the oh so confusing light timer

garngang

In the Brooder
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I am hoping somebody out there can help me with this...I feel like one of those "dumb girls" right now. haha
I am thinking about possibley trying to extend the daylight for my girls during the winter monthes bc i would love to continue getting eggs. And I have seen how a lot of you are adding timers to your lights so they get the amount of light needed.
But I am so lost when it comes to what kind of timer to buy and how in the world to hook it all up! lol Yes I know....I feel silly having to ask bc i usually dont have issues with this sort of stuff. Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you a ton!
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Chris09

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I just use one I think I got from Lowe's (cheap) it plugs in to the outlet then you plug your light into the timer.. The timer I have has little pins that you put in to turn on and off the lights.. They have good instructions on the box...

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teach1rusl

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Jul 28, 2009
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Yeah....Lowes, Home Depot, almost any hardware store... Just tell them you need a plug in timer... They have them in all price ranges. Like the other poster said, most have red and green (or another color) "pins" that you set for on and off times.... You just plug the timer into an outlet, and plug your light into the timer.
Oh...they also have dusk till dawn timers too...come on when it gets kind of dark, goes off as it starts to get light...
 
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garngang

In the Brooder
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Apr 12, 2009
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North Central Arkansas
I have close to the same problem. Our light isn't installed yet but we are working on it. It will hang from the ceiling with a pull string. We were trying to avoid running the wire over for a switch. What in the world could I do for this??? Or should I change my plans while there's still time????
 

patandchickens

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No no, that is no problem *at all* -- just wire the timer in, and during the time of year when you want to be using it, just make sure that the pull-chain has the light switched "on". Leave the pull-chain that way all winter, the timer (once you set it
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Good luck, have fun,

Pat
 

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