How to Program a Christmas Light Timer

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Setting your Christmas lights on a timer makes it easier to keep your display running if you're out of the house or to turn everything off after you go to bed, without the inconvenience of having to go outside into the cold. Some light timers can even be light activated at sundown and sunup.

How to Program a Christmas Light Timer
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Step 1

Plug the lights into an electrical outlet and wait for the blinking signal that indicates that the lights are ready to be programmed. Depending on the model of lights, the signal may be different, but in many cases it will be a blinking "C."

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Step 2

Set the correct time by scrolling through the numbers. Make sure you set the correct time of day. A dot in the lower right hand corner of the timer indicates PM.

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Step 3

Press the "Mode" button to prompt timer settings. Choose the "P" if you are using the Noma Christmas lights timer. Scroll through and choose the start time you would like your lights to turn on. Once the time is correct, save the time.

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Step 4

Press "Mode" to choose the time you would like you lights to turn off each night. Choose "E" to set off times. Scroll through the times until you reach the correct time and save your progress.

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Step 5

Plug you lights and other electricity powered holiday decorations into the timer. Your lights are now programmed to turn on and off at the times you selected.

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Step 6

Reset your current time settings by unplugging the timer. Unplugging the timer clears all previous entries, and you will need to start over again from the first step.

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Tips & Warnings

  • You can also use the timer to set up lighted decorations like lawn ornaments so your entire holiday display lights up on time each night.
  • You may also set up a timer system that is activated by light source, lighting up your holiday display as the sun goes down.
  • Avoid plugging too many receptacles into your timer to avoid fire and accident.

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