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Hi i have a timer outdoors running xmas lights its remote after i turn them off the lights are very dim i have to pull plug out before they go off ive had three timers so far the lights r led

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This sounds like load leakage current through the timing device. The timers shown in the picture use electronic control components and do not turn the power all the way off like a light switch, especially if not grounded properly. This can cause issues with LED lights since they are basically diodes and can "leak" power in reverse bias.

Most of these timers have a three-prong plug - they should be plugged into a grounded, three prong outlet so the residual current is shunted off during the "off" cycle.

In plain English, the circuit should be grounded.

You could try another type of timer, like one meant for air conditioners or lamps - they use a basic on/off switch. However, these devices may not be rated for outdoor use so be careful.

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