Light Timer question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kkcummins, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. kkcummins

    kkcummins Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 5, 2013
    Is there a type of timer that can be used by plugging into a wall outlet so that it works with lights that are hard wired and controlled by a wall switch? There is not a way to plug the lights directly into the timer, but I have wall outlets to plug the timer into. This coop was already on the property and wired when we purchased it. I don't like having to turn it on at evening chores and having it on all night. I have to go to work at 3 am and don't get home till noon to turn them off. Not to mention the power bill which is bad enough in the winter.
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I'm not an electrician, so no help there! Could you use your plug-in timer with a hanging light that plugs into it? If you have an outlet in your coop, that would work and bypass the already wired lights. Mary
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC

    Seems there are quite a few different designs you can use to replace your wall switch.
    I don't think you'll find anything that will "Plug and Play"
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    That's what I'd do....if the light is just for extending 'daylight' for winter laying.
    Make sure your light is SECURELY double or triple fastened to avoid fire hazard, especially if it's in an area where the birds can touch it.
  5. Chickens R Us

    Chickens R Us Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a wall switch timer in one coop ( $20) and a timer you can plug into an outlet and then plug a light into that in my other coop ($5) both work good and are easy to install.

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