dusk till dawn hack. on the right track?


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Old 07-29-14, 07:05 AM
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dusk till dawn hack. on the right track?

hi all. i'm dismayed by the cost of dusk till dawn fixtures, so i thought of a way to bypass those fixtures and install a series of outdoor lights that will turn on and shut off whenever i want them to automatically.

i'd like to poll you guys on this idea - is the idea (see diagram) kosher? have i forgotten something? is there something unsafe about this approach?

the idea is this (this all takes place in the basement):

1. install a new 15a breaker to my main panel.
2. run romex from the breaker to a nearby junction box with a gfci outlet.
3. connect a digital timer to the outlet (e.g. Titan Controls 734112 Apollo 7 24-Hour Digital Timer, 120-volt).
4. connect a 3-prong pigtail to the digital timer (e.g. 3-prong pigtail).
5. in another junction box, join the open end of the pigtail to romex.
6. run romex from last junction box to a series of outdoor lights.

And just like that, for less than $40, i've got as many exterior lights as i want turning on and off at specific times.

thanks for your input!
 
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Old 07-29-14, 08:24 AM
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GE makes a digital timer that does the same thing but can be wired in place of a light switch, which eliminates the un-kosher method of back-feeding a branch with a plug-in device and pigtail cable.

Weekly 7-Day Manual Timer Wall Switch - #M7724 | LampsPlus.com
 
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Old 07-29-14, 08:40 AM
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GE makes a digital timer that does the same thing but can be wired in place of a light switch, which eliminates the un-kosher method of back-feeding a branch with a plug-in device and pigtail cable.
MATT - thanks!! i used to think i was a pretty savvy internet searcher... can't explain how i wasn't able to find this before you pointed it out. seems obvious in retrospect that this product exists to do exactly what i had in mind. gonna go with this one, though that i can buy through amazon prime.
 
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Old 07-29-14, 10:34 AM
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There are hard wired digital timers available at the big box stores for less than $20.
 
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Old 07-29-14, 10:34 AM
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There are a number of options all available through Amazon if that's where you prefer to buy.

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_6oc8r38ybm_b
 
 

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