Dimmer Switch DangerPME Electrical | Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 | No Comments »
If you know the basics about domestic electricity then installing a dimmer switch is quite easy. All you do is turn off the electricity supply to your home at the fuse box, remove the light switch you want to replace and simply install the dimmer switch instead. In most cases this just involves connecting two wires to the dimmer switch. But did you know that if what surrounds your dimmer switch if flammable then your house could go up in flames! Installing a dimmer switch is not always as easy as it appears.
As any qualified electrician in London will tell you, the switch works by altering the current going through the light switch up to 120 times per second. Then when the switch is dimmed, the light never reaches full brightness as the electricity is cut off before reaching its full output. Turning the electricity on and off at this speed will generate a fair amount of heat in the wires and if this is exposed to a flammable material then this could very easily ignite.
PME Electrical are qualified electricians in London, call and find out how to safely install a dimmer switch.