|Item Weight||7.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||6.1 x 4.4 x 2.6 inches|
|Item model number||50462|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||1 Year limited|
GE 50462 7-Day Random Vacation Timer
|Price:||$6.95 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details|
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And I do think it's designed badly. I should have read all the reviews, some of which pointed out this design flaw. I was in a hurry, and thus wasted my time.
In theory, this should be a product which provides a plausible, varying, sequence turning the light on and off during the evening hours, to simulate someone being at home and keep the house from being broken into.
What it does, however, is simulate a broken timer, in my opinion increasing the odds that burglars will figure nobody's home.
This is not an electronic timer, and really I'd recommend a settable 7-day electronic timer such as the "woods" models I subsequently bought off amazon. Battery backup is important, since you don't want all the lights going "off synch" if your grid goes down for any reason.
However, I bought these knowing that they were plan old physical switches. You may be familiar with the nature of the mechanism since it's been around for many decades. There's a little clockwork dial which goes around once each day or week, and there are "pins" you can alter to set the on and off times. When properly deployed, these pins physically trip a switch that turns the power on and off.
Nothing wrong with that as a cheap mechanism, and in fact I use a 24-hour "pin type" timer on my dehumidifier downstairs. They work.
However, what this device is, is a 7-day clockwork-style "pin" timer with immovable pins... and the pins are set NOT in a plausible evening pattern of on-off light use, but in a truly random pattern, which includes them being on in the daytime and after 2am.Read more ›
To top it off, the one I opened didn't even work anyway. Sent them back the next day. To achieve the reasonable amount of on/off lighting when it is dark outside that I wanted, I had to go up to a much more expensive type of unit, the Leviton LT112-10W. It is a digital timer, about $17 each, but you can program it to come on whenever you want, on and off several times each day, and different every day. To make the house look lived-in, I felt like this is what it is going to take.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's not really random. It's different each day but just keeps repeating week after week. The schedule can not be altered.Published 1 month ago by f
This timer worked beautifully while we were gone on a week's vacation! Our neighbors all said that everything went well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diny Castuera
Not random at all. Pre-set on/off time that can't be changed. Terrible and wrong product name and description.Published 2 months ago by David
I bought this item a couple of years ago, have never been able to get it to work. I eventually plugged a string of LED Christmas lights into it, which I thought would have a low... Read morePublished 7 months ago by GPKen