Before you decide on dimming your lights in your home, you need to know what type of lights you are available. Fluorescent lighting is only dimmable for a particular type of dimmable electronic ballast. In these systems, the electronic ballast and dimmer switch Australia must be matched and made to work with one another. Most Fluorescent lights are not dimmable. However, you can purchase complete dimmable systems if you wish.
Now, you may ask, ‘why dim the lights’? Well, mostly due to aesthetics or upgrade reasons. In some case it’s for comfort, others for necessity as bright lights can affect the homes ambience. Or maybe, it’s a cool thing to do. If you are choosing to install a dimmer and you have incandescent lights installed, you are in business. Once you verify you have incandescent lamps, you can now start the installation.
First, find the circuit located in the electrical panel that feeds this particular lighting circuit you are attempting to upgrade. Once found, turn off the power to that light circuit. Remove the cover plate, then the switch. Remember to be careful. Even though you shut down the light circuit and the light is not coming on, there is always a chance of shock with reverse fed wires.
Now, carefully pull the switch away from the switch box. Take a voltage tester and verify that all wiring in not energised. Once you verified that it is a zero reading on the meter, remove the wires from the switch. In most cases, you will have a hot lead coming into the switch, and a load side leads leaving the switch feeding the light.
Finally, remove the green or copper-colored wire last for safety reasons. Once you remove all three wires, you can now begin installing your new dimmer. There are many types of Dimmers available. Some provide screws for you to land your wiring, while others have short wire leads. Read the instructions and install.
You may have still good to use leads as some Dimmers have more capabilities such as electronic ballast provisions. Once you land your wires, reinstall the new dimmer into the wall along with the cover plate. Turn on the circuit and dim away. A note on choosing a dimmer: if you have multiple gang switch setup, the old plate can be used and your dimmer switch Australia should match the toggle style to match the original switch. Twist Dimmers are older in style and come with a single wall plate specifically designed for the installation.
Again, it is recommended that you have someone with knowledge of electricity if your dimmer requires you to separate the hot lead and also connect the neutral points as this is a bit more complicated. For more information about dimmer switch installation, read more here.