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Timers are used with electric gates either to hold them open at specific times and dates or to disable entry devices at given times. For example, use a timer to hold open a commercial gate between 7 AM - 5 PM on weekdays. To enhance security, another usage for a timer is to disable keypad or radio remote access during night hours but allow entrance with a proprietary key switch, which is left active.
Timer Relays are typically used in driveway gate installations to activate lighting for specific time periods when the gate is opened. This could be security or landscape lighting. Most timers have smaller relays and will need a larger auxiliary relay or contact to handle larger loads.