Several weeks ago my daughter gave birth to her first child. We had the baby room all ready with the crib, changing table, diaper wipes and warmer, blankets, and numerous other items. However, one thing we never thought about was lighting!
There are no lamps in the nursery, only an overhead fan with three light fixtures attached, and this gives off an awful lot of light. It worked great during the day time, but not so well in the middle of the night when we wanted the baby to go right back to sleep after a diaper change.
My son-in-law went to Lowe’s and purchased a Lutron Dimmer Switch, and installed it in mere minutes. There were many different dimmer switches from which to choose, but he found this one for only ten dollars, and it was a better choice because it replaced the existing wall switch, but the switch plate did not have to be changed out, saving even more money. This Lutron Dimmer Switch fits right into a regular sized box!
The model number of this Lutron Dimmer is TG-600PH-WH. It is colored white, but comes in ivory as well. It is for a single pole fixture, and if you can change out a light switch, you should be able to install this Lutron Dimmer quite easily.
My husband and I have dimmer switches in our kitchen, but I have never seen any that are designed quite like this Lutron model. It looks almost identical to any standard light switch, except there is a tiny toggle style switch that moves up and down in a vertical direction, all along the right side of the switch.
When we use this dimmer switch on the lowest level, it casts a very dim glow to the room, yet allows us to see enough to be able to change a diaper at 3 am in the morning! The light is dim enough that it does not wake a sleeping baby! Yet when I slide the toggle switch all the way to the top we have full light.
Of course, there are various options of lighting levels in between as well. You simply slide the toggle up to brighten a room, and slide the toggle down to dim a room. The switch itself looks like a standard on/off light switch, so you do need to be sure that the toggle is where you desire it to be before you switch on the light!
Buying and installing the Lutron Dimmer TG-600PH-WH was a great choice! This was a much cheaper alternative than buying a small table and lamp, or even purchasing a pole lamp to go at the end of the changing table.
My only complaint with all dimmer switches, is that I have not found one that will work with the energy saving fluorescent style light bulbs, and for some reason this causes the fixture (or the bulbs?) to make a faint humming sound on the dimmest setting, which gets annoying.
Not only did this product work for us, but it’s good to know that we are saving money at the same time. The product packaging states that using this dimmer switch will save energy and extend bulb life. It is intended to be used with incandescent and halogen 120 V and 600 watt.