Are your lights flickering?

Flickering light

Flickering lights is a relatively common issue and do not always indicate a problem with your electrical system. If your lighting flickers in your home or office there are a variety of explanations, here are the main causes below and how to address them:


If a single light bulb is flickering, it’s likely that it’s the bulb causing the issue. You can check to make sure the bulb is secured properly in the fitting (always make sure you switch the light off before doing this to stay safe). If a bulb isn’t secured properly then this can cause a flicker as it’s not connected correctly. If you find the light still flickers when it’s switched back on it could mean that the particular bulb needs to be replaced as it’s at the end of its lifespan.

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Summer is out and portable heaters are in


Stay warm and safe this winter when using portable heaters. They are a great low-cost option; particularly for older generations and small offices where it would be costly to generate heat for a whole building.
In terms of energy efficiency there isn’t much difference between the main types of heaters on the market, the main types of portable heaters are:

– Oil-filled radiators
– Convector heaters
– Fan heaters
– Halogen heaters
Electrical Safety First carried out a survey which indicates at least half of those surveyed would be happy to use a portable heater and almost 40% would be comfortable leaving it unattended, and 20% ready to leave a portable heater switched on overnight.

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Extension leads; be safe in your home

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One appliance, one socket is best practice in your home and should be followed wherever possible, many of us are guilty of overloading sockets with block extensions and extension leads when they were only ever designed for temporary use.

For most, the use of extension leads as a permanent feature is considered the norm and often means that safety isn’t considered like it should be. Overloaded and twisted extension leads can overheat, blow fuses and cause damage through fire if not managed correctly.

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Electrical Safety not included in new regulations designed to protect tenants

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From 1st October 2015, landlords are required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms under new measures announce by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis earlier this year. The new law; The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 comes with solid support after a consultation on property condition in the private rented sector.

The move will help prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year.

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Water damage? Check your electrics

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Water damage can occur for a variety of reasons, and even though you may feel like you’ve dealt with all of the damage, such as damaged furniture, flooring and walls; what about the damage you can’t see?


Even if you don’t think you are experiencing any interruption to your electrical service, there doesn’t need to be any outward signs of damage. Just because your lights aren’t flickering or there doesn’t appear to be any damp, it doesn’t mean you don’t need to hire an electrician to carry out an intensive check of your wiring.

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Electricity and water don’t mix: Making sure you install and maintain a safe swimming pool

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Whether commercial or domestic, although installing or owning a swimming pool can be an exciting experience, it’s important to make sure all of your electrical components are installed by a true professional.


Most people underestimate the amount of electrics that need to be fitted and to have a safe pool, as it’s a large body of water, faulty or ill fitted electrics can cause damage and in a swimming pool there is an increased the risk of an electric shock. Electrical components power the pumps, pool lights and filtration systems and all of these contribute to the essential care to be taken by you as the pool owner – especially in a commercial environment.

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3 top checks to help you find the right Electrician or Electrical Contractor

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If finding the right Electrician wasn’t important, there wouldn’t be a need for Electrical Contractors; the right person or team for your project is essential for the work to be timely and complete with minimal disruption.


We’ve suggested 3 top tips to make the search easier:

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Safety, integrity and technical excellence since 1983


Working to a high level of quality also means working to a high level of safety in the electrical industry.


Here at Humphreys Electrical, we are responsible for bringing light, power and communications to your building. Our commitment to a diligent and timely delivery of your requirements, whilst ensuring we maintain high standards of quality and work in a safe and effective manner.

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Commercial: Do I need PAT Testing?


Providing a safe environment for your team and your customers is essential if you are running your own business. It’s important because it’s a legal requirement as part of your Health and Safety policy to make sure all of your electrical appliances within your premises are PAT Tested.


If you can answer yes to any of the questions below, then you need PAT testing:

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