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Honeywell Light Timer Switch Comparison Guide and Solar Model Review

The benefits of exterior home lighting are twofold. Lighting can provide an attractive ambiance to your home and property, but more importantly, lighting provides a line of safety and security.

Everything from a lit walkway to a highly suspended yard floodlight provides enhanced visibility. Adding the convenience of home lighting automation makes things even nicer, and in my opinion Honeywell offers some of the best features and aesthetics for single in-wall programmable light switches.

There is an assortment of Honeywell programmable timers switches to suit various budgets and specific applications. Retail models may suffice most homeowner applications but there are commercial models available too, which includes a longer warranty.

Honeywell Programmable Timer Switches Lineup

Same look, slightly different specifications and warranty:

The RPLS740 is a retail thermostat, which has 1 year warranty on it. This switch is not compatible with 3-way switching wire configuration. It is retail unit available at any retail stores. The PLS750 is a trade thermostat, which has 3 years warranty from date of installation. This switch is compatible with 3-way switching wire configuration. Its available through any HVAC licensed contractor.

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**All Honeywell timer switches listed require a neutral wire.
**A quality jumper wire for 3-pole applications is included, along with the appropriate amount of wire nuts needed.

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Basic Programmable Timer Switches

The basic switches have the adjustment controls hidden behind the front panel and include models:

Honeywell Basic Programmable Timer Switches
Model Load Type Max. Load Applications
RPLS530A/531A single-pole or 3-way lighting 500 watts Incandescent • Halogen • Low-voltage halogen with transformer • Fluorescent • CFL • Not to be used with a load below 40 watts or a motor.
RPLS730B/731B single-pole or motor 2400 W/1 hp Incandescent • Halogen • Block heater • Fluorescent • CFL • Sodium lamps • Electronic ballasts • Pool filter pumps • Fans
TI033 single-pole or motor 2400 W/1 hp Incandescent • Halogen • Block heater • Fluorescent • CFL • Sodium lamps • Electronic ballasts • Pool filter pumps • Fans
TI035 single-pole or motor 2400 W/1 hp Incandescent • Halogen • Block heater • Fluorescent • CFL • Sodium lamps • Electronic ballasts • Pool filter pumps • Fans
PLS730B/731 single-pole or motor 2400 W/1 hp Incandescent • Halogen • Block heater • Fluorescent • CFL • Sodium lamps • Electronic ballasts • Pool filter pumps • Fans
  • Manual Mode – The programmable switch operates as a regular switch. Briefly press the main switch button to turn the lights On or Off.
  • Automatic Mode – The programmable switch follows the programmed schedule (up to 7 programs). You can press the main button at any time to override the default state for the current program. The lights will turn off if they are on and vice versa. The new state is maintained until you press the main button again or till the next “On” or “Off” program.
Honeywell basic programmable light timer settings
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7-Day Solar Programmable Timer Switches

For more advanced features and easier to control front panel buttons, choose from these models:

Honeywell 7-Day Solar Programmable Timer Switches
Model Load Type Max. Load Applications
RPLS540A/541A single-pole or 3-way lighting 500 watts Incandescent • Halogen • Low-voltage halogen with transformer • Fluorescent • CFL • Not to be used with a load below 40 watts or a motor.
RPLS740B/741B single-pole or motor 1800 W/.75 hp Block heater • Fluorescent • CFL • Sodium lamps • Electronic ballasts • Pool filter pumps • Fans • Incandescent • Tungsten (1440 W max)
TI072 single-pole, 3-way lighting, or motor 1800 W/1 hp Block heater • Fluorescent • CFL • Sodium lamps • Electronic ballasts • Pool filter pumps • Fans • Incandescent • Tungsten (1440 W max
PLS750/751 single-pole, 3-way lighting, or motor 1800 W/1hp Block heater • Fluorescent • CFL • Sodium lamps • Electronic ballasts • Pool filter pumps • Fans • Incandescent • Tungsten (1440 W max)

Includes all the functions of the basic switches, plus:

  • Solar (Sunset/Sunrise) programming – Latitude and longitude coordinates are used to turn the lights on at sunset and off at sunrise.
    • Don’t know you’re coordinates? Just type in your city and state, or specific full address at LatLong.net to obtain precise coordinates.
  • Random mode – In Random mode, the programs are automatically set to different times by the switch every day; i.e. giving the impression someone is home during your absence. The first “On” program occurs at sunset. Each “On” program lasts between 1 hour and 1 hour and 30 minutes; each “Off” program lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. The last “Off” program occurs between 10:30 pm and midnight.

Step-by-Step Video Tutorial for Programming a Honeywell 7-Day Solar Timer Switch

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