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Old 01-26-2018, 07:15 PM   #1
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I would love some assistance searching for a product I'm hoping already elitists, as I'd prefer to not reinvent the wheel here.

So, there are those wall switches that have various time buttons on them. Press the "15 min" button, and tada, lights turn on and stay on for 15min. After 15 min, they automatically turn off.

I am looking for a timer of some sort that does the complete opposite. When normal, the light stays on. Press the "15 min" button and the lights turn off and stay off for 15 minutes.

Why do I want this......I have security flood lights behind my house by my porch that are wired always switch at all inline. They sense sunset and turn on and then turn off at sunrise. Well, when I'm on the porch, I'd love to be able to temporarily turn off the lights. Sure, I could just wire a normal on/off switch in line, but that would require me to remember to turn the flood lights back on when I go inside. Knowing me, I'll never remember to turn the lights back on. By having a timer turn off type switch, it would eliminate the need for me to remember to turn them back on.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:40 PM   #2
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You do realize this site is for 'professional electricians/electrical professionals and that it isn't a DIY site correct?

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There are pneumatic timer switches that have a N.O. and a N.C. ; common in Europe so look online with Amazon .
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