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Topic # 214012 24-Apr-2017 08:31
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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/  

 

  


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  Reply # 1769497 24-Apr-2017 08:42
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i bought one from Bunnings few months ago to test, i will be needing a few in the next couple of months too


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  Reply # 1769498 24-Apr-2017 08:48
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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)?


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  Reply # 1769504 24-Apr-2017 09:02
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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.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1769724 24-Apr-2017 13:28
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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.




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  Reply # 1769748 24-Apr-2017 14:14
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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.


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  Reply # 1769750 24-Apr-2017 14:23
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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


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  Reply # 1769751 24-Apr-2017 14:25
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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).


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  Reply # 1769779 24-Apr-2017 14:39
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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

 

 




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  Reply # 1769821 24-Apr-2017 15:18
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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:

 


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  Reply # 1769826 24-Apr-2017 15:24
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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?




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  Reply # 1769827 24-Apr-2017 15:25
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well if you have led downlights, a hue bulb is useless...  and they also require the switch to always be on.


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  Reply # 1769844 24-Apr-2017 15:43
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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?




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  Reply # 1769845 24-Apr-2017 15:45
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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.


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  Reply # 1769854 24-Apr-2017 15:52
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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.


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  Reply # 1769857 24-Apr-2017 15:56
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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.

 

 


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