Do It Myself or Call an Electrician?

What should you do when one or all of your lights aren’t working?

As we reach the shortest day of the year, we are at a point where we are using our lighting more than at any other time in the year. So when one of your lights goes out, what is the best plan of action? Should you fix the problem yourself or call a qualified electrician?

Before you reach for the phone, it is well worth carrying out some basic checks, like identifying whether there is one light out or are all of them affected?


If just one light is out then it is likely that replacing the bulb will resolve the issue. REMEMBER: Prior to removing a bulb from a light, always remember to switch it off and if possible, unplug it from the wall. You can then proceed to safely unscrew the bulb from the fitting and replace it with a new one. Hopefully this will resolve the problem but in the event that it doesn’t, the fitting may have developed a fault with the wiring or one of it’s connections. If your light is flickering then this may well be the cause and in this case, we would recommend that you call a qualified electrician to investigate further.

If all your lights are out,¬†find your torch (which you always keep in the same place don’t you?!) and head to your fuse box. Sometimes the electricity supply, which is protected by these fuses, will trip. This could be for various reasons. Locate the mains switch and establish whether it is in the “ON” or “OFF” position. If it is in the “OFF” position, switch it back on and hopefully all your lights will come back on. In the event that this happens and they remain on, happy days! However, if the fuse trips again and they switch back off then we recommend that you call an electrician to investigate further. There could be a fault that needs addressing and this is definitely not a DIY job! Lastly, if the switch on the fuse board is in the “ON” position, there may be a power cut. In this event, check with your neighbours to see if they are experiencing the same issue.


Luckily power cuts are quite rare these days but if you are effected by one, you should usually have your power restored within minutes. Being left in darkness can leave you feeling unsure about what to do and even a little bit worried. If you definitely know that you are in the midst of a power cut, a handy tip is to call 105. They will put you through to your local electricity network provider (not the same people who bill you for your usage) who you can report the power outage to and also check on the progress of when power will be likely to be restored. You can also carry out this check on the internet. Here is the link for the distributor for Gloucestershire and Wiltshire:

If in doubt, feel free to give us a call on 07931 502170. We’d be more than happy to try and help you out!