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Utilitech 0154182 Can utlilteeh timer, 0154182, be located at ground level and must it be in an upright position?

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SOURCE: Can you please provide instructions

What you are describing is a wall electrical box for a "Wwitch Loop". What this means is that the power source (Hot and Neutral) go to the light first. What the electrician has done is run a wire from the light in which one wire is the hot leg from the source and the other one is the "switched leg" which runs back to the light as controled on-off power to it. The only legitimate way to use this timer would be to replace the wire from the wall switch to the light with a 3 conductor cable (3 current carrying wires and a bare ground or green wire). This would allow you to bring the hot and neutral along with the controlled "switched leg" as this time requires a constant source of power for the timer itself. Don't be tempted to let someone tell you to use the ground wire as a neutral. It is not safe to do that.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010


SOURCE: I put in a Utilitech

Open following link for programming and wiring instructions:

Yes, the timer can be programmed to turn on at 6am and off at 9pm all days of week.
The ground is not necessary for timer to function, however other wiring has to be correct, and white wire connects to neutral, black wire connects to Hot, and red wire connects to wire going to switch.
Timer replaces single-pole light switch only and cannot be used for 3-way switching.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011

SOURCE: I have an Aube 3

Utilitec can only replace single-pole switch.
Open following link for typical Utilitec single-pole wiring:

Aube timer has internal battery that runs clock mechanism and does not require neutral wire.
The Aube battery lets timer replace single-pole or 3-way switch.
Utilitec timer does not have battery, so clock mechanism requires neutral wire, just like plugging in electric clock.
Without battery, timers like Utilitec can only replace single-pole switch.

Open following link to see list of timers that can be used for 3-way:

When installing 3-way timer, the timer replaces one 3-way switch but other 3-way switch remains.
The remaining 3-way is rewired to accommodate the specific timer being used.
SOME brands of timer cannot replace either 3-way switch, but instead can only replace the 3-way that receives hot wire from breaker: Read manual before selecting timer.

Note: Battery-operated timers can be used for 3-way application, but cannot operate in cold environment.

Posted on Aug 14, 2011

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