dim·​mer | \ ˈdi-mər How to pronounce dimmer (audio) \

Definition of dimmer

1 : a device for regulating the intensity of an electric lighting unit

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Recent Examples on the Web The switches and dimmers will arrive later this year, with pricing starting at $39.99. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "The Sunset Smarter Awards: The Best New Tech of CES 2020," 10 Jan. 2020 And of course, everyone's favorite home store IKEA has gotten in on the action too―the Swedish superstore sells items like smart dimmers and motion sensor kits. Temi Adebowale, House Beautiful, "IKEA Is Launching Smart Window Treatments For Your Smart Hubs," 8 Jan. 2019 Don’t just rely on overheads—​adding light sources at different levels will make the room feel more intimate (especially with dimmers!). Eddie Ross, House Beautiful, "The Affordable Way to Make Your Dining Room Look Luxe," 24 Oct. 2019 The company expects to start shipping dimmers in October and November. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tech From IFA 2019," 10 Sep. 2019 Homeowners might also consider installing timers, dimmers, or motion sensors that turn on outdoor lights only when they are needed. Babak Tafreshi, National Geographic, "Our nights are getting brighter, and Earth is paying the price," 3 Apr. 2019 And as a finishing touch, new dimmers diffuse the lights in the modern torch-like sconces, which sit between two large mirrors that bounce around even more natural light. Taylor Murphy, House Beautiful, "An All-White Bathroom Starts Singing the Blues," 11 Sep. 2015 The Sound Remote requires the same $30 Ikea Trådfri gateway that links together Ikea’s inexpensive smart home products like blind controllers, lights, sockets, sensors, dimmers, and switches. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Sonos speakers are getting a cheap Ikea wireless controller," 5 June 2019 Plug-in dimmers are so easy to install , and being able to fine-tune the lighting levels in your bedroom (or any room, really) makes a world of difference. Eddie Ross, House Beautiful, "The 3 Best Ways to Make Even a Small Room Feel Like a Master Suite," 6 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of dimmer

circa 1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dimmer was circa 1896

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“Dimmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dimmer. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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: a device that allows you to control the brightness of a light

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