I have been having trouble with timers for Bob's lighting. Typically they get bumped and the dial rotated, but one of them skips over the turn off switch and anotheropperates on something like a 23 hour 30 minute day. Unacceptable failures on all parts.
In addition to using them on Bob's cage I have one that acts as an alarm clock where it turns on a lamp over my head so I need it to be accuratly set. I just knew that there was a better solution than the mechanical dial type timer, without me cracking open an alarm clock and putting in a relay rather than the radio switch.
Off to the net for some surfing. I ended up buying a digital timer made by Ingraham for $10 on amazon which just shipped USPS today. This is the cheap model with only one 24 hour program and one on/off cycle but it allows you to set it to the minute rather than somewhere around the half hour.
Apparently nobody has thought of that as I am unable to find an alarm clock that has an auxiliary power (120V 60Hz) output or even a clock built into the base of a desk lamp, heck my old coffee maker (now my mom’s) has a built in clock. This is just another product that I should patent and sell, too bad you can't patent this broad of an idea.
I expect the timer in my campus mailbox tomorrow, hope my absentee ballet is there too. I really don't want to drive to Detroit November first and back on the second it would be over 15 hours of drive time. Even if I have to drive you better believe I am casting my vote.