With the many technological advances in the field of lighting, it is easier than ever to customize a home lighting system. A walk through the lighting department at any home store can be overwhelming. There are so many light bulb options, and if a lighting plan includes dimmer switches and dimmable fixtures, it can be difficult to know which bulbs to choose. Here are several light bulb options for modern dimmer switches and adjustable fixtures.
The Benefits of Dimmer Switches
Dimmer switches have been a trend for a while now; however, with a variety of dimmers and bulbs from which to choose, the benefits of dimmer switches have only increased. Dimmer switches work by reducing the amount of power that is circuited to a bulb, which, in return, reduces the brightness and overall power being used. Lighting may be adjusted in one fixture or in an entire room, using apps on smart devices and may even be scheduled for specific times of the day or days of the week.
The Light Bulbs You Can Use with Your Dimmer Switches
If you're unsure which bulbs you can use with your dimmer switches, here are several options:
LED Light Bulbs
According to ENERGY STAR, many LED bulbs are dimmable. With the increased energy efficiency and long life of LED bulbs, they are often a great choice for use in dimmable fixtures. Many ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs are dimmable. The packaging will indicate if an LED bulb is dimmable and will include a list of the types of dimmer switches that will work with the bulb.
Incandescent Light Bulbs
One of the most utilitarian bulbs, incandescent bulbs work with any dimmer switch on the market. Inside an incandescent bulb, electric currents move through a wire filament, which causes the filament, and therefore the bulb, to glow. However, if the voltage is too strong, these bulbs may burn out. A dimmable fixture is one way to conserve energy and increase the lifespan of an incandescent bulb.
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
When buying fluorescent light bulbs, it is important to pay close attention to the packaging. Many Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) will not work with dimmers. For individuals who choose to use CFLs, there are versions that may be used with dimmable fixtures. It is important to read labels for any bulbs purchased for use in dimmable lamps and fixtures. Also, not all dimmers are compatible with all dimmable CFL bulbs. It is important to hire a professional electrician to install dimmable fixtures and advise which bulbs may be used with it.
While dimmer switches offer plenty of benefits and remain a stylish trend in the home, research, and test different dimmer switches before choosing one.