Rated 4.63 out of 5 based on 49 customer ratings
(49 customer reviews)

£29.99

Make your home look realistically occupied with the Police Approved light switch timer.

4 out of 5 burglaries take place when there’s no-one home

Having your main lights on can make your home less likely to be one of them.

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4.63 out of 5 stars

49 reviews

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  1. Graham Baldwin

    5 out of 5 Five Stars

    This is a very good buy easy to use and does a good job

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  2. Graham Baldwin

    5 out of 5 Five Stars

    This is a very good buy easy to use and does a good job

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  3. Craig Thompson

    5 out of 5 Five Stars

    Easy to fit, no wiring or electrical experience needed. Great little product to aid security..

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  4. Mr. P. Smith

    5 out of 5 A very clever idea.

    I’ve had this product in use for almost a year. It is incredibly easy to fit and use, and easy to programme (compared to most other timers I’ve tried). The fact that you can simply lift it out of the cradle at any time and use the switches normally makes it ideal for anyone who’s tried to use a built-in electronic timer manually. Whoever designed it deserves recognition; a very original answer to a decades-old problem, and one I have no hesitation in recommending unreservedly.

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    • Dorothy Paling

      Can you put it on wall plugs

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  5. Nick

    5 out of 5 Had to buy another light switch

    Mostly this is a good little unit, particularly helped by avoiding any involvement with wiring.
    First fit – nothing happened. Added both packers – still nothing happened. I then had to buy a new lightswitch. The original (Tenby) switch must have been low-profile at 7mm thickness. I got a new switch at B&Q at ~9mm overall thickness and this worked, after adding one of the packers.
    The application was to provide some random evening operation of a kitchen light in an empty property. I was disappointed that the Random function could not cater for this as it is programmed just for a varying 3 minutes at different times each night between 1am and 5am, meant to simulate loo trips for a bathroom. As the unit has 9 programmes, I was able to get round this by programming varying kettle trips each evening on top of fixed meal preparation and bed time drink.
    The unit is electro-mechanical with a wheel running down / up the switch to activate it. Hopefully it should be durable.
    Overall it seems to be a well thought through design with on / off override buttons. Could have been better with a sustained hold on hours / minutes button to advance rather than a push per increment.
    If the property is occasionally empty then the unit is easy to install into the cradle sitting on the switch. When you return all you need do is remove the switch from the cradle to go back to easy access to the basic lightswitch.

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  6. Aries_p11

    5 out of 5 Great product!!

    Great product!! I bought this for when I travel. Worked a treat! I felt more at ease being away over 2 weeks.

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  7. Pauline Clarke

    5 out of 5 Five Stars

    Excellent

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  8. Mr M C Durbin

    5 out of 5 excellent product

    Recommended if you are looking for an easily installed security switch timer, but take note of the warning that it doesn’t fit non standard switches… An excellent product.

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  9. Agi

    5 out of 5 Great!

    Easy to fit and easy to set up, Excellent Security switch

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  10. Sam Kellu

    5 out of 5 Simple DIY installation; great idea.

    What a brilliant idea! A great product if you have standard light switches, but take note of the seller’s warning about non-standard ones.

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  11. dave

    5 out of 5 Easy to fit

    Easy to fit and use requiring just a screwdriver to adjust light switch screws. The timer switch fits on top of normal rocker switch.

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  12. Maggie Cox

    5 out of 5 Can I just change the clock time

    I have programmed the timer for the week but unfortunately timed the clock as am instead of pm. Can I just change the clock time without reprogramming everything else?

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  13. Tony McHenry

    5 out of 5 Security Light Switch

    Have a few of these switches, excellent and easy to install. Only drawback is noise of switch going on and off if the switch is in room where you are, otherwise you don’t hear it. Fully recommend – unfortunately have not been able to locate a supplier in Dublin anymore.

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  14. Maggie Cox

    5 out of 5 Light switch timer

    Just a brilliant device that gives me a sense of security

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  15. SquareRoot

    5 out of 5 worked brilliantly

    Works really well though I find I have to look at the instructions each time I want to programme it well. Had a small issue when it wouldn’t flick the switch but by using the enclosed packers it was a doddle to adjust the light switch relative to the timer – hey presto! worked brilliantly.

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  16. J.Smith

    5 out of 5 Very pleased

    I have a house bunny and was worried about leaving her in the dark while I was away from work. especially during the winter season. Set up without a problem and works exceptionally well – the light goes on as scheduled. I have not had a single problem with this product. Very pleased.

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  17. William Gentles

    5 out of 5 Solves an everyday security problem

    A simple battery powered motorised switch mechanism which can be used for single,2 or 3 pole panel by adding or removing the wheels within the assembly, took minutes to install, slightly longer to set times as there are many options,now installed it works, note the motor operation is audible.

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  18. CP Journet

    5 out of 5 I wish i thought of this!

    I ordered this because I wanted a product that was able to cope with LED bulbs and the electronic replacement light switches you can get won’t work with low wattage LED bulbs One small point to note is that it does project beyond the original light switch about 30mm. Brilliant idea which works well – highly recommended.

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  19. Mr Adam Wilkie

    5 out of 5 Simplicity is key!

    Timer was easy to set up and install. Has worked well since. Very reliable.

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  20. Mrs Gina Cornock

    5 out of 5 What a great little gadget

    This is a great little gadget to make your home more secure from would be intruders. Especially great as it needs no special wiring just battery operated.

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  21. bob

    5 out of 5 Such a simple but effective security deterent!

    a simple battery powered motorised switch mechanism which can be used for single,2 or 3 pole panel by adding or removing the wheels within the assembly, took minutes to install, slightly longer to set times as there are many options,now installed it works, note the motor operation is audible.

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  22. IAN BAILEY

    5 out of 5

    THIS IS A VERY VERSATILE AND USER-FRIENDLY PRODUCT. SAFE AND EASY TO INSTALL EVEN FOR AN UNACCOMPLISHED D.I.Y.ER. EASY TO PROGRAM EVEN FOR A TECHNOPHOBE AND A GOOD RANGE OF PROGRAMS WITH THE OPTION OF MANUAL ON/OFF FOR CONVENTIONAL USE.

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  23. By Stephen Higginson

    5 out of 5

    does what it says on the tin

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    • Maggie

      Whats the plastic n for insert ??

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  24. Dougie

    5 out of 5 Great

    One of the best security devices I have ever bought very easy to install and very easy to set up and also a good price

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  25. W Kimble

    5 out of 5 EASY TO INSTALL AND WORKS WELL

    We have 2 outside lights a nice porch light and a garage flood light. It always seemed a waste to have them both on at the same time. So I have this setup so that the floodlight comes on at midnight for security when the other one goes off. It has been working a treat for a number of weeks now with no issues and took seconds to setup.

    This is a fantastic gadget which is very easy to use. It works on a normal light switch and turns the switch on and off according to preset times by means of a small wheel/cog powered by standard AA batteries. It allows you to time a main light to turn on and off when you are out avoiding the need to plug in a lamp. A much better idea, especially if you have pets that could knock a lamp over. You can easily override the timer by pushing an on/off switch on the unit. It is installed simply by slipping a plastic cradle over a light switch and the placing the timer unit in the cradle with the cog wheel lined up with the switch. The unit can stay in place continuously or be removed if desired. It does make a whirring noise turning the switch on and off but it is only a second or so of noise. There are 9 separate programme opportunities over 7 days allowing almost any combinations of timings on different days. There is also a random function which turns the light on in the night at random times for about 3 minutes each time. This is useful if you are away as it mimics someone getting up in the middle of the night for a comfort break. I would suggest not using this feature if you are at home otherwise the noise might disturb you. The unit can be adjusted to move 1, 2 or 3 cogs at the same time depending on how many rocker switches are on the light control.

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    • Dougie

      One of the best security devices I have ever bought very easy to install and very easy to set up and also a good price

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  26. tech guru

    5 out of 5 Switched on and de-lighted!

    What a clever little device. I needed a timer for the hall lights but my old one would not work as I had new LED bulbs. So, I saw this one which uses a motor to switch on a simple on/off switch. I had to remove the old timer and replace it with a a normal switch but assuming you already have one in situ, there is no wiring to be done. Simply loosen the screws and slip the cradle under the edges and tighten up the screws again. Now, pop 2 batteries (not supplied) into the unit, adjust the wheels for either a 1, 2 or 3 switch gang, programme the unit and slide into the cradle. Tested by hitting the on button, turned the light on accompanied by a loud whirring sound from the device as the wheel hit the old rocker switch. Obviously, the same happens when switching off. That noise might wake someone up if the switch is in or near a bedroom. It would certainly scare a burglar if they had entered the house!

    But, one word of warning, if you are using this in conjunction with a configuration that allows eg a hall light to be switched on and off upstairs and downstairs, it will confuse the unit if you do either from the other switch. So, you need to ignore the other switch (unless there is an emergency and you need light immediately). I will get round this by setting the off time late on after I have gone to bed (I used to switch the downstairs light off from the switch at the top of the stairs).

    Hope this all makes sense and I would recommend this device especially if you intend to use LED bulbs.

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  27. maty8

    5 out of 5 Excellent, very impressed, highly recommend, now have 3! Perfect especially when away,

    Easy to set up, although at first I got it to switch the lights on but not off, so I adjusted the cogs into a different position than the instructions & added the part that makes it sit out a little ( you’ll know what I’m on about if you buy one!) it worked perfectly. I’ve posted some photos to show the item.. I initially thought it was a bit bulky and intended to take it off & just use it while away on holidays or in the winter to turn on garden lights but I’ve got used to it and have left it as it looks like a heating control panel. I am so impressed that I ordered another for our porch & one for our under cupboard kitchen lights which is a 3 switch, (only need it to switch on 1) There’s multiple time settings, and you can manually switch on/off. I thought the price about right even if it is just made from plastic, it would be extremely costly to have our light switches replaced to do the same job, I can’t see the point of having a temperature gauge though. It is a little noisy ‘whirring’ when switching on & off, but that’s hardly what I call a problem. i have used them on 1 switch, 2 switch and 3 switch plates. One review said they had to buy batteries but all of my 3 orders came with batteries. Company is excellent to deal with.

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  28. Bobzog

    5 out of 5 Brilliant Solution

    A brilliant idea. You will need to read the programming guide carefully.

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  29. Jerremy G

    5 out of 5 Brilliant timer switch

    Brilliant timer switch, easy to use and install. Feel safer leaving the house knowing the lights will come on automatically

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  30. Aries_p11

    5 out of 5 Great product!!

    Great product!! I bought this for when I travel. Worked a treat! I felt more at ease being away over 2 weeks.

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  31. Ben777

    5 out of 5 5 stars

    Neat and simple. Just the job

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  32. andrew jones

    5 out of 5 Great product!

    Very simple, but fully functional. Programming very flexible. A well thought out and good quality product. I will probably buy another one to cover other areas of the house. Just make sure your light switches are compatible.

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  33. Scott Sinclair

    5 out of 5 Exactly what i wanted!

    Delighted with this buy! Used it on a standard 3 switch panel. Very easy to fit. Had to unscrew the screws but is extremely easy. Only slightly noisy when turning on/off, otherwise silent. Display is nice showing day, time and temp. Can manually turn on/off with buttons on display. The only draw back is all light switches either turn on/off, you can’t work them independently of each other.

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  34. Slick Wellies

    5 out of 5 Easy to use

    Easy to programme and attach, had it setup and running on an outside light for a couple of months, works great. Recommended.

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  35. Mr David Scott

    5 out of 5 Five Stars

    Great idea, easy to fit and set up.

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  36. Jenzz

    5 out of 5 Easy to fit and also to set times

    Arrived promptly. Easy to fit and also to set times. Works reliably. I have been recommending to friends and family.

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  37. Wendy Kimble

    5 out of 5 Easy to install and works well

    This is a fantastic gadget which is very easy to use. It works on a normal light switch and turns the switch on and off according to preset times by means of a small wheel/cog powered by standard AA batteries. It allows you to time a main light to turn on and off when you are out avoiding the need to plug in a lamp. A much better idea, especially if you have pets that could knock a lamp over. You can easily override the timer by pushing an on/off switch on the unit. It is installed simply by slipping a plastic cradle over a light switch and the placing the timer unit in the cradle with the cog wheel lined up with the switch. The unit can stay in place continuously or be removed if desired. It does make a whirring noise turning the switch on and off but it is only a second or so of noise. There are 9 separate programme opportunities over 7 days allowing almost any combinations of timings on different days. There is also a random function which turns the light on in the night at random times for about 3 minutes each time. This is useful if you are away as it mimics someone getting up in the middle of the night for a comfort break. I would suggest not using this feature if you are at home otherwise the noise might disturb you. The unit can be adjusted to move 1, 2 or 3 cogs at the same time depending on how many rocker switches are on the light control.

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  38. A.Lawson

    5 out of 5 A fabulous way to improve security of your house

    A fabulous way to improve security of your house whilst you are away or to have lights on when you arrive home. The fitting of this unit is so easy – which is what attracted me to it. It’s well thought out and easy to programme.

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