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Affordable Outdoor Light Timers

By Mary Ripley on  November 22, 2017

The Holidays are here which means time to decorate your home. Each year, millions of Americans string holiday lights outside to represent the festive spirit. This year, instead of spending a fortune on electricity to light up your home,  save some money by plugging your holiday lights into outdoor timers that turn on and off when you want. We have taken the guesswork out of choosing the right timer by researching and testing three different outdoor timers. We took 72 hours to put each timer to the test. Each one has similar features and functionality, and all of the ones we tested have a photo sensor, which turns the lights on and off at dawn and dusk. An additional feature includes the ability to set the timer to turn the lights off after time periods of 2, 4, 6, or 8 hours!

ECOPlugs 3 Plug 24-Hour Mechanical Timer

The ECOPlugs Timer succeeded with all of the basic functionality. The photo sensor turned the timer on at dusk, off at dawn, or could be set for 2, 4, 6, or 8 hour time periods.  The shorter cord on this timer can be limiting to where you plug your lights in, so make sure to have a weather-safe extension cord. Retailing for around $16, this is a great device to help you save some money on your electric bill this holiday season!

Woods 24-Hour Photoelectric Timer with Remote

The Woods Timer functioned similarly to the ECOPlugs. The big difference between the two is the addition of the remote control included in the Woods. A big plus is the capability of the remote working from inside the home, so you don't have to walk outside to turn your lights on and off. This timer performed well when it came to turning the lights on and off at dusk and dawn, and of course working within set time periods. Retailing for around $13, this timer is an excellent option!

Westek 3 Outlet Stake Timer 

The Westek timer is functionally similar to the other two timers, however aesthetically appears quite different. Attaching to a stake in the ground, accompanied by a three foot cord, this timer allows greater flexibility in positioning of where you can plug in the lights. We loved the stake feature, so the device is not laying in the ground, however the plastic stake is a little flimsy. Succeeding in turning on and off at dusk and dawn, as well as working on time increments, the Westek performed just as well as the others. Retailing for around $15, this is another great option!

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