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dimmer

1. a device, such as a rheostat, for varying the current through an electric light and thus changing the illumination
2. US
a. a dipped headlight on a road vehicle
b. a parking light on a car

Dimmer

A solid-state device used to vary the voltage to a light fixture and thereby lower or raise the intensity of the light. Used mainly for incandescent lamps and fluorescent lamps with special ballasts. Also called a rheostat, it can be installed on a wall switch or directly into a lamp and can easily be added to existing installations.

dimmer

[′dim·ər]
(electricity)
An electrical or electronic control for varying the intensity of a lamp or other light source.

dimmer

A device which varies the light intensity of a light source without appreciably affecting the spatial distribution of the light; usually an electric control device that varies the current flow and hence the light output of the lamp. dimmer room A room in which are located the dimmers for controlling the lights for an auditorium or theater.
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The use of dimmers for ceiling fans is a common practice among handy homeowners because they do not realize professional expertise is needed to perform the task correctly.
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The new dimmer replaces a standard wall switch and recognizes such commands as "lights low," "lights off," and "lights on." The speaker-independent operation allows it to work with anyone's voice, but consumers can choose from five voice commands or program any command or language they desire.
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Star will also introduce a new preset rotary dimmer, model 160.
However, LED drivers are different, whether separate from, or integral with, the lamps, and the electronic circuitry design of the dimmer determines the performance of the LED source.
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LEDtronics' DC/DC Dimmer supports 5-V to 40-V DC applications up to 2 A or 24 W.