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Outdoor 3-Outlet Photocell Timer

My Christmas lights are flashing off and on every few seconds and I can hear a clicking noise inside of my Utilitech 3-Outlet Photocell Timer which I bought at Lowes last year... How do I make the flashing stop and have the lights stay on continuously ?

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Photocell is 'seeing' lights and thinks it's dawn so it turns off.
When lights are off, timer thinks it's night and clicks back on.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html#troubleshoot

1) Turn photoeye away from lights.
2) Buy new timer since photoeye is first thing to malfunction on cheap Christmas timers.
3) Buy new timer at Lowes, and return defect in new package

Posted on Dec 03, 2012

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I would unplug the timer. Change the setting to 6 hours then plug back in.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

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SOURCE: Westinghouse 3-Outlet Outdoor Heavy Duty Digital Photocell Timer

http://www.thencc.com/westinghouse/LS/Instruction/28499_TimerManual.pdf This is the manual that you seek!

Posted on Jan 06, 2010

SOURCE: utilitech 7 day timer, just wired it in and when I

Try switching the red and black wires
I think your wiring is wrong
Did you replace a switch that has 3 screws, a 3-way switch?
Utilitec timer can only replace switch that has 2 screws, a single on-off switch.
For 3-way switch, you need Aube T1032 or T1034 (sunrise-sunset)

I just bought a couple of the Utilitec timers but haven't had chance to wire them up for testing
When I tested ST01C & EJ500 timers, discovered that wrong wiring causes lights to blink

If you need to see instructions larger:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Program-wire-Utilitec-0192773.html

Instruction sheet offers no troubleshooting steps
There is no website that claims Utilitec timers
These timers are made in China

Posted on Oct 09, 2010

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SOURCE: I bought a utilitech three

I bought one also but am taking it back today as I am not satisfied with the performance and the internal battery dies losing all programming. The instructions below are word for word from the manual but not all that clear. Since I can't post the diagram from http://www.thencc.com/westinghouse/LS/Instruction/T28499_TimerManual.pdf (if I can post links here), I substituted words in the "Set Mode" section instead. This is for the Utilitech 0149289 model and also applies to the Westinghouse and Stanley equals. Good luck.

3-Outlet Photocell
HEAVY DUTY OUTDOOR TIMER
Tri-Mode Digital Timer
3-Wire Grounded Outlet and Plug
6 in (15cm) AWG 14/3 SJT vinyl cord
Rated: 125V/15A/1875W Tungsten
60Hz


INITIAL USE:
Before initial use, please plug in your timer for at least 1 hour to charge the internal battery. After the LCD display appears, your unit will be ready for programming.

RESET:
Press the "+" and "-" buttons at the same time to reset your timer. This will clear all programmed settings.

SET CURRENT TIME:
Press and hold the "TIME" button to enter the current time. First, set the day of the week: press "+" or "-" button to set today's day.

Press the "TIME" button to enter the hour setting. Press the "+" or "-" buttons to set the current hour. Be sure that AM or PM appears correctly.

Press the "TIME" button to enter the minute setting, Press the "+" or "-" buttons to set the current minute.
Press the "TIME" button to finish setting the current time and return to normal display.

SET MODE:
Press & hold the "MODE" button to scroll between the different Mode settings:

Display Mode Explanation
Digital Timer On/Off at your exact
programmed times (Picture of clock inserted here)
Photocell Countdown Timer On at Dusk or On immediately,
Off after 1-12 hours (Picture of what looks like half sun on horizon)
Digital Timer + Photocell On at Dusk, Off at your exact
programmed times (Combined picture of clock and half sun on horizon)

SET PROGRAM:
After choosing your mode, set the timer program by holding the "PROG" button for 3 seconds, and then follow the appropriate section below.

SET PROGRAM: DIGITAL TIMER
The first setting is "PROG 1 ON" which should appear on the screen. Set the desired day of the week setting for your timer using the "+" or "-" button to scroll between choices. You can select each day individually, Monday to Friday, Saturday/Sunday, or the entire week. To have your timer turn On/Off at the same times every day of the week, be sure to push "+" until all 7 days of the week are lit up for both PROG 1 ON and PROG 1 OFF.

Press "MANU" to enter the "PROG 1 ON" hour setting. Press the "+" or "-" to choose the desired hour for your timer to turn ON. Be sure to cycle through until AM or PM appears correctly.

Press "MANU" to enter the "PROG 1 ON" minute setting. Press the "+" or "-" to choose the desired minute for your timer to go on.

Press the "PROG" button to enter the "PROG 1 OFF" setting. Repeat steps 2 & 3 to set your desired Off time.

You may now either press the "PROG" button to enter additional programs (up to 8), or press the "TIME" button (or wait 15 seconds) to store your program. Your timer will now show the current set time and is ready for use.

SET PROGRAM: PHOTOCELL COUNTDOWN TIMER
The first setting is "PROG 1 ON". Set the desired day of the week program by pressing the "+" or "-" buttons. You can select each day individually, Monday to Friday, Saturday/Sunday, or an entire week. To have your timer turn On and Dusk and Off at the same time every day of the week, be sure to push "+" until
all 7 days of the week are lit up for both PROG 1 ON and PROG 1 OFF.
Press "MANU" to enter the hour setting. Press the "+" or "-" to set:
Display Explanation
d Dusk to Dawn - On at sundown, Off at sunrise
d:01 to d:12 On at Dusk, Off 1 to 12 hours later
S:01 to S:12 On immediately, Off 1 to 12 hours later

You may now either press the "PROG" button to enter additional programs (up to 8), or press the "TIME" button (or wait 15 seconds) to store your program.
Your timer will now show the current set time and is ready for use.

SET PROGRAM: DIGITAL TIMER + PHOTOCELL

The first setting is "PROG 1 OFF". Set the desired day of the week program by pressing the "+" or "-" buttons. You can select each day individually, Monday to Friday, Saturday/Sunday, or an entire week. To have your timer turn On and Dusk and Off at the same time every day of the week, be sure to push "+" until all 7 days of the week are lit up for both PROG 1 ON and PROG 1 OFF.

Press the "MANU" button to enter the "OFF" time hour setting. Press the "+" or "-" to set. Be sure to cycle through until AM or PM appears correctly.

Press the "MANU" button to enter the "OFF" time minute setting. Press the "+" or "-" to set.

You may now either press the "PROG" button to enter additional programs (up to 8), or press the "TIME" button (or wait 15 seconds) to store your program. Your timer will now show the current set time and be ready for use.

MANUAL OVERRIDE:
Press the "MANU" button to choose the timer status:

Display Explanation
ON Continuously ON
OFF Continuously OFF
AUTO Timer will turn On/Off according to program settings

Posted on Dec 08, 2010

SOURCE: I have this heavy duty Westinghouse 3 Outlet

Westinghouse manuals show along with photo of product:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html#6-week

Add a comment if this is not your timer.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010

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