Dimmer price

Finding the best Dimmer price, light dimmer price and fan dimmer price models can be hard if you’re unaware of what features to look for especially that there are so many of them to find around. For this reason, we’ve put up a guide highlighting the top lights in the category.

Our team has researched and reviewed these products to help you come up with a better decision.

Dimmer price

Our Favorite Smart In-Wall Dimmer Switches of 2020

  1. BEST OVERALLLutron Caséta Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter KitPros
    • Works with Alexa, Google Home, HomeKit
    • No neutral line requirementCons
    • No three-way switch support$91.95 from AmazonSkip to the full review below
  2. BEST VALUEMartin Jerry WiFi Dimmer SwitchPros
    • Easy to install
    • Works with Alexa and Google AssistantCons
    • Not HomeKit compatibke$24.99 from Amazon
Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmer

BEST OVERALLLutron Caséta Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit

As it’s been in previous tests, the best dimmer of the pack was once again Lutron’s Caséta Wireless system. This dimmer really nails the software details, even responding to the scrubbing of the app’s digital dim slider in real-time! The app worked well across Android and iOS, and we were able to connect and control it easily with all three major smart home ecosystems—Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Home.

Unlike every other smart dimmer switch we tested, Lutron also offers the only dimmer that doesn’t require a neutral power line, something which isn’t common in the electrical wiring of older homes. If your home’s electrical system doesn’t have a neutral line, we highly recommend this system over getting an electrician to add a neutral line to your home, as it can get very expensive.

While the Caséta Wireless starter kit is priced at almost double the competition, it’s well worth the money. And once you’re up and running, additional Lutron dimmers and Lutron switches can be added on to your system.

The only downside to this system is that it doesn’t truly support three-way switches (where you have multiple switches for the same light). Instead, the company offers Pico wireless remote kits to mount its remotes over additional switch boxes. It’s not a perfect solution, as you’ll have to replace the remote batteries every now and then, but it’ll work.

Note: These dimmers fade on and off, instead of immediately turning on and off like regular light switches. Some smart dimmers offer the ability to customize these fade on and off rates, but Lutron dimmers do not. We liked the effect on these particular switches, but we know they aren’t for everyone.

  • Works with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Home
  • Neutral wire requirement: No
  • Three-way switch compatibility: No
  • Customizable fade on/off rates: No

Pros

  • Works with Alexa, Google Home, HomeKit
  • No neutral line requirement

Cons

  • No three-way switch support

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Martin Jerry Smart Dimmer Switch

BEST VALUEMartin Jerry WiFi Dimmer Switch

The Martin Jerry dimmer was a pleasure to work with and install. While the appearance of this dimmer isn’t quite as sleek as some others we tested, the physical switch is sturdy, the installation directions were clearly written and easy to follow, and the Smart Life app Is intuitive and pleasant to use on both IOS and Android.

While this dimmer is not HomeKit compatible, it worked beautifully with Alexa and Google assistant. So as long as you have a neutral wire and you don’t need to integrate with HomeKit, it’s hard to beat the Martin Jerry dimmer for the price. As with many smart home devices, this dimmer requires a 2.4 GHz WiFi connection.

  • Works with: Amazon Alexa and Google Home
  • Neutral wire requirement: Yes
  • Three-way switch compatibility: No
  • Customizable fade on/off rates: No

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Cons

  • Not HomeKit compatibke

$24.99 from Amazon

Meross Smart WiFi Dimmable Switch

The Meross Smart WiFi dimmer switch really excels when it comes to ease of installation and integration with Alexa and Google Assistant. The Meross app offers a wizard to guide DIYers through the installation of the switch itself, and in the app’s settings, there are in-depth instructions for connecting the switch to Alexa and Google. None of the other apps had such thorough and helpful instructions for using the product with voice assistants. The wires on the switch were clearly labeled, and the app (while simple) offers just enough options to get your lights operating on basic routines and schedules. This is just a solid little switch that isn’t loaded with potentially confusing bells and whistles.

  • Works with: Amazon Alexa and Google Home
  • Neutral wire requirement: Yes
  • Three-way switch compatibility: No
  • Customizable fade on/off rates: No

Pros

  • Easy installation
  • Intuitive app
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Leviton Decora Smart Dimmer (WiFi)

The Leviton Decora Smart WiFi Dimmer is our previous best value winner thanks to sporting a WiFi radio and not requiring proprietary chips (for Apple HomeKit) or extra hubs. This model performed very well in our tests and scored just behind the Caseta Wireless system. The My Leviton app was not as polished as Lutron’s, but it came very close. The biggest thing holding it back was the quality of its digital dimming, which didn’t change in real-time as you slide the digital dimmer.

Regardless, it still dimmed smoothly and worked flawlessly with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The only thing to be aware of is the fact that the smoothness of the digital dimming is tied to the adjustable fade on/off rate. So if you want your lights to turn on and off instantly, be prepared to see the lights pop from one level to another, at least if you dim them from the app or your virtual assistant of choice. And unfortunately, it seems all smart dimmers with adjustable fade on/off rates act this way.

  • Works with: Amazon Alexa and Google Home
  • Neutral wire requirement: Yes
  • Three-way switch compatibility: Yes
  • Customizable fade on/off rates: Yes

Pros

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Cons

  • Choppy digital dimming

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BEST FOR SMART HOME HUBSLeviton Decora Smart Dimmer (Z-Wave)

From the exterior, you’d think this Leviton Decora Smart Z-Wave Dimmer is identical to its WiFi brother, and it essentially is, except it requires a smart home hub like the SmartThings Hub (third-generation) or Wink Hub 2. If you don’t own a smart home hub, I’d recommend one of the above picks. But if you already own a smart home hub connected to multiple devices, these Z-Wave dimmers will likely be a better solution for you.

Unlike WiFi smart devices, which require an Internet connection to talk to other smart devices, these Z-Wave dimmers talk directly to your smart home hub without having to access the wider web. We tested this Leviton dimmer with the Wink Hub 2 and found it performed almost identically to its WiFi sibling. We didn’t like the Wink app as much as the My Leviton app, but if you’re already invested in that system, you won’t be disappointed. And of course, you can control these dimmers via your hub’s integration with Amazon Alexa and/or Google Home.

  • Works with: SmartThings, Wink, Amazon Alexa (via hub), and Google Home (via hub)
  • Neutral wire requirement: Yes
  • Three-way switch compatibility: Yes
  • Customizable fade on/off rates: Yes with hubs that support Z-Wave Advanced Configuration

Pros

  • Three-way switch compatible
  • Works with Z-Wave
  • Works with Alexa and Google Home

Cons

  • Requires a hub

$34.85 from Amazon$60.48 from Walmart$49.99 from B&H

Leviton Decora Smart Dimmer (Apple HomeKit)

The third member of the Leviton Decora Smart dimmer family, this version also works over WiFi, but packs the special chip necessary to work with Apple HomeKit. And for better or worse, it only works with Apple HomeKit and Apple devices.

Despite its compatibility limitations, the Decora Smart HomeKit dimmer actually had an easier setup process and a better, simpler, slicker app. And since it works over HomeKit, Siri was ready to control it as soon as setup was complete. The only downside to this dimmer is that it requires an Apple TV or iPad for remote control, whereas the Lutron Caséta Wireless system does not (unless you’re trying to use Siri or the Apple Home app). But at $50 per switch, it’s definitely a more affordable HomeKit option.

  • Works with: Apple HomeKit
  • Neutral wire requirement: Yes
  • Three-way switch compatibility: Yes
  • Customizable fade on/off rates: Yes

Pros

  • Easy setup
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Works only with HomeKit

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GE Z-Wave Plus In-Wall Smart Dimmer

If you have already invested in smart home devices that use Z-Wave (you likely have a Samsung SmartThings hub or a Wink hub) you’ll probably want a Z-Wave compatible dimmer so it will integrate nicely with your current setup. GE’s Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus Smart Control Dimmer is one such product and a reasonable choice for anyone who is happy to stay with their Z-Wave smart stuff. That said, we weren’t terribly impressed with this dimmer’s installation process and app responsiveness.

All the other dimmers came with caps to join wires during installation, but the GE smart dimmer switch just used screw terminals, which aren’t ideal if you’re working with wires that are on the shorter side. That’s a pretty small thing, and probably a personal preference, but the extremely sluggish response time is definitely an issue. After tapping to turn the light on in the Wink app, there was a marked delay (several seconds) before the light responded. This was the case on both iOS and Android platforms.

  • Works with: SmartThings, Wink, Amazon Alexa (via hub), and Google Home (via hub)
  • Neutral wire requirement: Yes
  • Three-way switch compatibility: Yes
  • Customizable fade on/off rates: Yes with hubs that support Z-Wave Advanced Configuration

Pros

  • Works with Z-Wave
  • Three-way switch compatible

Cons

  • Slow response time
  • Fiddly to install

$30.40 from Amazon$41.87 from Walmart$41.97 from Home Depot

Insteon 6-Button Dimmer Keypad

Insteon is unusual in that it’s a proprietary DIY smart home system, which means it makes its own devices for just about every smart home category. And while Insteon’s keypad dimmer itself works well, it’s really hampered by Insteon’s apps. The iPhone app is okay, but the Android app is atrocious and doesn’t look like it’s been updated in a long time. The app is very buggy, making the switch much less responsive to app commands compared to the competition. But if you’ve invested in Insteon and own an iPhone or iPad, you can get by okay with this dimmer.

  • Works with: Apple HomeKit (via Insteon HomeKit hub), Amazon Alexa (via Insteon hub), and Google Home (via Insteon hub)
  • Neutral wire requirement: Yes
  • Three-way switch compatibility: Yes
  • Customizable fade on/off rates: Yes

Pros

  • Works with Alexa, Google Home, HomeKit

Cons

  • Buggy apps
  • Slow response time

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Leviton DWVAA-1BW

Leviton’s Decora Smart WiFi Voice Dimmer with Amazon Alexa is the only dimmer switch we’ve tested with a smart assistant built into the switch itself. Overall, the switch is easy to use, works with Alexa and Google Assistant, and is easy to control using the My Leviton app. When using the My Leviton app, there’s hardly any delay in turning the lights on/off and adjusting the brightness. When using Alexa, it’s instantaneous.

For the most part, the setup was straightforward and syncing the device with WiFi was simple. However, if you’re installing this dimmer switch, make sure to select “Voice Dimmer” during set up in the My Leviton app and not “Fan / Switch / Dimmer.” We selected the latter the first time around and it took a couple of confusing minutes for us to figure out why it wouldn’t connect.

Setup aside, we hardly ran into any connectivity issues during our two weeks of testing. However, the Alexa dimmer switch did disconnect once from WiFi for no apparent reason, but it reconnected all by itself about 10 minutes later. The Decora’s microphone range isn’t quite as powerful as a standalone Echo speaker, so you need to be standing nearby the switch for Alexa to hear you correctly.

You may be wondering why you need a dimmer switch that houses Alexa, and the truth is, you probably don’t. But, if you’re installing the dimmer switch in an area of your home where you might not normally place an Echo speaker (like the dining room), it’s nice to have Alexa hidden in the switch, so you can easily control your lights without taking up any extra coffee table space with a smart speaker.

Like several other Leviton dimmer switches we’ve tested, this one relies on WiFi—not an external hub—to stay connected to your smart home.

  • Works with: Amazon Alexa and Google Home
  • Neutral wire requirement: Yes
  • Three-way switch compatibility: Yes
  • Customizable fade on/off rates: Yes

Pros

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Responsive
  • App is easy to use

Cons

  • Setup can be tricky

$99.99 from Amazon

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BUYING LIGHTING

Lighting can often be overlooked when it comes to re-decorating, because it is often thought of as a utilitarian rather than a key factor in the overall décor of your room. But, when chosen correctly, your lighting can become a true focal point and is guaranteed to take your home design to the next level!

We have put together the ultimate light buying guide to help you to choose the correct lighting for each room in your home, with the perfect balance of style and substance. Because choosing the correct lighting is not as simple as you may initially think…

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CONSIDER THE SIZE OF THE ROOM

The first step to choosing the correct lights for your home is to work out how much light you need in a room to keep it well lit.

In 2010, the way we measure bulb brightness changed. Bulb brightness used to be referenced in wattage (W), but now it is referenced in lumen (LM).

Each room in your home will require a different number of lumens in order to be lit adequately. To work this out, you can check an illumination chart which will show you the ideal number of footcandles or lux you will need for a certain task.

A footcandle = the amount of light on a surface created by one candela that is a foot away from the surface.

A lux = the amount of light on a surface created by one candela that is a metre away from the surface.

One candela = the light from one standard candle.

If you are using feet, look at the number of footcandles. One footcandle is equal to 1 lumen per square foot. Multiply the number of footcandles by the square foot in the room and this will tell you how many lumens are required. 

If you are using metres, look at the number of lux. One lux is equal to 1 lumen per square metre. Multiply the number of lux by the square metres in the room and this will tell you how many lumens are required. 

Find our illumination chart below:

illumination chart

And if you’d like to see how the kelvins will affect your room, you can use this useful tool from 1000bulbs.com, which shows how the colour temperature will transform the lighting in this kitchen space.

UNDERSTAND THE THREE USES OF LIGHTING

Now that you know how many lumens are requires in each room, the next step is to understand the three main uses of lighting. Don’t make the common mistake of thinking that one type of lighting will suffice for an entire room. Lighting works much better when used in layers. So, it’s important that you put together a lighting plan for each room, and a successful lighting plan should include three uses of lighting: ambient, task and accent.

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Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is the main light source in the room and will usually be your starting point. This lighting will determine the overall mood within the room, for example a living room will have a warmer and more relaxing tone than that of a workspace. Ambient lighting tends to come from recessed lighting or wall light fixtures within the room.

Task Lighting

Task lighting is focused light that is used when tasks will be carried out in the room. A good example of this is a desk lamp, which will often be adjustable in order to illuminate areas that you need the most to help you carry out tasks. 

Another example is vanity lighting above a mirror and under-cabinet lighting in a kitchen.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is the most decorative type of lighting in the room, its used to highlight focal features such as wall art, bookshelves and fireplaces. Accent lighting could also be a focal point itself if you go for a statement piece. For example, our Wofi Indigo Ceiling Light Often floodlights, track lights, picture lights and wall-mounted fixings are used.

KNOW THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LIGHTS AVAILABLE

Getting creative with your lighting will mean mixing different types of lights together, so its important that you know the different options available on the market.

Ceiling lights

Almost every room will have ceiling lights because they usually provide the ambient lighting within the room. The two main types of ceiling lights are pendent and flush lighting. Pendant lights hang down from the ceiling usually by a cord or chain whereas flush lights have little or no gap between the light fitting and the ceiling. There’s a vast array available on the market from strikingly stylish to the functional, and here at Lighting Style, we like to mix the two together!

Shop ceiling lights here.

Floor Lamps

Floor lamps are often pigeonholed to the ambient light category and also in the task lighting category, this is because they are perfect for adding extra illumination in rooms that need it but they can also be the perfect adjustable overhead lamp to add focused light in required areas. They are also ideal for adding smaller amounts of light in a room when needed, for example in the living room on an evening when you don’t want the main lights on, but you do want a small amount of light.

Shop floor lamps here.

Table Lamps

Table lamps are extremely versatile as they can be placed anywhere and usually create the task lighting within your room. They’re often adaptable to allow for versatile use, for example dimmable for a bedside table or adjustable for desk work. You could go for an extravagant design and use it as part of the room décor too, the options are endless!

Shop desk lamps here.

Wall Lights

Wall lighting does it all. They can create gorgeous accent and highlight focal

points within the room beautifully. They can help illuminate hallways and larger

rooms and add to the ambience within the room. They’re ideal outside lighting, or

when placed strategically they’re great task lights for focused reading.

Shop wall lights here.

Spotlights

Spotlights enhance visibility where you need it, they’re ideal task lighting. They are either made of several spotlights along a metal bar or a singular bright light that sits close to the ceiling. They can usually be adjusted to point in the correct direction for your needs.

Shop spotlights here.   

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GET THE RIGHT BULBS

Now that you know the different types of lights available, it’s time to choose the right bulbs! Many of our lights come with LED’s already installed, but some you will need to get the bulbs additionally if stated in the product description.

There are three main types of blubs; LED’s, CFL and Halogen. Incandescent bulbs are now being phased out.

LED’s: LED bulbs are a great eco-efficient option. They typically use 90% less energy than an incandescent bulb. They last the longest, they’re cheap to run and produce very little heat. Here at Lighting-Style we only stock LED’s (we think they’re fab!). Plus they are extremely versatile, meaning that during the manufacturing process they can be integrated straight into the frame of a light to create stunning strips of light, as seen in the image below:

wofi indigo led ceiling light

CFL: Short for compact fluorescent lamp, CFL’s are the most common type of energy-saving bulb. They typically use 60-80% less energy than an incandescent bulb. They are a cheaper alternative to LED’s but they do take a while to reach their optimum brightness which can be frustrating when you need the light to complete a task.

Halogen: The cheapest of the three, halogen bulbs are dimmable but typically have a shorter lifespan. They use 20-30% less energy than an incandescent bulb.

At Lighting Style, we only offer LED’s. You can see our range below:

types of bulbs chart

Choose the bulbs that best suits your lamp or light shade. Our decorative light bulbs are another great way of making a statement in your home, we have various lights where the bulb will still be visible, for example our Wofi Richael Pendant Light, so pairing with a statement bulb will make the light all the more stunning.

Shop our full range of bulbs here

Cap

The cap, which is the base of the bulb, holds the bulb firmly in place while providing an electrical connection between the light and the bulb. In the above images you can see the cap type referenced under each image (E27, E14, G9, GU10 etc…). You will need to know the cap type of your light or lamp before purchasing a bulb for it.This can be found in all of our product descriptions, most typically an E27 or E14 bulb will be suitable, just be sure to check!

The kelvin scale

The next step is to understand the kelvin scale. The kelvin scale is used to describe the warmth or coolness of the light. The colour spectrum ranges from the yellow-based colour to the blue-based colour. As an example, people often prefer the yellow-based colours in a living room, and the blue-based colour in a utility, but there’s no right or wrong it’s ultimately down to your personal preference.

See our kelvin scale below.

light kelvin temperature scale

Many of our LED lights can be temperature adjusted to suit your desired kelvins throughout the day. However, most of our LED lights are set at a default of 3000K, which gives a nice cosy feel to the room.

Once again just be sure to check the product description to see what the temperature is set to and also if it can be adjusted. 

HOW TO LIGHT EACH ROOM IN YOUR HOME 

While the layout of the room is down to your individual taste, there are some tips that we can give you that will work well for each room in your home.

Firstly, you need to decide on what mood you would like to create in each room and what type of lights will complement your personal style and the current design in your home.

Entryway Lighting

This is arguably the most important area to ensure a grand entrance and a good first impression is created. Start with a dramatic statement light such as a chandelier overhead light, and then complement this with a floor lamp.

Kitchen Lighting

Kitchens are very busy spaces, where food preparation will take place. This means it must be illuminated well, especially in areas where you will be carrying out food preparation. Check out our blog post on kitchen lighting ideas for more inspiration!

You should start with general ambient lighting, we would suggest a pendant light or track lighting if you have a feature in the room, such as a kitchen island or breakfast bar, but if not recessed lighting will work well too.

You will also require task-orientated lighting where food preparation will take place, this can be provided by the addition of an under-cabinet lighting system. This will ensure that the kitchen is illuminated well enough in the areas that really need it, avoiding shadows being cast over knives and other potentially dangerous tools.

Dining Room Lighting

A common mistake with the dining room is hanging a chandelier over the table and thinking that is enough light for the whole room. It’s important to remember to create layers. A statement light over the dining room table is a great start, a chandelier or a pendant light will look stunning. Check out our blog post on dining room lighting ideas for more inspiration!

You then need to balance this, a great way to achieve this is to have recessed or track lighting, this will create the layers and avoid the room looking flat.

Living Room Lighting

The most multi-functional room in the home, the living room is an all-purpose area where you will watch TV, read books, chat with friends and family or do homework. This means the lighting in this room needs more diversity, to reflect the diverse tasks that are carried out in the room.

For general ambience, a pendant light or flush ceiling light overhead will create a good amount of light for the room. Then add floor and table lamps or sconces situated in task areas to provide more direct light, for example, if you have an armchair you like to read in or an area on the sofa where you tend to carry out tasks.

Bathroom Lighting

Vanity lighting is perfect for the bathroom, if you have a mirror in the bathroom then they are perfectly situated at the top of this. Not only will this add to the décor of the room, but it also adds the perfect amount of lighting in front of the mirror to help you when you’re getting ready in the morning. 

For the general ambient lighting in the room, wall scones and recessed lighting will work a treat, and it’s always a good idea to get dimmable lights in the bathroom so that you can dim them when you would like to relax in the bathtub.

Bedroom Lighting

The perfect place to unwind and revive yourself, it’s important to have soft ambient lighting in the bedroom. A decorative semi-flush ceiling light that can be dimmed will give the perfect ornamental feature while providing you with soft ambient lighting. Complement this with accent lighting on the walls to give an extra luxurious feel. Many people also like to read in bed, so either an adjustable table lamp to go on your bedside table or a wall-mounted reading lamp is essential.

Home Office Lighting

You’ll need this area to focus on work, so this room needs function-orientated lighting. For the general ambience, recessed lighting or a flush overhead light will provide the main illumination for the room. Then you’ll need a desk lamp that can be adjusted in your main work area, and perhaps a floor lamp in dark corners or situated over the top of seating areas within the room.

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Are you ready to take your lighting to the next level?

Lighting can have a massive impact on your home décor, and when done correctly it will provide the perfect atmosphere for each room in your home. So, if you’re ready to take your lighting to the next level then you’re in the right place!

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