Dimmer Switches

A dimmer switch toggles on and off with a push and allows the brightness of a light to be varied.  I sometimes wished my Smalls had come with a dimmer switch but that was just a dream.  A wistful dream.  But if there are any scientists at the forefront of genetic manipulation reading, it’s a thought for the future.

In the meantime, we found dimmer switches to be very useful in any room that Small was likely to go to sleep in, e.g. our room and the nursery.   A dimmer switch had two advantages over a traditional switch:

  • Most obviously, it allowed the amount of light in the room to be varied. After a snatched hour or twos sleep in the blessed darkness the eruption of light from a bulb at full power was blinding, for Small, my wife and me, when Small woke demanding…something.  The light on its dimmest setting was plenty.
  • The toggle click on and off was easy to operate simply by leaning your shoulder on the switch, a boon when my hands were full, either with Small, an armful of junk as I moved it about the house (see Efficiency) or both.

The downside of dimmer switches was that on its lowest setting the light could sometimes appear not to be on at all during daylight.  There was a tendency to leave them on as a result.  Later, when the daylight faded I would notice that the light had been on all day.  This was obviously a waste but the real problem was that my wife became convinced that the house was haunted.

Not so much a parenting guide full of advice, more the reality of parenting kids and being a house husband and father, written by a stay at home dad to three children.

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