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These timer switches can control your Christmas lights for you – here's where to buy online

Check out these easy to use timer switches and buy a few to help control your Christmas lights – indoors or out...

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Looking to buy a timer switch? Whether you hate to admit that you put up your Christmas decorations weeks ago (us too!), or perhaps you're doing it this weekend? Either way, buying a timer switch can make your life 10 times easier. Switching your lights on and off at the start of the day will be something you can remove from your to-do list for the whole of December. 

What is a timer switch? With similar capabilities to a smart plug, a timer switch plugs into your plug socket, and then you plug your Christmas lights into the timer switch. From here you can spin a dial to set your lights to come on at a certain time, and turn off at another time. The best smart plugs can also be set on a timer, and you can control them with your voice and change their status from off to on while out of the house. A great burglar deterrent and they can be used after Christmas –  for lampshades and more.

So, where to buy a timer switch? We've found some top buys (and smart plug buys) and we have popped them below. A few of these we've tried and tested ourselves, so we can confirm they definitely work. Scroll to see...

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Timer switches: the top buys to control your Christmas decorations

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Masterplug 24 Hour Mechanical Segment Timer - 3 Pack | £12.99 at Argos (opens in new tab)
A great option if you need several timer switches and don't have the money to splurge on smart ones – or if you'd rather not use your smartphone or speaker to turn them on. These manual timer switches are pretty simple to use, while they are child-resistant, too. You can use them up to 48 times a day – not that you would – and they are a bargain. Though we should point out that they aren't the best looking...

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TP-Link Smart Plug | £24.99 £18.99 (save £6) at Currys PC World (opens in new tab)
Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, I use this smart plug in my living room, to turn on my lampshade. It's set to turn on at 6 pm every night so that whether I am at home or not, it gives the illusion we are in. There's a compatible app for your phone – Kasa app – and it's super easy to control.

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Amazon Smart Plug | £24.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
I've got two of these controlling my bedside lights and there's truly nothing better than not having to get up out of a warm bed to turn the big light off – these go on as soon as it gets dark. I can ask my Echo Show 5 to turn them on or schedule them to automatically shine in the morning and evening, without me even flicking a switch. They're also unobtrusive and hardly noticeable, too. Turn your Christmas lights on using your Alexa this year and wow those guests of yours.

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Annie Collyer
Deputy Ecommerce Editor

Annie is our Deputy Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, with her particular area of expertise being home fragrance (there isn't a candle out there that she hasn't lit in her home). She's our guru when it comes to what to buy, when — and also where. She has years of experience when it comes to finding deals — Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday or not — and she particularly loves finding a bargain. With some of her favorite homeware pieces coming from Amazon, she's always looking for budget-friendly alternatives and dupes, as well as eco-friendly products to help her on her recent journey to being more sustainable at home. There's nothing she loves more than her Pug, Doug, and a bargain thrift shop find (yes, she once thrifted a brand new Le Creuset pan). Next up on her to-do list at home: DIY crittall-style doors...