2007-06-20

CFLs and outdoor timers

For the longest time I used incandescent light bulbs on my outdoor light fixtures, primarily because I had a rather ugly looking timer that only supported incandescent bulbs. I'm totally dumbfounded why retailers and manufacturers seem to focus on electrical products that don't support fluorescent lighting, but that's another story.

So I have looked high and low for a timer that met my "simple" requirements:
  • wall-mountable, programmable timer
  • decent looking (or at least not butt-ugly)
  • compatible with CFLs
  • not insanely expensive
I went to Home Depot, Lowes, and the little neighborhood hardware store without finding anything that met my simple requirements.

Happily, I can announce that I found a decent programmable timer that met all my requirements: It's the Swylite LST100. They don't seem to be available in many traditional retail stores.

It works great, and it looks awesome. It was easy to install, and I've had no issues with it. Now I can save some major energy bucks by using CFLs in my outdoor sconces and lamppost.

The best part of all: its clock remembers the time after a power failure! No more clock resetting! Woohoo! In your face, my old Intermic timer!

My Swylite LT100 timer, as installed by LanceJ.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Lance. I am looking for a timer that works with CFL's too, for most do not.

I will be sure to buy one of these!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I had the same problem with CFL into a timer. Even though this is years old of a post, this was very helpful!


Share