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How do I set different programs on the digit timer for my Christmas lights to come on different times??

I can set the timer, but I want the porch Christmas lights to come and go off at a different time than the bush and yard lights. there are 6 outlets, 7 programs. I have it set for all days. Help!

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  • Doreen Bowler Nov 27, 2012

    My timer is a Woods Power Stake Timer, digital. (7 day digital, with 6 plugs). I was able to set it for 3 programs (the instructions say it doesn't need to have all 7 set?). I set it ON 4:30 p.m., OFF 7 a.m., etc. But I can't figure out how "it" knows that I want the porch lights on at a certain time, and the bush lights off at a different time. I feel like such a dope.

  • Doreen Bowler Nov 27, 2012

    Thanks for all the helpful comments. (I'm waiting for 1 1/2 hour to see if they come on at set time--but won't know till tomorrow whether they went off at correct times. [its the OFF times that are 'off'.]

  • Gene Haynes Nov 27, 2012

    You want timer that has two separate programs? One program for porch lights, and one for bush lights. That would be a 2-chnnel timer. There are 2 and 4 and 12 channel timers, usually for industrial purpose. I do not know yard timer with such capability.

  • Gene Haynes Nov 27, 2012

    Please open link for Woods timers and manuals, and say exactly is your timer shows. This will let me see what programming is available on that specific timer.

  • Doreen Bowler Nov 27, 2012

    I could not find one exactly, but I'll try

  • Doreen Bowler Nov 27, 2012

    The Woods model I have I cannot locate on line. But the instructions are like this Westinghouse: but it looks like the Woods model (which I can't copy): Woods / Coleman Cable 13547 4 settings: Off = always OFF ON = always ON Dusk-dawn = ON at dusk, OFF at dawn 2,4,6,8 hours = ON at dusk, OFF 2,4,6,8 hours later Cycle repeats each 24 hours 1800 watt tungsten (incandescent) on all plugs Woods 13547 manual

  • Doreen Bowler Nov 28, 2012

    My Woods model does not have the 2/4/6/8 hour internvals, only specific times which I program. (for 7 programs, 6 outlets, 3 on each side).

  • Gene Haynes Nov 28, 2012

    I had forgotten about that dual timer, and did not know Woods had similar model. Here is the manual I found at Westinghouse a few years ago:

  • Gene Haynes Nov 28, 2012

    2 questions: Does your Woods timer have a model number? Does it appear that 3 outlets are controlled by dawn-dusk operation, and other 3 outlets are controlled by timer?

  • Doreen Bowler Nov 28, 2012

    My Woods model # is 73547. It doesn't say anything about a dawn-dusk operation. Just the timing, (& there is no solar power thing like I've seen on some other models). there is also nothing on my Instruction sheet or on the timer itself that indicates any difference in the 3 outlets on one side, or the 3 outlets on the other side. Tonight I have them all plugged into the same side (the left side) whereas last night, I had a different order, to see if there's a difference.

  • Gene Haynes Nov 28, 2012

    Are these the buttons on the timer?

  • Doreen Bowler Nov 28, 2012

    It is similar, but it doesn't have the photo-cell. I am trying to get a picture posted of it but its not working

  • Doreen Bowler Nov 28, 2012

    Here is a picture of the buttons on the timer

  • Gene Haynes Nov 28, 2012

    Alight. Tpe of timer identified. Timer buittons identified. Now what do you want to know? How to program timer? Look at following link showing 6-button timers: Don't forget to reset timer before starting to clear trace memories that can cause timer not to perform as expected.

  • Gene Haynes Nov 28, 2012

    Try this manual. As I recall problems from past years, do NOT mess with MODE button. Finish programming, press Clock button, and then timer is ready to go. Also past years with the 59403, there were quit a few reported failures, but most were because of the MODE button that somehow was confusing, or didn't work. I never got to the bottom of the complaints at that time, and holiday season passed and nobody asked about the timer again, or the manufacturer fixed the problem. The GE version of this timer is still sold, and I believe Utilitec and Woods and Westek still use the 59403 design.

  • Doreen Bowler Nov 28, 2012

    Great! so, what I don't understand is: if I have 3 programs set, I plug 3 different cords/lights into 3 plugs---how does it know which program I am using? In other words, I want my porch Christmas lights on all night, (so I set that on Pgm 1) & want the bush &yard lights off @ midnight (Iput them on programs 2 & 3) I misunderstanding the use of "Program?" How do I know which plug to use? But regardless, there are 7 programs and only 6 outlets, so that makes me think I'm seriously misunderstanding the use of "program", ?

  • Gene Haynes Nov 28, 2012

    Ah. This is not a 2 or 3 channel timer with different programs controlling different outlets. Each outlet turns ON-OFF with program1 and program2 and program3 etc. So the timer will turn all the outlets ON-OFF at same time.Now, if your programs overlap, or conflict, the timer will not operate. So if you set program1 to turn on at 4pm and off at 9pm for all days of week, but set program 1 off for Tuesday (instead of all days of week), then timer will not operate as expected. Also if you set program 2 with times that overlap into program 1, then timer will not operate as expected. AND the timer may not operate all 6 outlets. Ususally two outlets are ON full time. And timer controls 4 outlets.

  • Gene Haynes Nov 28, 2012

    You need two different timers to operate both bush and yard lights with different schedule. But since 2 outlets are ON full time on the tower stake, simply plug another timer into that outlet: Here is simple analog timer I use for my outdoor heated cat bed:

  • Doreen Bowler Nov 28, 2012

    thanks for your diligence in getting to the bottom of my problem. I have a simple timer that I will put on today so that I can get the bush lights to go off at midnight and the porch lights at 7.a.m. I wished the instructions would explain what you did. but they probably expect that people know more than (I) do! (also interesting about a heated outdoor cat bed. :) Thanks a lot!

  • Gene Haynes Nov 29, 2012

    Would you chack if the 59403 manual is same as your timer: And check that 2 outlets are ON full time. And then I will add that information to a product manual so next person can understand the 73547 timer better. Oh and do you mind if I use your photo in that instruction?

  • Doreen Bowler Nov 29, 2012

    All outlets seem to be on the timer (there are no ON full time outlets (I tested it on the Christmas tree, and they all are connected with the timing mechanism. The instruction manual is different, and I wished I had a way to scan it to you (here's a "picture" of the first half of it). Yes, you are free to use that picture I sent if you want.

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SOURCE: Utilitech model 0141224 wall switch

As luck would have it I'm 60, and learned how to program your 0141224 wall switch timer.
You can see instructions with big print and pictures on following page.
Press CTRL key on keyboard and use scroll wheel on mouse to make web print bigger.

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You have wired your timer correctly and the lights turn on when you push on-off button.
If lights do not turn on, we need to review the wiring.
Your timer looks like photo below.

I'm going to parrot back the manual with some extra words.
To start, press the reset button and clear any programming

Programing overview:
Each program has ON time ... and OFF time
So you set program1 ON and then set program1 OFF
When you set program1 ON, you choose the Day, hour and minute you want program1 to turn ON.
And then you set program1 OFF, and choose Day, hour and minute for program1 to turn OFF.
Your ON-OFF times for program1 should be on same days.
For example program1 ON for all-days-of-the-week, but program1 OFF is for TU Tuesday, then timer will not work.
IN this case, program1 OFF should also be set for all-days-of-the-week.
Let's start.

Setting the clock:
Press and hold CLOCK button
Keep holding CLOCK button and press DAY button until display shows current day (MO TU WE TH FR SA SU)
Press Hour button until current hour with am pm displays
Press MIN button until current minute displays.
Release clock button and current day and time show on display
At no other part of instructions do you press and hold one button while pressing other button.

Setting programs:
Press PROG button until "1" and 'ON' show on display
This is program1 ON
Press DAY button to choose which days for program1 ON.
You can choose: all-days-of-the-week and MO TU WE TH FR SA SU show on display
Choose individual days and MO or TU etc shows in display
Choose weekdays MO TU WED TH FR
Weekends SA SU show in display
Next step
Press HOUR button to select hour for program1 ON
Press MIN to select minute for program1 ON

Now program1 ON is ready, next, you will set program1 OFF

Press PROG button until "1" and 'OFF' shows on display
This is program1 OFF
Press DAY button to choose which days for program1 OFF.
( Remember, you want same days for ON and OFF)
Press HOUR button to select hour for program1 OFF
Press MIN to select minute for program1 OFF

Now program1 ON and OFF are ready, next, you will set program2 ON by repeating same steps above.
You can set up to 7 programs.
If you don't want to set program2, or any more programs, that's fine.

To exit programming and save your program, press CLOCK.
Now current time shows in display.

Final step: set MODE
Press MODE button until AUTO shows in display. You want AUTO for programming to operate lights. That's it, timer is ready.
If you're going on vacation, press MODE button until RDM shows in display, and then timer turns lights on-off at random

Copy and save these instructions to your computer so you have them next year.

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SOURCE: have Timex 7 day digital timer, cannot set time

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SOURCE: I have a HB88RC Intermatic 7 day / 7 event timer.

I have 6 Intermatic timers in my office now, and test all brands of timers for programming and wiring difficulties.
Usually I avoid questions about new timers that don't work ... because customers are dissatisfied when there's no clear solution or timer is busted.
However this sounds like Christmas emergency, so I will give my best here.

With troublesome timers:
1) I write out instructions while pushing timer buttons.
2) Work on it later
3) Pull out battery for 30 seconds to reset and reprogram until thing makes sense.
4) Some timers are simply defective.
One guy last week had HB88RC that skipped over automatic, so MODE button must have been bad.

Another guy today had 2 defective timers, which made me suspect receptacle needs line analysis.
a) Plug timer in another part of house to double check line is not interfering with timer electronics.

b) HB88RC programming steps are straightforward compared with other timers.
This leads me to believe there is some small thing missed or line is bad, or timer is defective.

Here are trip-up points that might apply to you.

c) I suggest take battery out for 30 seconds and start over.

d) Current day has to be set.
Hold clock button down while setting current day-hour-minute.
Current time displays when timer is operable, and keeps time when set.

e) When programming, each event requires ON time and OFF time.
You understand this concept.
For example event1 ON has to be set and then event1 OFF has to be set.
Then set event2 ON and then event2 OFF.

Press program button until 1 ON displays. Press day button until all-days show > Hour 4pm > MIN :30
Press program button until 1 OFF displays. Press day button until all-days show > Hour 11pm > MIN :30

d) When programming is complete, press Clock button. Current time displays.
Press MODE button to set to automatic.

e) When programming, check screen carefully to make sure 1ON appears, and then 1OFF appears in screen exactly like Fig1 and Fig3.

f) Each ON time requires OFF time for same choice of days. For example ON Tuesday and OFF All-days-of-week will not work correctly.

g) ON 7pm Tuesday and OFF 7pm Tuesday will not work.

h) Conflicts in programming cause some timers to skip programming: For example event1 says ON
7 pm Tuesday and OFF 9pm Tuesday, but event2 says opposite. This is why I suggest resetting timer.

i) Does manual override work correctly? Press MODE button until ON-OFF shows. Are lights burned out? If MODE button does not override timer and turn Load on-and-off, then I suspect timer is busted. Plug in different type of light and try MODE button again.

j) Plug another type of light into timer, for example table lamp. Christmas lights are incandescent or LED. Timer manual does not include or exclude LED or CFL bulbs. Some timers work with specific types of Loads, but this timer manual doesn't exclude certain Loads.

EZ manual at Intermatic:
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SOURCE: how to program Intermatic model T101-70

Do you have the screw on trip pieces? They look like little arrows with a thumb screw on them. Some of them should say On, some Off Place the on trips over the time you want the lights to com on vice versa for off. To set the time pull out on the yellow time wheel and rotate until the arrow that is pointing down is over the current time. I hope this helps.

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SOURCE: Grasslin Digital wall mounted timer programme setting instructions please

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