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Lighting dimmer controls provide variable light levels for incandescent and fluorescent lamps by reducing the voltage to the light fixture. Dimming reduces lamp wattage and light output, which can help save energy and significantly increase the life of incandescent bulbs. Dimming fluorescent bulbs requires specially designed dimmers and fixtures, but provides much greater energy savings than dimming an incandescent bulb, as the efficiency of the fluorescent bulb is not reduced when it is dimmed.
Lighting creates mood, and creating just the right mood in your home is important, whether you're lowering the lights for an intimate dinner party or a movie, or providing brighter illumination while working in the kitchen. Dimmers allow you to customize the atmosphere in any room of your house by adjusting the light levels. Before you make a purchase, ask yourself a few basic questions about your dimming needs.
Dimmers are designed to meet varying needs, depending on the type and number of fixtures, so it is important to know what type of dimmer you are looking for before you make a purchase. Selecting the right dimmer can be complicated, but this guide is designed to make the process simpler.
Two of the main considerations when choosing a dimmer are the number of switches controlling the fixture and the total wattage of the light or lights being controlled.
Dimmers are designed to handle different amounts of power, so make sure the dimmer you choose is rated to handle the total maximum wattage it will be controlling. Add the wattages of every light bulb that will be controlled by the dimmer and check the total against the dimmer's wattage rating. If the total wattage of the bulbs is close to the dimmer's maximum wattage, it is usually better to choose a dimmer that can handle more wattage.
One other essential consideration is the type of light bulb you are dimming.
Dimmer types for low voltage light bulbs depend on the type of step down transformer the light fixture uses.
Different types of dimmer control mechanisms have different features and benefits, though their essential effect on the lighting is the same. A wide range of control styles are available, from simple to elaborate.
Many dimmers offer added features that may be just what you are looking for.
Lighting control dimmers are available in a wide range of price categories, depending on the dimmer type, style and features. With all the options available, the perfect dimmer system for your home will be easy to find. Dimmer controls will enhance your enjoyment of your home's lighting design by adding extra functionality to the existing lighting system and creating just the right ambiance for any activity you choose.