Wall switch: usually plastic or metal, set on a wall approximately 15cm from the door and designed to operate ceiling or wall lights. The wall plate covers the wiring behind and comes in a variety of materials and styles to fit in with the design of your room.
Dimmer switches: change the mood of your room by altering the brightness of your light. There are three different types of dimmer: touch, switch and remote.
A touch dimmer will cycle through different brightness settings while it is being touched, and remember the last setting when it’s switched off. A switch dimmer has a sliding or rotating switch to set the brightness level, while a remote dimmer has a remote control and is often programmable.
Timers: digital or manual, these turn lights on or off over a 24-hour or 7-day period. A good security measure, changes in light can make an empty building appear occupied. To purchase timers, click on the following link: Buy Timers.
Please note: all switches and dimmers have maximum wattage ratings. This is the maximum total wattage of all the lights wired to it, rather than the wattage for each individual light.
Note also that some mains halogen lights require dimmers that run at double their total wattage. Consult an electrician and read product instructions fully before installing.
IMPORTANT: all outdoor wiring must be protected and all metalwork must be earthed. Outdoor waterproof sockets and switches should still be covered by a constructed shelter where possible.