How to Create Holiday Ambiance with Dimmers

November 30, 2015 4

With the holidays around the corner, the home becomes a hub for entertaining– a place to host friends and family for dinner, to warm up by the fire or sit next to the Christmas tree and share gifts. In preparing your home for this busy time of year, lighting plays an important role in creating the right ambiance that can make all the difference in each holiday event, however, big or small.

Dimmers are a great way to cast just the right amount of light, allowing you to choose the appropriate brightness for the occasion. Ensure your guests have enough light when sitting down at the table to eat or lower the light for a romantic setting at night. The benefits of using a dimmer option extend past creating ambiance, however. By reducing the brightness of your home’s lighting, you will be able to save on bills while reducing your energy consumption. As such a beneficial accessory to your lighting plan, our experts have highlighted a few things to know when selecting dimmers for your home.

1) Compatibility

No matter what type of lighting your home is outfitted with, there is a dimmer solution for all. It is important however to ensure that the dimmer you select is compatible with the bulbs of your fixtures. Dimmers vary for halogen, incandescent, CFL and LED bulbs. If the proper dimmer is not selected, you may notice flickering, buzzing or poor illumination.

2) Wattage

When buying a dimmer, wattage must be taken into consideration as different light sources have varied wattage needs. Determine the total wattage of the bulbs that will be controlled by the dimmer then select a dimmer with a wattage rating that meets or exceeds that.

3) Style

Depending on your style preference, there is a variety of choices in dimmers. Some of the most commonly used dimmers are slide, rotary, toggle and rocker.

Slide: Intuitive to use and with an on/off switch, you can turn off the lights at your desired level of brightness.

Rotary: With a large knob, rotary dimmers are easy to use and traditional in style.

Rocker: Featuring a paddle, Rocker dimmers are understated and blend seamlessly into the wall with their low profile design but have an adjustable lever on the side.

Toggle: Have a vertical toggle for turning lights on/off with a dimmer lever on the side.

For a modern look, Legrand offers a selection of sleek dimmers that feature both advanced technology and flawless design.  

The sofTap™ dimmer is an innovative option that utilizes micro-movement technology to allow you to control the lighting in a space with a gentle tap of a finger; this dimmer is perfect for the modern home that appreciates the versatility of brightness and with Tru-Universal technology that adapts to a variety of load types and light bulbs, this switch is the smart choice.

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Legrand – sofTap™  

For an option that epitomizes the beauty of simplistic functionality, the Paddle™ dimmer is an excellent choice. A combination of a switch and dimmer with an intuitive rocking motion, this option allows for seamless and simple control. 









Legrand – Paddle™

For an innovative yet classic option, the Whisper™ is a fusion of a toggle and paddle switch with a corresponding dimmer. Named for the fluidity of the device, the Whisper dimmer features clean lines and that complement a variety of design styles. All three dimmers are available in crisp White and sleek magnesium, and both the sofTap™ and Whisper™ dimmers are complete with wifi capabilities, making the task of illuminating your home more seamless than ever.

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Legrand – Whisper™

When you visit a Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre showroom, our experts will help you find the right lighting solutions to bring out the best in your home in time for a season of entertaining. Stop into your nearest showroom and see how you can create a warm, inviting home for the holidays.