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I have three low voltage tranformers powering my outside lighting (front yard, back yard and steps/entry. They are plugged into basic mechanical timers, which I have to reset every time the clocks change or there is a significant change in sunset time.

Is there a product I can use to synchronize the timers so that I can get the lights to all go on and off at the same time and not have to manually change all three every time it's necessary? It's particularly a pain to change the timer for the entry because it is under the house in the crawlspace.

I am not sure that I will get a great WIFI signal at the outdoor locations of the transformers. Would appreciate ideas.
 
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I'd look at the X10 products. (www.x10.com)

Perhaps use one of their Mini Timer units, and an appliance module (or lamp module) at each necessary location. Set the modules to the matching house codes, then program the Mini Timer to turn that house code on/off at your preferred times.




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Intermatic model HB880R
Outdoor 7 day Astronomical Digital Timer

I have been using one for two years for my flagpole spotlight.

About $37, Available on Amazon and other stores.



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Intermatic model HB880R


Neat!




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Intermatic model HB880R


Neat!


Alternatively if they are switch controlled, this astronomical timer.



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I use these Outdoor Yard Stake with Photocell Built-In Timer for Christmas lights, but they would work for regular low voltage lights.



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I finally got pissed at timers and pitched them in the trash.

I now have a photo cell unit, dusk to dawn sensor. In fact I have several sensors connected to several different light areas.

My Porch Light switch I never turn off. It comes on at dusk and stays on until dawn, and that's with the light bulb at a lower power setting. It also has a motion sensor, so as it stays on all night at low power, when it detects motion it flips to high power light. BOOM! Love it. Eazy Peazy!

You could probably get the 3 circuits you have wired into one dusk to dawn sensor if you wanted, depending on the layout.

Get it working, and it's no muss, no fuss.
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I use these Outdoor Yard Stake with Photocell Built-In Timer for Christmas lights, but they would work for regular low voltage lights.


Temporary use only, not for permanent installation.



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I use Z-Wave switches for my outside and lights that are tied into my security system. Using the Alarm.com front end I can set them to go on and off relative to sunset/sunrise times so they all auto-adjust throughout the year.

You can do the same with a Smart Things hub and Z-Wave switches, but there are other options as well.
 
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Why is it essential to synchronize them? Are you OCD? If they go ON and OFF near the appropriate times, isn't that good enough?

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I had the same issue with a few lights and ended up getting an outdoor wifi plug and now I have them all grouped together and I can set the schedules via an app.


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I used an X-10 timer for many years. Updated to an ISY994i from Universal Devices a few years ago. While having programming experience is helpful, you can learn it. They have newer devices that support many different types of modules.

I'm currently running one X-10 module for my front porch and several Insteon modules elsewhere in the house. I also have a newer ISY994i with ZWave support that I'm looking to update in my house and move the older one to Dad's to replace several modules I have to reset every time that DST does on or off even though they have DST support.

The system supports DST and the changing of sunup and sundown times.
 
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I don't know how they do it, but there are 300 wind turbans to my So. West with very bright red lights on the top of the 390 ft. Tall towers.

And all of the 300 red lights sync up perfectly.

It's a disturbingly cool sight to see.





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