Understanding Why Your LED Lights Are Strobing

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LED lighting has revolutionized the way we illuminate our homes and workplaces. They are energy-efficient, long-lasting, and come in various colors and designs to suit every aesthetic. However, it can be concerning and frustrating if you've recently noticed your LED lights flickering or strobing. While LED lights are known for their reliability, strobing can indicate an underlying issue that needs attention.


Here are some common reasons why LED lights may start to strobe and the importance of seeking professional help from a licensed electrician for a thorough inspection.


  1. Voltage Fluctuations


One of the primary reasons for LED light strobing is voltage fluctuations. LED lights require a stable power supply to function correctly. If the voltage supplied to your LED lights is inconsistent, it can cause them to flicker or strobe. Voltage fluctuations can occur due to a variety of reasons, including:


- Overloaded circuits

- Wiring problems

- Faulty electrical connections

- Power surges


A licensed electrician can assess your electrical system to determine if voltage fluctuations are the culprit and provide solutions to stabilize your power supply.

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  1. Compatibility Issues


LED lights are sensitive to the type of dimmer switches used. If you have installed LED lights on a dimmer switch that is incompatible with LEDs, it can lead to strobing issues. Traditional dimmer switches designed for incandescent bulbs may not be suitable for LEDs because they operate on different principles.


An electrician can help you identify whether your dimmer switch is LED-compatible and, if not, replace it with a compatible one to ensure smooth and flicker-free dimming.

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  1. Poor Quality LED Bulbs


While LED lights are generally long-lasting and durable, the quality of LED bulbs can vary. Cheap or low-quality LED bulbs may have components that degrade faster, leading to strobing issues. Investing in high-quality LED bulbs from reputable manufacturers is essential to avoid such problems.


A licensed electrician can recommend trusted brands and help you select LED bulbs less prone to flickering.


  1. Wiring and Connection Problems


Faulty wiring or loose connections can also cause LED lights to strobe. These issues can be challenging to identify and fix without professional assistance. Poorly installed wiring, damaged cables, or loose connections can interrupt the steady flow of electricity to your LED lights, resulting in flickering or strobing.


An electrician can thoroughly inspect your wiring and connections, identify any issues, and provide the necessary repairs or replacements.


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LED lights offer numerous benefits but can develop strobing issues for various reasons, including voltage fluctuations, compatibility issues, poor-quality bulbs, and wiring problems.

If you notice your LED lights flickering or strobing, it's crucial to address the issue promptly to ensure the safety and performance of your lighting system.


Seek the expertise of a licensed professional electrician to find the real problem. Attempting DIY fixes for electrical issues can be dangerous and may lead to further complications.

A licensed electrician has the knowledge and experience to identify and rectify the underlying causes of LED light strobing, ensuring your lighting system operates smoothly and safely.

Don't hesitate to schedule an inspection and maintenance with a licensed electrician for peace of mind regarding your electrical system's integrity.

Still Have Questions? Talk To An Electrician.

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Tom Baynum

Tom is the owner of Premiere Electric. He is a Master Electrician and started in the electrical field in 1987 and started his own business January 1990. His hobbies include coaching girls fastpitch softball for the last 27 years and coaching at Bishop Brossart High School since 2004. He has 4 grand kids now and loves helping them in sports & watching them compete.