Keeping It Quiet: 3 Potential Fixes To Noisy Lighting

Posted on: 9 September 2015

The quality of the lighting within your office or retail store can have a tremendous impact on overall workplace productivity and customer satisfaction. There is nothing more annoying than the constant buzzing of light fixtures. Not only do the buzzing sounds distract your employees from focusing on their work, but it also leaves a bad impression on clients and customers. Simply fixing this issue can have a positive impact on your business. Loud lighting fixtures can be caused by many things. In particular, here are 3 of the most common causes, along with potential solutions.

Opt for Higher Quality Light Bulbs

The chatter that you hear above from the lights may be coming from the light bulbs themselves if the filaments within aren't thick enough to handle the current. Decorative bulbs typically are more delicate and the filaments inside are more susceptible to vibrating when current passes through. If you suspect that the light bulbs are the cause of the noise, consider upgrading to rough service bulbs, which are specially designed to resist vibrations and other external elements. Rough service bulbs have a more supported filament to lessen the effect of vibrations.

If rough service bulbs simply won't do the job, as they don't fit into the light fixtures that you have chosen, look for light bulbs of a similar size or design as yours, but from a 130 line voltage. Regular light bulbs typically come from the 110 to 120 line voltage and possess considerably thinner and weaker filaments.

Deaden Vibrations with Rubber Padding

If the light bulbs aren't the culprits, then perhaps the light fixtures are simply shoddy to begin with in the sense that the bulbs do not fit perfectly in the socket. If this is the case, the light bulbs will have a tendency to "chatter" thanks to the fact that the glass of the light bulbs is vibrating against the mounting flange screws. If this is the case, upgrading to a heavy-duty light bulb really won't make much of a difference in keeping the peace.

Instead, take matters into your own hands by cutting small pieces of rubber from a rubber glove or a rubber pad. Place these small pieces of rubber in between where the glass of the light bulb and the mounting flange screw meets. Rubber will not conduct electricity, so it's perfectly safe. Essentially, this rubber piece will act as a type of padding to cushion the vibratory effects. It also helps seal in the bulb into the socket. Also, make sure there are no loose screws that simply need to be fastened into place.

Look Out for Electrical Shorts

If the above two options fail, it's time to consider whether the buzzing sound may be caused by electrical shorts. Small shorts in the electrical wiring can lead to "on/off" striking, which can essentially create a similar type of buzzing sound. If you don't address these small electrical shorts early on, they may end up frying the entire electric system.

Call in a commercial electrician if you suspect the buzzing or humming sound to be caused by an electrical short. An energy audit may need to be performed on top of an extensive and thorough inspection to determine whether there are any electric leakages or electric problems present.

If you're not familiar with electric work, it's always best to consult with commercial electricians rather than attempt to diagnose any potential problems by yourself. Not only will you save a lot of time, but you can also reduce the risk of getting electrocuted or messing up the entire electric setup of your business.