Light switch timer options?

rph1234January 23, 2014

Hey

I have some gas lanterns that are hooked to light switch. I was wondering if there is anyway I could add some type of timer to it, so I could set them up to just run a few hours each day?

Thanks

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rph1234

I forgot to add that I would also like to be able to control the switch manually not just by timer.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 1:11PM
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jreagan_gw

There are several on the market. Hop over to Amazon and search for "light switch timer" to get an idea.

Note that some of them require a neutral so check to see if your current switch has a neutral or is a switchleg without a neutral. It will influence your choice.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 1:15PM
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Ron Natalie

Note, there are two kinds of timers (often identical in outward appearance). Some are approved for incandescent (resistive) loads only. These typically use a semiconductor (TRIAC) switch. Others are good for assorted loads (fluorescent, etc...) as they use a motorized mechanical switch inside. This is what you want.

Many of the "time of day" type of timer (as opposed to the count down kind) use a battery to run the timer parts so they don't rely on a neutral at the switch (which older installations may not have).

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 3:56PM
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