Anytime you walk into your home at night, the first thing you do is switch on the lights. You may not think too much about what the light switch looks like as long as it is working.
However, light switches play a very important role in the home and can serve as excellent utility and decorative features. There are many different types of light switches in the market for homeowners to choose from. Electrical contractors can help you explore unique designs and features that can turn a plain home into a comfortable haven. Here are several light switch ideas for the home.
Standard light switches
The standard types of light switches are the ones you’re probably most familiar with. They consist of the basic on-off design, where you flip the switch on/off to control the lights. They work on the basic principle of completing/cutting an electric circuit. When the switch is turned on, the circuit is completed and the lights turn on. When the switch is turned off, the circuit is broken and the light bulbs turn off.
There are many different variations of standard switches, such as single-pole, double-pole and three-way switches. What distinguishes one type of standard switch from another is the amount of electric current it carries. For example, a double-pole switch is capable of connecting to a circuit of 240 Volts and it contains a grounding cable that eliminates the build up of electrical current within the switch itself.
Push button switches
To add a unique touch to the home, you can have electrical contractors install push button switches. These light switches work by turning the lights on/off when you push a button.
In some designs, a spring is present within the light switch and the electrical circuit is either interrupted or completed based on the position of the spring mechanism. Push button switches offer a unique way of operating the lights in your home.
Light Dimming Switches
If you desire more control over how you operate your lights, light dimming switches are an excellent option. They allow you to vary the extent of brightness that each bulb has in the room. Using either a circular control lever or a series of buttons, you can set the brightness to varying levels. They are more useful than the simple standard switches that simply turn on/off.
Dimming switches are useful for bathrooms, where you may want a dimly lit space as you shower, or children’s rooms where they may be afraid of total darkness at night.
Advancements in technology have led to electrical contractors installing automated switches. These light switches contain sensors that can detect when someone walks into a room, automatically turning the lights on. If no movement is detected for some time, the lights automatically turn off. They are excellent options for energy efficiency within your premises.