Today we had lights flickering, odd brown outs, and power surges. Problems would come and go. Called our power company. The man they sent determined we had lost our connection to the neutral.
Before calling, I tried my hand at determining if it was something in the house. Discovered a really odd symptom. The lights in the kitchen would be flickering, but when I turned on the basement lights, the kitchen lights would stop flickering. That's when I realized it was over my head. When I learned to wire ACs 40 years ago, increasing load shouldn't improve load on another circuit.
Any idea why that would happen? If I have another problem brewing, I'd like to know and get it fixed before it becomes something.
Both are on the old panel from the 80's. As we can afford, we're moving things to the new panel. The basement lights are fluorescent and one ballast probably needs replacing. The kitchen lights are screw in LEDs.
Update: Am satisfied with the answer. Thanks. And dimmers are way too high tech for this place. (Don't let it know about the WiFi.)