Rated 2.7 out of 5Â by 72
Rated 4 out of 5Â by KennyV Works well but hard to read
The device was very easy to install. Three wires and a few twists of the nuts :) and your done. The programming was simple and I was able to complete three settings in a few minutes. The only problem I have is the display. It is quite small and is not back-lit. This makes viewing rather difficult but a magnifying glass will help. I think this is the least of the worries as once you set it you walk away and let it do it's thing. The nice feature is the ability to turn on & off the light by pressing the front panel. I was concerned about that operation and the concern has been nullified.
September 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by KathyV Love this timer!
Easy to assemble and does the job it was purchased for. Programming is a little more complicated. YOU MUST HAVE written directions to program or go on line and look them up by Brand name, there is a convenient copy of instructions. First, push pgm button once to set the current time and day. Second, push pgm button twice to set auto on and off times and follow directions for which button to push to set. Don't forget to push 'enter' after each step or you will go around in circles. I suppose the other pgm's 2-4 is if you want other days set different times, for example for INSIDE use. I use mine for OUTSIDE lights only so I only needed to set pgm 1. I would like to set a time for spring and fall but haven't figured out how to do that if its for the same days (7). You can always override the timer by simply push on front shield in like a button, on and off. It's not obvious so I think some of these other reviewers may have been confused or didn't notice 'what is the on and off manual switch', again just simply push on front of unit. And you MUST HAVE THE DIRECTIONS to know 'which buttons' to use in setting time. The instructions are good and easy to follow, but if you just look at the buttons and try to set timer they are not self explanatory. Once its set it's wonderful! I have had mine for 6 months now and still happy with it except for losing the directions how to reset the timer for the now shorter winter days. But I would still recommend this unit for the value and looks.
October 23, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by BrianC Don't work on lamps!
This thing does NOT work with any compact fluorescent bulbs... which are basically most of the light bulbs today. After I installed it as a wall switch for a indoor light fixture, I noticed that the CFL bulbs continued to flash for hours after the switch was turned to the "off" position. Then I read up about it. This is the "resistive-type" switch that doesn't really switch everything off... it just puts a big resister in the middle, while a small current continues to trickle into the lamp. Ancient incandescent lamps wouldn't get powered up by that trickle. But the CFL does. This prolonged flashing in the "off" position can't be good for the light bulbs. What works for CFL, so I've read, is a timer with both resistive and INDUCTIVE switching. What a waste of money!
August 17, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by bjvb Not worth the money or effort
After an hour of troubleshooting my wiring, I phoned tech support. Product was defective.
Installed new timer - still will not work properly. Reads AUTO - OFF. Cannot get it to AUTO - ON.
The tiny window is very difficult to see, and the instructions are not good Initial setup instructions are ok - but they do not explain how to use the timer. I only wanted the first program P1, timer kept wanting to cycle through the other programs.
There are no instructions as to whether or not you can update the program or change the time etc.
No troubleshooting instructions.
I am returning this timer and will simply install an outlet and plug in a regular timer.
June 16, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Edward Wasted alot of time
I purchased two of this model to replace two 17 year old timers that still worked, I wanted a digital setting. I installed the first one and it would not turn on the pump for the outside fountain that it is to control. I measured the Volts at the outlet and it was only receiving 100 volts instead of 120. It made the fluorescent bulbs flicker too, so I tried the second with the same results. I attached the regular wires and received 120 volts at the outlet. It appears the switch does not produce the 120 volts it states that it does. I am returning them to Home Depot and get another brand.
September 27, 2014