News about timers

I havent' read every day for about 6 months, but until then we had a lot of posts about timers that don't work on fluorscent fixtures. My apologize if someone else has already posted an update.
I was in Walmart today to buy something I can't find anywhere else***. I haven't looked for wall timers elsehwere but they had them (mostly for ceiling fixtures) that the box says work on either tungsten or fluorescent (and I would bet, a combination of the two.) 18$ and 20$, One has the same program for each day and the other has that, m-f, sa-su, and M-Sa, it seems. Both in white.
BTW, before I went on a very long trip last November, I tried to make my home look occupied and put in a timer for the kitchen ceiling light, but I forgot about the compact fluorescent and the thing was funny. It was almost ok in the on setting but it had a flicker. In the off setting it was off 80% of the time but also had a dim flicker. But I ran out of time, and that's the way I left it, and so far after 2 months away and one month back, it's still that way, and neither bulb has worn out.
I also had trouble with the car alarm, and was supposed to install a new home alarm before I left, but neither job got finished. But nobody bothered my car or my house anyhow. The car alarm started working again almost on its own.
***They no longer sell the Leviton "current tap" a little box that plugs into an outlet and a plug plugs into it, with a toggle switch on top. And so far, I can only find the GE 3-prong version at Wal-mart. It looks much bigger than the old one, but each dimension is only about 1/8" bigger.
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These are not very good for actual use. They have the Brinks brand, and seem designed mostly for timed lighting, not manual use, even though they have a manual switch. If you go into the room when the light isn't on, to turn it on, you have to open a snap door, push a little button, and close the door or it looks bad. Same thing when you leave.
OTOH, I went to Home Depot and the brand they had still didn't work with fluorescents. They do have a model now that has a timer, and also adjusts for sundown and daylight savings time. I guess I'll wait until someone has one with fluorescent, a good on/off, and sundown. :)
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