Installing Timer Switches in Outdoor Lighting- Part 7 of 7
- Many of the newer outdoor lights come equipped with photoelectric eyes or motion sensors, or both. The photoelectric eye turns the light on in the evening and off in the morning. The motion detector turns the light on when it senses motion in the range of the detector. If your light does not have this type of control built in, you may wish to add a timer, photoelectric eye or a motion detector. These devices allow for automatic operation and a greater sense of security.
- Permanent timer switches are readily available and can be pre-set for any on/off times (see image). Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully when installing a permanent timer switch.
- You may also use portable timer switches with plug-in equipment for outdoor lighting. Use this type of timer switch as you would any other appliance.
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