Remembering to turn your outside lights on at dusk and then off again in the morning can be a challenge every day. One easy and inexpensive way is to automate your home’s lighting needs. Timers turn lights on and off automatically, according to your programmed schedule, they can also add a layer of security for your home while helping to keep your electricity costs under control. Installing a timer is no more difficult than installing a regular single-pole switch therefore; seek the professional expertise of electrician in Burbank, CA.
Removing the Existing Switch
Turn off the circuit breaker that is delivering power to the switch you are planning on replacing with the timer. Remove the top and bottom screws that secure the switch to the wall box.
- Pull the switch out of the box carefully by pulling the top and bottom tabs of the switch toward you.
- Loosen the two terminal screws on the switch and disconnect the wires. Bend the wire that was connected to the top side screw terminal toward the top of the box (the load wire) and the wire from the bottom terminal toward the bottom of the box (the line wire). Loosen the green ground screw on the switch and disconnect the ground wire from the switch.
Installing the Timer
Snip off the bent ends of the wires in the wall box using the cutting tool on the wire strippers. Find the appropriate sized stripping channel on the wire strippers and strip away a 3/4-inch piece of insulation from the end of each wire so you have a fresh lead to work with.
- Connect the ground wire on the timer to the ground wire coming out of the wall box. If the timer doesn’t have a preinstalled ground wire, then connect the ground wire from the wall box to the ground screw on the timer.
- Pull the neutral wires out of the wall box and remove the wire connector that’s securing them together. Connect the white wire from the timer to the other white wires and secure them all together using the wire connector. Make sure the connector is on tight and that no copper is noticeable. Wrap electrical tape tightly around the connector where it meets the wires for added protection. Push the neutral wires back into the wall box.
- Connect the black wire on the timer to the line side wire (the one bent toward the bottom of the box) and secure them tightly together with a wire connector. Wrap the connector with a strip of electrical tape where the wires exit the connector.
- Connect the red wire on the timer to the load side wire (the one bent toward the top of the box) and secure them tightly together with a wire connector. Wrap the connector with a strip of electrical tape where the wires exit the connector.
- Push the wires into the box so you can fit the body of the timer comfortably within the wall box. Secure the timer to the wall box using the included screws.
Install the timer’s wall plate and timer dial (if it features one) as instructed. If the timer model features a dial, you can program it prior to turning the power back on, but if it is a digital timer, you will have to restore power to the circuit before you can program it.
Restore power to the circuit by turning the circuit breaker back on, and test your timer installation to make sure everything works properly.
For additional questions regarding timers, energy efficient lighting, or general electrical concerns contact United Plumbing Heating Air & Electric, a licensed electrician in Burbank, CA.
Source: (doityourself.com 2014)