Lighting Controls

Lighting controls give you the flexibility to design a lighting plan with multiple uses and decorative effects. With the touch of a button, today’s sophisticated dimming systems enable you to:

  • Lower light levels to conserve energy and increase bulb life
  • Vary the mood of a room
  • Alter the intensity of the light to suit the activity
  • Create and save a number of different lighting schemes in one room

Types of Controls

Lutron Toggle DimmersToggle dimmers allow you to vary the intensity of the lighting by a small slider that is next to the toggle switch. The toggle allows you to turn the lights on and off, while the slider allows you to alter the intensity of the light. These are preset-type dimmers, which means you can set them at a favorite setting that will remain at the preset intensity each time you turn the switch on.
Leviton Slide DimmersSlide dimmers provide full-range, manual dimming control. Some are equipped with a touch-button that allows you to return to the previous lighting level when the lights are turned on. Others have an indicator light that glows in the dark for easy location.
Leviton Touch DimmersTouch dimmers allow you to vary the intensity of the lighting while depressing a button. These systems permit one-touch recall of the previous lighting level. Some are equipped with indicator lights that provide a continual readout of the lighting intensity and delay features that allow the operator time to exit a room before the lights turn off.

Lutron Integrated Dimming SystemsIntegrated dimming systems allow you to create multiple preset lighting scenes within a room. Scenes can be recalled with the touch of a button from a single wall-box or with hand-held wireless remote controls. Some manufacturers have even started offering systems that can be programmed via mobile devices such as the Apple iPhone.