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Old 17.02.2011, 21:28
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Expensive light dimmers and motion detectors

I plan to use dimmer switches and motion detectors around the house. I'm surprised at how much they cost here. A single dimmer switch or motion detector costs over 125 CHF, and they don't even look good. I've bought them for $20-$30 in the past.

I understand circuitry and material can be different, but I also understand mass production brings the price of things down.

What makes them expensive? Can these be bought in neighboring countries for less?
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Old 17.02.2011, 21:32
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Really? I hate it when the work lights go off because i'm not moving, especially when on the loo. Think about sitting reading a book on the sofa and having to wiggle every few minutes so the light stays on Great idea to save electricity, but not that practical.
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Re: Expensive light dimmers and motion detectors

dimmer switches and motion detectors ARE a real rip-off in switzerland. that's a fact. sometimes you get no-name motion detectors for about CHF 80.- ("aktion").

i buy motion detectors only in germany. at OBI, Bauhaus etc. you get them from 15 for no-names and about from 40 for branded ones.

dunno who is making millions in CH with these ..... but not with my money.
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dimmer switches and motion detectors ARE a real rip-off in switzerland. that's a fact. sometimes you get no-name motion detectors for about CHF 80.- ("aktion").

i buy motion detectors only in germany. at OBI, Bauhaus etc. you get them from 15 for no-names and about from 40 for branded ones.

dunno who is making millions in CH with these ..... but not with my money.

Thanks. I'll look those stores up.




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Really? I hate it when the work lights go off because i'm not moving, especially when on the loo. Think about sitting reading a book on the sofa and having to wiggle every few minutes so the light stays on Great idea to save electricity, but not that practical.


Errrr.... pssst.... not about saving electricity, just pure laziness. you don't install them where you intend to stay for a period of time. Only in places you walk by.
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Thanks. I'll look those stores up.





Errrr.... pssst.... not about saving electricity, just pure laziness. you don't install them where you intend to stay for a period of time. Only in places you walk by.
My boss installed them in our office to save on electricity. They take a while to switch on and don't turn off right away. Our electricity bill is huge, so I would be interested in how much you manage to save installing them.

I would love a lights main switch at our main doorways so that I could turn off all the lights for the house. Sometime I find I have left one or two on all day, or in the basement rooms for a few days before I go back again. What I do hate is getting outside when I am in a hurry to get somewhere and seeing that i've left a light on upstairs.
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Re: Expensive light dimmers and motion detectors

One word: Hornbach.

While I have admittedly not looked for dimmers, everything else I've bought there has been a fraction of the outrageous prices I paid from the local 'profi' supply stores we had to use (because they were tied to the electrician, plumber, etc.) when we renovated six years ago.

Quality is the same, or better. Selection larger.

And if you want to save a bit more - hop over the border to one of their German stores.

http://www.hornbach.com/index/index.php

http://www.hornbach.de/
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Old 17.02.2011, 22:24
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Thanks, I'll check it out, maybe. Or I might just order online. See here:
http://www.preisroboter.de/ergebnis510847.html

Those switches can be had for about 10.
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