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Automatic outdoor lighting help?

Posted by pbx2 (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 21, 13 at 12:22

Am looking to turn on my garage lights at night time.
Currently have a 3 gang light switch like this where one operates the outdoor lights.

Thinking about using below combo as my first electrical job for our new build house - any suggestions or other options recommended?

Honeywell RPLS530A 7-Day Programmable Timer Switch
+ Leviton 80421-W 2-Toggle 1-Decora/GFCI Device Combination Wallplate

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RE: Automatic outdoor lighting help?

Are the lights incandescent?

RE: Automatic outdoor lighting help?

The bulbs in the fixtures are currently.
But I plan to switch them out to CFL or LED in the future.

Any problems with that plan?

RE: Automatic outdoor lighting help?

Yes, CFLs and LED lighting will be a problem with that one. That version of the timer is only in incandescent (regular and halogen) loads. They make a similar one RPLS730B and RPLS731B that can switch other loads (it's just a motorized switch).

RE: Automatic outdoor lighting help?

Ooooh - I didnt catch that.
Thanks ronnatalie for the feedback.

RE: Automatic outdoor lighting help?

Yeah, I learned that one the hardway myself. I put the Incandescent only timer in and my wife plugged all her CFL grow lights in and they sat their flickering.

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