Timer for outside lights


Old 05-15-12, 02:30 PM
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Timer for outside lights

Hi would like to know if a timer for outside lights can be put inside by the breaker box or inside the breaker box? Seems I have heard that it can be but don't know for sure . I live in Cincinnati thanks
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Old 05-15-12, 02:38 PM
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If your outdoor lights are all on one circuit, it could be a simple job. If they are on several circuits, you may be better with timers that fit into the light switch boxes.
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No reason why you can't. It wouldn't go INSIDE the breaker box, but there is certainly no restriction on putting it near the box. IIRC there's a requirement that PORCH light switches must be in proximity to the door, but yard lights can be controlled from anywhere. The only question is are these lights on their own circuit? Because if they're not, then you'll be controlling everything else on the circuit with the timer along with the outside lights.
Old 05-16-12, 06:23 AM
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Then if the outside lights in yard is on a separator breaker , would the wire which is 14/2 with ground .I assume the timer would be outside the breaker box the wiring would come from light to timer then to breaker? Thanks just curious in case my wife decides she wants an outdoor light.
Old 05-16-12, 07:50 AM
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You would place the timer between the panel and the lights.

Intermatic makes many timers to suit your needs.
Old 05-16-12, 08:16 AM
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Yes. The timer can mount in a box like any other switch.

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Old 05-16-12, 08:53 AM
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Or it can come in it's own connection box.

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Old 05-22-12, 02:37 PM
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Thanks for the information ,George

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