How to choose the right dimmer for your lighting needs

Dec 5




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Choose a dimmer with a wattage rating that meets or exceeds the total wattage of all the light bulbs the dimmer will control.


What exactly is a Dimmer?

Dimmers are devices that can lower the brightness of a light. They do this by altering the voltage waveform applied to the lamp,How to choose the right dimmer for your lighting needs Articles thereby lowering the intensity of the light output. Typically, the term "dimmer" is used for those intended to control light output from resistive incandescent, halogen, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Using a dimmer you can enhance the room's mood as well as save on energy bills.

The right dimmer choice depends on the lights that you have installed. A wide variety of lighting sources are available and have individual characteristics which require special types of dimmers. It is important to use a dimmer that is designed, tested, and listed by a reputed standard setting organisation, for your specific lighting source.

Features of Dimmers:

Dimmers have certain features that are common, with some of them being built-in. These are:

  • Night Light: These are built-in LED lights that make it easier to find dimmer controls in the dark.
  • Sensors: This is a system that automatically turns lights on or off based on room occupancy.
  • Timers: This is a system that turns your lights on and off automatically, based on your settings.
  • Preset: This is a feature that automatically returns lighting to your favourite level.
  • Gradual fade-in and fade-out: These are smooth transitions that make it easier for your eyes to adjust to changing light levels.
  • Remote Operation: This is a control that lets you adjust lighting levels remotely. Some remotes also let you program and store your favourite settings.

There are numerous types of lights such as incandescent bulbs, LED lights, Electronic Low Voltage (ELV), Cold-Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFLs), and much more. These lighting sources can be controlled by three large variants of dimmers which are as follows:

Single-Pole Dimmers:

  • They provide control from one location.

Three-way Dimmers:

  • They adjust the light level from one location. When used with 3-way and 4-way switches, the lights can be turned on to the dimmer level or off from many locations.

Multi-location Dimmers:

  • They can be used with accessory dimmers (Smart Remotes) for full control of the lights from up to 10 locations.

Plug-in Dimmers:

  • Designed to dim bulbs in table and floor lamps.

Finally, ensure that you dim the lights, not just for convenience, but also for consistent energy conservation

So, there you are! These are some facts and features about dimmers that will make it easier for you to choose the dimmer of your choice when installing an intelligent lighting solution for your home or business. You can also shop online and buy a lighting control system with dimmers to set the mood at home or at work. Here's to intelligent lighting!

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