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How to Select

How to Select an Electrical Dimmer?

Electrical Dimmers are suitable for many different types of lighting, however, most dimmers work for a specific type of lighting to allow for the best operation possible. Therefore, when installing your lighting, it is important to consider the dimmer as well.

Dimmer Types:

Incandescent works with all standard incandescent light bulbs in your home. This is the most commonly used type of dimmer. This dimmer will handle typical 120v household electricity at line voltage levels.

Magnetic 12v – used for low voltage “magnetic” applications only. This dimmer will not work on a 120v household circuit. It is not uncommon for these to have a “load rating” which will determine which dimmer you should install.

Electronic 12v – used for low voltage applications only. These dimmers will allow dimming of smaller devices such as landscape lighting, under cabinet lighting, or other 12v lighting units.

Compact Flourescent / LED – specifically designed to dim the lighting of Compact Flourescent and LED lighting fixtures. These can be wired to any lighting source which operates CFL / LED bulbs. We do not recommend attempting to connect CFL / LED lighting to a standard Incandescent dimmer.

Wattage:

It is important to consider the amount of wattage you will need to dim to make sure you do not overload your dimmer. Dimmer switches can be purchased in different increments such as 450, 600, 800, or 1000 watts. For reference, if you are looking to dim a room with 8 x 100watt recessed lights, you will want to install the 1000watt dimmer to allow for some buffer.

Type:

  • 3-way – Dimmers that allow for 3 way wiring allow the dimmer switch to be connected with other dimmers to provide multiple control stations. These are suitable when you would like 2 swicthes to control a single lighting fixture.
  • Single-pole – Standard dimmers which connect to a standard circuit providing smooth even dimming along the length of the dim cycle. These dimmers do not have 3-way lighting characteristics.
Wireless:

Wireless dimmers allow you to dim a specific device wirelessly by using InfraRed or other technologies. These advanced dimmers will work with compatible devices.

Color:

When choosing a color for your dimmers, it is based on your personal preference. In most décor, matching the wall color can make finding a dimmer difficult if lighting conditions are bad. Therefore, it is not uncommon for home owners to install contrasting colored dimmers to add visual appeal and to increase your ability to find the switch when you need it most. In addition, it is important to consider  whether you need LED indication or not, which is available on many dimmers available here at Westside Wholesale.

Additional Assistance:

If you would like professional expert advice on selecting your dimmers, please contact our Customer Service Department through Live Chat, or by calling 1-877-998-9378,