burning or Feel Heat?

If you’re using a lamp and it is on but you smell burning or feel heat near the outlet that it is plugged into, shut off and unplug that lamp! The last thing that you want to do is put your home at risk of an electrical fire. It’s a real risk, even in homes with modern electrical systems. It may not be that common, but the possibility is there and you are always wise to play it safe!

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