Not - Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council

Manual Switches
• Too often don’t get turned off,
resulting in:
• Wasted electricity and energy
and shortened bulb life
• Annoyed neighbors
• Environment blight
Not recommended
Programmed Switch
Time Clocks
• Turn lights on and off at
preset time.
• Must be adjusted seasonally
and after power outages.
• Involves running wires.
Photo Cells
• Turn lights on at dusk and off
at dawn
• Leave lights on all night when
not needed (light pollution)
• Shorten bulb life
• Waste electricity
• Are neighbor unfriendly
Not recommended
Not recommended
Motion Sensors
Interval Timers
Replaces wall switch
Set your latitude and longitude
Tracks the seasons
Set each day’s shut off time.
Saves electricity & bulb life
Is neighbor friendly
• Turn lights on when there are
visitors or intruders at night, then
turn them back off.
• Save electricity and bulb life
• Save money
• Are neighbor friendly
• Best solution when security is an
• Turn lights on when you need
them and off after preset time
when you’re finished.
• Save electricity and bulb life
• Are neighbor friendly
• Great for putting your pet out for,
say, 10 minutes.
Photocell Timers
• Barn (dusk-to-dawn) lights burn
all night
• They’re bad for the neighbors
• They waste electricity
• They’re bad for the environment
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Not Recommended
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All-night lighting:
Wastes energy
Wastes money
• Replace photocell with an easy to
install photocell timer.
Annoys neighbors
• Set it to shut off at, say, 11 p.m.
Pollutes the environment
• It will soon pay for itself in energy
• Buy at an electrical supplier
This project was funded in part by a grant from Community
Conservation Partnerships Program, under the administration of
the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources, Bureau of Recreation and the William Penn Foundation
in support of the Schuylkill Highlands Mini-Grant Program
administered jointly by Natural Lands Trust and Schuylkill River
Heritage Association.
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devices to use and why