In many homes, getting just the right amount of light is a constant struggle. Making sure every room in your home has the right amount of light can be a large project and can add up when it comes to cost. An option that many homeowners have found suitable is dimmer switches. When installed correctly, these switches will restrict the current flowing to a bulb by using TRIAC or CL technology. As a result, the light (and energy consumption) can be adjusted up or down depending on your need.
A dimmer switch is a viable option for many rooms in need of diverse lighting options. Living rooms, rec rooms, dining rooms studies, bedrooms, and kitchens are all areas in your home that may benefit from full lighting, as well as low lighting. With dimmer switches, you can get both these options.
Perhaps one of the biggest benefits offered by dimmer switches is that they can help reduce energy costs. Older options using TRIAC technology rapidly switch between off and on to adjust the electricity going to the bulb. With newer technology, the flow of electricity is restricted and reduced. Each option can help you save money by reducing your energy consumption. With a traditional light switch, the only options you have are off or on, using either zero electricity or 100 percent of the bulbs capacity.
When you are able to reduce the amount of light in a room, it is going to result in lower energy costs, as long as you keep the lights low. You should try to install dimmers in all the rooms you use regularly, such as your bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and living room. When you do this, you can reap the most savings potential offered by dimmer switches.
When you use dimmers, it can also add longevity to your bulbs by reducing the amount of time the bulbs are at the highest point of energy exertion. With dimmers in place, you have some flexibility regarding the amount of electricity being used in light fixtures and lamps. Thanks to dimmers, you may be able to get an additional three or four years of use out of your bulbs, just by using a dimmer with a low light setting. Even if you only dim the lights by 25 percent, you can see a significant amount of savings on your energy costs and help your light bulb last up to four times longer.
If you are convinced that you need dimmer switches installed in your home, it is best to contact the professionals. These switches will have to be hardwired into your home’s electrical system, which is not something you should attempt to do on your own.