Today, lights do more than simply turn on and off. Some lights are capable of being dimmed, which allows you to create different moods for the various rooms in your building. Dimming your lights also lets you conserve energy without having to turn your lights completely off, which in turn will raise the lifespan of the bulbs you have.
For those who aren’t familiar with dimming lights, you may have some questions regarding the uses and overall practicality. Today, we’ll be going over what you need to know about dimming lights.
Learning About Dimmer Switches
A dimmer switch is a device that lets a person modify the intensity of their lighting fixtures by regulating the voltage. The amount of lighting you may want in a certain area could vary, so being able to change how much lighting your fixtures provide can be a handy feature.
Which Lamps Are Capable of Being Dimmed By Using Dimmer Switches?
You can’t just get whatever lighting fixture you want if you want the dimming feature. Fortunately, there are multiple options from which to choose. Halogen and incandescent lights are both available with the ability to dim. These are among the more popular options you can pick, as lamps that have 230/240V are able to be dimmed with pretty much any type of dimmer switch. However, while the ability to dim them helps with longevity, these bulbs still don’t last as long as others you could use. You also have to be careful with fluorescent tube lights because those lights are no longer able to be dimmed since they function on ballasts.
An example of a bulb with greater longevity is an LED bulb. LED lights can also be dimmed, and they are made to last longer than their incandescent counterparts. You do need to be careful with the type of dimmer you get for these lights, however. Standard dimmers are problematic for LED lights because those dimmers can cause the fixtures to vibrate or buzz, both of which can cause damage to the fixtures. Therefore, you’ll need to invest in dimmer switches that are meant to be used with LED lights specifically. This way, you’ll avoid the risk of causing unnecessary damage to your lights.
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