Pros and Cons of Installing Dimmer Switches

An easy way to save money in the home is to install dimmer switches for the lamp in different rooms. This project can typically be replenished in a matter of hours and can dramatically change the entire look of a space. Of course, as with any home improvement project, the luminaire switches have their various advantages and disadvantages.

Benefits of dimmer switches

The biggest advantage of the dimmer switch is that it saves money. Suppressing a light in a room can save anywhere from 10 percent up to 90 (or more) percent on your electricity bill for this lamp. This is because they reduce the amount of electricity sent to the lamp, thereby directly reducing the amount of money spent on the electricity. To maximize savings, consider installing more environmentally friendly bulbs such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) bulbs in the ceiling mount and any other luminaires that may be on the dimmer switches.

Another great advantage of installing one is that the home owner has ultimate control over how much light is in space. This can be very advantageous for setting the mood or bright a space for a family collection.

They can also be installed to work with the remote control. Remote controls can change the lighting in the room for different light fixtures with a simple push of a button, providing ultimate control for home lighting.

In addition, they also extend the lamp life. When the lights are dimmed, it eventually extends the total life of the lamp. For example, a lamp with a traditional bulb may be less than a year. However, if you install one on the same lamp with the same bulb, you can extend the lamp life up to three or four years.

Finally, dimmer switches can be installed in any room in the home: bedroom, bathroom, dining room, living room, kitchen and beyond. They can be used on a number of different lighting fixtures: lamps, track lights, ceiling luminaires, bathroom lights, hanging lights and even under cabinet lighting or wall rails.

Negative aspects of dimmer switches

Perhaps the biggest negative of the dimmer switch is that it may not necessarily work with all the lights in a home. When installing them, it is a must that the owners examine their existing fixtures to see if a dimmer switch is safe to use with the fixture. If the owner plans to install new lights, it is usually less problematic because they can simply buy a lamp that will surely work with the switch.

Secondly, it is not certain that some owners feel safe or comfortable in managing electricity, even if the power is off (which must be), since installing a switch is electrical work. This may require the owner to contact a professional and pay for one hour or two of the work to professionally install the dimmer switches in the desired rooms.

In short, dimmer switches offer more benefits than negative aspects. They save money and give final control over a home's lighting, so it's hard to see why someone doesn't want to install one!