Things to know about Dimmers

Set the mood,be romantic,lower the light for movie watching or go bright and cook up a storm. Whatever your mood is, lighting controls such as dimmers give you the flexibility to design a lighting plan with multiple uses and decorative effects. Why Use Dimmers? Dimmers make every room more versatile, more comfortable and more cost-effective.

Set the mood: Create lighting for a dramatic effect or a softly romantic mood. Soft light sets the tone for a romantic dinner for two or a special holiday feast. Bright lights make everything easy to see as you work, cook or relax.

Flexibility: Change the light level in your rooms to suit any activity, from entertaining to watching movies on television, reading, working and dining. Productivity: The wrong lighting can lead to eyestrain and fatigue. Adding dimmers allows you personal control of your lighting décor, making tasks such as working on hobbies or using the computer more productive and enjoyable.

Energy Savings: Dimming your lights an average of 50 percent will cut home electricity usage a whopping 40 percent over time. It will also make your bulbs last 20 times longer, saving you the hassle of frequent and sometimes expensive bulb replacement. In addition, dimmers eliminate the need for costly three-way bulbs

 Types Of Controls

1. Touch dimmers allow you to vary the intensity of the lighting while depressing a button. These systems permit one-touch recall of the previous lighting level. Some are equipped with indicator lights that provide a continual readout of the lighting intensity.

2. Slide dimmers provide full-range, manual dimming control. Some are equipped with a touch-button that allows you to return to the previous lighting level. Others have an indicator light that glows in the dark for easy location.

3. Rotary dimmers provide full-range, manual dimming control. Some are equipped with a push-button operation that allows you to turn the light on and off and return to the previous lighting level.

4. Integrated or Multi-Set dimming systems allow you to create multiple preset lighting scenes within a room. Scenes can be recalled with the touch of a button from a single wall box or with hand held wireless remote controls

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