Porch lighting, landscape lighting and “lived-in” look lighting all serve an important purpose but if not managed properly can add significantly to your electric bill. Too often these lights are left on well beyond when needed. Think about a Saturday or Sunday morning when you sleep in until 10:00 a.m., leaving the porch light on until you finally get up to switch it off. The same holds true for “lived-in” look lighting while you are away. Honestly, when you are at home the same lights do not switch on and off at the exact same time each day – or just stay on all day and night! Those seeking out the opportunity to explore your belongings while you are away will surely notice this pattern and make their move.
Programmable timers offer the flexibility to control lights as you see fit without the daily task of manually turning them on and off. Simply program your porch and landscape lighting to go on at dusk and off at dawn. Leviton programmable timers even feature an astronomical clock that automatically adjusts to local sunrise and sunset times as well as an automatic Daylight Saving Time adjustment option. This saves you time and money as seasons change. Heading out of town? Not only can you set indoor and outdoor lights to turn ON and OFF while you are away; you can also randomize the time daily for a truly occupied appearance – an effective deterrent to would-be intruders.
Preset timers, sometimes referred to as countdown timers, are great for managing energy usage for motor loads like bathroom fans. A simple push of a button controls how long the fan will remain on until automatically turning off. This is a much better option than wondering all day if you remembered to turn the fan off.
Care to get really savvy? Our Decora® Digital Switch with Bluetooth® technology combines the functions of a standard wall switch and a countdown or programmable timer switch in one smart device. Just download our free app to easily time lighting and other switched loads such as exhaust fans and pool filters from your smartphone or tablet.