|Item Weight||1.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3 x 5 x 6 inches|
|Item model number||15154|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Included Components||7-day Random On/off 1-outlet Plug-in Digital Timer|
|Warranty Description||ONE YEAR LIMITED|
GE 7-Day On/Off Plug In Digital Timer with 1 Polarized Outlet, Indoor, CFL Ready, 15154
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Regulate your energy costs and keep your home secure with the GE 7-Day Plug-In Digital Timer. Delivering convenient automation for lamps, seasonal lighting, appliances and electronics, the timer features 20 different on/off settings and has a 7-day programmable cycle.. Automate a light or device using easy preset options or custom settings for each day of the week − programmable to the minute. CFL, LED, incandescent lighting and more can be plugged into the timer's outlet. Simply set it and forget it!
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The 7-day digital timer allows you to automate a lamp or device for each day of the week.
Top customer reviews
-Lots of programming options so you can have the lights turn on and off at different times, depending on the day.
-Easy to read display and buttons that make sense
-Easy to turn light on when it is during a programmed "off" period
-Discreet and does not affect the other outlet plug
-More expense than other timers (though worth the extra cost, in my opinion)
-Only one outlet plug on the timer
I threw away the previous timer I bought, because if I find that I need another, I will buy another of these.
One thing needs to point out is the instruction paper is not accurate about how to operate the timer. It mentions three settings: ON to remain on and ignore user's setting, OFF to remain off and ignore user's setting, and AUTO to follow user's settings. But actually when I click "ON/OFF" button, it will recycle the operating modes as ON, AUTO ON, OFF, AUTO OFF. There is no "AUTO" mode but either "AUTO ON" or "AUTO OFF" modes. If you set the operation mode to "AUTO OFF", although your lamp is off right now, the timer will turn it on when your next on setting time arrives and keep following any future on/off settings. If you set the operation mode to "AUTO ON", then it is on now, and will be turned off when the next Off setting time arrives and then follow any future on/off settings. I am adding this comment to avoid any confusion that you may have. In addition, before clicking "ON/OFF" button to set "AUTO OFF" mode to let timer be in charge of your lamp or other appliance, click "ON/OFF" button to reach "ON" mode to see if you lamp can be turned on to avoid a mistake that you forget to turn the switch of your lamp on. Also, you'd better carefully check all your on/off settings to make sure AM/PM of the setting times are that you intended because it's easy to make mistakes. Overall, I highly recommend this digital timer based on the build quality and all the features it has.
I bought another one last week, and the instruction that comes with the unit has all the latest information. It says this about the Random Setting:
* When the timer is at clock display status, press and hold HOUR button for 3 seconds or more to turn on or off the random function. "RND" will be shown in the LCD when activated.
* Random function is only valid for the programmed setting time period.
* Random ON/OFF time generally will be 2-30 minutes postponed based on programmed setting time. If programmed setting time duration is below 10 minutes, RND will be shown in the display, but in fact, it is not valid, the appliance will be switched ON/OFF as per programmed setting time only.
Disregarding some grammar weirdness, I think it's fairly clear, although I still wonder if it'll postpone things past the OFF time. For example, if ON at 10:00 and OFF at 10:10, will it start as late as 10:30 and end as late as 10:40? I'd guess so. Obviously, if OFF is set to 10:09, random function won't take effect because the duration is only 9 minutes.
--original review below--
The manual it came with only describes the old model (15150), even though it states both model numbers (15150 and 15154). Note the old model doesn't have "random" and "DST" features.
I had to search the web, cross-reference with other models, and experiment to figure out how the "random" feature works.
First, you can toggle "random" mode by pressing and holding HOUR/RND button for 3 seconds. A tiny (RND) indicator is visible on the LCD display when the feature is enabled. In random mode, it distorts your programmed ON/OFF time by +/- 0 to 30 minutes. For example, if you set the unit to turn on at 9PM and turn off at 10PM, it will turn on at a "random" time between 8:30PM to 9:30PM, and then turn off at a "random" time between 9:30PM and 10:30PM.
I am not patient enough to figure out what the unit does with all the possible conflicts in programmed times and random mode, but the basic "random" mode does work on the 15154 model I got.
Also, the newer model has Daylight Savings Time feature, as can be seen by CLOCK/DST button. To toggle DST, press and hold the CLOCK/DST button for 3 seconds. A tiny (+1h) indicator is visible on the LCD display when DST is enabled.
I've uploaded an image to show the newer model.