Dimmers Set a Lighter Mood
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"With a few easy changes , Rosemary: The Herb of Remembrance and Friendship it can enhance the decor , Building A Garden Fence of any room , Cordless Impact Wrench - Not the same tool as your cordless and set a mood unique to any situation, and it can save , Patios And Garden Pavers money in the process," says Larry Lauck, vice president of communications for the American Lighting Association (ALA) in Dallas, Texas.
"Dimmers give us complete and intimate control over our lighting systems," adds Dan Blitzer, the American Lighting Association's consulting director of continuing education. "I say complete because it allows us to adjust the intensity of the light , It's Party Time - Let's Decorate! to meet the needs of different individuals and different tasks, to warm the color, , Selecting the Proper Pump for your Backyard Water Garden Feature and to extend the life of incandescent lamps."
Such control allows the homeowner to set a mood in any room, , Beautify Your Garden With A Bridge not just the dining room. , Choosing Conservatory Blinds Adjusted lighting is ideal in a living room, , Care of Slipper Orchids bedroom, bathroom, , Things to Consider When Buying Rustic Patio Furniture and breakfast nook -- nearly anywhere. The only rooms , How and When to Plant Roses that may not benefit from dimmers are laundry rooms, , Cordless Impact Wrench - Not the same tool as your cordless storage areas, and pantries. Basic dimmer controls are simple to install in any existing or new setting, but there is more to the dimmer than the common knob-style.
"As a category, lighting control is virtually unknown," says Suzanne Miller, of Lutron in Coopersburg, Pa. "But not being able to control your lights , More About Butterfly Gardening is like not being able to control the volume on your TV, or the temperature , CollectibleSport.com offers a great selection of collectible
sports memorabilia and gift ideas for m in your oven. People want choices, they want control -- and that includes being able to control lighting levels in their own homes. , Five Wall Décor Solutions for Your Child’s Bedroom "
Lighting controls come in four different types:
* Integrated dimming systems allow the most variety. Homeowners can create several preset lighting settings in a single room. , What You Need to Know About Planting Roses With the touch of a single button from a wall , Online Gardening Catalogues At Your Disposal box or a wireless remote control, they can recall the pre-selected settings.
* Touch dimmers create a lighting change , Care of Slipper Orchids with the press of a single button. One-touch recall allows the homeowner to return to the previous lighting level without resetting the light. , What You Need to Know About Planting Roses Some dimmers also have a lighted indicator to show the intensity of the current setting.
* Slide dimmers offer manual control of the lighting in a room. , Things to Consider When Buying Rustic Patio Furniture Some also include a button on the plate so it is easy to return to the previous setting.
* Rotary dimmers are the ones most likely to conjure images of your Mom's dining room. , Rosemary: The Herb of Remembrance and Friendship The manual dial allows a homeowner to alter the lighting level by turning the dial. Some have push-button control to switch the light , Safety Steps For Riding Lawn Tractors off while keeping the current setting in place. , Crocuses
It is also possible to control the lighting in your entire home , Seven Gardening By the Yard Tips by building , Have you been looking for the latest opinion regarding bathr in a custom system. This is the most cost-effective route, but it is possible to add a whole-house lighting system to an existing home. , Decorate Your Fireplace for Easter Wireless, infrared systems and radio wave dimmers are available, and can go with you when you move. Another easy way to add the control of dimmers is an extension cord dimmer, which is a quick way to alter the light , What's in Store for National Home Gardening Club Members? level of individual lamps.
Prices for lighting control systems vary based on their technology and the extent of their control. A single dimmer will cost a few dollars, but an automated system for the entire home , How To Care Garden Tractor Tires will run in the thousands.
"Every incandescent light , Cultivating Plants in your Garden...what to watch out for. in your home , Decorative Wall Painting Techniques should be connected to a dimmer," says Lauck. "Just so that you can get the benefits of installing the light , Safety Steps For Riding Lawn Tractors the way you want it and take advantage of a dimmer's ability to extend lamp life."
A dimmer's operation is fairly simple. It essentially limits the amount of electricity , Crocuses that goes to the light. , How to Lose Weight While Gardening "The end result is you use less electricity, , Household Fires Claim Thousands of Lives Each Year " says Miller. "Dimming a light , More About Butterfly Gardening 10 percent cuts electricity , It's Party Time - Let's Decorate! usage by 10 percent and [that] generally has a direct correlation to cost. What's more, the human eye adapts to light , Safety Steps For Riding Lawn Tractors so easily that you probably wouldn't even notice a 10 percent decrease."
Dimming controls will also extend the lamp's life, which will save , Have you been looking for the latest opinion regarding bathr you cash over time. It can also save , Anatomy of a Grass Plant you the hassle of replacing bulbs , How to Lose Weight While Gardening in hard-to-reach places. , CollectibleSport.com offers a great selection of collectible
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"I think the real benefit is to lamp life," says Penny Henderson-Maher of Lightolier's in Garland, Texas. "By dimming the light , Shaw Carpet somewhat and turning it on with a soft fade, the lamps last a long time, like 3 to 4 years on a lamp that would normally last 6 months. That's really convenient because the light , Making Love to my Garden bulb always blows out when you don't have a spare. It's all sorts of drama, convenience, and comfort, and energy, , It's Party Time - Let's Decorate! and lamp savings all wrapped into one."
Light can dictate the activity in the room , How to Lose Weight While Gardening it is illuminating, according to Henderson-Maher. Bright light , The Pollen-Trapping Power of a Lawn creates motion and a lot of activity. It's ideal for getting everyone going in the morning, but not for relaxing. For that, or if an intimate party is what you have in mind, keep the perimeter of the room , Crocuses a bit darker. The "campfire effect" will draw people to the brighter area at the center of the room. , Decorative Wall Painting Techniques Trying to get folks to mingle at a large gathering? Brighten the accent lighting around the perimeter. It will encourage people to move around.
Experiencing the environments , What You Need to Know About Planting Roses varied lighting can create is really the key to understanding its importance in a room's decor. , What's in Store for National Home Gardening Club Members?
"It is one thing to say dimmers create an ambience," says Miller. "And it is another to see it for real. Why settle for ‘on' and ‘off' when you can have ‘on,' ‘off' and everything in-between?"
ALA-member retail showrooms carry a wide selection of dimmers for the homeowner to choose from. Consumers can visit the ALA Web , Building A Garden Fence site at www.americanlightingassoc.com or call , Guess 'WHO' Can Stop Sp^am! (800) BRIGHT IDEAS.
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