The timer switch you know it. It is he who in the stairwell of Aunt Adele's old building goes out while you're riding his arms loaded with his races... He too is ticking ticking as if he was going to explode in the second! And yes, it has been around for ages and it is far from out of fashion. On the contrary, updated, it makes you great service to your home.
How does a timer switch work?
The principle is simple: you press the push button or you turn the knob and the light comes on for a few minutes. No need to turn off, this is done automatically. Pressing the button or turning it will close the electrical circuit and turn on the light while starting the timer.
For systems with a push button, the timer can be set from a few seconds to 7 or 8 minutes. On the other hand, the simplest and the most vicious, put you in complete darkness at the end of the allotted time. The nicest go out gradually or blink to warn you of the extinction of the lights. Finally some, really charming, transform lamps into night lights.
Systems with a knob to turn often allow you to set the ignition time and can go up to 1 hour.
Where to install a timer switch?
This type of material is not restricted to public places or workplaces. In a particular house, it can just as much contribute to saving energy. Installed in places of passage, corridor, staircase or in a storage room, a court, it avoids that the light remains ignited by negligence.
The timer switch can control multiple lamps at the same time. And several timer switches can be installed on the same circuit: a button at the bottom of the stairs and another at the top, for example.
Some combine the benefits of contactor and the timer. In this case, when you press the button again, the lamps go out before the end of the programmed time.
The majority have a light, which makes it easy to spot them when you are in the dark.
How to use a timer switch?
It's important to set the timer. Too short, you may end up in the dark untimely. Too long, you do not realize more economy but on the contrary you consume more.
Outside, for lighting a courtyard, a garden or a storage room, it avoids checking if the light has been extinguished. In this case, a switch with a delay longer than a few minutes may be more convenient. And for an installation outside, think to foresee a waterproof switch with a degree of protection of at least 45 (IP 45)
Its use is interesting for places of passage or places where you stay briefly. In these cases, you can find commercial timers that you can easily install in place and places of your usual switches.
Idea to note: For about twenty Euros, you can now find socket caps equipped with a timer. Installed on the existing socket, you place your usual bulb and while continuing to use your normal switches, you have a timer.