Want to lower your electric bill? Simply lower your lights. It’s that easy. Today’s new dimmer switches will dramatically lower your energy costs and extend the life of your light bulb. And you don’t have to be an electrician to install one. No matter if you have a prepaid electric plan or a fixed rate plan, the right dimmer can mean cheaper electricity.
The price of a dimmer switch can range anywhere from 4 bucks to fancy 50 dollar models. You will want to avoid the old rotary style dimmers, which are among the cheapest. These old-school dimmers are fine for lowering the light level but they will do nothing to save you on energy costs.
With the newer slider style dimmers you can change the mood from blaring to romantic with the touch of your hand. Dim the light 25% and save about 20% of the required electricity. Dim it down 50%, you will save around 40% of the electricity. It’s money in your pocket.
Dimmers also can positively impact the mood of your rooms. Add a dimmer to the dining room and it’s instant romance. Put one in the guest bath and the effect is a fast touch of elegance. Install one in a child’s bedroom and the monsters retreat into the shadows.
Dimmers work great with halogens and incandescent bulbs. But here’s the rub: If you have fluorescent bulbs, all bets are off. Fluorescents just don’t like dimmers. Even lights that are marketed as dimmable fluorescents are problematic. And dimming a fluorescent only shortens the life of the bulb. The new super efficient LED lights are also not well suited to dimmers. So bear this in mind.
However, if you want to make your home more relaxing, more inviting and more energy-efficient, dimmers are a beautiful way to achieve three out of three.