• The 4 Types of Lighting Dimmers

    The average home has 24 or so light switches (I've got 20 in my house), yet only 60% of homes use dimmers on one or more switches. The great thing about dimmers is that they are a simple way to lower energy costs (by 10% or more) and extend the life of your light bulbs (up to 30 times!) They are...
  • Do Dimmers Save Energy?

    We've blogged about this topic before (see How Dimmers Save Energy ), but we're asked about it all the time: Does using a dimmer really save energy? The short answer is, yes! Here's how: A modern dimmer uses what is called a "Triac Switch". Depending on the dimmer settting...
  • Tips for Turning Back the Clock Tomorrow

    Don't forget ... clocks go back tomorrow, November 1st, at 2am. As Daylight Savings Time ends, energy bills get bigger in part because people keep their lights on longer throughout the winter months. As we turn back the clocks, here are a few tips to help turn down your energy bills. - Replace...
  • Incredibly Cool LED Wall Dimmer

    Lutron recently unveiled their line of Vierti wall dimmers. These sleek, futuristic dimmer designs feature a one-touch finger slide; touch anywhere along the illuminated control bar, and the LEDs adjust to set the lights to your specified level. We love the minimalist design and the high-tech wallplate...
  • Low Cost Peace of Mind

    I came across this handy invention on our site yesterday and thought "everyone will want this." Wireless Command Motion And Dimmer Control Outdoor Light Kit . It's a kit that allows you to convert any outdoor light to be a motion sensing security light . It's been...
  • Do Dimmers Really Save Energy?

    Do dimmers really save energy? Yes they sure do - however I personally love the way dimmed light shaves years off my appearance! Today's dimmers use a "Triac Switch" which when dimmed, cut the flow of power to a light fixture up to 120 times a second. Dimming your lights an average of...
  • How Dimmers Save Energy

    Do dimmers really save on energy use? Key to answering this question is understanding how dimmers really work. Many consumers, and even a few electricians, think that dimmers work by converting unused electricity to heat at the dimmer switch. It's true that many old rotary dimmers worked...
  • Reader Question About Dimmers

    John recently posted with some great information on how dimmers work, and one of our readers asked an interesting question: Is it better to dim bulbs to 50% or use a bulb that's half the wattage? To get to the bottom of this, I asked our resident expert Hugh Prosser. Hugh replied with a detailed...
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