Discussion in 'Lighting' started by mfcphil, 18 Feb 2010.
Has anyone found any decent timers that can fit next to each other on one of those extension bars?
Ikea do mechanical ones but I find they're a big variable in timing which could be an issue. Digital ones are the best but I've had them last no more than 6 months before the switching part give up and they stay either always on or always off.
i struggled with that, so i got myself an extension blocks with switches
so it was like --plug--switch--plug--switch instead of --plug--plug--plug-- etc
having the switches also means i can turn individual things off rather than the whole block.
Here's your answer...
http://www.wickes.co.uk/24-Hour-Mechani ... nvt/195051
These timers are good i have these in my cupboard - the only issue that I have found is that when you dont want the timer on (in auto mode) you have to pull the black buttons out and I have by accident pushed some of the buttons in whilst my hands were in the cupboard which then brought the time on (auto mode) apart from that ok no further issues.
will pop to wicks in the morning....just ordered socket tower http://isss.co.uk/review.asp?prod=1639
Argos do great digital timers cat no.982/2911 for Â£14.99. I have 6 off on 2 off socket bars and they are really easy to programme and being digital are really accurate. â€¢Automatically controls connected appliances from normal mains socket. Here is the spec, regards Colin.
â€¢Up to 128 programmes in a week.
â€¢LCD display, reset,summer/winter changeover.
â€¢Battery back up retains programming information in a power cut.
â€¢1 min minimum switching period, manual override.
The 3 pack that Argos sells fit nicely next to each other, I can get at least 3 in a row with very little force.
Expensive route Aquatronica or GHL. I have a Aquatronica kit and its superb. Â£Â£Â£Â£ though.
Cheap route - as garuf says ikea do them. Just seen 2 for Â£5 at Ikea. They are the same as the ones from wickes.
Just remembered this Byron timer system. I Have used these in the past on my aquariums and found them very reliable and accurate. If I remember correctly a kit containing programing remote and four sockets cost me Â£30. Also if I remember correctly each remote can timer control up to 8 sockets but not defo on this.
Or go to byrons homepage http://www.chbyron.eu/homeeasy/
I got mine from B&Q
What happens if the remote runs out of batteries?
Mines still running after three years using the original batteries (using it at present on non aquarium equipment). Only just started flashing low battery.
So you have notice when to change the batteries. Just like filling up your car.
To make sure I guess you could change the batteries once a year.
Went for the little gems from Wicks...cheap as chips!
Wickes narrow timers work fine for me.
cozy fit Paul!
There is another bank of 4 sockets on the other side as well - twin 4 gang sockets in my cupboard.
I agree the Argos 3 pack are great compact units with easy controls.... the button for daylight saving alone is much better than having to wind on manual ones 23 hours when the clocks go back!
However, I found that on my cheap 4 socket powerstrip (from wilkinsons), the timers wouldn't fit next to each other. So I think you have to take into consideration the design of the powerstrip as well. As mentioned, go for ones with individual switches... even if you don't use the switches, this allows for a little extra room between the sockets!
Tower socket with 5 plugs on either side should do the trick
Be careful using timers on fluorescent lights!!! Always best to use the mechanical ones because some units are not compatible with digital ones I think due to the digital timer using some of the power!!! Can't remember all the bumf was many moons ago I first researched it. lol. I use some of those Wickes ones but also some digital ones on LED units.
Many are not suitable for use with fluorescent bulbs, causing the bulbs to fail after a few weeks or months. Unless specifically stated by the manufacturer, these timers should not be used with fluorescent lamps.
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