Are your lights flickering? Check possible causes before you call

This could be caused by something other than PEC equipment issues

Replacing your lights with LED bulbs is a quick way to start saving money while being environmentally friendly. With plenty of options to fit your needs, we recommend making the switch.

But before you do, it’s important to know that due to the nature of LED technology, certain issues can cause them to flicker. If you are having problems with lights flickering in your home, it is very likely that there is no problem with your electric service or equipment.

While PEC employees are always happy to help confirm there is nothing wrong with a member’s service, it benefits you to know what may be causing this before you call PEC. Cutting down on service calls saves money for all our members. So before you get on the phone with one of our agents to discuss flickering lights, check these potential causes.

Incompatible switches

The most common culprit of flickering LED lights is having them on a circuit with an incompatible dimmer switch. These work by switching the power to the bulb on and off many times per second. Standard LEDs cannot be dimmed this way, so the switch causes them to flicker. Try switching to special dimmable LED bulbs or replacing the switch.

Low-quality bulbs

While most LEDs are very reliable, using cheap bulbs can cause problems. We recommend doing some research before purchasing these lights. While high-quality bulbs will be more expensive, they will last longer and are less likely to cause issues like flickers.

Tankless water heaters

While tankless water heaters have many upsides, they can sometimes cause LEDs to flicker. Check to see if this issue correlates with the times the hot water is on, like when someone is in the shower. These heaters draw so much power that they can affect the voltage being delivered elsewhere in your home while running, which can cause lights to flicker. Try upgrading your bulbs. If that doesn’t work, you may need to consult with an electrician.

Mixed bulb types

Many homes have light switches that control multiple bulbs at once. If some bulbs on the circuit are LEDs and others are not, it can cause problems like flickers. This also happens if the LEDs are not the same type. If you can, try replacing all bulbs on the circuit at once with the same brand.

Bad electronics

Try unplugging other items one at a time to see if they affect the flicker. The issue could be caused by something as simple as a faulty phone charger, even if the charger seems to be working correctly.

If you try all of these, but still experience flickering lights, give us a call at 888-554-4732.

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