Light Fixture Makes Noise When Turned Off?

When I make this query, at the top of the list are things about the paranormal and I want science. I sleep in my lift chair because I broke my back and can't lay flat. Every time I'm about to doze off I hear this sound like a pebble is being thrown every so often at the light fixture in the ceiling, yet, when I look, there are no pebbles, obviously. No bugs flying around hitting it, either.

My inner conspiracy theorist imagines somehow a hidden camera or something that takes a picture every so often, but nah. This is almost right above me. I'm concerned it could present an electrical problem, but I don't know what is causing it. I will admit, it does spook me, so I pray. :) It does this when the lights are out. I never hear it until I am about to drift off to sleep. Then it keeps doing it as if it's trying to impede my sleep. Is this indicative of an electrical problem?

I thought maybe bugs were hitting the light, but none are to be found. It doesn't make any sense. It's kind of loud. I will record it. In this picture I shined a flashlight on the light fixture that does it because the room is so dark with it off and too bright to photograph when it is on.

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January 16, 20203 found this helpful
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First off this is an electrical hazard in the making. The light fixture is so old and the wiring looks corroded and dangerous to start off with. There is no cover on the fixture to protect the fixure from the dust or anything else. I would really recommend that you get someone out there now to change this out, fix the wiring, and put a cover over the light.


When lights heat up and get warm they can cause sounds when they are shut off. It like a cooling off process. If this light was in my home and I slept under this light I would have it changed immediately.

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January 16, 20202 found this helpful

There is something going on with this fixture! sounds light it is shorting out etc. Get electrical professional soon! It seems like a hazard!

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January 20, 20200 found this helpful

Thank you for answering. I guess I was hoping more for the exact nature of the cause so I could address it. I took the cover off before I broke my back because it's not bright enough in there unless I do. It was my craft area before I broke my spine and hardware.

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January 27, 20200 found this helpful

The person who said lights make noise as they cool off was correct. I've been paying attention. It's the bulbs cooling off. Tey only make the noise for a while after going off.

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