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09
Aug

Digital Controls Used in Landscape Lighting

The convenience of digital timers in landscape lighting is invaluable.  When installing landscape lighting systems for clients, the question of how and when the lighting system turns on and off is an important consideration. In the past, installers typically incorporated analog timers into the transformer to turn the lights on and off at specific times. The problems with this older technology are as follows :

  • Analog landscape lighting timers rarely keep in sync over the season, losing or gaining time as the season progresses.
  • Secondly, and most importantly, analog timers do not account for the changing sunrise / sunset times as seasons progress.
  • Lastly, analog timers do not take into account daylight savings time changes at each spring and fall transition.

These analog issues require constant adjustment.

Additionally, some installations have more than one transformer which means having to sync a collection of timers as opposed to being able to sync a single master controller that enables a system wide tuning.

Digital timers resolve these issues as they can automatically determine exact sunset and sunrise times daily throughout the year. They can also be programmed to account for daylight savings time shifts.

The digital timer simply requires some input data such as zip code for geographical sunset times, time, and date and the rest is handled by the system.

This technology allows a simple turnkey approach for many clients who want their landscapes to be lit just before sunset each day and then to go off at a pre-set time.

On larger lightscaping installations, multiple transformers can be synced together to keep exact time as all the digital timers are programmed together.

More recently, digital timers have been integrated to be set and programmed by smart phone apps which allow either installers or homeowners to preset times that work best for them.

In addition, the apps allow homeowners and business owners to override the programmed times and to extend or curtail the lights with a simple on / off switch icon. This gives many of our clients the freedom to control their lighting at will.

The ability to control landscape lights to turn on and off with a phone app makes everybody happy. We need fewer distractions and tasks, not more so why not “set it and forget it” with the ability to pre-program a lighting schedule to suit your needs?

Learn more about digitally timed installations, schedule an on site visit, call or write us today.

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