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.
Things You'll Need
- 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.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images
How to Set Timers for Electrical Equipment
One of the last steps to complete when you are planning a vacation is to make sure your house still looks lived...
How to Set a Westinghouse Christmas Light Timer
A Westinghouse Christmas light timer is small device that will turn your Christmas lights on and off for you. All you have...
How to Set a Mechanical Timer
Mechanical timers require you to set them manually; they do not cost as much as their digital cousins and don't require batteries.
Westinghouse 3-Outlet Outdoor Heavy Duty Digital Photocell Timer Instructions
If you have lights installed outside your home, such as safety lights to illuminate pathways, colored accent lights for showcasing plants and...
How to Program an Intermatic DT620CL 15 Amp Indoor Astronomic Digital Timer
Founded in 1940, Intermatic is a leading manufacturer of time-based energy control products for residential customers. The Intermatic DT620CL is a 15-amp,...