Digital Light Timers and Your Home Security

“Security has always been regarded as a main concern for most people, and many like to keep their precious belongings safe or under personal supervision. However, not all times we can monitor our belongings. Good thing, there is a continuous product development to ensure security especially on homes.”


Digital Light Timers and Your Home SecurityModern digital lamp timers have some great benefits over older, dial-based timers.

Iʼll try to convince you why these benefits make these timers worth considering for protecting your home or apartment. I’ll also report on two specific timer models Iʼve checked out.

A key part of deterring home theft is making potential burglars think someone is home.

This is why we should care about timers. They ought to be part of your basic indoor lighting strategy for home security.

Huge improvements over old-style timers

Older, dial-style light timers turn lights on and off only at pre-programmed times. This improves your home security, but only to an extent.

Such timers deter casual burglars who just happen to be in the neighborhood.

But a burglar doing a little bit of homework may notice that your lights on such a timer follow the exact same pattern each day.

Modern, digital light timers provide a key benefit over the older style: variability in a lampʼs on/off pattern.

Digital timers do this in two different ways:

  • Unique on/off control by day of the week
  • Randomness

This second feature, randomness—the ability to have lights cycle on and off at random intervals—is huge.

Ideally, what you want is randomness, but within a range you can specify, usually from around dusk to sometime during the night. A lamp on when the sun is up but dark during the evening hours doesnʼt do you much good.

Strategy tip

A good combination strategy would be a light in one room, such as a living room, to come on at dusk and then stay on until “bedtime” but have lights in some other rooms (dens, bedrooms, etc.) randomly go on and off.

Shopping tip

When youʼre shopping for a modern, digital timer, look for compatibility with energy-saving bulb types such as CFL and LED.

A limitation of some timers is that they donʼt all work with energy-saving bulbs such as CFL and LED bulbs!

Youʼll need to carefully inspect the packaging before you buy a timer. Why anyone would bother (or should even be allowed) to sell timers without this capability these days is beyond me. Buying a timer should not be a hassle!

Fortunately, over the next few years it will become less and less of a problem as the USA phases out incandescent bulbs.

Test before you rely on your new timer

After you buy one, test it out. You not only want to make sure it works with the bulbs you have, but to make sure you learn how it works.

You donʼt want the first time you use it to be when you go on vacation for two weeks and then find out the lights never came on because you misunderstood the directions. Like anything else these days involving …


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