Dial outlet timers provide an easy way to regulate the timing of lights and other electrical devices in your home. There are many potential uses -- turning a lamp on automatically so you don't come home to a dark home, turning grow lamps on and off automatically, turning decorative lights on and off automatically -- you're only limited by your imagination. Dial outlet timers are simple to employ -- just plug them into an outlet, then plug your device into them and set the timer.
Set the time. Turn the dial of the timer clockwise until the black arrow on the timer is pointing at the correct time of day. For example, if it's 2 p.m., turn the arrow to the 2 p.m. setting. This will coordinate the timer with the correct time.
Press down the black buttons to set the on and off times for the device you've plugged into the timer. Most timers operate in 15-minute blocks.
If you want to use the timer as a regular outlet, with no timer effects, turn the red switch on your timer to the "On" position. This overrides the timer.
Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.