Do My Holiday Lights Need a Timer?


During the holiday season, holiday decorations can increase your utility bills significantly. From Christmas trees to outdoor snowmen, and even full holiday shows you’ve put up for your you’ve put up for your neighbors to enjoy, you could lower your energy bills this holiday season when using a lighting timer.

What Will a Timer Do?

Indoor and outdoor lighting timers are designed to automatically turn lights on or off when you can’t. Don’t want to waste money lighting up your outdoor holiday lights while you’re sleeping? Install an outdoor timer! Want your lights to turn on before you arrive home from work? Install an outdoor timer!

How Does It Work?

Depending on the type of timer you purchase, you may have a few options for how you light your home. Some timers work similar to a kitchen timer, allowing you to turn a dial to determine how long you want your lights to remain on for, typically in two hour increments up to eight hours.

Other holiday lighting timers utilize an internal clock, allowing you to set specific times for your indoor or outdoor lights to turn on and shut off. For example, if you want your lights to remain on from 5:00 p.m. and shut off at midnight, simply set your timer for 5:00 p.m. and midnight!

Where Can I Purchase a Holiday Lighting Timer?

Holiday lighting timers are fairly inexpensive (approximate prices range anywhere from $10 – $30) and can be purchased at almost any hardware store, including; Lowe’s, Home Depot, as well as places like Walmart and Sears.

From everyone at American Mechanical, have a safe holiday season! Have a question about your holiday lights?Contact our team!