Using dimmers so the lights help tell the story.

Using dimmers so the lights help tell the story.

There are lots of times when you don’t want the lights on at full brightness. An example is a long length of red ropelight you might use to show a “do not cross” boundary around the perimeter of the light display. If you dim this ropelight you’ll save about 50% in energy.

There are several dimming techniques. You can always go to the home improvement store and ask for a lamp dimmer.  Be careful.  Most of these will only handle 300-600 watts.  If your dimming load is higher you’ll cook the dimmer.

You can use the professional stuff called DMX and control the dimming by a computer. This is expensive hardware and can typically handle high current demands. Pro Sound and Stage Lighting is a good place to start. It helps if you already have a theatrical background because DMX can get pretty technical in a hurry.

You might also consider components from Light-O-Rama since they are geared more towards the Christmas light enthusiasts of the world.

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