January 18, 2011
| by Rachel Cericola
If you’re looking around at a room full to switches, it could be time for a lighting upgrade. Lutron recently announced a new dimmer, the Skylark Contour. It’s now shipping in four different versions.
The Skylark Contour dimmer is an update to the Skylark, which was first introduced in 1983. Promising a new look and feel, the dimmer features a rocker switch for turning lights on and off, but can also accommodate a favorite preset lighting level.
The four versions include:
- The Skylark Contour C·L preset dimmer, which is UL-listed for use with a broad range of dimmable CFLs and LEDs, incandescent and halogen bulbs, and a combination of those bulbs. ($30.60 each)
- The Skylark Contour present dimmer works with incandescent and halogen bulbs. This one is available in single-pole ($22.80) and 3-way ($30.60).
- Skylark Contour preset dimmer with eco-dim promises up to 15 percent energy savings, using incandescent and halogen bulbs. It also boasts three times the bulb life of a standard switch. ($30.60).
- Skylark Contour preset dimmer with eco-minder also promises 15 percent energy savings, used incandescent and halogen bulbs. This model also has an LED that changes from red to green, to signify that savings. ($30.80)
All four models are available in white, ivory, almond, light almond, gray, brown and black. Find them now at Home Depot, electrical distributors and lighting showrooms.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.