we are in control (of the lights)
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Part of the reason for the delay was for us to figure out what to do with the switches at the front door. An automated or remotely controlled switch is not available in our switches of choice (Adorne). Further complicating things is that whatever switch cover is used has to be shaved back on one side because it interferes with the trim.
After further thought (prompted by said Green House Lady), we went with this switch by Honeywell:
What's cool about this thing is that you set it once and it adjusts the turn-on times in the evening and turn-off times in the morning based on sunset and sunrise at your latitude and longitude. You also get to provide an offset to set your preference on how much before sunset or sunrise you want your lights to turn on. With the ability to locally override and set a different schedule for everyday, it has quite a bit of flexibility. Furthermore, it automatically accounts for daylight savings time and burns your program into its memory (so no need to worry about a battery).
Convenience and saving electricity. Sweet!