Add Light Dimmers
While this home improvement takes just a little skill, any homeowner with just a little bit of electrical savvy can install dimmers on their lighting. It is a fairly easy job. Dimmers are inexpensive, ranging in price from less than $10 to several times that for programmable dimmers at Lowes. The option to dim the lights not only makes it easier on the eyes but can also ramp up the ambience in any room.
Adding lighting controls in a home, from simple wall switch dimmers to programmable control systems add adjustable voltage to a room’s light fixtures and provides multiple benefits. These are a few of benefits of dimmer and lighting controls:
Flexibility for the use of lighting in each room
Save energy because of reduced wattage
Controls add flexibility to the use of lighting in each room. A living room’s lighting can be lowered when the activity in a room changes during a social gathering or while watching a movie. Having the capability to lower lighting levels in any room allows a homeowner to save energy and money.
Types of Dimmer Controls
Commonly called “wallbox” dimmers because they mount in the wall switch box, these simple manual control devices are available in different types as well as appearances to match other switches in the same room.
Four examples of dimmers:
Integrated: Integrated dimming systems are very versatile. They can be used to create multiple lighting presets for one room. Then, a button on the wall or a wireless control is used to select the settings.
Touch: Touch dimmers also allow changes in lighting with just one button. Some have one-touch recall to switch back to a prior level of light. Some touch dimmers use a lighted indicator to show the current setting.
Slide: Slide dimmers provide manual control of your lighting. Some slide dimmers also have a button to easily switch back to the prior setting.
Rotary: Rotary dimmers are also manual, and they operate on a dial. Many also have push-button control that allows you to turn off the light and retain the current setting. When most homeowners think light dimmer, the think rotary dimmer.