Benefits of Dimmer Switches

Over the last decade, dimmer switches have grown in popularity.  Homeowners have many reasons for installing dimmers, the most obvious being the unique atmosphere that dimmer switches can provide.

In addition to the ambiance of your home, dimmers can also save you money.  Dimmer switches control the electrical voltage sent to a light fixture, which allows a user to adjust the light in their room from minimal to full light and everywhere in between. Many homeowners with dimmer switches utilize their dimmers to avoid harsh, fully lit lights. Not only does this mean that you can control the atmosphere of your room, but you’re also controlling how much electricity you use – making it easier to cut back.

On average, dimming an incandescent or halogen light bulb by 25% can save you up to 20% on your next electricity bill.  In addition to helping the planet by using less electricity, this reduction in usage also saves you money.

Studies have even shown that dimming the light in your bedroom an hour before you go to bed can help you sleep better and reduce stress.  Overall, dimmer switches provide numerous benefits wherever they are installed and can be an excellent addition to any home.

While there are many light bulbs compatible with the dimming feature, not all light bulbs work with all dimmers.  Fortunately, there are universal dimmers on the market that work with a variety of light bulbs – just make sure to pay attention to compatibility if you are purchasing your own dimmers.