Buy light dimmer switches in all styles and colors for updating your lighting. Find universal dimmers as well as CFL, LED, slide, toggle, rotary knob, or rocker dimming switch controls by Lutron, Leviton, and GE.
Light dimmer switches come in a range of styles and colors, so how do you find which type works best for you?
Slider dimmers have a bar that can be pushed up or down for adjusting lighting brightness. Their rectangular shape has the advantage of fitting into any standard block or Decora switch plate opening. Depending upon the model, these decorator slide dimmer controls also may have a button that allows you to flip the light on to the level you previously set with the sliding bar.
Rocker Dimmers with Presets
Dimmers than look like regular rocker switches actually have a small lever on the side that can be set to a desired lighting level. These devices are convenient for lights that must be kept a lower level, whether because the lighting is too bright or harsh unless dimmed, or in high-use locations where you wish to save money.
A great choice when you simply want to replace a toggle switch in your current light switch cover, toggle light dimmers are compact and easy to use. They fit into regular toggle light switch covers. Depending on the brand you either use the switch itself to adjust the lighting intensity or set a small bar on the side to the desired level then simply turn the light on and off like normal.
The look of a toggle dimmer allows it to fit right in with your other toggle switches for a neat, uniform look. They allow you to keep your set of wall plates intact without the need of trying to find a matching cover in a new size. Their small size also minimizes the amount of device color showing, so when paired with decorative switchplates that are not the standard colors, these will blend in better and be less noticeable.
A classic electrical device that has been popular for decades, twist dimmers conveniently fit into a toggle switch plate opening (the knob covers the rectangular opening) while making it obvious that it is a dimmer. This is an avantage when you have frequent guests or simply want to know at a glance which switch is the dimmer. You may also prefer the smooth control that a rotating button provides. The larger knob is easier adjust to a finer lighting level than a dimmer control that has a tiny preset lever. In addition, Kyle Switch Plate offers rotary knobs in a wide range of colors and finishes (brass, bronze, chrome, copper, etc.) with both plain and decorative versions for an elegant accent that will coordinate with metal light switch covers.
The newer universal dimmer switches are designed for use with both incandescent and halogen light bulbs, plus work with the recently developed dimmable light-emitting diode and compact fluorescent bulbs. These environtally friendly bulbs help you save money on your energy bills.
CFL LED Dimmers
Lutron Diva dimmer paddle switches with small slide dimmer control for CFL and LED lights. Universal dimming rocker switch dims incandescent and halogen light bulbs in addition to dimmable light-emitting diode and compact fluorescent bulbs. Lutron Diva electric dimmer switch can be wired as a 3-way or single pole. Fits in a rocker switch plate.
Pushbutton Light Dimmers
If you enjoy your modern conveniences but appreciate vintage style, consider adding a pushbutton type for controlling lighting levels. These updated push-button dimming switches are available in single pole or three way versions and are UL approved. They fit antique reproduction push button light plates and are sure to be conversation starters. Kyle Switch Plates offers many configurations so it's easy to find the sizes and finishes that will allow you to attractively add vintage charm to your home. For more information and your range of choices, please see push button light dimmers.
Looking to match your existing switches and cover plates? Here are all the dimmer types available in white, ivory, gray, black & brown:
White Dimmer Styles
Fresh and bright, you can never go wrong with white switches for adding a clean, updated look to your home. As a result, you'll find the widest variety of dimmer types in white - rocker with a preset lever, slider, slide with a on/off switch, rotary, and toggle (with or without presets). Shop all white dimmer light controls.
A traditional favorite for its creamy color that coordinates well with natural materials like wood, cotton, jute, and wicker. It looks especially nice with neutral-colored wall paint and furnishings. Shop all ivory dimmers.
Almond Light Dimmers
For a less yellow look, almond is another option. There are fewer styles available with choices being rocker, rotary and toggle. Shop almond dimmers.
Gray Dimmer Types
Gray dimmers are a popular choice in rooms when paired with aluminum and stainless steel switch plates, nickel fixtures, and chrome hardware. Shop all gray dimmer switches.
The natural choice for black wall plates, black dimmers can be used to dramatic effect with stainless covers set against black granite, or with white switch plates in black and white kitchens to continue the checherboard pattern of tiled floors. Shop all black dimmers.
Brown Dimmer Styles
A classic favorite, brown switch plates come in a variety of sizes and so do the matching dimmers. Because of its rich coloring, brown dimmers look especially attractive with bronze and brass switch plates, too. Shop all brown light dimmer units.
Can I install a 3-way dimmer as a single pole?
Yes, most any regular three-way light dimmer can be wired to control a single light just by capping off the red wire.
Can I put two or more dimmer switches next to each other?
Yes, generally you can. Please note, however, that certain dimmer brands and styles may have wide flanges around the device to dissipate heat. These fins would have to be trimmed at the break-off points on whatever side is next to another dimmer (either one or both sides). When this is done, the dimmer is derated to carry a lower load. Check your device installation information to see what the de-rating levels are when one or both fins are removed.
Will dimming lights save money?
Yes. When you set your lights to a lower level, not only will you reduce the power that the lights draw, but your home will remain cooler thereby allowing you to minimize your A/C usage. Both will directly save you money on your energy bills.
I want to keep my toggle switch plate that matches my set - what are my dimmer choices?
Choose either a toggle dimmer (with or without preset levers) or a rotary dimmer. Note that if you choose a rotary dimmer, Kyle Switch Plates has decorative knobs that can add a creative touch to your decor.
Is there a dimmer that would fit a duplex opening?
No. If your current wall plate has a duplex opening (two rounded openings with a single screw in the middle), then we recommend getting a new plate or swapping out the devices and covers from another location where you could use either a toggle or slide dimmer instead.