If you plan on installing new light switches in your home, you don’t necessarily have to be an expert. However, Salt Light & Electric recommends doing your research on the different types of light switches to find what suits you best. Of course, scouring the web for valuable information on light switches can be time consuming – with hundreds of rabbit holes for consumers to fall into. Luckily, our team of professional electricians are here to help! Salt Light & Electric has compiled a beginner’s guide to light switches featuring common designs and their various functions.
Single-Pole Light Switch –
The most common type of light switch in your home, single-pole switches are lever-based switches with a simple on and off function. The name single-pole refers to the one circuit passing through the switch, meaning you only control a single light from a single switch. Single-pole switches are easily identified by their ON and OFF labeling located on the lever.
Multi-Location Switches –
Multi-location switches come in several variants, and their function is to have multiple switches all control the same light. One version is a three-way switch, which despite its name, controls a light fixture from two separate locations. Four-way switches do the same but allow three switches instead. The reason their names are one interval higher is due to the amount of terminal screws they possess, which each connects wire to the switch. Multi-location switches are identified by their lack of a ON and OFF labeling on the lever, due to the status of the light depending on the multiple switches. If your switch’s lever has no labeling, then it is most likely a multi-location switch.
Dimmer Switch –
Dimmer switches offer more personalization than a simple on and off switch, as they are used to lower a light’s brightness without turning it off completely. The controls on a dimmer can be rotating, sliding, or other variants. Much like traditional light switches, they also come in multi-location versions, and can be used to dim the same fixture from different locations of a home.
Programmable Timer Switch –
Programmable timer switches allow you to customize exactly when you want a fixture to light up. You can schedule when you want the fixture to turn on for each day of the week, giving you an ability to cut down on energy usage. Some variations of this switch have Wi-Fi capabilities, which allow you to customize your lighting from the convenience of your smartphone.
Occupancy Switch –
Otherwise known as a motion sensor switch, occupancy switches activate the light fixture when motion is detected, afterwards turning it off when no detection is present. Much like programmable timer switches, occupancy switches work well to cut down on energy usage and add a modern flair to your home.
Found the right type of switch and ready to put it in your home? Contact Salt Light & Electric today! Our trusted technicians can help with all of your lighting and light switch services. Give us a call at (512) 956-7842 to schedule an appointment and meet the trusted lighting experts.