Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




259 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 44

Lifetime subscriber

# 214012 24-Apr-2017 08:31
Send private message

http://www.belkin.com/au/F7C030/p/P-F7C030/ 

 

This device is being advertised by a number of NZ retailers but a quick visit to a couple of stores over the weekend on the North Shore didn't find any.

 

Are there any to be had in the Auckland area?

 

 

 

Even the Belkin website doesn't have any stock.

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe the lack of available stock is related to announcement from Belkin in January about a replacement product for 2017 that includes a dimmer function but this didn't include any hard dates

 

https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/03/wemo-dimmer-switch-and-mini/  

 

  


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
122 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 19


  # 1769497 24-Apr-2017 08:42
Send private message

i bought one from Bunnings few months ago to test, i will be needing a few in the next couple of months too


sxz

671 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 172


  # 1769498 24-Apr-2017 08:48
Send private message

I was wondering why I had been seeing them advertised at a cheaper price!  Perhaps they are making room for the new product.

 

I would love to have them in my house but alas! no neutral wire in my light switches.  Does anyone know if there is a cheap and easy solution to that (other than moving to a modern house)?


 
 
 
 


27989 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 7469

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1769504 24-Apr-2017 09:02
2 people support this post
Send private message

sxz:

 

I was wondering why I had been seeing them advertised at a cheaper price!  Perhaps they are making room for the new product.

 

I would love to have them in my house but alas! no neutral wire in my light switches.  Does anyone know if there is a cheap and easy solution to that (other than moving to a modern house)?

 

 

There have been a lot of Wemo promotions lately and these switches have been under NZ$30 each. I too suspect that was to clear out old stock.

 

Wiring lights with no neutral was a very common (but incredibly lazy) way of wiring light switches in NZ that I'm pretty sure (somebody with their current electrical ticket will no doubt be able to correct me if I'm wrong) isn't permitted any longer in a new build and if new lights are added requires converting to a 3 wire system. It's an incredibly dodgy setup as it means the light fitting is always live even if switched off at the wall.

 

The "simple" fix is to run new TPS and fix the issue. For most people that's neither cheap nor easy.

 

 

 

 


375 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 25


  # 1769724 24-Apr-2017 13:28
Send private message

I bought mine from Harvey Norman and Noel Leemings a few months ago, but I see they have been removed from their sites. When I was in Bunnings the other week I remember seeing them on the shelf.




259 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 44

Lifetime subscriber

  # 1769748 24-Apr-2017 14:14
Send private message

plas:

 

I bought mine from Harvey Norman and Noel Leemings a few months ago, but I see they have been removed from their sites. When I was in Bunnings the other week I remember seeing them on the shelf.

 

 

 

 

Or did you?

 

 

 

Bunnings have a policy where high value ticket items are replaced with empty boxes and the real product is kept behind glass elsewhere. However, the number of empty boxes baring little relationship with how many actual products they have. 

 

In fact, I was told, this often confuses the own staff and their stock system isn't as correct as it should be.


122 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 19


  # 1769750 24-Apr-2017 14:23
Send private message

rogercruse:

 

plas:

 

I bought mine from Harvey Norman and Noel Leemings a few months ago, but I see they have been removed from their sites. When I was in Bunnings the other week I remember seeing them on the shelf.

 

 

 

 

Or did you?

 

 

 

Bunnings have a policy where high value ticket items are replaced with empty boxes and the real product is kept behind glass elsewhere. However, the number of empty boxes baring little relationship with how many actual products they have. 

 

In fact, I was told, this often confuses the own staff and their stock system isn't as correct as it should be.

 

 

 

 

True, these were under lock and key at Bunnings when i purchased , they have the empty boxes on the shelf


3433 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 704

Trusted

  # 1769751 24-Apr-2017 14:25
Send private message

bought a bunch of these, replaced every switch my house with them.  sadly bought most of them a couple of months before the price drop.

 

 

 

but i picked them up from mightyape, bunnings, noel leeming, playtech.  always see them at bunnings.  

 

the wemo app sucks, lots of them go offline and never come back up, but other apps work a lot better.  managed to get them working as 2 way switches via wemoserver.jar.  needs a always on server (android or anything that can run java).


 
 
 
 


375 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 25


  # 1769779 24-Apr-2017 14:39
Send private message

Looking like Belkin has discontinued them, might have to go to Bunnings this weekend and try to get the last few I need for the house.

 

http://community.wemo.com/t5/WEMO-Hardware/Light-switch-discontinued/td-p/38151

 

 




259 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 44

Lifetime subscriber

  # 1769821 24-Apr-2017 15:18
Send private message

plas:

 

Looking like Belkin has discontinued them, might have to go to Bunnings this weekend and try to get the last few I need for the house.

 

http://community.wemo.com/t5/WEMO-Hardware/Light-switch-discontinued/td-p/38151

 

 

 

 

This could be good news as it might reveal more about the replacement light switch (with dimmer) from Belkin... mentioned in my original post:

 


2595 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 311

Trusted

  # 1769826 24-Apr-2017 15:24
Send private message

What is the difference between these smart light switches and something like a Hue bulb (without colour if you want it to be cheaper) though?




3433 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 704

Trusted

  # 1769827 24-Apr-2017 15:25
Send private message

well if you have led downlights, a hue bulb is useless...  and they also require the switch to always be on.


2595 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 311

Trusted

  # 1769844 24-Apr-2017 15:43
Send private message

Oh yeah but for normal house lights, a hue bulb or similar might be easier to fit? Flicked down light switches shouldn't be a problem should it?




14961 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2046


  # 1769845 24-Apr-2017 15:45
Send private message

reven:

 

well if you have led downlights, a hue bulb is useless...  and they also require the switch to always be on.

 

 

 

 

You mean those proprietary fittings that have a built in bulb. You can also buy downlights that will fit  LED bulbs with an E27 or B22 fitting on it, which allow you to use philips hue bulbs with.


741 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 215


  # 1769854 24-Apr-2017 15:52
Send private message

This thread remind me - I have 2 Wemo light switches used in my cupboard if someone wants to buy them.

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/wemo-light-switch_p04420433

 

I paid $39 from Bunnings and brought 3 at the time. One is installed in the bedroom (and quite handy)  but I can't really see me installing the others.

 

I'll sell them for $39 each plus postage from Dunedin.

 

PM me if interested.


27989 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 7469

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1769857 24-Apr-2017 15:56
One person supports this post
Send private message

sonyxperiageek: What is the difference between these smart light switches and something like a Hue bulb (without colour if you want it to be cheaper) though?

 

I could never really see the point in having smart bulbs when a smart switch is a lot more logical. No more ending up with the switch out of sync or having to turn it off and back on just because you don't want to use the app to turn the lights on.

 

 


 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Dunedin selects Telensa to deliver smart street lighting for 15,000 LEDs
Posted 18-Jul-2019 10:21


Sprint announces a connected wallet card with built-in IoT support
Posted 18-Jul-2019 08:36


Educational tool developed at Otago makes international launch
Posted 17-Jul-2019 21:57


Symantec introduces cloud access security solution
Posted 17-Jul-2019 21:48


New Zealand government unveils new digital service to make business easier
Posted 16-Jul-2019 17:35


Scientists unveil image of quantum entanglement
Posted 13-Jul-2019 06:00


Hackers to be challenged at University of Waikato
Posted 12-Jul-2019 21:34


OPPO Reno Z now available in New Zealand
Posted 12-Jul-2019 21:28


Sony introduces WF-1000XM3 wireless headphones with noise cancellation
Posted 8-Jul-2019 16:56


Xero announces new smarter tools, push into the North American market
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:20


New report by Unisys shows New Zealanders want action by social platform companies and police to monitor social media sites
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:09


ASB adds Google Pay option to contactless payments
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:05


New Zealand PC Market declines on the back of high channel inventory, IDC reports
Posted 18-Jun-2019 17:35


Air New Zealand uses drones to inspect aircraft
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:39


TCL Electronics launches its first-ever 8K TV
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:18



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.