Will Your Landscape Lighting Adjust to Daylight Saving Time?

This Sunday, November 5th at 2 a.m., we will end Daylight Saving Time by setting our clocks back an hour. This will give us one less hour of Florida sunshine, which means many of us will be driving home in darkness after work. If you don’t adjust your landscape lighting timer, you’ll also arrive home to a dark house.

Outdoor Lighting Timer Should Change With Daylight Saving

This Sunday, March 11, we will gain an extra hour of glorious Florida sunlight. This means your outdoor lighting system won’t need to kick on until an hour later, so let’s make sure you’re making the appropriate adjustments.

There are different type of timers used for outdoor lighting, so the changes you’ll need to make depend on the timer you have.  A newer landscape lighting system that installed in the past few years will probably automatically adjust for daylight saving time, so you won’t need to make any changes.

An older outdoor lighting system with a manual timer will need to be adjusted. Here’s what to do:

  • Find your transformer, located outside near your utilities or inside your garage.  Unlatch the transformer box to find your timer.
  • To adjust the time, rotate the dial clockwise one hour (you’ll see the correct time in the window in the middle of the timer).
  • The green pin indicates when the timer is set to turn on and the red pin is when it will turn off. So you can also adjust these pins to change the times that you want the lights to turn on and off.

Brilliant Nights is Happy to Help You With Your Outdoor Lighting Timer

If you’ve signed up for our Maintenance Programs, we may be scheduled to visit you soon and can check that your timer is working correctly. If you’re having trouble with your timer and we don’t have you on our calendar, give us a call and we can walk you through adjusting your timer. It’s quick, easy, and will save you an extra hour on your energy bill!

Spring is a great time to discuss having an outdoor lighting system installed on your Tampa property! With an outdoor entertainment area that’s beautifully illuminated, you can host outdoor dinners, swim parties and more this summer. Give us a call — we’d be happy to design a plan for your home!