Leviton 6260M Timer Switch
In a previous post, Leviton 6260M Electronic Timer Switch, I wrote about these new timer switches that I purchased to use in our three bathrooms. Using timer switches will allow us to run the fans after we’ve left the room in order to make sure all the excess moisture is removed from the room. This is a great way to make sure enough fresh air is introduced to tight homes and also to make sure we’re getting all that excess moisture out so we won’t have mold and mildew problems.
Tonight I installed the first Leviton 6260M Electronic Timer Switch. You can buy these dimmers from Amazon, Leviton Decora 60-30-20-10 Preset Minute Electronic Timer. The specifications for these timers require that you have a ground and a neutral at the switch location. This is an important detail that you should investigate before you buy these switches. If you just have a switch leg in the box, i.e. the hot leg only which would be two blacks or a black and a white that’s marked, then this timer will not work properly.
Always remember to shut off the breaker and power to any circuit you’re going to be working on. Even after you shut off the breaker make sure you use a volt meter to test the circuit to make sure it’s not energized. As always, consult an electrician if you’re not positive of what you’re doing. Electricity even in small voltages and amps can severely injure or even kill you.
I followed the instructions for installing this switch. As you can see in the photo you’ll need to connect the green wire to the ground, connect all of the neutrals to the white wire, connect the blue wire to the “hot” lead on the fixture and finally connect the black wire to the black or hot feed from the circuit.
It worked like a charm. The only issue I see is for people that have shallow junction boxes, this switch is very large, that combined with all the wire nuts and you’ll be lucky if you can install it at all with a shallow box. The best thing is I don’t have to worry about anyone leaving the fans running after they leave the room. Now they just select from 10 mins, 20 mins, 30 mins or 60 mins and the timer will shut down the power after that amount of time. This switch should help us save energy and keep the good air quality in our home.