It gets dark outside earlier now that fall is here and the days are shorter. If your low-voltage landscape lighting system has a manual timer, you'll want to adjust it to reflect the change in seasons. Watch our short video or follow our step-by-step instructions with how to reset your landscape lighting timer to fall back.
If you're tired of setting your timer several times throughout the year, learn more about our astronomic timer that uses your location to automatically adjusts itself.
Step 1: Locate Your Transformer & Timer
Most transformers are located outside of the house (usually around other utility boxes) or inside the garage. After you find it, you will want to open the door by unlatching the hook to find your timer. If you are a client of ours and have trouble finding your transformer or timer, feel free to contact us for help. We keep detailed installation records and can look it up!
Step 2: Find the Current Time of Day
Looking at the timer, find the current "TIME OF DAY." In the photo above, we highlighted it in orange. It is usually located in the center of the timer and might vary depending on the timer.
Step 3: Turn the Dial Back One Hour or to the Current Time of Day
Turn your dial back 1-hour or to the current time of day. The light portion of the dial represents the AM hours and the dark, shaded area shows the PM hours.
The red and green pins: Don't move these unless you need to adjust when your system turns on/off. The green pin indicates when your timer is set to turn on, while the red pin shows when it's set to turn off. You should have one red and one green pin unless your lights are set to come on and off more than once throughout the night. Make sure the pins are in the correct AM and PM slots; otherwise, your lights won't come on/off as intended.
Timers can lose time with age. It's good to check it periodically, once or twice a year around daylight saving time should suffice. If you find yourself needing to adjust your timer more often, you might want to get it checked.
How to Check if Your Timer is Correctly Set:
You can look outside to check your timer settings. If your landscape lights are on and shouldn’t be, it might set for the wrong time of day - go back to Step 3 and check the AM/PM hours on the dial. If that is not the case, you can always contact us with any additional questions.
Fall is a great time of the year to enjoy your outdoor areas. Adjusting your low-voltage landscape lights for the correct time will also give you peace of mind knowing the safety and security measures you've put into place are working as intended.
At McKay Lighting, we recommend preventative maintenance at least once a year to ensure your system is working and performing it's best. Especially before the winter months since the cold weather can be harsh on your system and bulbs. We have a dedicated service team for all of your maintenance needs or see our winter maintenance tips if you like to do it yourself.
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