Digital timers that may control when lights go on and off in your home can improve your home security, add to your decor and even save energy. Several currently available timers are designed to fit into standard wall switch openings, and are wired exactly as you would wire a light switch. It is a relatively simple home project for the do-it-yourselfer.
Turn off the ability to the circuit you’re engaged on on the circuit breaker box for your home.
Loosen and take away the screws at the highest and bottom of the light switch cover plate using a screwdriver. Pull the plate off the switch.
Loosen the two screws on the switch, at the top and bottom. Pull the switch out of the wall when it is loose. Four wires will likely be attached to the switch, a black and white wire on each side. Loosen the screws holding these in place and take out the switch.
Loosen the screws on each side of the new timer switch. There can be two on each side, the identical as the old switch. Slide the black and white wires under the screws and tighten, replicating the position of the unique wires.
Place the switch into the opening and attach with the screws at the highest and bottom. Some timers require a cover and a few do not. If yours comes with a cover, place that on the switch at this time.
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