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Old 08-05-2016, 04:16 PM
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Default Is there a "sunset" timer for lights?

I have an AviSun light for Bennie. Right now I turn it off or on manually. But I was thinking of getting a timer in case I am away. Right now our routine is that I turn off his light about 1/2 hour before I cover his cage for the night. There is still some light on in the room. After I cover him, I am still in the room until I go to bed. So it is kind of a gradual change from day to night, which is natural. If I get a timer, it would just shut off, making it go from day to midnight in an instant (if it is dark and I am not there). What i was wondering is if there is a timer that would dim the light gradually, even over several minutes. I could just leave another light on in the room so it wouldn't be such an abrupt change.
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Oh, that lamp is so cool. I wish they had it here.
I do use a SAD lamp though (for myself too), which is probably very similar.

Yes, I would try to keep the cycle as natural as possible, so I think you are doing the right thing.
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I was thinking of using two timers if you can't find what you're looking for. One for the main light then a smaller light that can be turned off at a later time.

Hrrrrmmmm...most curious. There must be something out there like that!
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There are, especially for LEDs. The issue is that they're not really plug and play... more something you have to scheme and build yourself. They are popular for aquariums.
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