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Dusk to Dawn Lighting Timer Controls

Commercial buildings such as warehouses, offices, medical centers, and other facilities must maintain well-lit premises throughout the night. Streets, parking lots, and other public areas also benefit from nighttime illumination. Outdoor lighting helps to deter crime and provides safe navigation even after operating hours. Dusk to dawn lighting is the term for this type of exterior lighting; with TriStar Electric, your commercial property, parking lot, or public area can take advantage of professional dusk to dawn lighting services.

Dusk to Dawn Lighting Services

TriStar Electric’s trained and experienced electricians can install dusk to dawn circuits, timer controls, and lighting fixtures. Applications for dusk to dawn lighting include the following:

  • Security lights
  • Parking lot lights
  • Pole lights
  • Flood lights
  • Motion detecting lights

If you need brand new circuiting and installation of dusk to dawn lighting or an upgrade to LED versions, TriStar Electric is happy to work with you to achieve quality, energy-efficient results.

Dusk to Dawn Lighting: How It Works

Dusk to dawn lighting uses a photocell or time clock to control when outdoor lighting activates during nighttime hours. Unless it is a motion-detecting light, the bulb will produce light throughout the night through a timer control. Dusk to dawn lights apply to building entrances, building perimeters, public pathways, roads, and other public areas. Naturally, they are only applicable outdoors.


If your dusk to dawn lights use one or more photocells, your lights will turn on when the photocell senses a lack of natural light and turn off when a certain amount of sunlight returns. A photocell can be separate or attached to the lightbulb it activates; one photocell can simultaneously control one to ten lights. However, the number of lights a photocell can control at one time depends on the outdoor lighting needed.

Time Clocks

A time clock is a dial connected to one or more lights that one must set manually. All you have to do is to set the start and stop tabs to the appropriate hours you would like the lights to operate, turn the time clock on, and let it run.

Between the two types of dusk to dawn lighting timer controls, photocells are preferred. They work in tune with the setting and rising of the sun, so your premises will have sufficient lighting exactly when visitors need it. With a time clock, you will need to change the timing manually to adjust for daylight savings and changing seasons. With a photocell, you have less work to do.

How Your Business Benefits

LED dusk to dawn lighting with photocell timer controls allows commercial properties, streets, and parking lots to make the most of electricity consumption. LED lights use far less energy than other types of lighting, such as halogen, fluorescent, or incandescent bulbs. Moreover, they last several years at a time. One can control a photocell’s light sensitivity, so they always come on when most timely.

Contact TriStar Electric for Dusk to Dawn Lighting Services!

TriStar Electric is happy to connect you with the most efficient dusk to dawn lighting time controls and LEDs available. You can find our services in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties and Washington, D.C. If you need a professional electrician to service your dusk to dawn lighting timer controls or bulbs, contact TriStar Electric!

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