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“Should I Replace My Light Switch With a Dimmer Switch?”

“Should I Replace My Light Switch With a Dimmer Switch?”

Dimmer Switch For Rental Properties: Should I Replace Them?

The Bay Area is a highly competitive market, period. If you are a landlord or property owner, you may have thought about installing dimmer switches in your property thinking that it’s a good idea. Dimmer switches provide dwellers with full control of the amount of desired light, the bulbs last longer, you may be able to save electricity, and some are even compatible with smart home features. It sounds like a good idea, but that may not be the case.

Why You Should Just Leave It

Sure, it sounds like a good thing to have, but it doesn’t come with cons. First off, they are not required and they are expensive. Basic light dimmers are a low of $10/each and can go up to $40/each. And, this does not include higher end brands. At the bare minimum, a 1-bedroom apartment requires having 5 light switches (bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen, and entryway). That is an extra $50-200 that you do not need to spend.

They can easily get damaged by power surges or when you exceed the wattage load that the dimmer is rated to control. They are also not universally compatible. Old dimmers are not compatible with new LED lights, which defeats the purpose of having smart home features. Sometimes, the lights will flicker, creating a buzzing and humming sound. This is not good news for people with hypersensitivity to light and sounds. At times, it can generate radio frequency interference. It has been reported that some people causes some people to feel dizzy.

Lastly, you have to hire somebody to install it. If you are the DIY type, you can certainly try to install it on your own, but anything electrical is always kind of risky. Cosmetic updates are one thing, but anything structural or having to do with plumbing or electrical, it is best to leave it to the professionals. 

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Lex Shan

Lex is a real estate broker, real estate developer, entrepreneur and technologist. He has started an architectural design firm, real estate development private equity fund and California's largest real estate 3D marketing company.

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