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    canadian tire has another sale on those electronic timers

    same as before, instead of 25$ ..its 10$.
    does'nt look exactly like the last ones..
    I wonder if it has the random mode..

    anyways.. they work well for the lighting, and what ever you run with a timer.

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    If you are talking about this:
    http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortmen...rtment=primary

    I have 2. After about a year and a half, the first one died - initially it couldn't hold your settings in memory when the power is out for say an hour, then the LCD display dimmed to nothing even when there is power and is plugged in.

    Then I bought the 2nd one for about 2 years, now it is showing the same thing, ie the display starts to dim and could not hold settings after a few minutes power failure!

    It has random mode.

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    http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortmen...rtment=primary

    On sale: 9.99

    - Offers increased home security and lower energy costs
    - Manual override switch allows you to turn the lights on or off at any time
    - Minimum setting interval of 1 minute
    - Settings for Monday - Friday/ Saturday & Sunday or for a certain day
    - 24 hour and 7 day cycles with 6 on and 6 off settings


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    Do these have provision to change the batteries like the Intermatic digital timers?

    Apoon, that may be the only problem. These use watch-style batteries that need to be replaced after a while.
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    They don't use conventional or watch battery. I can't remember the exact name they called it. It is not user replaceable. It is something like non-volatile RAM.

    May be I can check tonight when I get home, if I can still find the instruction sheet.

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    Hmm...
    Kinda makes me think it's a waste to throw out a complete timer because it's batteries ran out... Even though the pricing on these things is relatively cheap, with the amount of outdated equipment accumulating in garbage piles, it's such a waste.

    I only have Intermatic timers. I got several of them when RadioShack had them on special at $15. They're great, and have batteries that can be replaced. I've used them for years, and have yet to replace the batteries.
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    some of those timers are not good for say MH lighting or large pumps am I correct? something about serg rating or amperage rating? I use the outdoor light timers even though they only have 1 setting its all I really need for each light.

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    I know that my lighting must be turned on with a mechanical switch so I have to use the mechanical timers that are usually in a box about 6 inches X 4 inches.
    Rob

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    I've been using INTERMATIC digital timers on my MH lighting for years, like these:



    Up to 14 ON / 14 OFF programming per day or 98 ON / 98 OFF programming per week. Random setting option avoids predictable "timer-controlled" look. 3-prong grounded plug and receptacle. Controls lamps (including fluorescent), TV's, stereos and appliances. Easy-to-set hand-held programming with battery backup.

    Product Features
    Up to 14 ON / 14 OFF programming per day or 98 ON / 98 OFF programming per week
    Random setting option avoids predictable "timer-controlled" look
    3-prong grounded plug and receptacle
    Controls lamps (including fluorescent), TV's, stereos and appliances
    Easy-to-set hand-held programming with battery backup
    Manual override feature
    Ratings: 15 Amp (1800 watts) Resistive and Inductive, 500 Watts Tungsten, 1/3 H.P. 120 V.A.C.


    On a side note, I use X10 Appliance modules on my pumps. I will eventually switch out the Intermatic timers on the MH's to X10 control...
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    Vince are you using it to fire up tar ballasts?
    Rob

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