Make Your Life Easier By Installing A Programmable Light Timer Switch

If you're fed up with the amount of time that you spend turning a light switch in a given room on and off throughout the day, the logical solution is to install a programmable light timer switch instead of using the standard switch. If you're not comfortable with basic electrical tasks, you should seek to hire a licensed electrician to do the work for you. However, if you've done some basic work of this nature in the past and you have the necessary tools, there's no reason to think that you can't get the job done yourself. Here's how you need to proceed.

Buy The Product You Want

Visit a local electrical supply store and browse the available programmable light timer switches. There are many different types, with slightly different features, so it's important for you to find a product that will suit your needs. Many current products have a digital display that will allow you to set the light to go on and off at your desired time. More advanced models will allow you to set the light to go on and off at different times, based on the day of the week.

Take Out The Old Switch

The first step in removing the old light switch is to kill the power to the room. Then, remove the switch's outer plate with your screwdriver, and then use your screwdriver to remove the mounting screw that holds the switch itself in its wall box. Gently pull the switch assembly out from the wall a few inches until you can see the wires. Using your screwdriver, loosen the screws that hold the wires in place on the switch assembly. Generally, switches will have two wires that carry current and one wire that provides the ground.

Put The New Switch In Place

The first part of installing the programmable light timer switch is to connect the wires. Checking the instruction manual is beneficial; generally, though, you simply attach the two wires to the screws that look similar to the screws on the old switch, and do the same for the ground wire in its designated area. You can then push the switch apparatus into the wall box, use the appropriate mounting screw to securely fasten it to the box, and then affix the cover plate in place with a mounting screw. Turn the power back on and read the instruction manual so that you'll know how to program the switch correctly.

If things don't work out, or you don't feel comfortable doing this on your own, contact local professionals like Midway Electric Inc.