A Guide to the Best Light Switches & Dimmers For Your Home

A Guide to the Best Light Switches & Dimmers For Your Home

Best Light Switches & Dimmers For Your Home

Home lighting is so much more than choosing the brightest and most efficient bulbs. While both are important for seeing and saving on overall electrical costs, the right home lighting can create an inviting and cozy environment to live, play, and in our age of remote-employment, even work. With improved, energy-conscious technology, now more than ever, you can choose lighting accessories to enhance your home and benefit your utility budget.

With the advancement of smart technology, it’s possible to control many of your home’s comfort systems, sound, security and even lighting from your mobile device, tablet, laptop and even via voice command through components like Google Nest™, Google Assistant™, or Amazon Alexa™, for example. These smart devices have also evolved to include many choices for smart light switches and dimmers. The expert electricians at Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric can provide helpful information to make your home beautiful and functional at the same time. 


Experts agree that while there are many smart light switches and dimmers from which to choose, there are a few that are standouts for various reasons. The top four smart light switches and dimmers are:

  • TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch – It’s affordable and easily installed, has the versatility of adding schedules and groups, and works with Alexa™ and Google Assistant™. One of the biggest drawbacks is that they are not dimmable. 
  • GE CYNC Smart Light Switch Wi-Fi – Like the Kasa light switches, they’re also affordable, work with Alexa™ and Google Assistant™, and schedules can be set up. However, you will likely benefit from the expertise of a qualified electrician like the pros at Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric, as the installation can be tricky,
  • WeMo WIFI Smart Dimmer Switch – A Belkin brand product, the WeMo Smart Dimmer light switch is versatile, with all the programmability of the others. It’s compatible with smart home components like Alexa™ and Google Assistant™. 

All of these require a neutral wire, which is not found in many older homes. The smart light switch which is also dimmable and does not require a neutral wire is:

  • Lutron Caséta Wireless In-Wall Smart Dimmer – This particular reliable smart light switch is compatible with Alexa™, Google Assistant™ and others. One unique feature is that it operates with the Clear Connect proprietary wireless network, which is a benefit if your home has Wi-Fi dead spots. 

The bottom line is that today’s technology offers many options for light switches and dimmers to give you the most flexibility with home lighting. Whether you prefer traditional light switches and manual dimmers or the new smart technology, the trained electricians at Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric can provide information on a wide array of solutions to meet your specific needs according to the design and layout of your home. Schedule your appointment today.