LIGHTING: TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS
As an experienced electrician in Hemel Hempstead, I have handled hundreds of
different lighting concerns and problems for customers throughout the Hertfordshire
area – from installation queries to getting the correct bulbs for a particularly
uncommon fitting or fixture, in over a decade of operating as an electrician in
Hertfordshire I’ve helped with a whole host of technical difficulties, helping
homeowners and small business holders alike get their lighting back up and running.
Lighting difficulties can, more often than not, be related to the light switches
themselves that are in use. While power cuts and fuse shortening claim their fair
share when it comes to causing problems in illuminating homes, there will often be a
more simple explanation relating to the switch or internal wiring. Whether the
problem is related to a buzzing, hot or ineffective switch, there are a number of steps
to take to identify the cause of the issue. While operating as an electrician in Hemel
Hempstead, these are often the first points of call for me when concerns regarding
light fixtures are raised.
Flickering lights often indicate that there is either a problem with the security of the
bulb being used, or that there may be loose wire connections somewhere along the
internal line. If a light is flickering it means that there is a very loose link in the chain
somewhere which will need to be attended to. This may mean a simply bulb
replacement or tightening, or can even require rewiring or replacement of the light
switch in question.
Non-operating lights or switch
If either a switch or a light fixture appear to be at fault to point of there being no
activity whatsoever, it is highly likely that there are either loose connections or bare
wiring connecting to the switch housing. This is also the most likely scenario where
a new light switch will be required entirely; particularly if checks on fuses, circuit
breakers and bulbs have been made.
Fuse and Circuit Breaker Problems
Some homeowners may find that they are constantly having to check their fuse
boxes and circuit breakers whenever they are switching lights on. This issue can
normally be pinpointed to either loose connections or a faulty switch, or it could even
mean that the circuit is overloaded – there is likely to be a reasonable explanation for
breaks in the chain, making it important for all areas to be checked thoroughly.
Hot or Buzzing Switches
This is a less common problem for homeowners but it still provides concern for many
– and I have attended to my share of buzzing switches in my work as an electrician
in Hertfordshire. If your light switch is warmer than usual and it is a standard switch
emitting an odd ‘buzzing’ noise, it is likely that there could be bare wiring or loose
connections somewhere along the internal chain – meaning that wiring will either
need to be tightened, or replacements will need to be made.
It may seem like a no-brainer but it is extremely important for your own safety that
electricity is disabled before any internal work is carried out on any switches or
fittings. It is also essential that you hire a professional to carry out any such work –
one with relative experience and qualifications to ensure that they are making sure
your safety is paramount as well as making sure that the job is completed
satisfactorily. It is worth bearing this in mind if you are searching for an electrician in
If you are in need of a visit from an electrician in Hertfordshire and are concerned
about lighting connectivity problems in your home, why not call me at your
convenience? I am able to provide a safe and assured service 24 hours a day, 7
days a week – all you ever need do is call!