Terrarium timers and controllers help pet parents provide consistent heat and lighting for their pet reptiles. Many reptiles need both a heat source and a UV light and these timers can be programmed for specific times that you want your lamps to turn on and off.
When using a UVB bulb that is simulating sunlight, remember most reptiles need a consistent day/night cycle. The timer will automatically turn on and off your lamps—even when you are not home to help ensure the lighting remains consistent. Many of the controllers also have a built-in thermostat that will help regulate the temperature in the habitat—so it doesn't get too hot or cold. Controllers and timers are a great investment and last a very long time, helping to keep all your reptiles happy and healthy. Find a variety of reptile timers and powerstrips at Petco.
It's a good idea for all pet parents to use a timer—so that you don't have to be present to turn lights off and on. This is especially helpful when using a UV bulb/fixture to simulate sunlight with a consistent day/night schedule.
Refer to the product instructions to set the timer up. Often, you simply set the times that you want the lights to come on and turn off, plug light fixtures into the timer and then plug the timer into a standard household outlet.