Have a flathead and Phillips screwdriver handy and a
Begin every electricity job like this in full daylight
Use flathead screwdriver to remove the old plate and
pull out the old switch which could be wired in with two wires or with
three (including a ground). The ground screw is usually green and is along
the side of the dimmer unit.
Use a Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the old outlet;
Remove the dimmer button from the hardware housing and
Use your screwdriver to tightly attach the existing
Use a screwdriver to attach the dimmer switch housing
to the frame around the electrical unit.
The holes for the screws are
standardized and should fit only one way.
Now, using the flathead screwdriver, screw on the
Finally, push the knob onto the fitting.
Turn the electricity back on and check
Imagine how nice your dimmed
room will look and how much electricity you’ll save when you’re in
control of your lighting.
From 1 September 2012, an EU
directive aimed at reducing the energy use of lighting, meant that
retailers are no longer be allowed to sell 40W and 25W incandescent
bulbs. Similar bans came into effect for 60W and 100W incandescent bulbs
over the past three years. Only low energy bulbs can now be sold.
Many of the low energy
bulbs on the market are not suitable for use with dimmer switches, it
is, therefore, imperative to check the packaging and/or supplier to
ensure the correct bulb is purchased.