Using dimmers saves money! We’ve all dealt with our typical lighting switches, but have you ever wanted to have a dimmer switch in your home? The advantages of dimmers over switches include convenience, increased design flexibility, energy savings, repeatability, reduced lamp replacement costs, and security!
Safe-Way Electric & Solar Co. can replace any of your light switches. We can relocate any existing switch or switch your power switch to a dimmer!
Energy savings can be originated through occupancy detection. Sensors are mounted in rooms, which detect if there is movement within the room or area. They feed that information back to the controller, which counts a period of time that no movement has been detected for. Each time movement is detected the count will be reset. Once movement has not been detected for a preset period of time the lighting in that room or area can be either switched off or turned down to a low energy saving level. After a further period of no movement they can be turned off altogether. In warm climates and in the summer months when air-conditioning is used, lowering the thermal load of the lighting can also save energy.
Safe-Way Electric & Solar Co. can install these sensors to help save you money on your electrical bill monthly. Let the savings begin!
Security lighting can play an important part in security, deterring intruders whether the property is occupied or not. Low levels of illumination can be programmed to operate at night in certain rooms or hallways. When the house is vacated, lighting levels can be designated that copy normal usage. This can be by time clock or by selecting a vacation mode. Dimmed or selectively switched levels of illumination will save energy and is more effective than leaving lighting on or using simple plug-in timers.
Longevity of Dimmer Light Switches
Light bulbs last longer when you use a dimmer to keep them lit. If you dim the lights by at least 25%, you will save approximately 1/5 of the electricity required. The softer the lamp fade, the longer the lamp lasts. You can give 3 or 4 years to a lamp that will usually last 5 or 6 months. This is just another way Safe-Way Electric & Solar Co. could save you money on your electrical bill!
Neon (Cold Cathode) Lights
Used most often in signage and to light ceiling recesses in buildings, neon lights are usually custom made with different gases and tube coatings to create different colors. A high voltage transformer that operates from 1 – 6KV powers them. These transformers can be dimmed on the mains supply side by some controllers. The minimum dimming level, typically, is 10% but is dependent on the lamp and transformer characteristics. Energy is saved when dimming, though lamp life is not extended.
To find out more about neon lighting in your home or office, call Safe-Way Electric & Solar Co today at (909) 464-9983!
Facts & Tips
When dimming a lamp, the energy saved is as high as 98% of the proportion of unused energy. Because the human eye perceives light non-linearly, it is possible to reduce light levels by over 10% before the reduction in brightness is noticed. This would lead to a near 10% saving in energy consumption. A 50% reduction in dimming levels would save around 40% of the energy!