All outdoor automatic timers should be waterproof and durable enough to brave the elements, but the best outdoor timer for Christmas lights to suit your needs have the ideal number of outlets and the right type of timer functions for your setup. The number of outlets is pretty straightforward. If you have lots of decorations, your household would probably benefit from extra plugs — but keep in mind that string lights are usually extendable, meaning that the end of one strand plugs into the beginning of another to power multiple strands. So theoretically, then, one outlet could power a long string.
Next, consider which type of timer would make your life the easiest. There are four main options: countdown timers, programmable timers, dusk to dawn timers, and smart timers. Countdown timers allow you to choose a specific interval of time (usually two, four, six, or eight hours) that your lights stay on for. Digital programmable timers, on the other hand, let you set specific schedules — say, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. — and programmable timers can be either mechanical or digital. Dusk to dawn timers use Photocell technology to sense the amount of light in the environment, so they automatically turn on when it gets dark and turn off in the morning. Finally, smart plugs allow you to use your phone or your voice to control your devices and set schedules.
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1.Outdoor Mechanical 24 Hour Timer
- Programmable in 15 minute intervals with 48 setting options in a 24 hours period. Total 48 ON/OFF setting per day. Repeats schedule daily with personal setting.
- Waterproof for outdoor use: Cover provides protecting timer from weather conditions. Heavy duty material and two grounded outlet makes it safe and durable.
- Two 3-prong grounded outlets for use with devices like Christmas lights, fountain timers, pool pumps, patio and yard lights, as well as holiday decorations.
- Easy mechanical timer setting: Always turn the timer dial to the current timer first, push those pins down to set the time to turn on, and pull other pins up to turn off. Switch to TIMER position to enjoy the convenience.
2. With photocell light cell Timer 3 Outlets
This outdoor timer's smart photocell senses dusk/darkness and automatically turns on/off your lights. Use outdoors for your yard lighting, patio lighting, holiday decorations, and more! (Waterproof as long as unit is 1' above ground)
Choose the schedule you want: dusk-dawn, 2h, 4h, 6h, or 8h after dusk. Simply plug in your lights and turn the dial. Let our timer do the work for you.
Featuring a 6 inch cord and 3 grounded outlets, this timer can support a variety of different setups in a variety of locations.
3. Digital Programmable Outdoor Timer
You can easily set up to 8 on/off programs for the timer’s two grounded outlets. Outlets are controlled simultaneously, and settings can be as short as one minute. And choose your own individual days or simply select one of the convenient pre-set combination days. Switch to Daylight Savings mode with a press of a button. Our long-lasting backup battery keeps your settings even in the event of a power outage.
4. Mechanical Outdoor Multi Socket Timer
The mechanical dial of the box timer is protected by a cover to keep out rain, dust and dirt to ensure durability, Which having a green color that blends in with your landscape, rest assured that the outlet timer box will not be an eyesore.
Fantastic as a sprinkler, pool, irrigation and light timer box, you can be enjoying so much more energy savings, you can be automating your outdoor lights, sprinklers, fans or other appliances with this outdoor timer box.
5.Outdoor Smart WiFi Plug Timer Outlet
Compatible with Alexa and Google Home Assistant for voice control (Alexa/Google devices sold separately). Perfect for parents, elderly, disabled or if the plug is hard-to-reach.
Control your home devices from anywhere and anytime with your smartphone using the Smartlife or BN-LINK Smart apps. Schedule the smart plug to automatically turn most heavy duty electronics on and off as needed. No more forgetting about turning off your lights and save on your electricity bills.
You can choose what you need and what you want!