One of the best lighting options available today is the dimmer switch. Dimmer switches control the current sent to a light fixture, allowing you to increase or decrease the amount of light in a room. The switch is usually a slow sliding lever or turn dial, which allows you to manually adjust the light. There are many reasons why dimmers are so popular among new home builders and remodelers. Here are some of the benefits of having dimmer switches installed in your home.
Not only are dimmer switches environmentally friendly, but they can also greatly contribute to the ambiance of your home. In terms of being eco-friendly, since the light doesn’t always have to be on full power, dimmer switches can help you save electricity. When dimmed, light fixtures use less energy. And if you only need a little bit of light but still want to take advantage of the natural light available, turning your lights to the lowest setting will help save energy while giving you the extra light you need.
Dimmer switches can also create versatility in your home. By dimming the lights, you can create a romantic or cozy feel. Dimmed lights also create a nice effect when you and your family or guests sit down to watch a movie. And if you have young children or overnight guests who aren’t familiar with your home, dimming the lights at night allows them to easily find their way to the bathroom without the distraction of full-on lights.
Dimmer switches likewise make your light bulbs last longer. With a dimmer switch, a halogen light bulb normally lasting 5-6 months can last up to 3 or 4 years. Unlike incandescent it will increase bulb life. Dimming fluorescent sources will provide savings in electricity and the convenience of controlling light levels.
Lighting can play an important part in security, deterring intruders whether the property is occupied or not. Low levels of illumination can be programmed to operate at night in certain rooms or hallways. When the house is vacated lighting levels can be selected that mimic normal usage. This can be by time clock or by selecting a vacation mode. Dimmed or selectively switched levels of illumination will save energy and are more effective than leaving lighting on or using simple plug in timers.
For more information regarding the options available to you for dimmer switches in your home, give John's Electric a call today.