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Why Older Homes Have Dimming Lights

Why do the Lights Go Dim in the House? House Lights Dim When Power Is Used, The Power Requirements of the Home.


Dim Lights when Something is Used
Electrical Question: Why do the Lights Go Dim in the House?

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This Home Electrical Question came from: Lauren, a Homeowner from Utah.

Additional Comments: Very helpful and informative.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your Electrical Wiring Question Lauren.

Lights will Dim in the House

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The Power Requirements of the Home Electrical Service Panel

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Older homes may still have the original electrical service panel which may become  overloaded to the point of causing dim lights when electric appliances are being used.

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