Model # 15318

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GE In-Wall Digital Countdown Timer
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GE

In-Wall Digital Countdown Timer

  • Simple push of a button turns lights, fans and heaters on and off
  • Countdown timer can be set to go off in various intervals
  • Helps cut energy costs and keep your home safe
$22.86 /each

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Replace your old wall switch or spring-wound timer in seconds with the Push Button Countdown Timer from GE. With a simple push of a button, lights, exhaust fans and heaters will turn on and off at your leisure, keeping your energy costs low and your home safe. The countdown timer can be set on intervals of 5, 15 or 30 minutes and 1, 2 or 4 hours and fits any decorator-style single or multi-gang wallplates. The timer does not need use a neutral wire, making it easy to install, and works with CFL, LED and incandescent light bulbs.

  • Use to control the on/off operation of lights, exhaust fans and heaters
  • Replaces wall switch or older spring-wound timer
  • Push button on/off override
  • Choose a desired time to shut off: 5, 15 or 30 minutes; 1, 2 or 4 hours
  • Fits decorator rocker-style single or multi-gang wallplates
  • Easy to install, no neutral wire needed
  • Works with CFL, LED and incandescent lighting
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Works for one minute and then is unresponsive

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bran
Seattle
February 17, 2013
I successfully set up this timer in the upstairs bathroom, and now I'm trying to install one in the downstairs bathroom. After getting it all set up and switching the breaker back on the fan turned on for one minute (as expected). Then it turned off (as expected). But now none of the buttons on the switch will turn it back on again. Thinking it may have been a faulty switch, we exchanged it for a new one. The new one exhibits the same behavior. Any idea why this is happening?
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January 30, 2016
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Purchased 2 and they did the same.
Came on for one minute, turned off, pushed all the buttons, nothing. they maybe made buy GE but had Home Depot name on them. Note last week sold for 19.95 1/27/16, this week 1/30/16 reduced to 9.95
looks like a clearance to me.
Bottom line 2 and a half hours plus gas out of my life.
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I just had the same exact situation. I even swapped in a second unit and still had the problem. Before buying a third based on your experience, I called the Tech Support number that Home Depot provided in response to your issue. The representative told me that sometimes the units 'get their brains scrambled' when first powering up. He told me to press and hold the big button until the lights came on. Read More
I just had the same exact situation. I even swapped in a second unit and still had the problem. Before buying a third based on your experience, I called the Tech Support number that Home Depot provided in response to your issue. The representative told me that sometimes the units 'get their brains scrambled' when first powering up. He told me to press and hold the big button until the lights came on. They did after 5 seconds as they are supposed to! Then he said to wait about 10 seconds and press the big button again to turn them off. Apparently that is their solution to 'unscrambling' the unit's brain as it has been working perfectly since. Hope this helps. Read Less
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February 27, 2013
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I ended up going to the store and buying a third switch. I was convinced I was doing everything right and that it should work. I installed the third switch and it worked perfectly just like the one I installed in the upstairs did. I guess I just got two bad ones in a row.
Several of the switches at the store were in packaging that had been opened before, this may be why the likelihood of a dead switch
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I ended up going to the store and buying a third switch. I was convinced I was doing everything right and that it should work. I installed the third switch and it worked perfectly just like the one I installed in the upstairs did. I guess I just got two bad ones in a row.
Several of the switches at the store were in packaging that had been opened before, this may be why the likelihood of a dead switch was so high.
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February 27, 2013
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Hi Bran,
Thank you for your question.
I did reach out to the MFG, and here is their response to you.
The first troubleshooting step that I would suggest is that you check that the ground wire is properly grounded. The 15318 timer will not function if not properly grounded. Once this has been verified and if the problem persists please contact Technical Support 1-800-654-8483 Opt. 1, to address Read More
Hi Bran,
Thank you for your question.
I did reach out to the MFG, and here is their response to you.
The first troubleshooting step that I would suggest is that you check that the ground wire is properly grounded. The 15318 timer will not function if not properly grounded. Once this has been verified and if the problem persists please contact Technical Support 1-800-654-8483 Opt. 1, to address additional troubleshooting steps.
Hope this helps. Read Less
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February 19, 2013
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Sorry to tell you this but mine did the same thing. It worked well for a week, then stopped functioning. I am assuming that it shorted out somehow. We replaced it with a simple flip switch. I am guessing these devices are just unreliable. This is a shame since it could be so useful,
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How do the LEDs function?

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Jim
California
December 17, 2012
The timer works, but I don't understand the LEDs. I expect that the time I select would light the adjacent LED, but it only flashes for a fraction of a second every 15 seconds. Is that intentional?
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July 20, 2016
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Mine does that too. I find it really annoying. I looked up the manual, and that is the intended purpose. The LEDs flash to show you which duration is, or was previously, selected.
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October 22, 2013
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That would be the programmed timing set by the manufacturer. It would seem to me to be this is probably a manufacturing compromise to attempt to satisfy customers who may want a continuous LED and those customers who would not want any at all. Perhaps a tweaking of the chip that would allow us to choose a range of flash times or none at all would be nice, but it would surely add to the cost. In any case, Read More
That would be the programmed timing set by the manufacturer. It would seem to me to be this is probably a manufacturing compromise to attempt to satisfy customers who may want a continuous LED and those customers who would not want any at all. Perhaps a tweaking of the chip that would allow us to choose a range of flash times or none at all would be nice, but it would surely add to the cost. In any case, this unit's timing is 'hard-set' within the switch's 'chip set', and we, as end users, have no way of controlling this. Maybe a letter of suggestion to the manufacturer would be in order. Read Less
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March 2, 2013
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Yes, the led will only flash every 15 seconds. They are not designed to stay lit.
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January 5, 2013
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Yeah, the LEDs just flash to indicate that it's working rather than just staying on. Odd feature, but it's normal.
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December 18, 2012
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Unless they have changed it since I purchased two of these, the LEDs show which button was last pushed. They flash aprox every 15 - 20 seconds. The instructions spell this out, but nothing is said on the outside of the package before you buy the timer.
THE LED'S DO NOT STAY LIGHTED WHEN THE TIMER IS RUNNING. A BETTER DESIGN WOULD BE FOR THEM TO STAY LIGHTED WHEN THE TIMER IS RUNNING. SOMEBODY IN Read More
Unless they have changed it since I purchased two of these, the LEDs show which button was last pushed. They flash aprox every 15 - 20 seconds. The instructions spell this out, but nothing is said on the outside of the package before you buy the timer.
THE LED'S DO NOT STAY LIGHTED WHEN THE TIMER IS RUNNING. A BETTER DESIGN WOULD BE FOR THEM TO STAY LIGHTED WHEN THE TIMER IS RUNNING. SOMEBODY IN ENGINEERING SHOULD HAVE INSTALLED SOME OF THESE IN THEIR HOME TO VERIFY A WELL DESIGNED PRODUCT. LED'S ARE MEANT FOR WHEN THE LIGHT SHOULD BE ON AND NOT DRAW A LOT OF ELECTRICITY.
Other customers have made this same complaint. Maybe GE will get the message if enough people complain. Read Less
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can this be installed for fan only? Using only +,_ and a ground wire?

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March 2, 2012
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Yes. That's exactly what I used it for in a restroom.
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March 2, 2013
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You just need line voltage coming to the switch, a load wire from the switch going to the fan, and a ground wire at the switch. The fan itself will still require a neutral wire at the fan.
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May 27, 2012
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YES, IT ONLY USES HOT AND GROUND, VERY SIMPLE INSTALLATION
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March 16, 2012
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I used one for a fan and a second for a heater.
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March 9, 2012
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Hi Dan,
Thank you for your question.
I did check with the manufacturer on this question and here is their response to you:
"The GE 15318 Countdown Timer is capable of being installed for a fan and requires only a Line, Load, and Ground wire found on most standard switches. It does not require a neutral wire for installation like some other CFL and LED compatible timers."
Hope this helps.
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Hi Dan,
Thank you for your question.
I did check with the manufacturer on this question and here is their response to you:
"The GE 15318 Countdown Timer is capable of being installed for a fan and requires only a Line, Load, and Ground wire found on most standard switches. It does not require a neutral wire for installation like some other CFL and LED compatible timers."
Hope this helps.
If you have any additional questions for Home Depot.com, please contact our Online Customer Service department at 800-430-3376. Read Less
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On/Off override switch

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Clark
Camas, WA
December 9, 2011
Hi, I understand the timer funtion, select a time button and the lights stay on for that amount of time and then switch off. What my question is; when you push the large on/off button do the lights stay on indefinitely until the button is pushed again or does it just turn off the current timer setting. i.e. does the large button act as a normal light switch (on indefinitely / off indefinitely)
 
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Cochise County Arizona
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February 19, 2013
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Yes, the big switch does cause it to function the way you imagine. But in my experience the reliabillity of this switch is just not good enough to employ. Mine failed after working for a week.
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The large button just turns load on to last used setting so if last time you had it on 30 min it will stay on 30 min so on so forth, the blue led will flash on the current time setting every 20 seconds. if you hold the big button for 5 seconds until load turns on then it will stay on indefinitely until a time is selected or turned off, big button will also turn off load mid cycle.
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Lawrenceville, GA
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February 21, 2012
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When you press the large button the light or fan comes on and remains in that state until the button is pressed again. This by passes the timer function.
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Waycross, GA
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January 31, 2012
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Yes, the large button works just like a normal on/off switch. Circuit will stay closed until you turn it off manually.
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December 20, 2011
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Hi Clark,
Thank you for your question.
The Manual override button found toward the bottom of the switch (The “large button” you described) will act as a standard ON/OFF switch in the event you do not want to use one of the timed settings.
Hope this helps.
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In-Wall Digital Countdown Timer is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 76.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Nice Switch I bought the product some months ago. It has performed as expected without a problem. I read about the lights blinking every 20 sec when timer is off. My unit does not do that. When switch is off all LEDs remain off all the time. One feature I like and that my unit does have is the ability to permanently turn the LEDs on while the switch is operating the fan. This is accomplished by Holding the upper two buttons (5min and 15min) at the same time for about 5 sec or until all LEDs flash. That will reprogram the LED of the selected timer to stay on while fan is running. Again, it may be that this switch is a previous version that is somehow redesigned????
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I read reviews & looked at different digital timers. A friend had this timer in their home. I l... I read reviews & looked at different digital timers. A friend had this timer in their home. I liked the time selections even holding the big button for 5 seconds for infinite time. So far, it has meet my expectations, except for longevity, of course. I looked for the LED to do a flash very 20 seconds as mention by another reviewer, but mine just flash once when operated per instructions. Yes, it would be nice for one LED to be like a night light (another reviewer, not happy) and to move as a visual count down timer (as suggested by a reviewer), but for this price, it is very good. If it last five to ten years than it will be excellent and I should have given it five stars.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Flashing lights are useless and will drive you crazy This product is over-engineered in a bad way. Each small button has a little blue LED next to it that lights up when that time is selected. That's a good feature. The problem is that when the switch is off, those LEDs flash very brightly once every 20 seconds. This switch was already installed in the master bathroom when I moved in, and the flashing lights keep me from falling asleep at night. I think the point of that flash is to tell you what time duration was previously selected, but who's going to wait 20 seconds to learn that? Also, the flash is so fast, that it's easy to blink and miss it. So it's basically a useless feature that interferes with smooth interaction with the device.
Date published: 2016-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Installed this with a bathroom fan. At first had an issue getting it to ground but after re-wirin... Installed this with a bathroom fan. At first had an issue getting it to ground but after re-wiring it, we have had no problems in the past 2 weeks. I like that you can do a manual override or a set amount of time. I have not experienced the blinking light issue that others have complained about but I installed it in a stand alone bathroom so maybe we just don't notice it.
Date published: 2016-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Replaced an old windup timer that was no longer timing correctly, it would stay on until we turne... Replaced an old windup timer that was no longer timing correctly, it would stay on until we turned it manually. This one is an excellent replacement. My only suggestion is that the wire nuts supplied be large enough to connect the stranded leads to #12 solid wires. I had to use a larger nut nut and tin the stranded leads to make a good connection.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great time saver, utility saver, safe lighting. I've used this time down for several years in my workshop for exterior lighting. . Needed to install another for my deck lighting, installed right by the patio door. Why is this not carried in store? First one was, second one had to order on line. Allows never to forget turning off lights. Plan to use another in the bathroom.
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Installed this switch 3 weeks ago; installation/instructions are straight forward. Product works/... Installed this switch 3 weeks ago; installation/instructions are straight forward. Product works/installs just as described; no surprises. No neutral wire needed; just a good ground.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light timer I bought two switches for two different lights. They work great. As mentioned on other review's you must have the ground wire connected to earth ground or it will not work.
Date published: 2016-11-29
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