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Fuse over-current protection is still sometimes installed in these older homes.

As the name implies, an over-current protection device (like fuses or circuit breakers) helps prevent too much current flow in a wire.

Visibly dimming lights shouldn’t be happening whether you have a new service or not, but is probably not related to the service.

By Matthew Steger, ACI, WIN Home Inspection Think about what homes from the 1920s had in them that required electricity.

Now, think about what we have in our homes today that depend upon electricity. Back in the 1920s, most of a home’s circuits were lighting and a few basic appliances.

The wiring providing power to the refrigerator, also serves the lighting, and probably other receptacles in the kitchen.

The wire is too small to provide sufficient current to all the outlets, thus causing the lights to dim. In other words, the electrician will install a second wire from the panel to supply current to some of the outlets presently served by only one wire.

This panel may be a fuse panel or a circuit breaker panel.