Holiday lights are everywhere and this year it seems, they are even more important to many of us. The drudgery and dreariness of 2020 with the heavy weight of the Coronavirus pandemic gives way to brightly lit porches and windows and plenty of oversized, inflatable holiday characters on the front lawn. These signs of the holiday season can cheer up even the most morose among us. Just take a drive around your own neighborhood or downtown area to experience the electrical wonderland of Christmas lights. However, these wonderful lights coupled with the increased use of electric heaters, humidifiers and other winter appliances all require an increase of electrical output.
If you have joined in the revelry of holiday lighting and are suddenly experiencing flickering lights and tripped circuit breakers, you may have overloaded your electrical box. Regular occurrences of these types of electrical events are not normal and should not be dismissed. If this is happening, examine where you have your lights, heaters, etc. plugged in and make sure you don’t have them all on the same circuit. Because of the availability of extension cords and power strips, it’s easy to overload one circuit. If you have done this, try unplugging a few things and then plug them into an outlet in a different area of your house. Instead of using a power strip and an abundance of extension cords, try using a couple of quality surge protectors with long cords plugged into different circuits in your home, then plug in your lighting and other cords directly into the surge protectors. Quality surge protectors can be purchased at many different stores online and in person.
If after doing your own investigation you are still unsure as to the cause of these electrical anomalies, you can call Peter Needham Electrical any time, day or night, and he will be able to help identify and correct the issue.
For help with your holiday lighting woes or any time you have an electrical or HVAC issues, give Peter a call.