Switching It Up

March 14, 2024
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When it comes to home renovation, one element that plays an essential role in both form and function is the humble light switch. As the unsung heroes of interior design and beyond, light switches can offer convenience, safety, and the ability to customize the ambiance of your home. In this guide, we’ll explore some popular light switch types, and help you determine which one is best suited for your needs.

Standard Toggle Switches

This is the most common light switch found in homes, consisting of a single toggle on a faceplate. Toggle switches are a reliable choice for rooms like bathrooms, basements, and other areas that maintain consistent lighting.

Dimmer Switches

Dimmer switches use a knob or slider to control the amount of power supplied to a light bulb at any given time. They’re perfect in living rooms when you need dim lighting for a cozy gathering, or bright light as you’re cleaning the house.

Motion Sensor Switches

These unique switches work with sensors that will automatically turn on lights if they detect movement. There are two types of sensors used to achieve this- active and passive. Active sensors use sound waves to detect movement, while passive sensors are activated with body heat. Motion sensor switches are perfect for outdoor uses, offering safety, convenience, and energy savings.

Timer Switches

Functioning on a timer, these switches can ensure that your lights will be powered down when not in use, and offer security by creating the illusion of occupancy if you’re out of the house. Their reliable scheduling can also help you to plan your daily power usage.

Illuminated Switches

These switches come with built in lights that produce a soft glow, allowing you to quickly find them in the dark. They’re ideal for basements, laundry rooms, kitchens, and any other rooms that may have a lack of windows or that you walk through at night.

After exploring your switch options, get in touch with Metro to discuss installation! Learn more about the process at the following link: Switch & Plug Upgrades