Why Are My LED Lights Not Working?


Old-school halogen and incandescent bulbs use filaments. When the filament breaks or burns out, the bulb no longer works. Remember shaking them to hear if the filament had broken? If it was broken, then you replaced the bulb. Easy-peasy. And it happens often, so you learn to keep some on hand. LED lights are very different. Take them apart and they look very much like the inside of your smartphone—very tech-y and electronic-y with circuit boards and the like. (But you can’t use them to watch videos of cats on YouTube . . . yet.) The electronic complexity is part of why they cost more than an incandescent bulb. It’s also why they don’t overheat and last so much longer than traditional bulbs.

So why are my LED lights not working? Generally, a short circuit in a single fixture leads to a single light or group of lights not working. The major offender is moisture. Quality products installed properly protect against this problem, but it does still happen from time to time. Troubleshooting is no longer simply a matter of replacing the burned out bulb(s). It requires determining which fixture’s circuits no longer work and why. There may also be issues with the connections or the transformer. Diagnosing the problem can be time consuming, especially if you are not familiar with how they work. The smart choice is to call a professional to troubleshoot the problem. Usually they can diagnose and repair in the same visit, which means your lighting system will be up and running in no time.

Located in Summerfield, NC Southern Lights- Architectural and Landscape Lighting serves properties and property management companies throughout the state of NC including Greensboro, High Point, Jamestown, Burlington, Reidsville, Oak Ridge, Brown Summit, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Raleigh, Charlotte, Kannapolis, Salisbury, Gastonia, Matthews, etc.

Southern Lights has installed hundreds of outdoor landscape lighting systems and carries more certifications than anyone in the state. We specialize in lighting designs and service everything we install as well as lighting systems installed by others. With attention to detail and a solid knowledge of design, Southern Lights is the leading outdoor landscape lighting firm in the state of NC and beyond. See why our clients choose us. Contact us today by web (online form) or phone 336-451-4969.

Get An Estimate Now


Piedmont Triad
High Country
Smith Mountain Lake

Join Our E-Book Club