In modern homes there are a lot of devices and appliances that consume electricity. Most of them, though often used, are not rational. As a result, an over-expenditure of electricity and, as a result, large sums for its payment are obtained. Smart sockets help to rectify the situation and save money on light bills, and also make life much more convenient.
What it is?
Socket with timer is a useful and affordable option for home automation. If you can not afford a fully smart home system, then such a device can greatly facilitate your life by controlling devices according to a predetermined schedule.
What are we for?
The scope of application of smart sockets is great: they can be used both in the interior and in the exterior, because this is a way to remotely control any electrical appliances. Socket with a timer can be used for automatically turning off street lights in parks, parking lots, which will help not to waste energy.
Smart socket can be used at home or in the country to scare away unexpected guests and create the illusion of the presence of residents, setting the function of accidental switching. It will also be useful to turn on the lawn watering system in the evenings and early mornings, which will save you from early ascents and the need to leave the house when you do not want to do this at all. Such sockets will be useful in rooms with animals for switching on the lights and automatic drinkers.
Thus, the use of sockets with a timer allows you to simultaneously solve several problems, namely:
- manage electrical equipment (multicooker, fan heater, washing machine, boiler, etc.);
- turn on and off the light, heating and lighting of the aquarium, shed or animal pen;
- automate agricultural work, watering plants, ventilation of greenhouses;
- save up to 40% of utility costs by reducing the amount of payment for electricity.
A smart socket with a timer is not a whim and not a fad, but a profitable investment that can make life more comfortable and easier.
Depending on the type of smart socket chosen and its technical data, it is capable of supporting the setting of two programs to set timers. The range of regulation of operating time is one of the criteria for determining the varieties of smart sockets. They can be:
- daily allowance: the process is limited to 24 hours;
- Weekly: the beginning and end of the work can be programmed for each day of the week.
Based on the way in which the desired time interval is set, smart sockets are:
Each of the species has its advantages and disadvantages. Consider how different types of such outlets work.
Mechanical socket-timer is considered the most simple to use. Her program is based on the work of the clock mechanism. Turning on and off is set by pressing the special areas around the dial. After clicking on these areas inside the device, the spring is compressed, causing the gears to move. The degree of its compression and, accordingly, the duration of the timer depends on the angle of rotation. Similar mechanisms are used in washing machines for programming the washing time.
Each division is equal to 15 or 30 minutes depending on the outlet model, that is, you can set 48 (if the division is half an hour) or 96 (if 15 min) programs per day. Do not forget to also turn on the device itself so that the smart socket can perform its task.
The electronic socket with a timer performs the same tasks as the mechanical one, but uses a different switching method:
- time counter;
- programming board;
This complex device, which is essentially a programmer, is able to provide 140 or more modes of operation. Most of these smart sockets have a built-in motion sensor, which turns on at night. Thus, electronic devices with a timer is convenient to use as an electronic switch.
Such an outlet is programmed by pressing keys on the case, which can be from six to ten pieces. It is possible to monitor the state of the device, the mode of its operation through the liquid crystal display, which displays all the necessary information.
In turn, devices of this type are divided into two groups:
- Socket with a daily timer: the cycle of the device is set for 24 hours, it is repeated every day without any changes. This option is not suitable for everyone, because in this case, the daily routine is unlikely to be the same every day, which means you will have to change the outlet settings in accordance with the daily changes.
- Socket with a weekly timer: it is possible to program every day in different ways. It is also likely cyclic programming of several days, combining them into the same schedule.
The principle of operation and the advantages of electronic outlets with a timer
The weekly electronic socket can imitate the presence of people in the house, in a selective manner including the light in the house in the interval from 18.00 to 6.00. It is enough to connect it to a conventional lamp. If the mechanical outlet can be set to 15 or 30 minutes, then the electronic one can be programmed for several different time cycles. Of course, it is also a bit more difficult to use, and therefore, before using, you should carefully read the instructions for use.
Almost all variants of electronic sockets can be used as a clock: the current time is constantly displayed on them. Built-in battery allows you to save the information given to the device for a long period of time, which eliminates the need for frequent reprogramming.
Off Timer Outlets
There are smart sockets that assume only the device shutdown mode. Using them is extremely simple: to set the off timer for half an hour, just pull on the ring provided with a special indicator. Depending on the device mode, the color of the indicator differs:
- yellow - used;
- green - sleep mode;
- red is an increase in power consumption or closure.
To establish the exact time of the outlet disconnection, there is a scale with divisions on it, which helps to establish the exact interval.
Both electronic and mechanical sockets with a timer can be made in two versions: stationary, that is, as a full-fledged device, or as an adapter with a separate plug that can be inserted into any fixed outlet. Whatever type of device you choose, it will be a practical and necessary acquisition.