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Old 12-16-2014, 02:12 PM   #1
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GREAT security product!

Have not seem this item posted yet for home security. "Photoelectric countdown timer." Bought one at Home Depot a couple weeks ago. This - make your house look lived in at night - item solves problems most other light timers have. No batteries to run down and timer clock does not need to be reset due to power failure. Simply set it for number of hours you want radio or light to be on (2,4,6,8 or all night,) put timer on window sill with photo sell facing up and go camping. We setup three of them with lights only, each for different hours, in TV room, living room and bed room. For less than $15 each it is a great security item.
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Old 12-16-2014, 02:52 PM   #2
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It makes you feel secure, and I am sure it is better than nothing, or leaving the same light on all the time; however, although the first time thief may be deterred by the radio more experienced thieves often case a community, knock on door with a sales pitch, stake out a street and see neighbors. a noisy home security system, even a simple one might be a better investment. Having your neighborhood work together might be a good idea. So here I get a little political...living in Los Angeles...having a police force that can respond would be helpful, as we often only have one or two cars available in a community on a shift, not make home burglary a misdemeanor, as Calif just did would be helpful. Sorry to get off track.
Thanks for the tip. Happy Trails.
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Old 12-16-2014, 03:35 PM   #3
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Have used those for years, Good products, used them in the sticks & Bricks, used them for assorted things in the motor home.

Very handy products,, Yes, If the thief can go 5,,3,2,1,0 and the lights come on,, he knows you are not home.

(Scene in movie Home Alone as I recall) But also reality.
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:18 AM   #4
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That's definitely a good deterrent!
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That's what powers all my Christmas lights.
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I've been using one of those for outdoor deco lighting for years. Even carry one in the RV for our outside lighting at the campsite.
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Keep in mind that nighttime is not the only time for breaking in. Also, if a thief sees your lights/radio on and off at the same time every night with no vehicle activity day or night he knows you're not home.
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HI OP Here! Please don't think that light timer is my only security measure. Have been in security for over fifty years and was a security company owner for over twentyfive. There is only one hightech security device I am aware of that I don't have and wish I did. Sirens have been a basic component for about thrityfive years. The new technology - still being tested in another country - is a second or third stage sounding device in the form of high power ultrasonic sounder. At low power levels perp becomes disoriented and loses some muscle control. At higher levels - muscles contract and body pulls into a fetal position. At even higher levels tendons have been damaged, probably beyond repair. Will it ever legally sell in the US - probably not. There are many security options, it's just a case of money. Once perp is in, that is time for the big guns. Not in order - recorded voice warning, live voice warning (best is speaker identifying himself as a law enforcement officer,) bells, sirens, smoke, strobe lights, ringing phone and one of the latest - two way video and live conversation between perp and security operator. Have been retired for about five years so forgive me if I missed something. In my book the best and cheapest form of security is a couple of really nosey neighbors
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Couldn't tell exactly what timer style you were referring to but I thought I was upgrading a few years ago when a timer with a digital readout was introduced. Turned out if a power failure occurred, the unit defaulted to 'off' mode until someone would manually reset it. I'm back to the style with the rotating dial. The worst that can happen there is after a power failure during darkness it may start over for whatever 'on' period was selected. At least it just doesn't stay off waiting for a manual reset.
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Couldn't tell exactly what timer style you were referring to but I thought I was upgrading a few years ago when a timer with a digital readout was introduced. Turned out if a power failure occurred, the unit defaulted to 'off' mode until someone would manually reset it. I'm back to the style with the rotating dial. The worst that can happen there is after a power failure during darkness it may start over for whatever 'on' period was selected. At least it just doesn't stay off waiting for a manual reset.
http://http://www.homedepot.com/p/GE...5112/100685869

Hope link works. Not the same one I bought but sounds indentical. Product has photoelectric light sensor and NO batteries. Once dark, no mater what time of day it is timer starts selected function for up to a 15 amp load: on till daylight, or 2, 4, or 6 hours after dusk. DST, power failure - no problem and a somewhat random on time. We use three on different sides of house so they all even start at different times. In my book it is a great add-on for cheap home security. One more idea is to wire a couple lights to HVAC system thru a switch labeled "vacation" When you leave - just flip the switch and every time heat/air conditioning comes on the light does too.
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I've been using one of those for outdoor deco lighting for years. Even carry one in the RV for our outside lighting at the campsite.

Sabe here. Have several.
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