Video: How to Reset Your Landscape Lighting Timer to Fall Back


The sun sets earlier now that fall is here. If your landscape lighting system has a manual timer, you'll need 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 resetting your timer twice a year, this one adjusts itself. 

Step 1: Locate Your Transformer

Most transformers are located outside 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're having trouble finding your transformer or timer and a client of ours, please do not hesitate to contact us for help. We keep detailed installation notes and can look it up!

Step 2: Find the Current Time of Day

Looking at the timer, find the current "TIME OF DAY." It is usually located in the center of the timer, but it could vary depending on the timer.

Step 3: Turn the Dial Back One Hour or to the Current Time of Day

Turn the dial back 1-hour or to the current time of day. The light portion of the dial represents the AM hours and the dark portion the PM hours. You'll want to make sure your pins are in the correct AM and PM slots, otherwise, they won't come on/off as intended.

Curious about the red and green pins? 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'll have one red and one green pin unless your lights are set to come on and off more than once throughout the night. NOTE: It's not necessary to change these pins unless you want to adjust when your system turns on/off.

Some timers tend to lose time, so it's good to check it periodically – once or twice a year around daylight savings time should suffice. If you find yourself needing to adjust it more often, you might want to get it checked. 

One easy way to tell if your timer correct is by looking outside to see if your landscape lights are on. If they 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... | McKay Landscape Lighting - Omaha Nebraska

How to Check if Your Timer is Correct: 
One easy way to tell if your timer correct is by looking outside to see if your landscape lights are on. If they 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.

Congratulations. You successfully adjusted your system’s landscape lighting timer! 

Fall is a great time of the year to enjoy your outdoor spaces, see our favorite ways to enjoy the season.  Adjusting your lights for the correct times will also give you peace of mind knowing the safety and security measures you've put into place are working as intended. 

It's always a good idea periodically have your lighting system thoroughly checked to ensure it's working and performing it's best, especially before the cold winter months. The cold weather can be harsh on your lighting system and bulbs. Let our dedicated service department handle your maintenance needs or see our tips for doing it yourself

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your outdoor lighting maintenance needs, please feel free to contact us or make a service request online»

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We’ve been in the landscape industry since 1987, becoming a dedicated outdoor lighting firm in 1992. Our experienced lighting team provides the expertise and experience needed to light your outdoor space for both beauty and security. Our goal is to provide the highest quality, custom lighting services and products to homes and businesses across the nation.

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