Dimmer switches are a great way to lower your electric bills and make your house look more stylish, but some light fixtures aren’t compatible with them. This is especially true if you have a vintage fixture like one that’s been in the family for years—the wiring may be too old to handle the extra load from installing a dimmer switch. If you’re considering installing a dimmer switch in your home, check out this guide first.

Improper dimming can be dangerous.

Dimmers are designed to limit the amount of current reaching your lights—and they do so by cutting off the power a bit before your lightbulb would normally burn out. This is great for most bulbs, but LED and CFLs are sensitive to these kinds of fluctuations in power flow and can be damaged if dimmed incorrectly. The way you tell whether or not this will happen is by looking at how much wattage each bulb draws—if one draws more than 100 watts, it’s likely susceptible to damage from improper dimming.

If you want to convert a non-dimmable fixture into a dimmable one (say, because all your existing lamps have burned out), here’s what to do:

How do I know if my light fixture is dimmable?

What are the risks of converting a light fixture to be dimmable?

Safety risks: There are many potential hazards when installing a dimmer switch, especially if you’re not experienced with electrical work. The most obvious safety risk is getting shocked by the electricity running through the wire that powers your light fixture. You can avoid this by making sure that all of your wires are insulated and that they don’t come into contact with any other electrical wires or devices while they’re being installed. If you don’t know how to install an outlet, call an electrician—it’s worth it if you want to avoid getting hurt!

Overheating is another common problem with dimmer switches; because they reduce power flow to a light fixture, there’s less heat generated than usual under normal circumstances. If the insulation around a wire becomes damaged or worn down over time due to frequent use (which could happen depending on where your light fixtures are located), then it may start sparking during operation—this can cause fires when exposed materials catch fire from these arcs/sparks.

What if I want to control multiple lights with the same switch?

A dimmer switch is the obvious choice for controlling multiple lights with a single switch. You can also use multiple dimmer switches, which are more expensive and harder to install.

If you have a large room or space that needs to be lit using several fixtures, consider using an occupancy sensor so that the lights only turn on when someone is in the room. This will save energy and help prolong the life of your bulbs too!

Before installing a dimmer switch, ensure that the light fixture is compatible and that your electrical panel can handle more power.

We have discussed the dangers of using a dimming switch with an incompatible light fixture and the benefits of controlling multiple lights with one switch. However, you must also be aware of the risks associated with doing this before making any changes to your home’s wiring system. Make sure that your electrical panel can handle more power if necessary and consult an electrician if you have any questions or concerns about installing a dimmer switch in your home.

If you find yourself needing any light fixtures installed, or any other electrical services, keep Mount Man Electric in mind! We offer many different electrical services. You can learn more at www.mountmanelectric.com today.

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