The lighting system in your home should work perfectly at all times. After all, you’ve invested a solid amount of money and time into setting it up. Buying LED lights and eco-friendly bulbs, Nanoleaf lights, connecting smart lights to your home assistants and installing LED stripes…
Although everything we mentioned above is much better than the old-fashioned bulbs, which produce a high amount of heat and burn out quickly, the new technology isn’t flawless. On the contrary, there are some recurring issues regarding LED lights.
We’ve isolated 5 common ones and besides stating them, we will provide tips on how to fix them as well.
So, let’s get started.
1. Flickering LED
The moment your LED light starts flickering or buzzing, you can feel the temperature rising in your body. This can be truly annoying especially if it is a newer LED light we are talking about – it is visible to the naked eye and it can get distracting, so for the moment turn that light off.
What causes LED light to flicker?
Usually, this has to do with the leading and trailing edge dimmer and the dimming settings. A quick explanation for this would be: If a dimmer has too low or high wattage rating, your new LED bulbs will not be able to dim it properly.
Furthermore, a majority of homes today use leading-edge dimmers which are good for the regular bulbs, but the trailing edge dimmer is what you need for LEDs. So, make sure that’s taken care of.
But that’s not all. There might be a loose connection. In other words, your wires need to be adjusted. Our recommendation is to call an electrician to get this sorted out – you don’t want to experiment too much with the wires.
Keep this in mind as well:
- Not all LED lights are dimmable. When you are purchasing a new LED for your home check the manual and see if it states this.
- The same fitting isn’t made for cutting-edge LED lights and regular bulbs. The best way to solve it is to switch to LEDs entirely or stick with the “lights of yore”.
2. LED Light Life
The market is filled with various types of LED lights from manufacturers and sellers across the world. They are all different in shape and form and when it comes to the lifetime, most of them claim over 50,000 hours, some even go up to 60,000 hours.
However, that is not always the case and most of the LEDs don’t have a chance to live that long. So what happens?
Connecting LED lights to the same fitting as the regular bulbs is a major issue. We said that earlier in the article and we’ll repeat it. Not only could that cause flickering but it will also reduce the light of your LED light.
Therefore, make sure you don’t mix them up. Also, it is helpful if you replace all the bulbs in a fitting instead of doing it one-by-one as they burn out.
3. Ever-Glowing Lights
Has it ever happen to you that your LED light is glowing when you turn it off?
Hmm….How weird, isn’t it?
The reason for this is much simpler than a paranormal activity in your home (no, you don’t have ghost messing around with you). Most likely it is a poorly-manufactured LED light. LEDs, although inexpensive, do cost more than regular bulbs and if you used some changed to pay for it, than there’s no surprise this happens.
Replace the light with a higher-quality bulb, from a trusted seller.
If this doesn’t fix the issue, seek the help of electricians as the circuit might be the problem.