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How to Dim Your Lights (Easy Steps)

In this post, we discuss dimming lighting. From how to dim incandescent bulbs to how to dim LED lights without a dimmer. We also talk about what color temperature is and the best color temperature for different rooms. 

Read on!

1. What does dimming a light mean?

Dimming light means lowering the brightness of a light source from its normal setting to a more subtle or lower setting.

Dimming your lights can be helpful in many different situations from giving your eyes a break from staring at a bright light all day to creating a softer ambiance in a room. 

2. How to dim Incandescent bulbs?

What is an incandescent bulb?

An incandescent light bulb is a source of electric light that emits light as a result of heating the filament. A wide range of sizes, wattages, and voltages are available.

Are incandescent bulbs dimmable?

Yes, incandescent bulbs are dimmable, since incandescent bulbs have a resistive behavior, allowing lumen output to be directly proportional to current.

Can I use an LED dimmer switch with incandescent bulbs?

Yes, incandescent bulbs are compatible with any dimmer switch. Currents of electricity flow through a wire filament in an incandescent bulb, causing the filament to glow and the bulb to illuminate. These bulbs, however, may burn out if the voltage is too high.

3. How to dim non-dimmable LED lights?

Can you dim non-dimmable LED lights?

The short answer is that you can’t dim non-dimmable LED lights. In a dimmer circuit, non-dimmable lights will either flicker or run at full brightness.

What if I dim a non-dimmable bulb?

It wouldn’t dim. The light would switch between “on” and “off”. Occasionally you’re going to notice some on/off flashing in the middle.

4. How to dim dimmable LED lights with a dimmer switch?

The best way to dim the LED lights is to install a smart dimmer switch. You can control your light either using the wall switch or the smartphone app. 

install a switch

How to install the smart dimmer switch?

1.     Remove the old switch

Ensure that the power is off before removing your old switch

2.     Check for neutral wires

In the junction box, you will find a bundle of white wires folded up and secured with a wire nut. This is your neutral wiring and it is required for using Smart Switch. Almost every home built since 1978 has a neutral wire.

What is a neutral wire?

By using a neutral wire, you can power the smart switch while also cutting power to the lighting circuit connected to your lights.

3.     Connect the wires

Remove all the wires from the old switch and connect them to the corresponding wires on the new Smart Dimmer

What are the benefits of a smart dimmer switch?

Control the dimmer remotely

Smart Wi-Fi Dimmer lets you control the ambiance of any room with a touch of a button. Plus, you can control it from anywhere using the smartphone app or voice assistant of your choice.

Control the brightness

You can adjust the brightness of any room and create the right ambiance for any activity. The smart dimmer is designed to dim the energy-efficient LEDs as well as traditional incandescent bulbs.

Schedule the lighting

You can set your smart dimmer switch to automatically turn on and off the lights when you’re away. Using IFTTT or Nest, you can even set your lights to turn on and off based on where you are.

Set scenes

Group the smart dimmer switch with other smart home devices to create desired scenes. Include it in a scene when you wake up, go to bed, take a bath, have a party, etc. The possibilities are endless. Don’t be afraid to experiment. 

5. How to dim the lights without using a dimmer?

If you’re not a fan of installing dimmers, you can simply replace the old bulbs with smart bulbs. With smart bulbs, you can adjust the brightness to suit your taste. 

dim the light on the smartphone app

What are smart bulbs?

A smart bulb is a LED light bulb that can be controlled and monitored through a smartphone or computer. You can dim them, turn them off, or even change their colors using apps or your voice. They’re a great way to control your lights from anywhere in the house, and they’re a great way to add a little extra flavor or warmth to your decor.

What are the benefits of a smart bulb?


You can adjust the brightness from 1% to 100% with the smartphone App and even set it to automatically adjust the color temperature with the natural light patterns from dawn to dusk. 

Tunable white

Tune your lights slowly to dozy warm white(2500k) to relax at night or energetic bright white(6500k) when you need a boost in the morning. 

Multicolor options

With dimmable 16 million colors, you can create spectacular light effects with smart bulbs for any occasion. From dinner parties to late-night study sessions, from birthday parties to Halloween events,  the list goes on and on. 

Voice control the light with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant

Add voice control by combining it with the Alexa device. Get hands-free control of your lights by simply saying something like “ Alexa, turn on living room lights.”

6. How do dim outdoor string lights?

What are outdoor string lights?

Outdoor string lights are a set of bulbs,  great for adding a little extra atmosphere to your outdoor gatherings. They can also be used for various other purposes, such as decoration, creating a festive atmosphere, and so on. Whether you are planning to host a party or simply want to enjoy the beauty of nature, outdoor string lights are a great choice for you.

They’re also perfect to set the mood on your patio or deck. You can string them along a driveway, a walkway, or a porch to give your home a welcoming or holiday appearance. You can also use them to light up the fence. You will definitely love the soft warm glow they put off. 

How to dim the dimmable outdoor string lights?

Use an outdoor smart dimmer plug to easily dim your string lights. Before you buy the dimmer plug, make sure your string lights are dimmable. 

The outdoor smart plug has a built-in dimmer, capable of controlling the brightness of your dimmable LEDs. You can either use the physical switch on the plug to dim the lights or use a smartphone app to control it.

The plug is IP64 weather resistant which means it’s protected against intrusion from solids as small as dust and protected from water splash on the device.

8. What is color temperature? 

Light color temperature is measured on the Kelvin scale, from 1000 to 10000. A light with a low color temperature has a bluish tint to it, while light with a high color temperature gives off a yellowish or orangish tint.

color temperature scale

What is the best color temperature for lighting? 

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best color temperature depends on your individual preferences and lighting needs.

Best color temperature for a bedroom

As an example, the ideal color temperature for your bedroom might be warmer colors (2700K/3000K) in the evening and cooler colors (3500K/4000K) in the morning.

Best color temperature for a living room

The best color temperature for a living room is generally around 3000 Kelvin. This temperature is warm and comfortable, and it will make the room feel inviting to spend time in. 

If you want to add a little bit of warmth to your living room, try setting the temperature to 2700 Kelvin. This temperature is still comfortable, but it will give the room a slightly warmer feel. 

If you want to cool down your living room slightly, try setting the temperature to 3500 Kelvin. This temperature is perfect if you want to create a more relaxing atmosphere. 

Best color temperature for a kitchen

The 5000K color temperature is ideal for kitchens with white cabinets and a modern to the transitional aesthetic.

In general, 4000K starts to take on a warmer tone and can “pink out” white cabinets.

If your kitchen has dark wood cabinets, a 3000K light would be optimal.

9. Endnote

Replacing old bulbs with smart bulbs is the easiest way to dim your lights. They can be installed almost anywhere to be easily incorporated into any home decor. Most smart light bulbs are compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, or other voice control systems and integrate into your smart home system

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