Everyday at Amos Lighting, we get asked by our customers ‘Should I ask my electrician to put my new light on a dimmer switch?’ Getting the right amount of light in a space can be tricky, so here are a few simple tips and points to consider before making a decision!
Different rooms have different requirements. I would therefore suggest you consider first what you will be using the room for. If it’s an office, hallway, bathroom or even a bedroom, the chances are you will need a set amount of light to fulfil the purpose of that space. Whilst there’s no harm installing a dimmer switch, consider whether you are ever likely to ever use it or even need it? Very often in these types of spaces a dimmer switch isn’t necessary and a simple on/off setup would be more than adequate.
Nevertheless, other areas of our homes, such as a dining room or a living room are very different. Will you always need the light on full output? Would it be beneficial to have the ability to control and dim the lumen level? The answer is often ‘Yes’. These spaces in our homes are often multifunctional places used throughout the day and by different members of the family. For example, during the day, children might be sat doing their homework at a dining table and require the light at full capacity. However, in the evening a family meal might be better enjoyed with the light dimmed down to create atmosphere and ambience. In these types of spaces, we would generally advise a dimmer switch be installed if the opportunity presents itself.
One of my favourite dimmable lights is the Pearl White Asteria by Umage; it’s ideal for use over a dining table or above a kitchen island! Another recommendation is the Fin by Original BTC; hand made in the UK from porcelain it creates a cosy warmth, especially when dimmed!
What about those who cannot install a dimmer switch, or perhaps have fallen in love with a new non-dimmable LED light? Fear not, you can still create that homely feel as there are some other things you can do. Most notably, consider layering in your lighting scheme. For example, if you have wall lights and a pendant in the same space, place them on separate switches so you can operate them independently. This allows you greater flexibility to control how much light you require at any given time. Plus, don’t forget floor and table lamps! In any space, they help create mood lighting and can also boost the levels of light in a slightly darker corner or beside a bed for reading.
To dim or not to dim? The answer is ‘Yes’ if you can and it’s appropriate then do so! If you can’t or it’s not necessary, then make the most of what you’ve got and explore other ways to control your lighting levels and you’ll be fine!