What is a Remote Dimmer Switch?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

A remote dimmer switch is a switch which remotely controls the level of light emitted by a lamp. Regular wall dimmer switches control the circuits on which lamps are placed to adjust light levels and a remote dimmer switch can add more functionality to such a switch. Many hardware and electrical supply stores carry remote dimmers and can order specific products by request from customers. In addition, people can sometimes order directly from manufacturers. An electrician may also carry a supply which can be installed by request from customers.

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A classic lamp dimmer switch allows people to adjust the intensity of the light emitted by a lamp with a knob or slider. Such switches can be used to control mood lighting and to adjust the level of light in a room for comfort and may be mounted in the wall or integrated into the workings of a lamp which plugs in. A remote dimmer switch has the same functionality, but operates remotely, so that people do not need to be in contact with the dimmer switch.

The range of a remote dimmer switch can vary. Some need to be relatively close to the circuits they control, while others may be operated from variable distances. The remote can also communicate in a variety of ways. An infrared remote dimmer switch, for example, uses an infrared beam, which means that it needs to be pointed at the receiver to function. Some companies make remote panels which can be used to control multiple circuits at once. Remote dimmer switches can also be integrated into the controls for a smart house, allowing people to control a number of features from one control panel.

There are a number of reasons why people might find a remote dimmer switch useful. One advantage to such switches is that people can adjust light levels without having to get up. In addition, people can activate lights without needing to step into a room. For example, a remote could be kept by the door so that people can turn the lights on when they get home at night so that they can see.

When selecting a remote dimmer switch, people should think about how it will be used. They may want to consider limitations such as range, battery life, and communication method so that they can find a product most appropriate to the intended setting. Other things to consider include the availability of waterproofing and other special features.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a wiseGEEK researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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