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Questions about lighting and light fixtures?

Lighting is something most people don't think much about, but when it comes time to update the lighting in your home or business, there are many things to consider. Don't get left in the dark. Read this handy guide to get the answers to some common lighting-related questions.

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How do I choose the right bulb for my light fixture?

To choose the right bulb for your fixture, consider the bulb type, shape, size, wattage, color temperature, lumens, dimming capability, and energy efficiency. You can typically find the correct wattage listed somewhere on your light fixture. Make sure the bulb fits the socket and is suitable for the mood and atmosphere you want to create. Choose energy-efficient bulbs to save money on energy costs.

What is the most energy-efficient type of light bulb?

LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs are the most energy-efficient type of light bulb. They use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last up to 25 times longer. While LED bulbs may cost more upfront than other types of bulbs, they can help save money on energy costs over their lifespan. LED bulbs are available in a range of color temperatures and styles, making them a versatile and popular choice for energy-efficient lighting.

What is smart lighting?

Smart lighting refers to a lighting system that can be controlled and customized using a smartphone, tablet, voice assistant, or home automation platform. Smart lighting systems typically use LED bulbs that are connected to a wireless network, allowing users to control the lighting remotely, adjust the brightness and color, and set up schedules and routines. Some smart lighting systems also feature motion sensors, ambient light sensors, and other advanced features that can enhance the convenience, comfort, security, and energy efficiency of the lighting system. Smart lighting can be integrated with other smart home devices, such as thermostats, security cameras, and entertainment systems, to create a seamless and intelligent home automation experience.

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Do I need special light fixtures for outdoor lighting?

Yes, you need special light fixtures for outdoor lighting that are weather-resistant, durable, and safe for outdoor use. They should be made of materials that can withstand exposure to moisture, wind, and sunlight, and installed correctly to prevent water fromentering the fixture or electrical connections. Consider the location, purpose, and style of the lighting when choosing outdoor fixtures, and consult with a licensed electrician for advice.

How do dimmer switches work?

Dimmer switches reduce the amount of voltage that reaches a light fixture to decrease its brightness. They use an electronic component called a triac to control the flow of electricity in the AC wave cycle, allowing only a portion of the wave to pass through when the switch is turned to a position between "on" and "off". This is controlled by a knob or slider that users can adjust to achieve the desired level of brightness.