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Light switches to create the right atmosphere
To make your lighting schedule even more refined you should choose the right light switches for your home. Light switches might not seem like an important part of your interior design, but you have many different models and functionalities to choose between. From the standard single pole light switch to motion sensors and smart light switches and dimmers.
An important part of your interior design is the lighting schedule and the light switches that goes with it. The light switches serve a very simple task of turning on and off the light, but you can also create added functionality by using a motion sensors, timers or smart light switches. Dimmers are also very popular because they provide great versatility by adjusting the light strength based on your preferences and needs.
We have summarized the different light switch models for you in this overview:
The standard light switch
Light switches open and closes the electrical circuits, allowing the power to flow through light fixtures and other appliances. The most conventional light switch in our homes is the single-pole switch. The newer models have included a grounding screw for added safety.
You also have the three-way switch and the for-way switch, they are used to control a series of lights in one switch where each light has its own toggle.
The dimmer switches
The most familiar light control is the dimmer switch. It lets you adjust the light-based on your needs and mood. Take for example the bathroom, you can install a dimmer to lower the light for when it’s time to take a relaxing bath or increase the light when you need to put your make-up on.
This added functionality also comes with the added cost saving benefit, both for lowering the electricity needed to power the light but also having the bulb last longer.
The technology behind the dimmer is quite straight forward, the switch actually turns the light on and off very fast, like 120 times per second fast. The brightness delivered by the light is a result of its “on an off” cycle.
You don’t need any special wiring for installing a dimmer in your home, but you would need to consider the lightbulb used as low voltage lighting like LED lights or halogen would need a special dimmer for them to work properly.
Dimmers come in many different models, you have models with a touchpad, a slide, or a dial control. What is important to consider is if you want a dimmer with the feature of full range dimming or if you want to be able to pre-set it to specific light levels.
Motion sensor light switches
Most frequently used outside, the motion sensors and the occupancy sensors are popular as they turn on the light for you when you enter a space. Used for security but also increased visibility, they can be wall mounted and ceiling mounted. Be sure to buy a sensor that has the right capacity for the light or light fixture as they come in different models and capacities.
Timer light switches
Another energy saving option is the timer light switch, this light switch you can program to turn the light on and off at a certain time, making it also great for security. They are designed so they could easily replace regular light switches, but you also have external plug-in times where you connect an adapter in between the appliance and the electrical output. These adapters are easier to install but can’t be used for any ceiling lights.
Smart switches and dimmers
If you want to have an easily manageable way to control your lights, then installing smart light switches and smart dimmers could be the way to go! By having smart lighting in your home, you can control the light remotely either via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You can use your mobile device to turn on the light on your way home or tur it off if you have left it on after leaving. Great options for households that want a more high-tech solution to their lighting needs!