Automate your house lights – No wiring required

Having the ability to turn your lights on and off at predetermined times can be really useful for a variety of reasons. But wiring your house for X10 and other home automation equipment can be pricy and time consuming. A simple alternative is this Automatic Wall Switch Timer which fits right over a standard wall switch plate and allows you to program up to 9 separate settings per 24 hour period (a total of 63 on/off settings per week). The switch is powered by 2 AA batteries and doesn’t require any wiring modifications or plate removal. The Automatic Wall Switch Timer is priced at $34.99 and is available from Skymall.

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5 comments… add one
  • qwerty017 January 6, 2012, 2:25 pm

    I like it. Currently renting so can’t and don’t really want to wire up anything permanent.

  • Alan January 6, 2012, 3:34 pm

    Looks good, but we do not have those types of switches in our house, we have a more slimline switches.

  • Bob Y January 6, 2012, 5:53 pm

    I think you’re confused about X-10. The beauty of it is that it works through the power lines. Just like the kind of device you review here.

    • Julie January 7, 2012, 10:10 am

      @Bob Y you’re absolutely right, I shouldn’t have used X10 as example in this news post. I’ve played around with X10 in the past, so I do know that it doesn’t require hard wiring. I guess all my synapses weren’t firing when I was writing that…

  • jhon January 9, 2012, 11:16 am


    It’s understandable that you would have forgotten about X10. After giving them my email address 15 years ago, I spend every waking moment trying to forget them.

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