Long used by homeowners to control lighting around the home, dimmers are making headway as a “green” device. Dimmers are no longer just for luxury and comfort. In today’s modern home, dimmers stand for economy and savings. The dual purpose of dimmers is a product of its operation. Dimmers work by rapidly turning off and on the power to your lights. This on again off again is so fast that it goes unnoticed by the human eye and makes the light appear dim. The more you dim, a light, the more times it turns the light off. Because your lights only draw power when they are on, the more you dim, the more you save. So add some ambiance to your life and keep the world green by installing a dimmer. And remember, if you go to your neighbor’s home and the lights are turned down low, don’t get the wrong impression. Maybe, He is just trying to save some money or the planet.

When buying a dimmer make sure you match the wattage and light bulb type with the new dimmer. Undersized dimmers can overheat and lead to fires. Lights with magnetic or electronic ballasts require special dimmers and household fluorescent lights generally cannot be dimmed. Of course, if you need special help, you can always call a professional electrician.