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Energy bills are not fun. How do they get so darn high, anyway?! One way to trim your electric bill is to install dimmable lights in your home. But, you’re probably thinking, “That’s too difficult,” or, “I can’t put in dimmers because I rent my home.”
Well, think again! We found a way to add dimmers—without cutting wires. That means you won’t violate your rental contract, which surely prohibits you from altering the property’s electrical system.
Enter the Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit. It’s cheap, easy to set up, and saves you from forking over big bucks to the electric company every month. The Philips Hue Dimmer Switch Kit includes a dimmer switch plate and an LED light bulb with a lifespan of about 15,000 hours.
The LED bulb is paired directly with the dimmer switch right out of the box, making set up easier than usual when it comes to smart light bulbs. All you have to do is change a light bulb in your house and place the switch plate on the wall.
The dimmer has a sticky pad on its back side that you can stick to anything, like the original light switch or the wall next to the light switch. A magnet holds the dimmer to the switch plate, so you could take the dimmer switch off the wall and use it like a TV remote. This comes in handy when you want to “set the mood” with Barry White playing in the background (wink, wink).
The dimmer switch can pair with up to 10 light bulbs (each sold separately or as part of a Hue Starter Kit) and each light bulb produces about 800 lumens, or 60 watts, of power at full strength. Best of all, you can buy this handy-dandy dimming kit for about $30 on Amazon!
If you’re looking to make your dimmer switch as smart as the rest of your home, you can buy the Hue Bridge. This connects your lights to your smart devices, so you can control your dimmable lights remotely and schedule them to come on at certain times using your phone, Google Home or Amazon Echo. After commanding your smart home assistant to play some Barry White, you can also tell it to dim the lights for you (you’ll have to open the wine yourself, though).
Of course, the Hue Bridge is not a necessity. This add-on simply saves you the three steps it takes to get up, walk across the room and adjust the lights yourself.