By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Once you live in a house with dimmer light switch controls you forget how limiting a standard toggle switch is. With a touch pad that responds to your finger a light switch is easy to operate - especially if someone in the house has arthritis or a sore wrist - and it gives you control lighting the room. You slide your finger up and the light goes on; slide it down the pad and the light dims.
Use dimmers to control general lighting and for highlighting a favorite art piece or fireplace mantle. Figure on paying an electrician about $160 to replace five typical toggle switches with dimmer switches. Once you have one, you'll want them everywhere in a family friendly home.