CMW Electric
Monday, January 23, 2017

21st Century Lighting: The Light Switch

Improved lighting technology has transformed the traditional light switch into a multitude of options and automation. Modern lighting brings possibilities for saving energy, improving ambiance, and adding convenience.
Dimmers are more than “mood lighting”. They also save energy. First, if a light is dimmed by 25%, electricity use is reduced by almost as much. Second, as dimmers reduce heat, bulb life increases – up to four times longer at that 25% level. Dimmers operate with a variety of switch mechanisms, including toggle, slide, paddle-switch, or rotary dial, and come with a range of settings and features.
A central control panel can monitor and control all switches and dimmers within the household. You can automate lights – setting them to time of day, or household activity. Remote controls can also be tied into the central system.
Central control systems are not only convenient, but they’re actually cost-efficient too, and can pay for themselves over time. We’d be glad to come out and discuss the lighting in your home. Just give us a call.

When Good Bulbs Go Bad

What could be the cause of dimming and flickering lights? If the dimming and flickering are pronounced and prolonged, the problem could be in a wiring connection. The style or wattage of the bulb could be the culprit if you have a light with an “on again, off again” cycle. A safety mechanism may shut off the light if it begins to overheat. If it’s one fixture with one bulb, start by changing that bulb. But if it’s happening throughout the home, call us for a diagnostic.

Who Doesn’t Want to Save Money on Electricity?

That’s definitely a rhetorical question. In this day and age, any rational human being wants to save money any way they can. One of the easiest ways to cut costs is to save money on your recurring bills – your monthly electricity bill, for instance. Some ways to do that are common sense – some are not, but all are easy ways to cut your energy costs:
  • Buy a programmable thermostat.
  • Check out double-paned windows.
  • Check your hot water heater.
  • Invest in blankets.

Turn off your lights when they’re not in use!

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