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Defective christmas light timer

I have a Darkness Sensing Digital Timer for my Christmas lights outside. It has a digital LED readout and several settings for on at dusk/off at dawn, on immediately/off in XX hrs, on at dusk/off in XX hrs, etc etc. I have used it before and it works great. Today I tried it and no cigar. The digital modes all select normally but the LED readout flashes and no power is going to the lights. Any ideas?

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SOURCE: I installed a dusk-till-dawn switch on a light.

Make sure the sensor's eye is pointing North

Posted on Dec 07, 2009


SOURCE: How to set utilitech wall timer for dusk/dawn

The Utilitec 0192773 timer has astro dusk-to-dawn functions.

The manual is very unclear at the exact point you need it to say how to set dusk-to-dawn.

The following page has the manual, with explanation how to find the astro dawn-to-dusk setting
http://waterheatertimer.org/Program-wire-Utilitec-0192773.html

When you are programming the timer, press TIME button and hours start flashing.
Press the +/- button ... the trick is to keep pushing the +/- button until it finally gets to astro, and the sun-moon symbol shows on display.
When the sun-moon symbol shows, the display also shows AM.
Press the +/- again and PM show.

So if you want Program1 to turn lights ON at dusk (PM), then your display needs to show: 1 ON PM sun-moon.
To continue setting astro, do not set hours, just press PROG button.
Then repeat the steps above until: 1 OFF AM sun-moon show on display.

Posted on Nov 08, 2010

SOURCE: purchased this timer (Woods Digital

Woods 59203 manual:
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Woods-59203.pdf

If this is not your timer, add a comment or look through Woods page
http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html

Most of the plug-in digital-programmable timers have rechargeable battery.
Some have a AAA battery that is replaceable, but most do not.
59203 has rechargeable battery.
Battery is not replaceable.

Plug timer into wall for 1/2-1 hour.
If display does not show, then battery did not recharge.
Either timer is broken or wall outlet does not have electricity

Posted on Dec 05, 2010

SOURCE: Will the HB51R have to

The dawn to dusk feature is activated by photoelectric eye that senses when it gets dark.
If you put timer in a dark room, it will turn ON ... let's say to operate Christmas tree after you leave a room for the evening.
But if room stays dark, the timer will not sense when to turn off unless you also set timer to turn off 1-9 hours after ON.
That being said, a Christmas tree might make too much light for the timer's photoelectric eye.
Make sure photoelectric eye is turned away from direct light.

Posted on Dec 14, 2010

SOURCE: I have a Woods Outdoor

http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html#yard-stake
If this is not your timer, add a comment.

A number of folks are writing in about dusk-dawn-timers flashing.
The manufacturer suggests turning photo-eye away from all lighting when installing timer.
Always aim photoeye toward dark region of yard.
I would unplug the timer and let it reset.
Try timer again, turned away from lights so there is no feedback.
Put black tape over photeye and see what happens.
If timer still doesn't work, then timer is defective.

Maybe photoeye circuit was overwhelmed by intense light converted to electrical input.
I test timers, and 4-6% arrive defective, and most last just a season or two, and then you buy another, but the price is affordable.

Local Home Depot sells the GE 15107 outdoor yard stake or wall mount.
I bought one tonight for testing.
It has no photo eye
It has a dial timer where you set exact on-off times by moving plastic segments on dial perimeter.
For example set timer for ON at 5:30 and OFF at 6:00 am depending on your latitude north or south.


geno_3245_189.jpgphoto eye on yard stake timer

Posted on Dec 16, 2010

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Copy following link to see wiring diagram, and you can wire it yourself:
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Dawn-dusk-120Volt-pump2-300.jpg
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1st Question: Can Woods timer model 16ULD/3A be used for Christmas light timing? The timer is in the garage not exposed to water at all.


I am unable to identify the 16uld timer.

Amazon has a page of their timers. I am familiar with all of these.
http://picclick.com/Amazon/Home-Improvement/Electrical/Timers/

Woods timers and manuals show on following link
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If you can visually identify the 16ULD timer, then add a comment and I can answer your question.

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But there are some Woods timers that have photoelectric eye, and that feature can be overridden.
Again it depends on the timer, and clear identification would help numerous folk who are asking fixya about your same timer.

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Will the HB51R have to be placed outside to work on dusk to dawn.


The dawn to dusk feature is activated by photoelectric eye that senses when it gets dark.
If you put timer in a dark room, it will turn ON ... let's say to operate Christmas tree after you leave a room for the evening.
But if room stays dark, the timer will not sense when to turn off unless you also set timer to turn off 1-9 hours after ON.
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