Allot of people ask if you really need a timer switch and if they work as a burglar deterrent. The following questions might help.

Are Timer Switches a useful burglar deterrent.

QUESTION:  If you leave early in the day know that you won’t be back until after dark, why cant you leave your lights on all day so there’s a light on when I come home?  Why do I need a timer switch?

ANSWER: Do not leave your porch light on during the day as it simply a sign that you are not in and wont be back till late.  Leaving a visible light on during the day only signals a burglar that you are out and intend to be gone until after dark. 

Criminals know from experience that people leave their lights on during the day when they intend to be gone all day until after dark.  Daylight burglaries are also more common now and the light is like an invitation to the criminals.  


It is better to use a timer switch or dusk to dawn sensor which will turn the lights on whether you’re home or not.  This way the burglars will not know for sure whether you’re at home or not.

QUESTION:  Why can’t I just leave my lights off.  

ANSWER:  Leaving no lights off when its dark makes it clear you are not home.  So think about it, if you’re a burglar are you going to go for a dark house or a house with the main lights on.

QUESTION:  I have an alarm.  

ANSWER:  An alarm is really essential – but the light act as the first line of defence and a light may help protect your property from the damage caused by attempted entry.

QUESTION:  Isn’t leaving a light on a waste of energy..  

ANSWER:  Using today’s efficient energy saving light bulbs and LEDs mean light bulbs use very little energy. So you should only be using a few Watts for a few hours

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