Instructions for a Dial Outlet Timer

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Dial outlet timers provide an easy way to regulate the timing of lights and other electrical devices in your home. There are many potential uses -- turning a lamp on automatically so you don't come home to a dark home, turning grow lamps on and off automatically, turning decorative lights on and off automatically -- you're only limited by your imagination. Dial outlet timers are simple to employ -- just plug them into an outlet, then plug your device into them and set the timer.

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  • Dial outlet timers
  • Set the time. Turn the dial of the timer clockwise until the black arrow on the timer is pointing at the correct time of day. For example, if it's 2 p.m., turn the arrow to the 2 p.m. setting. This will coordinate the timer with the correct time.

  • Press down the black buttons to set the on and off times for the device you've plugged into the timer. Most timers operate in 15-minute blocks.

  • If you want to use the timer as a regular outlet, with no timer effects, turn the red switch on your timer to the "On" position. This overrides the timer.

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