Timers for Lights

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  1. Kunhardt

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    I bought 2 timers for my light unit this evening, but I have no idea how these things work!! I thoguht it would be pretty straight forward, but they dont come with the best instructions and i cant figure out why they wont turn off the lights. Can anyone help me out? :(
     
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    What type of timers are we talking about, Kunhardt? Analog? Or digital?
     
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    Analog. Sorry that kind of information would have been useful. :p
     
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    OK - on the outer perimeter of the "round thing" (the turn-wheel where you set your time), you will find a "black section", which is divided into tiny press-down "switches".....
    Each "switch" equates to either one or 2 hours....
    So, if you use a narrow tool to press a single one of these "switches" downwards, you would have your timer switch on, and off, within this period of time.

    To start - you plug your timer in, and turn the round dial, to reflect the time it is NOW.....
    ie. 19 (for 7pm)....
    Decide what time you want your lights to switch on, and then right next to this time designation on the round dial, you depress the "switch down" - one switch for every 1 or 2 hours you want to have the lighting to be switched on.....
    Repeat this step until the time on the round dial, when you want your lighting to switch off....

    I hope that you understand this......
     
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    So the black switches must be down for the lights off period and stay up for the lights on period? Hmmm...i think this is what i have done and yet the lights still seem to stay on. Must i plug it in first before pressing down the black switches as i think i may have tried to set them before plugging the timer in?
     
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    You MUST remember to set the CURRENT time as well.... this is the round dial (white) on the top.
    And YES - to get the lights to switch ON, the "tiny" switches must be pushed downwards..... ALL THE WAY DOWN......
    So, the lights will switch on when the round dial reaches the spot where the switches have been pressed downwards, and switch back off again where the switches are up.....
     
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    Kunhart what make timers do you have - I bought "major" the other day and their switches go in 15 min increments and have a switch on the side of them indicating on or timer
     
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    Ok thanks, i think i may have them the wrong way around. Last question, there is a little switch on the side of the timer when pushed up switches the red light on the timer on, must it stay in this position? I figure this is the timer on switch?

    Thanks a lot for all the help btw Jacques. :thumbup:
     
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    Yip, those are the ones i bought, how does the switch on the side work?
     
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    Kunhardt - Sorry - I forgot about the switch on the side.

    The switch on the side has 2 settings: on and auto.... you should set it to AUTO....

    Thanks Chikaboo - I forgot about that switch,.......
     
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    If you slide the switch where you see the clock picture it will work according to the times you have programmed - the other way puts the lights permanantly "on" - Like jacquesb said just make sure the switches are pressed down firmly not halfway - they not complicated at all! Experiment with a unit plugged in you will see how easy it is to program - BTW what did you pay for them I got mineat a steal! R20 a piece - bought 20 units one time!
     
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    WHAT!? I paid R70 each, and that was R20 cheaper than all the other places in town.

    Anyways thanks for all the help guys appreciate it!
     
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    Builders wharehouse has the major for R50 if i'm not mistaken and R200 for the digital
     
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    WOW Chikaboo! That's REALLY REALLY CHEAP!

    GEEZ! I too also paid R70 each for mine..... I had 2 x electronic one's, BUT, they blew.....
     
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    OK now I dont feel Newcastle shops rip people off! Good luck with the timers just shout if you need more help may b can load some pics on my side if need be;)
     
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    Thanks, they seem to be working now. Lets just see if they come back on tomorrow morning now. :)
     
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    Brights Electrical in Plattekloof has the digital ones for R129
     
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    Okay i got one of my timers working fine, however the other ones dial doesnt seem to move with the time it just stays where i set it. Is there something i have done wrong or is it maybe faulty?
     
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    Hey mark where did you get these timers from how much you pay for them? was it easy to connect to your light unit?
    Shot
     
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    Apparently they came from Vortex, i know someone who's a book keeper for an electrician so they got them for me, but ya its just supposed to be plug and play...alas its too lower grade for me :p
     
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