Automatic dimmers

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by csxengineer, Dec 23, 2003.

  1. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member

    How can I (affordably) set my lights to dim in the layout room every 15 minutes, for 15 minutes and then return to bright?

    I went to Home Depot, but they had outdoor dimmers that were set for specific times: on @ 8:00 p.m., off @ 11:00 p.m., etc.

    Also, I wanted to be able to have a timer that turns on a seperate accesory power pack for house lights, street lights, etc.

    any ideas.

  2. belg

    belg Member

    csxengineer, a company called Intermatic makes all kinds of timers,but I don't know what you consider affordable, for I think an electronic timer like your describing would be a custom type item. Hope it helps Pat
  3. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    The Aberfoyle Junction display layout has a "night scene" where the overhead lights dim and all the lights in buildings come on and then go out in sequence. I was told that one of them built a huge rotary cam with hundreds of micro switches on it to do this. Not sure what they wired the room lights to.
    (They're only about a day's drive north of you -- turn right at Erie and left at Buffalo.)

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