Daylight Savings time is coming soon, which means it will be darker a lot earlier. This means the lights will go on longer in your home. Many people don't like bright lights at night, they opt to illuminate their homes in a more softer glow. One of the best lighting options available today to achieve this affect 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 turns the dial, which allows you to adjust the light manually. There are many reasons why dimmers are so popular among new home builders and remodelers. Now that smart home apps can control the lights, dimmer switches are cooler than ever!
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 significantly contribute to your home's ambiance. All life benefits by low lighting to help keep our circadian rhythm in check. 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. A halogen light bulb normally lasting 5-6 months can last up to 3 or 4 years with a dimmer switch. 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 essential 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 illumination levels 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, contact John's Electric today.