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Lighting Control

By: Jill Connors
From the familiar toggle to the newest dimmers and keypads, discover options in lighting control.
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Flip a Switch

The traditional toggle switch has been a household classic in light control for decades. With an upward push of the finger, power to the lighting fixture is activated. Image courtesy of Leviton

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Simple Styling

The rocker type light switch operates in the same manner as a toggle but has a more streamlined look that has made it a design favorite. Shown, from left: Leviton's Decora, Acenti and Vizia switches

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New-Tech Dimmer

With the advent of dimmable compact fluorescent (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs, many homeowners may be finding that their old dimmer switches (designed for use with incandescent lightbulbs) may not be working as well as they should. Replace old dimmers with new versions made for CFL and LED lightbulbs. Shown: Lutron's C.L Diva dimmer

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Plug-In Dimmer

Even if your table lamp isn't wired to a wall switch, you can still get the energy savings and flexibility of dimming. Use a plug-in lamp dimmer; new versions hitting the market now are designed to work with CFL and LED lightbulbs. Shown: Lutron’s C.L Credenza

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