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The Simple Solution to Shorter Days is a Set Timer

Posted by Brad Halverson on September 20, 2019 at 11:52 AM. Filed under Insider, Around the Home


Life can be hectic, and any amount of simplification reduces stress. Timers make everyday electrical devices easier and more convenient. Summer is winding down, days are getting shorter, back-to-school routines are in full swing and the holidays are right around the corner. It’s the perfect time of year to add a little automation to your life and here are a few creative ways you can do it with a set timer.

Take control 


Your options for creating an automatic schedule go far beyond turning on and off a lamp once a day. Timers can operate a wide range of electrical devices. Here are six activities you might not have considered automating.

1. Connect holiday décor – lights, inflatables, Christmas trees and more – to provide a hassle-free way to show your festive side.

2. If you need a fan to fall asleep but don’t want it to run all night, set a timer to power ceiling and pedestal fans for a few minutes or a couple of hours.

3. Add security to your home by triggering landscape and driveway lighting from sunset to sunrise.

4. Create a schedule for water-feature pumps to keep things fresh but cut energy costs while eliminating a daily task from your routine.

5. For those early mornings, have a pot of coffee waiting as soon as you step out of bed.

6. Come home to a beautiful smell by activating your wax pot air freshener before you return from work.


Timers have changed


Lighting controls have made tremendous advancements; however, installation and programming remain convenient with a nearly endless combination of styles and functions. Depending on your needs, there’s likely a timer to make your life easier.

For example, the new Honeywell timer line includes:










But what does it mean?

Basically, each of these options can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of devices. In-wall timers replace hardwired switches to control permanently installed equipment whereas a plug-in model is inserted in an outlet. “Digital” and “mechanical” refer to how the scheduled events are triggered – using a digital clock mechanism or a mechanical switch. Outdoor timers feature weather-resistant construction for extended use outside the home while indoor versions aren’t designed to withstand the elements. Most timers have either a 24-hour or 7-day cycle, which plays a big role in determining how many programs your timer supports.

A 24-hour timer repeats its settings every day. To create different schedules on specific days of the week, a 7-day timer features a date function. For example, if you want to turn on a lamp from 6-7 a.m. Monday-Friday but don’t need the light during the weekend, a 7-day timer offers that opportunity.

With the design and capability variety available in timers, there’s a good chance you can add find a way to add simplicity to your day. All it takes is weighing a few key features to find a timer that matches your needs.


About the Author | Brad Halverson

Brad is a copywriter at Jasco. Through product descriptions, packaging content and how-to videos, Brad enjoys helping customers stay informed about Jasco’s smart-home devices, timers and lighting controls. When not at work, his favorite hobby is picking up new hobbies, and he always looks forward to the next road trip with family and friends. Brad has a broadcast journalism degree from North Dakota State University and worked in communications for the better part of a decade before joining Jasco.

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