Programming a Woods 50007/50027 Digital Timer

This video demonstrates how to program one
of these Woods digital timers. This one in particular is #50007 and also
#50027. These are great little devices. They’re inexpensive, they don’t have moving
parts like the manual timers (with the exception of the relay that’s inside), and they have
a rechargeable battery that remembers the settings and the time in case you move the
device. One of the downsides of this device though
is it’s a little tricky to program, so that’s what this video is about. When you receive yours, it may or may not
show a time here. If yours doesn’t show a time just plug it
into the wall for a few minutes, there is an internal rechargeable battery that is used
to keep the settings and power the clock here. Plug it in for a few minutes, that should
charge the battery, then you can unplug it and program. The first step is going to be setting this
time. I’m going to pretend it is 10 o’clock right
now. To set the time, if the clock is showing,
just hold down Set for a few seconds, and then the hours will be flashing. Then you can hit the plus (+) or minus (-) buttons
to cycle through, so I’m going to say it’s 10 o’clock. And then to switch to the minutes you hit
set again. Then you can cycle through. When you are done you can hit Program. Pay attention to the AM or PM up here. Make sure you have the correct AM or PM. To program the on and off time you would hit
the Program button. Now it is showing the On time for Program
1. This device supports up to two different on
and off times, so there is an on and off time for Program 1, and an on and off time for
Program 2. When you are in the programming mode, these
plus (+) and minus (-) buttons cycle through the on and off times. So right now there is nothing programmed for
Program 1 On, if I hit Plus (+) it goes to the time for Program 1 Off, if I hit Plus
(+) again it goes to Program 2 On, and then it’s Program 2 and Off. And it just cycles around, it loops around
from the beginning to the end. So let’s say I have a device that I want to
turn on at 7:00am and turn off at 9:00pm. I am on the Programming 1 On time here. I want to assign a time so I am going to hit
Set. That will default (if there is nothing programmed
for your device) to 12:00am. So I am going to switch through here and I
say I want that to be 7:00am. And then I will hit Set. And then I have the option of going through
and setting minutes. In this case I do not want to. And then I am going to hit Set. So now you have set the On time to 7:00am. To set the Off time, remember, these Plus
(+) and Minus (-) buttons (when Programming is flashing), cycle through the On and Off
times. So I am going to hit Plus (+). That takes me to the Off time for Program
1. So now I’m going to do the same steps and
hit Set. That will assign a default time. I am going to hit Plus (+). And I got to make sure I loop through becuase
I want it to turn off at 9:00pm. And so now I am here. If I hit Set I can change the minutes if I
want to (but I am not going to in this scenario), and then I hit Set to finalize. So as I said earlier there are additional
On and Off times. There is one additional On and Off time that
you can program in Program 2. But let’s say you accidentally set this. You accidentally, oh, I hit the set button
and I didn’t mean to, and you want to clear this out. If you hit the Set button until it goes back
to flashing these Program numbers, you can hit this button up here and that will clear
it out. So now if I cycle through, there is no off
time for 2, here is my 7:00am on time for 1, here’s my 9:00pm off time for 1. So everything looks good. You may be asking what is the value of having
two separate on and off times. Well, you could have a scenario where you
have a light in your house that you want to turn on in the early morning, then you want
it to turn off during the daytime, then you want it to turn back on in the evening. So you could set this, you know, to the 1
On at 6:00am, your 1 Off could be 8:00am, your 2 On could be 6:00pm, and maybe your
2 Off at 10:00pm. So when you are done and believe it is programmed
the way you want, then you hit Prog, and that should return you to the time. So we’re not done yet. Now there is the power symbol here under the
Plus (+). And this device supports 3 different modes,
there is the “On” mode, the “Off” mode, and the “Auto” mode. And if you cycle through, hit Plus (+), when
it says “On”, that means it is ON. If it on all the time, it does not pay attention
to your programmed times, it’s on permanently, until you decide to turn it off. Similarly, if you cycle through here, and
you go to “Off”, that means the device is OFF. It does not matter when you programmed your
times, or if you programmed any times, it is off until you tell it otherwise. When it say “Auto”, that means the device
will use your programmed times to determine when to turn on and when to turn off. In this scenario it says “Auto Off”. And you may be confused because, hey, there’s
also an “Auto On”, why are there two Autos? There are two Autos because, if you wanted
to have it On, just for now, but turn off at your programmed times, you could choose
“Auto On”. If you wanted it to be Off, but turn On at
your programmed times, you could set it to “Auto Off”. So it lets you temporarily override the settings
but still use the “Auto” feature. So in my scenario here where it is 10:00pm
and I wanted my device to turn on at 7:00am and turn off at 9:00pm, I could set this to
Auto Off (because it should be off at this time). Then at 7:00am the device should turn on. And that’s all there is to it, hope this video
helped some of you out there.

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  • Jim Davis says:


  • Cindy Fowler says:

    Thanks…just what I needed!

  • David Archer says:

    Very helpful…this timer is frustrating to program without instructions.

  • Nick Dat says:

    Thanks , you're right they didn't make this very user friendly.

  • karl o'melay says:

    thank you for explaining the auto on & auto off versus just auto aspect. super informative

  • Scott Golden says:

    Thank you! Very helpful.

  • Rob Reider says:

    Thanks for a very succinct and understandable demonstration. I’ve got 2 of these and I seldom have to mess with them so I watched your video, rather than read the. Manual. Well done!

  • MicroUrb says:

    Thank you Simon, you cleared this up for me.

  • Carol Newman says:

    Thanks very clear instructions and I appreciate you clearing up about auto on and auto off.

  • NazBanoo says:

    Thank you so much! Best best out of the best! Such an amazing smooth language!

  • Paul Mayr says:

    Excellent! Thank you!

  • Joey Vee says:

    Great job on explaining the auto features! Those are not clearly described in the vendor's user's manual.

  • HS32153 says:

    Thank you sir!! This was great!!

  • James Williams says:

    Very Good Instructions. One question though, I followed your instructions and plug the timer in an extension cord. The device I was trying to "time" did not work. Do these timers only work in a Wall outlet?

  • J Jackson says:

    Thanks for sharing. Your video was very helpful.

  • Kari Vecchitto says:

    Best video on this timer! So simple and thorough. Thank you!

  • Joseph Rosa says:

    Very helpful, thank you!

  • Amy Janes says:

    Thank you!

  • Carl Favorito says:

    Excellent video. I was about to throw my Woods timer in the garbage. This thing is MUCH too unnecessarily complicated. Thanks to you, I won't throw mine away, but I'd never buy one again. This is my idea of an easy to use timer. Defiant Automatic 15 Amp Digital 24-Hour Slim Fit Indoor Plug-In Timer

  • luckyspacegirl says:

    Merci beaucoup. I was going nuts, i though mine was a lemon until i saw your video.

  • TheHmurveit says:

    Does anyone know the difference between the two models

  • tallard666 says:

    I've lost my little baby timer. I have purchased 4 others since and have been SO frustrated! NONE of them have 4 on/off settings, they all have only 3 on/settings. Meaning you can only have permanent overrides to on/off, instead of temporary overrides to on/off.
    This is THE BEST feature of this little totally awesome timer. I miss mine dearly. Walmart no longer sells it in Canada.

  • RJE USA says:

    Let’s give Simon a big thumbs up! Excellent video! Much better than the printed instructions. Very clear and detailed. Voice and video are outstanding! I’ll probably revisit in another 6 months.

  • Daniel Cole says:

    Awesome video! I thought my timer was broken for 8 months because another video I watched didn’t explain the auto features. Thanks for taking the time to save everyone from this horrible design. If I could double like this video I would!

  • Therese Lee says:

    This is an excellent tutorial: concise and very well explained!

  • Jung Lee says:

    Great little timer, horrible to program. I forget the steps every time I have to use it !

  • Daniel S says:

    Outstanding instructional.

  • Mark Hinchey says:

    Well done, sir! Thank you!

  • Patrick Burnside says:

    Massively helpful. Great gadget but insanely complex unintuitive user interface imho : )

  • Fran Markham says:

    Thank you for the video. Great job walking us through the process. You saved a timer from the trash….

  • Michael Steven says:

    I have a +1h in a small box next to the auto/on cycle. Any ideas what +1h means relative to my settings?

  • James Krause says:

    Suddenly life is good. Now THAT was a nicely done how-to video.

  • Hector Taylor says:

    Excellent. Thanks!

  • UnderCoverZolo says:

    Incredibly simple and well done tutorial, thanks man. 👌👌

  • Suzanne Tyler says:

    Thank you….

  • Deborah Campeau says:

    Awesome instructions! Thank you

  • shooter4hire shooter4hire says:

    I'm looking forward using this for my display case for the lights

  • Phuong Lotte says:

    Thank you very much for the thorough instructions! This is the best video tutorial!

  • noheanaka says:

    Thank you so much for this video! Easy to follow and saved me the headache of trying to find the directions again!!!

  • Recabite Jehonadab says:

    I have a Woods that no one left the directions for and it doesn’t have a program button! It has 4 buttons( on/off,set, -/RDM, +/Auto). It’s shows time screens that don’t have days of the week associated to them. Totally confusing, still can’t figure it out after hrs trying! Can’t find directions online anywhere either. Why do they make these things so complicated?

  • Nancy Hamel says:

    Great video. I use these for my bird lights and always have trouble setting them correctly. Thank you so much for your very clear demo!

  • John S says:

    Have two of these never figure these things out, thank you for the simple easy explanation

  • Luis. JR says:

    well explained 👍🏼, thnx

  • Daniel Burke says:

    Simon, thanks for this video! I've had two of these things for several years now and never figured out the Off-On-Auto Off-Auto On settings. You cleared it up for me!

  • duffgoldmanrocks says:

    You’re such a great teacher. I’m curious to know what you do for a living LOL

  • KingMag42 says:

    You speak and instruct very well, thank you!

  • jrace2718 says:

    thank you! That was an exceptionally clear explanation.

  • Ricardo Rivera says:

    Every year I use it for Christmas lights , thanks for the video, it’s very easy to understand.

  • Richard Wharton says:

    Thank you. Now my Christmas lights will cycle properly.

  • Brittany B says:

    Thank you for taking the time to do this!!! So helpful!!!

  • The Wise Owl says:

    Thank you. Lost my instructions.

  • Lilian Kim says:

    It is very helpful. Thank you!

  • Aaron Sun says:

    thank for this!

  • MissMacy says:

    This help me soooooo much!!!! Thank you!!

  • Doug Ford says:

    Excellent instruction for all to understand. Thank you. The instructions that came with the timer are terrible.

  • Jimmy lean says:

    I spent money on a shitty little mechanical timer that I tried to figure out how to use but it's frustrating and digital timers are starting to look alot better than what I previously thought

  • Ronald McLean says:

    You might want to tell how to change from AM to PM or vice versa…

  • Dana Pearson says:

    So glad to have this to come back to when my kids mess with it! 😊

  • Susan Wiessner says:

    Super helpful with clear delivery. Thanks!

  • Mario63M says:

    Great tutorial.. unfortunately the "Auto On-Off" buttons don't work in both timers, I loop through the on-off-auto settings and it ignores it completely.

  • D Suyehara says:

    I needed to reprogram and struggled without instructions until I found your video: THANK YOU

  • energy saving says:

    How to use electric timers to save money and reduce harmful carbon pollution.

    1. Put outdoor lights and or lamps on a timer. Setting a timer to turn off lights after hours or when the sun comes up is a simple and effective way to cut down on holiday electric bills
    2. Lighted houses, jack lanterns, window candles, Christmas trees or other decorations on a timer.
    3. Putting grow lights for plants on timer is another wat to save on your electric bill while still providing the plants with the lights they need.
    4. putting aquarium lights on a timer they only need to be on 8-12 hours a day. Fish need a couple hours of darkness to sleep. They can’t sleep in the tank light is on they have no eye lids. Also too mutch light can lead to unsightly algae growth.
    5. putting aquarium air pumps on a timer (if you have live plants in your aquarium) so there only on at night when the plants aren’t producing oxygen.
    6. using a timer on candle wormers. You can have them come on cretin times of the day automatically. Best of all there no worry did turn the wormer off before I went to bed or left the house.
    7. Air fresheners putting them on a timer makes the sent pack that you buy last twice as long saving you money on those expensive scents refills. Have it turn off at night or while you are at work to make the sent pack last linger.
    8. Putting vaporizers and or humidifiers on a timer so that you home can’t get too moist is another grate way to save on your electric bill.
    9. Device Charging Stations While it might be routine for you to plug in your smartphone before heading to sleep each night, most devices typically only need a couple hours to fully recharge. This leaves you repeatedly drawing a small amount of unnecessary electricity during the hours you spend in bed. By connecting timer controls to wall outlets and power supplies, you can create an automatic shutoff that adds up to savings over the long haul.
    10. putting barn fans on a timer is another grate way to save a tone of energy. Best of all you don’t haft to rambler to plug them in when it’s hot outside or accidently leave on all night.
    11. Put a dehumidifier on a timer have it come on at night when electric rated are cheaper. Dehumidifier can be energy hogs but they don’t haft to be just put them on a timer.
    12. Window ac that have the knobs you could put it on a timer and have it com on 30 minutes before you get home from work and turn off when you usually go to bed. If you want the ac to come on sooner like on a weekend or day off just push the manual override on the timer to turn the ac on sooner and then push it again before you go to bed to put it back on time settings.
    13. use a timer on space heaters to turn then on when you need them and off when you don’t ( like when you leave you house) be sour to use an outdoor timer that says extra heavy duty.
    14. pool pumps only need to run for 6 hours a day any more than that is just a waste of energy consider putting them on a timer so there only allowed to run 6 a day ( preferably at night because electric rates are much cheaper.)
    15. Your cable box, could be using more energy than your refrigerator. Cable boxes, also called set-top boxes, consume the same amount of energy if not more required to run a refrigerator. When you turn it off you thing it’s off but it just uses 1 less watt of power costing you money and producing a ton co2. Consider plugging all your internment equipment in to a surge protector. Then plug the surge protector in to timer so that it can’t run at night.
    16. Modems (internet provider) and or routers putting them on a timer could save you between $.50 to $5.00 a month on your electric bill while limiting you exposure to harmful emf radiation. Thousands of studies link long-term exposure to WiFi radiation to many serious diseases including: cancer, brain tumors, breast cancer, depression, heart disease, infertility, miscarriage, and suicide
    17. bug zappers there more affective at night so way not put them on a timer

  • Raymond Hume says:

    Perfect vid i forgot how to do this and came back and it was still clutch

  • Patty G says:

    Excellent! I had to reset the timer and forgot about the AUTO function. Was driving me crazy why the light wouldn't turn off. Perfect tutorial!

  • Bill Boyer says:

    terrific video Thanks for explaining the AUTO function near the end of the video. So important and so difficult to notice

  • Angela Flynn says:

    Thank you for this clear and super helpful tutorial.

  • D Long says:

    Thanks for this !

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  • jpthiel says:

    Thank you for creating this video. Perhaps Woods could hire you to explain all their products!!!

  • Mike Brannon says:

    Just what I needed. Thank you!

  • Pixie Dust says:

    Thank you for all this information.
    I was at my Wit's End ready to throw the thing out when I stumbled upon your tutorial. Thanks again for saving me a lot of grief

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