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Do Dimmers Save Electricity?

dimmer-switches-save-electricity-wilcox-electric-dcDimmers are handy tools that make lighting more personal. The advancements in dimmer switches have come a long way since they were first introduced in 1959. They are now frequently used to create the desired mood and can be controlled in many different ways. But can they save you money? Let’s look deeper into the cost savings of dimmer switches.

What Are Dimmer Switches?

Before we can investigate the cost-saving potential of dimmer switches, it is helpful to understand precisely what they do. Dimmers reduce the brightness of your lighting. They work by increasing or decreasing the current that flows through the circuit by using a specific switch type.

Different Types of Dimmer Switches

There are many choices for dimmer switches, so how do you know which one is right for you? It all depends on how you want to use it. A basic on/off light switch with a built-in dimmer may be the best option for a single room. If you are looking for a more customizable option, a smart dimmer is a good choice. Smart dimmers are just one kind of smart home app that responds to voice control or mobile apps. Smart Home automation systems like Samsung Smart Things, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit are great options for anyone looking to create a hub for various smart home apps. Smart apps can control not only lights but other devices around your home.

Energy Efficient

Dimmer switches save energy, which means they can have an impact on your total electric bill. But how do they save you money? A dimmer switch controls the amount of energy needed, using only the energy required to power the light bulb at the lower-light setting. For example, by dimming your lights by 50%, you can reduce your electricity use by over 40%. It also extends the life of light bulbs.

Dimmer Switch Installation

Fortunately, dimmer switches are relatively easy to install. Most dimmer switches fit a standard wall box opening. Before you attempt to install a dimmer switch, make sure you know what kind of control will work with your specific type of light. If you choose the wrong dimmer, you could experience flickering lights, or the dimmer feature will not work. You will also need to know the number of switches that control the light fixture and the number of lights connected to the dimmer switch. Dimmer switches are compatible with halogen and incandescent lights but are not compatible with fluorescent bulbs. Some LED bulbs now specify that they are “dimmable,” but read the label before you buy, as this capability is relatively new and doesn’t yet apply to all LED bulbs.

When to Call the Experts

If you are comfortable with DIY projects, a simple one-room dimmer switch installation may be something you are comfortable tackling on your own. But suppose you are unsure about any portion of the installation process or need assistance with a smart switch installation. In that case, it is advisable to contact an electrician or lighting expert to install your dimmer switch and program your smart device. A safely installed dimmer switch will give you greater peace of mind.


Dimmer switches can add much to your home lighting and save you quite a bit on your energy costs. If you would like more information on how dimmer switches can work in your home, get in touch with Wilcox Electric . Our team can help you sort through the options and make the best choice for your home.