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Power Off But Led's Still On?

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I have my lights hooked up to 4 different outlets attached to digital timers. At the end of the night they all turn off but one of the outlets continues to power the LED lights so they are very dim all night. But not all of the lights attached to this outlet are typically showing dim when the power is off. Sometimes it is just some of the lights attached to this outlet that does this and sometimes all the lights on this outlet do this. What gives? Why would lights still be receving small amounts of power if the timer shuts them off? It is a very old outdoor outlet.

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check your grounds... i had this happen when i used a three way splitter that had the ground plug pulled off of it... it may be in your outlet, or it may be in your extension cord... check the cord first.... make sure it has 3 prongs, and not 2... you will get more "ghosting" typically after it rains or when it is raining... hope this helps

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The timer might be using a triac relay. They will leak a small amount of voltage that's enough to light up the LEDs at times. Try adding a ballast resistor such as a single C9 incandescent.

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It is not the timer becuase I use 4 of these timers throughout my display and none of the others do this.  I believe it is the outlet the timer is connected too.  It is at least 30 years old.  Thanks for the suggestions!  I will see about getting this outlet updated.

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Impossible for the outlet to be the problem.The outlets only job is to provide power at all times,which it is doing.The timers job is to selectively provide  this power or to cut power based on the times you set it to do so.Easy solution since you have 4 of these timers and only 1 giving you this problem.........swap the timers around and watch as the "problem" follows the defective timer. I would bet good money you will find that the timer is the root of your problem,almost guarantee it!

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I have a similar problem. Mine is plugged into light O rama and unit 1 plugs 1,2,3 and 4 go completely off when the show completes itself but if I end the show early they stay on. The other 92 channels go off but those four stay on. How can that happen when they go off when the show ends as scheduled.

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Merrymidget- I had the same problem last year with the same outlet and it was a different timer plugged into this outlet.  I have used a different timer on this outlet every year for the last 3 years (same model) and the same issue happens.  That's why I am left thinking it is a combo of this outlet being old and the timer.

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