Dim the Lights and Lower Your Utility Bill

November 18, 2021
Dimmer Switches in De Soto, MO

Using a dimmer not only sets a nice soothing tone in your home, but it can also reduce your energy bill. There are many benefits to installing and utilizing dimmer switches. If you’re in the De Soto vicinity, our electricians from De Soto Electrical Products can explain your options and install these switches. Let’s explore how they can help you save energy.

Yesterday’s and Today’s Dimmers

Dimmers have been around for a long time, but over the past few years, lighting has become more efficient. More energy-efficient bulbs like LEDs can now save you up to 90% on costs. An old-fashioned dimmer allows you to control how much light is going to be produced by the bulb. These dimmers restricted the flow of electricity to the bulb in order to produce less light, but they didn’t really conserve energy. Today’s dimmers save energy without producing any waste. This is done by using a TRIAC switch, which turns a light circuit on and off many times a second and reduces energy flow to the switch.

Bulbs Matter

The older dimmers were designed to be used with traditional incandescent light bulbs, and they did not necessarily reduce the energy being used. If you want to save money on your power bills and conserve energy, dump the outdated incandescent light bulbs! Using a halogen bulb and a dimmer switch can conserve about 20% more power. CFL bulbs tend to use even less energy, but they don’t work with dimmer switches because fluorescent lighting requires time to warm up before it can fully work, and it would need to do this often with a TRIAC switch. The best bulbs for energy savings are today’s LEDs. Investing in a dimmer with these bulbs will maximize your energy savings even further.

Dim and Save

The experts at De Soto Electrical Products can explain all your options as part of a lighting consultation. We’ve served the DeSoto area since 1965, and we’re thoroughly experienced with heating and cooling installation, repair and maintenance as well as a full range of electrical services. We’re here to support your home’s safety and comfort, so call us today.

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