Timers, photo cells and other lighting controls are a variety of electrical accessories which allow you to manage the timing and usage of your outdoor and landscape lighting. These convenient additions let you ensure that lights are only on and consuming electricity when they are actually needed; this equates to less energy waste and a generally lower electric bill, making lighting sensors and timers both budget conscious and environmentally friendly.
There are a few different types of these fixtures to select from, depending on what your lighting needs may be. Some of the most popular options include:
• Lighting timers – These allow you to set your lights to automatically come on or switch off either at certain times of day, or after an elapsed period of time. Timers come in both mechanical and digital variations, and many are also programmable so that you can set a daily or weekly schedule as needed.
• Outdoor photo cells – Photo cells are a type of sensor that can detect ambient light levels and turn lights on and off to correspond with nightfall and daybreak, which is why they this type of lighting control is also called a dusk to dawn sensor. Photo cells are one of the simplest lighting controls to use, as they are automatic and do not require any programming or adjustments.
• Other landscape lighting controls – These include the rest of the available lighting timers and controls such as remote or brand-specific landscape lighting controls.
We offer a wide selection of all of these types of lighting controls from many of the top brands in the industry including Kichler Lighting, Hinkley Lighting, and Intermatic timers. If you are searching for timers, controls, or sensors for use with indoor lighting, be sure to check out our selection of interior switches in our light switch category.