How to Reset an Outdoor Lighting Timer

Outdoor lighting timers are small appliances that you can program to turn your home's exterior lights on and off at specified times. Using an outdoor lighting timer can save both money and energy since you never have to worry about remembering to turn your lights off. These timers can also help to deter thieves by making it look like you're home when you're away. If your outdoor timer malfunctions, you can reset it to factory settings and reprogram it in just minutes.

Step 1

Locate the "Reset," "Restart" or "R" button on your timer. Press and release the button to clear the timer's programming and return it to factory settings.

Step 2

Set the time on your timer. Press the arrow buttons until the "Clock" option shows on the screen; press "Set" or "Select." Press the arrow buttons until the timer displays the current day of the week; press "Set" or "Select." Use the same process to set the current hour, minutes and seconds.

Step 3

Set a lighting program for your outdoor timer. Note that many timers can store up to 20 different lighting programs. Press the arrow buttons until the display shows desired program; press "Set" or "Select." Press the arrow buttons until you see the desired day; press "Set" or "Select." Set the "On" time for your outdoor lighting. Press the arrow buttons until the desired hour appears on the screen, then press "Set" or "Select." Use the same process to set the minutes. Repeat this step to program an "Off" time for your lighting.