Lighting controls give you the flexibility to design a
lighting plan with multiple uses and decorative effects.
With the touch of a button, today’s sophisticated
dimming systems enable you to:
▶ Lower light levels to conserve energy and increase
▶ Vary the mood of a room
▶ Alter the intensity of the light to suit the activity
▶ Create and save a number of different lighting
schemes in one room
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Types Of Controls
Toggle dimmers allow you to vary
the intensity of the lighting by
a small slider that is next to the
toggle switch. The toggle allows
you to turn the lights on and off,
while the slider allows you to
alter the intensity of the light.
These are preset-type dimmers,
which means you can set them at
a favorite setting that will remain at the preset intensity
each time you turn them on. They are one of the most
popular types of dimmers today, because they are very
easy to use and match the look of the other toggle
switches in the house.