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our lights dimming when neighbours using electric power washer

  • 20-08-2017 5:03pm
    Registered Users Posts: 10,754 ✭✭✭✭ Andy From Sligo

    our next door is powerwashing his house today, using an electric power washer and every time it goes on the lights dim in our house for a split second - really noticeable on a 5ft fluorescent (old ballast/ starter type) we have in the kitchen , less noticeable on the other lights we have. as far as I remember ESB dont remedy any electrics unless it drops below 200v - I have a plug in digital energy meter and its reporting between 226v and 230v

    I just a bit peeved what the dimming un-smooth power has in the long term or short term effect on my electrical and electronics in the house like lights and tv etc...

    I have got surge plugs on some my electrics , but still ..

    It happened last week when the neighbour at the back of our garden on the estate there he was power-washing using an electric power washer, same thing it was making our lights flicker - any ideas?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,424 ✭✭✭✭ Bruthal

    Starting current of pump causing a very short duration dip.

    Probably not too unusual. Probably more noticeable with outside pole transformer and/or overhead lines to houses.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,754 ✭✭✭✭ Andy From Sligo

    should these neighbours power-washers have some kind of capacitors in them to absorb the surges as the motor inside of the power washer turns on and off?