Why Do My Lights Turn On and Off By Themselves?

Posted on: September 17, 2015

Have you ever been watching television or reading a book at night and had the lights dim unexpectedly? Most of us have. There are a number of reasons for your lights turning on and off repeatedly. Most of them are no big deal. However, if you find your lights are flickering on and off all of the time, it’s a good idea to call in a licensed electrician to evaluate the situation.

 Reasons Your Lights Turn On and Off

There are many common causes for your lights turning on and off in your Tampa or St. Petersburg home. Fortunately the experts at Hoffman Electrical are here to help! Some of the most common reasons for the problems you’re experiencing include:

  • Stormy weather. One of the most common causes of flickering lights involves brief interruptions to the local power grid due to an electrical storm or high winds. This problem will usually correct itself once the storm has passed. However, you can always invest in surge protectors or a standby generators if you want to keep protected against dangerous electrical issues during Florida’s hurricane season.
  • Large appliance cycling on. The increased surge in electrical demand when major appliances turn on, such as a refrigerator or heating system, draw the energy away from your lights, just for a second. This is also harmless.
  • Faulty light bulb. If the flickering is confined to a single source, the light bulb in that lamp or fixture may be defective.
  • Poor connection in your main circuit panel. A more serious cause of your lights turning on and off repeatedly is a problem in the electrical connections in your home. If you’ve ruled out all of the possible causes listed above, it’s time to call an electrician who can properly assess the issue for you. Working with electricity has too many associated hazards to do yourself. You need someone who is skilled, licensed, and experienced in electrical work to make sure the job gets done safely and that the repair will last.

Lights Turning On and Off in Tampa or St. Pete? Call Hoffman Electrical for a Solution!

To learn more about what might be causing the lights in your Tampa area home to flicker on and off, contact Hoffman Electrical. We will diagnose and correct the issue safely and effectively so you don’t have to deal with the inconvenience—and in some cases the potential hazard—anymore. Our family-owned company has been helping Tampa and St. Petersburg homeowners with their electrical needs since 1989. Call us at 866 578-0168 or click here to schedule an appointment today.