Lighting Control Systems - Controlling the brightness
Whats lighting control systems are available?
Lighting controls are used to brighten or dim the different light sources in a room. Dimmer light switches are buttons which can be turned up or down. It is preferable to control each light source separately for more flexibility.
Separate controls allow you to achieve different moods and effects with different settings. A single dimmer for a room dims all the lights together with the same brightness relative to each other and so reduces your options.
Another option is to use a preset lighting control system which memorizes different settings so you can recreate a particular mood at the flick of switch. Dimmer switches increase the life of the light bulbs. They have maximum loads so take care to use a switch with the right capacity for the wattage you intend to dim.
Lighting control systems can be set to operate with a photocell, motion sensor or timer. Motion sensors switch the lighting on when they detect movement using an infrared detector. The lights go off again after a preset time, usually a few minutes. This can be combined with a photocell to stop lights coming on during the day. Motion sensors are a useful security feature. Timers set the lights to go on and off at preset times, and can also be used in conjunction with photocells. They can be set to turn lights on and off in different rooms in the house to make it look as though someone is at home. Remote control lighting systems allow users to control their lighting from their sofa.
Decorative light switch covers can be used to make your lighting controls fit in with the decor in your home. Different finishes such as brass or chrome are available and add the finishing touches to an interior design scheme. They are inexpensive and are an attractive detail in your home.