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Old 10-02-2012, 01:44 PM
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Anyone having issues with Intermatic Astrological Timers?

I've been installing these on every lighting install for the last year and a half or so. But I've started to have some call-backs this year. And each time I went by to check it out, the time on the timer is off by about 10-15 minutes. Why would these timers not be keeping good time?

Just curious if it was something anyone else was experiencing.
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Old 10-02-2012, 02:26 PM
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After reading your post, I had to go outside and check the one on my own home. It's about two minutes slow in 4 months since installation. (Maybe I wasn't so careful when I set it.) I've installed several of the Intermatic Astronomical timers this year and so far haven't had any calls.
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:53 PM
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I've been installing these on every lighting install for the last year and a half or so. But I've started to have some call-backs this year. And each time I went by to check it out, the time on the timer is off by about 10-15 minutes. Why would these timers not be keeping good time?

Just curious if it was something anyone else was experiencing.
We quit using them due to numerous call backs. We tried GE & Intermatic. Google the model number and you'll see quite a few complaints.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:06 PM
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Tommy, Was this recently that you had the callbacks? Just wondering if the product may have been improved in the last year.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:23 PM
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I'm curious what the call-backs were for too.

What are you using now then, for compact Astro timers? the GE models?
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:13 PM
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Why use a compact astro timer? We use the dual outlet green astro timers on budget installs. 2 watch batteries a year we replace during spring service call. No problems in 3.5 years of using them. I have gotten away from inside transformer timers. Will use upb app modules from time to time. But even then we try to use a upb switch inside the home that powers transformer receptacles.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:18 PM
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Guys,

Have you considered using the Simply Automated DKIT-05? Contains a UCS master timer and two plug-in relay modules that go in place of the timer in each transformer.

Timer keeps very accurate time, has astronomical feature calculated by zip code, backup battery, and will run up to 99 different timed events. Extra components can be added for advanced control of other lighting, appliances, or electrical circuits.

Costs more than a standard timer, but it gives the client many more control options when the control source is not within the transformer.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:21 PM
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Guys,

Have you considered using the Simply Automated DKIT-05? Contains a UCS master timer and two plug-in relay modules that go in place of the timer in each transformer.

Timer keeps very accurate time, has astronomical feature calculated by zip code, backup battery, and will run up to 99 different timed events. Extra components can be added for advanced control of other lighting, appliances, or electrical circuits.

Costs more than a standard timer, but it gives the client many more control options when the control source is not within the transformer.
Sure, I've considered it. But an intermatic astro timer costs me about thirty bucks. What would the Simply Automated system cost me? 10x that???? Maybe more?
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:24 PM
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The only intermatic timers we have had any success with have been the ET series, but they are not for those with thin wallets. All of the in-wall or plug in astros by intermatic are nothing but a pain in the butt, but I won't go on too much as my competition seems to like them. Carry on...
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:26 PM
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Steve, you should also advise people that they will need a phase coupler with the Simply Automated system. Expecting UPB to be really reliable without a phase coupler is a bit of a gamble.
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