I like the way the interior lights in newer cars fade to off. Out of
curiosity, are those fading bulbs, or are do cars have a wired-in piece of
electronics that controls the light. I'd like to emulate that effect with
certain lights inside the house.
I've been googling around, probably using poor terms like fading light bulbs
and light switch fade. Are there products I can buy that will do this,
other than regular dimmers?
It is a feature in quality touch light dimmers. When you touch them the
light ramps up to the brightness you have set, touch them again and they
ramp down to off. Check Leviton, Lutron and other quality manufacturers for
their higher end dimmers. You may not find them at a BORG but they are
available from electrical supply houses.
Another more complicated, unnecessary and possibility of failure
gadget added to modern vehicles!
If mine ever fails (although not likely cos it's Nissan) I will
promptly rewire to a straight switch.
Even now in my 70s find it takes little effort to switch something on
Recalling one of my first technical instructors who dismissed
unnecessary gadgets with "Too bloody clever by half.' And experience
has shown him to be right.
Your choice and mileage may differ however.
Not quite. Its a nifty feature. And since the bulbs are already powered
by a FET or other electronic driver, it saves on fusing and wire gauge and
can extend bulb life due ot soft starting. Not to mention that moving
parts wear out. Electronic drivers rarely ever do.
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