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The best outdoor light timers to manage your property lighting

Don’t feel like you need to brave harsh weather or risk electrocution to turn your outdoor lights on and off. Remote controls and smart apps help you control your outdoor lighting from inside. Timers are weatherproof and stay strong in harsh climates.

You may love the look of outdoor and seasonal lights on your home, but you don’t love the installation and maintenance process. These lighting products enable you to set up times for the lights to turn on and off at dusk or dawn or the time intervals you want. Some options include remote controls, and others come apps so you can manage your lights without moving.

Dewebwils Outdoor Light Sensor Timer

Best Overall

The dual 3-prong outlet and remote control help you manage lighting your outdoor devices at the times you want. You can set them to go on or off at dusk to dawn or after intervals of two, four, six, or eight hours. The wireless remote control helps you turn your lights off and on from anywhere in your house to outside. You can plug two appliances into the timer at the same time; for example, if you want Christmas and holiday lights to shine. The sensor timer is weatherproof with a heavy-duty and durable design to protect your systems inside and outside. It comes with an extension cord and battery for the remote control.

BN-Link Outdoor Timer

Best Remote Controlled

This outdoor lighting timer has photocell sensing technologies to turn your lights on and off automatically. It remains waterproof as long as you use it at least 2 feet off the ground. It comes with three grounded outlets so you can install three sets of lights at once.

Choose when you want your lights to turn on and off at the time intervals you want—whether it's 2-hour, 4-hour, 6-hour, or 8-hour intervals, at dusk or dawn. Use the remote control to control the timer. The remote can operate up to 100 feet, so you don't have to go outside in bad weather to manage your lighting preferences.

Tonbux Outdoor Smart Plug

Best Multi-socket

This 3-outlet Smart WiFi Outdoor Plug helps you manage your outdoor lights without moving an inch. It comes in IP44 housing material to withstand debris and water—just don't immerse the case. The Tonbux outdoor smart plug can be controlled using voice commands via Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Download the Smart Life App and use the app to set timers when you want to turn your lights on and off. This Smart Plug can work with iOS and Android devices, but can only support 2.4GH WiFi.

Vavofo Outdoor Smart Plug

Best Smart

Use this Smart Plug to switch your outdoor electrical devices on and off by downloading the Smart Life app on your smartphone. The Smart App helps you schedule each device connected to the VAVOFO Smart Outdoor Plug to turn on and off at times, you decide. The plug itself works with a secured 2.4 GHz WiFi network with a range of up to 300 feet. Use voice commands with Alexa and Google Assistant for convenient control. The outdoor plug has an IP64 rating to protect your device from outer dirt and water.

These outdoor light sensors ease the burden of deciding when and how you want to light certain areas of your property. To activate them, all you need to do is a flick of your wrist on a remote, a finger swipe on an app, or a voice command. Now you can put away that ladder!