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How to Install Timed Light Switches

timed-light-switchIf you want a safer home, timed lights are an easy update to make. They turn lights off and on even when you aren’t home, which deters many thieves.

They’re also an inexpensive update to make. In most cases, you can do the job yourself with a kit from the hardware store.

You will need:

  • A programmable wall switch timer. Choose one with a ground wire for maximum safety.
  • A screwdriver.
  • A voltage tester.
  • Wire strippers.
  • Wire caps.

Start by cutting the power to the breaker box.

Next, remove the switch cover plate. Once you’ve done that, use the voltage tester. You want to be 100% sure that you’ve shut down the power from that outlet before going any further.

Once you’re sure the switch isn’t getting any power, you can remove the switch itself.

Now, open your timer. The wires in your timer and the wires in your wall are color coded. The white wire will go to the white wire, the black wire will go to the black wire, and the green (ground) wire will go to the green wire. Match the wires together and strip a little insulation from the ends of the timer’s wires. Then twist the wires together, and use the end caps to secure the connection.

Fit the wires back into the wall. Then screw the timer switch into place.

Turn on the breaker and enjoy your new switch!

Remember, however, that these are general instructions. You will want to be sure to check the specific instructions that come with whatever you buy.

For maximum security, you’ll want to install several of these switches throughout your home. Set them to “random” whenever you’re not home.

Please be aware that these lights won’t deter all criminals. An armed home invader doesn’t care if you’re home or not. That’s why you need a monitored home security system in addition to these lights. Multiple lines of defense are the key to home security.

Do you want to make your home safer? If you live in Charlotte, NC, contact JSB security. We’ll be happy to give you a free home security evaluation.


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