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Light switch timer options?

Posted by rph123 (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 23, 14 at 13:06


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?


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RE: Light switch timer options?

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

RE: Light switch timer options?

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.

RE: Light switch timer options?

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).

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