Dimmer selection

Old 12-06-02, 03:08 PM
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Dimmer selection

I've seen a number of recent posts involving dimmers, and I got to thinking (watch out!).

In your OPINION (I realize this is not gospel, I just want your thoughts) what are the better and best dimmers - both in type and brand?

Dial type dimmers (that's what I call the old-school round dimmers you rotate clockwise for brighter and counter-clockwise [anti-clockwise as the Brits say] for dimmer), slide dimmers, or what?

Are there types other than those two?

With modern technology do they make dimmers that are like a 'touch screen' where you touch a pad or slide your finger up and down a pad to brighten/dim?

I have no dimmers in my house at all, and in all my remodeling and rewiring I was thinking of possibly down the road adding a couple for certain lights.

Thanks and y'all have a great weekend!
Old 12-06-02, 03:11 PM
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Can't tell you the brand, but the ones I prefer look just like a regular switch. The one in for my dining room fixture even has a built in pilot light, so the switch lever glows when the switch is off.
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Yeah, I agree with tow_guy. The switch-looking dimmers are pretty cool, especially with the added light. But to answer your question, the old round ones suck. Take a look at www.lutron.com if you want to see some of the new, really cool stuff. Of course, the best option is automation, and just lose the switches and dimmers.
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If you adjust the light level a lot, you should choose a dimmer that makes this easy -- the round knob kind is good for that.

But if you primarily use the dimmer at one setting, something with separate level and on/off controls is good. I like the kind with a regular looking switch with a little slide control next to the lever. For the most part, I leave the dimmer at a preset level and just use it light a regular switch.

There are a bigillion kinds of dimmers. I'm sure you can find something perfect for you.

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