AutoChron Programmable Wall Switch Timer - No Wiring Needed - White

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ITEM# 12728085
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    ITEM#: 12728085

    The AutoChron wall switch timer will save money by allowing your light and fans to turn on and off automatically. These fully programmable timers can save heating costs, make your house more secure and set sleeper timers.

    Simple to program and with seven clearly labeled keys, this wall switch timer is user friendly. Sized to fit over any wall switch cover, this timer offers quick and easy installation. The high-contrast display is easy on the eyes, and the color of the device matches the decor of any room.

    • Simple key-tap programming
    • Installs easily over any wall switch cover
    • Requires two (2) AA batteries (not included)

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    Switch Type Light Switch
    Product Features Includes Hardware, Timer
    • Perfect Alternative
      Verified Purchase

      Not all of my light switches have updated wiring. Therefore I could not install a programmable light switch. How is it installed? The AutoChron Programmable Wall Switch Timer screws into the bottom of the light switch making it secure. Remove the bottom screw from you switch plate, pull open the front panel on the timer switch and you'll line an opening with the bottom opening on the face plate. Screw the timer switch into position. How does it work? A plastic piece sits over the switch. Program the on and off time for every day of the week as a whole or individually. When the timer turns on and off, the plastic piece moves up and down, flipping on and off the switch. Yes, there is the sight of a white box sitting on your light switch. However, I think it's a perfect alternative for programming my front porch light to turn on and off. The switch timer runs on batteries.

    • AutoChron programmable wall switch timer
      Verified Purchase

      I was looking for a programmable wall switch timer and my brother recommended to me to buy this product. I had no regrets because this wall switch timer is so easy to operate. Shipping was quick as well.

    • Wonderful wall switch
      Verified Purchase

      I have owned and used a very old version of this switch for over 15 years and it is still working perfectly. I needed another switch and was very happy to see that the AutoChron was still available - and updated to boot. It works perfectly and controls outside lights the are heavy electric users and therefore controlled by a heavy-duty wall switch. I can not use the majority of timer switches due to the power used by the lights. But, as the AutoChron programmable switch can be used on any wall switch - it is the perfect product. And I fully expect it to run over the 15 years that the original has operated.

    • Clever Solution
      Verified Purchase

      Bought 4 units to simulate we were home while on vacation. Installation was a breeze by removing the lower screw of the switch plate and placing the unit over any toggle switch and attaching with the provided long screw. Programming was a little tricky but after doing one the rest were easy. I set some up for same time across all days, some for same time on weekdays and different time on weekends and some with different on/off times for every day. You can even program to go on and off multiple times in a day if needed. Two were used on multiple switch boxes. The other switches were accessible but you couldn't use two of these side by side on the same plate. We had power outages while on vacation and the one outlet timer we already had in our living room went off schedule but the AutoChrons being battery powered kept working as programmed. Great! I've already recommended them to several friends.

    • Easy to Install & Works Perfectly
      Verified Purchase

      I wanted a timer for my outside light, which turns off & on with an "old-fashioned" flip switch; there are 3 switches on the panel in my foyer. My handyman looked and looked for a unit that he could hard wire and after literally 2 weeks of searching, told me it could not be done! I found this item on overstock, and it not only works perfectly -- it was very very easy to install & program, i did it myself in less than 5 minutes. It was also very inexpensive compared to what my handyman was going to charge me to install a timer via rewiring (if he could find the right unit, that is). Make sure to have 2 new, non-rechargeable AA batteries on hand. AutoChron included a offer to send 4 new AA batteries for cost of postage ($1.99), it took about 2 weeks for them to come.

    • easy
      Verified Purchase

      This programmable light switch is wonderful. We had trouble trying to install a regular timer on this outlet, and it was cheaper to buy this automatic switch, than having to pay an electrician to come to install a timer. It installs and works so easy, it actually turns the light switch on and off at programmed times. I highly recommend this product.

    • Buyer beware

      I bought two of these about a year ago and loved them, until one of them this past week read the message "Err" on the display screen. There is no way to reset it, even after changing the batteries twice. Although the timer is still functioning based on the last programmed times for auto shut on/off, I will no longer be able to program any new times. Pressing any of the buttons doesn't not clear the screen. The contact phone# for Autochron on their website is disconnected, and I never rec'd any response from the contact email provided on Autochron's website. I've heard this same "Err" issue from other reviews on other websites too. At $$$ a pop. I don't think I want to spend money for it to happen again. Too bad, bc I really like it, just wary on how long it will actually work.

    • Easy wall timer
      Verified Purchase

      I ordered two of these timers to replace timers on outside lights that no longer worked. The previous timers had to be wired to the light switch. These are much easier. Programming times was simple. I will have to wait to decide if they were worth the money until they pass the test of time. The unit is a bit bulky sitting on the light switch, and it is noticeable. If that does not bother you, you will be pleased with the ease of use of this product. I have not seen these timers in Lowes or Home Depot.

    • This product solved a long-standing problem.
      Verified Purchase

      For years, I tried different timer switches to control our outside lights. I tried everything--even a switch connected to a wireless network. Nothing worked well; some didn't work at all--in part because it's a very tight squeeze in the switchbox. This product solved the problem quickly and simply. It's a snap to install (no wiring) and just plain works. I even like the fact that it makes a little buzz when it operates--it's a reminder that the lights are going on or off. I've very glad I found this.

    • I never drive into a dark driveway
      Verified Purchase

      I have timer on outdoor lights which light up the front porch and lights by garage door. We live in a rural area and the area around our garage doors is very dark. It is such a relief to drive up to the garage after dark and be able to see without having left the outdoor lights on all day. Installation was as easy as removing the screw under the switch, placing the timer over the switch and replacing it with a longer screw (included). Programming can be either very simple or as complicated as you want - different on/off times for different days. I have the lights come on/off at the same time every day. I did have to reprogram for DST but no bother, I had to reset all other clocks in the house anyway. After using this item, I ordered two more - for my dauther and my daughter-in-law. The peace of mind is more than worth the price.

    • Perfect Alternative
      Verified Purchase

      Not all of my light switches have updated wiring. Therefore I could not install a programmable light switch. How is it installed? The AutoChron Programmable Wall Switch Timer screws into the bottom of the light switch making it secure. Remove the bottom screw from you switch plate, pull open the front panel on the timer switch and you'll line an opening with the bottom opening on the face plate. Screw the timer switch into position. How does it work? A plastic piece sits over the switch. Program the on and off time for every day of the week as a whole or individually. When the timer turns on and off, the plastic piece moves up and down, flipping on and off the switch. Yes, there is the sight of a white box sitting on your light switch. However, I think it's a perfect alternative for programming my front porch light to turn on and off. The switch timer runs on batteries.

    • Ingenous Device
      Verified Purchase

      Ingenous device, easily programable. Installation a no brainer. Only drawback is that the device is only slightly bulky, but I'm pleased nonetheless. How could it be any simpler?

    • This product solved a long-standing problem.
      Verified Purchase

      For years, I tried different timer switches to control our outside lights. I tried everything--even a switch connected to a wireless network. Nothing worked well; some didn't work at all--in part because it's a very tight squeeze in the switchbox. This product solved the problem quickly and simply. It's a snap to install (no wiring) and just plain works. I even like the fact that it makes a little buzz when it operates--it's a reminder that the lights are going on or off. I've very glad I found this.

    • would be great, if it worked
      Verified Purchase

      I can't say that this is totally useless, but what do you call it when a device promises more than it delivers? Got half a dozen of these for my outside lights - they work for a couple of days, then the lights just stay on........ Sigh!

    • Concept is great but...
      Verified Purchase

      The inside mechanism does not rise high enough to turn on the switch. Need to modify it to make it work properly. Needs another piece attached to ensure it raises high enough to flip the light switch.

    • Easy to install, a little noisy, but works great!
      Verified Purchase

      I own 3 of these babies. They are BASIC to install (just screw them on top of the existing switch). They are sortof noisy (just the noise of the mechanism moving up or down to turn the switch on/off). But I love these, easy to program, can have multiple programs. Highly recommend.

    • Buyer beware

      I bought two of these about a year ago and loved them, until one of them this past week read the message "Err" on the display screen. There is no way to reset it, even after changing the batteries twice. Although the timer is still functioning based on the last programmed times for auto shut on/off, I will no longer be able to program any new times. Pressing any of the buttons doesn't not clear the screen. The contact phone# for Autochron on their website is disconnected, and I never rec'd any response from the contact email provided on Autochron's website. I've heard this same "Err" issue from other reviews on other websites too. At $$$ a pop. I don't think I want to spend money for it to happen again. Too bad, bc I really like it, just wary on how long it will actually work.

    • light switch timer
      Verified Purchase

      Pro. it is great to turn on and off the switch on my patio. con. the add says that it will fit on EVERY SWITCH. I have all simple switch but it doesn't work on my other switch. it only works on SIMPLE AND SINGLE up and down style switch. I have couple of double switch. the unit is too big so the left switch in on the way so the timer won't fit on the right switch. also I have a couple of large rectangle switch (kind of newer model switches) it doesn't work on those eather. so if you want to use it on a single original style switch. it's GREAT.... but be careful if you are planing to use it on other kind of switches.

    • does the job
      Verified Purchase

      My neighbor said she could always tell when we were on vacation because the kitchen lights were constantly on. This product took care of that. Did have to remove the switchplate to allow the timer to get the necessary leverage to manipulate the switch. Works great.

    • Verified Purchase

      Easy to use. I bought several. Easy to program, too.

    • Verified Purchase

      Easy to use. I bought several. Easy to program, too.

    • Verified Purchase

      SImple setup, fits directly over your light switch. Best timer ever! I believe we have 6+ purchases for our homes and the kids. Quality made too

    • Verified Purchase

      I ordered (3) of these and they work great! I recommended them to my friends and family, too.

    • Verified Purchase

      These generally work well but having some problems with this one. It does not always slide over on the programmed times to either turn on or off. I have had these in the past and they worked with no issues. This one is disappointing.

    • No Worries, Lights On, Lights Off
      Verified Purchase

      Works like a charm for the normal style toggle light switch. Have had these in place for acouple years at house. Very thankful for these. Five stars would be a more asthetically pleasing box, automatic Daylight Savings considerations, as well as a silent function motor.

    • Wall Switch Timer
      Verified Purchase

      I love this timer because you can set different on and off times on different days so there is no pattern. It makes it hard for people to know when you are away.

    • Easy to use
      Verified Purchase

      This Wall Timer comes in handy when out of town lights are on automatically.

    • Works great; A bit clunky
      Verified Purchase

      This works really well, was super easy to install, and also easy to set. The only issue I can foresee someone having (it doesn’t really bother me) is that it’s a little bit clunky looking on the wall (kind of like having another thermostat or something), and it does make a bit of a noise when it change the light switch on/off. For me, though, those things really pale in comparison to how easy it was to set up and how well it works for my needs!

    • Great Product
      Verified Purchase

      Really like this product. Have several throughout the house to operate indoor and outdoor lights. Random on during late night is a good feature.

    • Ms. Flo
      Verified Purchase

      Quality item. Don't fit any and every outlet plate for the mechanism to go up and down to work. So far, zero. Contemplating calling a licensed Electrican. Really needed these to work. Also, not one of the four ordered had the supposively screw enclosed.

    Questions & Answers

    • Q:

      "Do you have to program this weekly?"

      • A:

        Hello Peggy 0725, this item features daily, weekly, and multiple-day program selections. Thank you for shopping with us.

    • Q:

      "Why did you choose this product?"

      • A:

        Replacement

      • A:

        Features work well for my application.

      • A:

        had one that went bad/broke. Wanted to replace it.

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    • Q:

      "Can this unit be used over a standard British Double light switch socet"

      • A:

        Thank you for your inquiry. No, these are made for standard toggle switches which are prevalent in the USA but not common in Canada or England.

    • Q:

      "Can I use this on a two switch wall plate?"

      • A:

        Yes you can install it on any wall plate.

      • A:

        Yes

      • A:

        yes but it will only operate one

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    • Q:

      "does this unit work with cfl and flourescent lights"

      • A:

        This should work with CFL and Flourescent lights.

    • Q:

      "Can this Timer be used on 'rocker/ Decora' wall switches? If not, do you know of a product that does? Thank you."

      • A:

        Yes, this item will work with any wall switches.

      • A:

        As per the owner's manual - this product can only be used on TOGGLE style light switches. It will not work on Decora (or rocker) style light switches.

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