Ok, but here's the thing. Dimmer switches are awesome. Everybody should have dimmer switches. Even renters can have dimmer switches; just ask your landlord or switch them out and put back the originals before you move.
Sure, some are crazily priced but there are also more affordable ones if you do a little seeking. But seriously, dimmers are the schniz. Look at me all hip n' stuff.
|Dimmer switch at Menards for $7.00|
Right, I know, many compact fluorescents are not dimmable or if there are, they don't always work well. There are LED dimmables on the market but I have yet to find one that doesn't flicker or put out terribly unattractive light. Maybe I don't lavish enough money on them, who knows.
So yeah, hate to say it, as much as I try to be green and save energy, incandescents are my go-to for dimming. As such though, I will qualify by saying I generally only put them in fixtures we don't use all that often.
But back to dimmer switches. They let you decide the amount of light for the room, creating a warm moody dimness, an atmosphere. Lighting shapes a room. Options people, we like options. Options gooooood.
On the plus side too with these things, they are easy to install with some basic wiring knowledge. I can't stress enough though, if this intimidates you, if you find a mess o' wires that's beyond confusing in the electrical box, it's best to call a professional. Do not mess with electricity as it can kill you and/or burn your house down, mmk?
My first switch of the day was for that foyer fixture I'm still not sure about. After switching out the bulbs to incandescent 40w, I knocked off the power at the breaker box then popped off the switch cover plate.
All righty, this was a tad confusing. The black wire was ganged with the switch next to it, the stair lights, and stripped in the middle. Palm to forehead. No worries, I snipped the black wire into two since my dimmer switch had a place for both to happily coexist.
This option keeps the circuit connected.
Cram that sucker into the electrical box (or at least I had to, you may not need so), screw it on, replace the foam insulation bits....
....reattach the cover, flip on the breaker and bam, suh-weet, dimmed light.
It's better. I can't say I'm suddenly all in love with the fixture. But it's better with the striped wall and such. Granted, the carpet on the stairs still needs to go and that door....well that door. Black. Thinking I'm gonna paint it black.
(We've reached that point in the post where Mike is questioning his wedding vows again....black paint.)
Next was a switch in the kitchen for a set of four recessed cans we have between the kitchen and the living room.
Anyway, this was a rat's nest upon removing the switch cover plate. Two switches plus this also feeds wires to the switch in my office on the other side of the wall.
|I hate this flipper.|
I placed the two left wires in the same side of the dimmer switch and the bottom right wire on the opposite side.
|Ka-pow, dimmed lights, wooo hoooo!|
But, moving on!
Yay, the master bedroom closet light! I'd show you more of the closet but hey, I'm a real person and my closet is kind of a mess. Sorry.
Right, so I got this fixture on eBay* a while back in all it's mylar-y goodness and I kept dragging my feet getting it installed. After killing the power to the ever-so-lovely crassly named light, aka Contractor Special, off it came rapidly (it's only plus, ease of removal and disposal). I turned to the new light.
|Pardon the uh, dead plants in that planter on the balcony there. Ahem.|
Ok, but ya know, I learned a lesson here and discovered with a slightly clearer head than the other day how it's supposed to be installed.
Screw in the bracket with the extra enclosed screws using the other darn holes/cut outs/slits, whatever. No need to remove the darn screws pointing down. Yeah, darn it, palm to forehead again.
Whatever. I got it. Sigh. Heh. Feel like a bozo. I did have to loosen the screws going up a bit as I was having trouble threading the down screws into the fixture base far enough for those darn balls to grab on.
So here's the light! Yay!!
I like it quite well. It doesn't throw off a huge amount of light, but again, moody, atmospheric. I like darkness.
A compact fluorescent is not a good choice of bulb for this though. It's hard to see in the photo, but when lit, you see the curly unattractiveness clear as day. Sooooo, back to Menards for another bulb!
If I don't catch you before the holiday next week, I hope you all have a wonderful time filled with all sorts of happiness, goodness, and joy. Happy rest of Chanukah to you all too! xo
*The eBay light fixture link is an affiliate link. Mwah, thanks!