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Can't get my Woods Model 59018 digital timer to work

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I followed the wiring directions to install my woods Model 59018 digital timer. I connected the red and white wires to the common and the black wire to the hot. My outdoor lights begin to flash on and off. When I disconnected the red wire from the white and common wires there is no flashing of the lights but there also are no lights coming on at all. I turned on the power by pushing the little door until the display said on. But no lights came on. What could I be doing wrong. My other unit was an Intermatic and there were just two wires to connect and it worked perfectly for years. Help me out here so I don't have to return it to the store.

Thanks ......Rick Nasello

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I have same problem and called the manufacturer. They told me they are supposed to help and that these need to be installed by an electrician.

Glad I bought mine at a Menard's which is targeted to the general market.

I don't want to support a company that says things like that to their customers so I am bringing mine back.

Posted on Oct 13, 2009

  • trader_perso Oct 13, 2009

    Oh in previous solution I meant to say "aren't supposed to help". Now the sentence should make more sense


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On my third timer - two GE now the Woods one. The lights turn on and off manually but the timer does not work. the wheel/timer does not turn!! how frustrating. I have switched wires etc as they told me on the phone, come on! I should not have to call an electrician. I wish my old Intermatic one did not break! ugh

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I am on my second Woods timer. The connections are all correct as I am replacing an older timer, but it will not turn the lights on at all. neither with the timer or manual switch. I'v tried changing the connections and nothing works. The first one didn't work either... Luckily I also bought it at Menards and I will return it.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010

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    Make sure you are wired correctly. LINE (in) is power from breaker or power source. LOAD (out) is power to appliance) Lights or fan.
    On the bottom center is the timer on/off switch which needs to be in the timer on position. (pushed to the right) On each side of this are manual override buttons which override the preset time. The timer switch has to be in the on mode to transfer power to the load side of the switch. ( whatever you want to turn on.) Push in for once for on or twice to turn off.


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I just installed a Woods Digital In-wall Timer Model #59018. When I switch the power and manually turn the power on, the lights rapidly flash on and off. This is a three-way outlet and I have red, black...

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You connected white wire and red wire together.
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ez to fix.
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59018 is programmable digital timer which does not show 'electronic ballast' or 'halogen' as a load capability.

2) Question asks about Woods 59017
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I test timers and 3-5% arrive defective, and they never work. Some stop working within 1 year, and some last quite a while.
Timers are affected by line interference and polarity issues. So wiring in home has to be correct before timer will operate as expected.
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4) If electric box does not have white wires described above, then connect timer-white to bare ground.
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You posted under Woods 59018 timer.

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2) If lights are blinking, then wiring is suspect. Probably the red and white are connected together.
Open following link to confirm this is your timer and read ez wiring steps and see on-line manual.
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