One of the easiest ways to change the ambiance in your home is by altering the brightness or level of lighting to reflect the mood you want to achieve. When you need to establish that certain ambiance, there’s no need to buy multiple lamps or install different fixtures when you can simply replace an existing light switch with a dimmer switch. Dimmer switches are an affordable and easy way to modify your home’s lighting. These switches are usually installed by an electrician in Los Angeles or by someone who is very familiar with making electrical modifications to residential wiring.
Dimming technology switches are lighting control devices that will change your on/off light switch to one that will gradually increase or decrease the light output of the bulb – similar to the volume control on a television set. This is an easy and economical way to customize the lighting in your home without spending money on more fixtures. With dimming technology, you can quickly change your living spaces from bright lighting for reading and detailed tasks to very low lighting for relaxation or watching TV. But there are more advantages to dimmer that can offer the best house lighting for many reasons.
Save Energy with Dimmer Switches
New technology in lighting control has changed the operation of dimmer switches so that they also save energy. With older technology, the energy saved from reducing the light output was often converted into heat energy. But, today’s LED dimmer switches actually decrease the energy flowing to the bulb such that it is drawing only the amount of power for the selected wattage. You gain the most energy efficiency when you use compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or LEDs, along with a dimmer switch that is rated for use with non-incandescent bulbs.
Adjustable Ambient Lighting
The best house lighting occurs when each area in the home has the ability to adjust the lighting to fit the task. Even in the bathroom, soaking in a hot tub with low lighting can be very relaxing, while having a fully lit, bright light for shaving and make-up application is only a touch away.
Create Multiple Lighting Presets
Today’s lighting automation systems include electronic dimming technology that can control multiple light sources at pre-set levels to re-create a lighting mood. This enables you to control and instantly adjust the bulbs output for up to 1200 watts of LED or fluorescent lighting. Work with a professional electrician in Los Angeles for installation of lighting control and automation systems for best results.
Types of Dimmer Switches
One of the benefits of hiring an electrician in Los Angeles to install your dimmer switches is to achieve an integrated lighting system. These lighting control installations may have only one wall-mounted panel (or can be controlled by wireless connection). This way, you can program and control multiple preset lighting scenarios from one location. A single activation can instantly change a room’s multiple lighting sources to a warm, soft glow that is restful or crisp, bright lighting for performing detailed work such as hobbies – and anything in between. The three main types of dimmer switches include:
- Rotary – the original dimmer switchers were rotary and operated by manually turning a switch dial. Often the on/off operation is performed by pushing the button operator.
- Touch – with just one button and one-touch these switches can change the level of lighting back to the last lighting scenario that is stored in memory.
- Slide – Slider switches allow precise level control of lighting by manually sliding the switch to reach the desired level of lighting.
Using your lights at full capacity when you don’t need to is a waste of energy. Also, soft lighting can induce relaxation or make entertaining more enjoyable as your guests are naturally more relaxed when the lighting is reduced for conversation and socializing.
Our friendly technicians can install dimmer switches or lighting automation systems for easy control of whole house lighting systems. Contact Express Electrical Services when you decide to upgrade your lighting to save energy and create atmosphere for relaxation or entertaining.