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Old 03-11-2012, 11:01 AM   #1
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Dust to Dawn Timer for LED outdoor lighting?

Just bought some LED lights for the porch, but I realized the new digital timer in wall switch I purchased to replace the on/off says it's for incandescent only. Been looking online, but couldn't find anything specific for LEDs, what should I use?



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If you use that timer it most likely will not shut off the LED lights. Your choices are find a timer that is compatible with LED lights or go back to incandescent.


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....what should I use?
If your wall switch box does not contain a neutral you are stuck with your type of Timer.

Option 1: Put the on/off switch back & leave the lights on all the time. They still use just a tiny amount of power compared to incandescent lights.

Option 2: Leave timer in and add a Motion Light similar to:http://www.homedepot.com/Lighting-Fa...&storeId=10051
The light should draw enough background power to keep your timer working and still not significantly boost the power needed.

Option 3: Add a neutral to your wall switch box so that you can install a more typical clock timer.
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If you do have a neutral, there are a few options out there. I use the Leviton VPT24-1PZ, but there were a few others I saw when I was looking. Look for one that says it's CFL compatible.

If you don't have a neutral, you can still use a timer switch, but you'll have to change the batteries. Intermatic makes one that installs in the wall and has a button cell battery that has to be changed about every 3 months. Also, there's one out there that just attaches to the wall plate on top of your existing switch and mechanically switches it on and off!
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You might want to give it a try and see if it works. There is a decent chance that it will. If not, then a dimmer that is compatible with compact fluorescent will probably handle the LEDs.
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