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Old 20-06-2019, 02:31
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In the past we have used a Plugin Timer at home to turn a lamp on and off so the house (hopefully) looks like someone is at home. We now need to replace our timer and have discovered that most or if not all (to our knowledge) are not suitable with Energy Saving Light Bulbs. Are any members aware of this and if so, what do you use to make your property look like you are still at home?

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Old 20-06-2019, 08:04
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I have heard this in the past but never had a problem . I just had a look at Argos they had 2 of the mechanical types where you have to push the pins to set it , these should work with any bulb . I use a smart plug now connected to my Alexa , I have set a timer through Alexa but can also ask ‘her’ to switch it on & off if required at different times , it works with my low energy bulb. It’s a tplink hs100.
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Old 21-06-2019, 03:14
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Thanks for the reply slattster. Just also looked at a couple of Masterplug plugin timers (digital & mechanical) and under the Safety Warning both say Do Not Use With Energy Saving Bulbs. So probably best with others using Timer's, do check whether there Timer's are compatible with the bulbs they are using.

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Old 21-06-2019, 09:20
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Spending 8 months away from my home in Spain I lock up all the security doors, make sure that all the security bolts on windows are secure and drop down the persianas (metal blinds). We have 24-hour security. We live on a closed community with guards on the entry point and guards driving up and down the estate 24 hours a day. If anyone gets through that, it's tough luck for us. If they manage to get in, a few lights left on, will not deter them.
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Old 21-06-2019, 21:34
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Most of us (or not me anyway) don't have drop down metal blinds or security guards, so for me it looks like I'm stuck for now with a plugin light timer

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Cylon, anyone wanting to break in wouldn't be able to see that our lights were on until they gained entry unless of course, we left our outside lights on. My French neighbour who lives over the road from us leaves his on but I don't see any point in doing that. If the metal blinds are down, people know that you aren't at home.
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Old 24-06-2019, 01:42
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I do see where you are coming from Mosquito and thanks for the reply.

For others I have now found and purchased the below:

https://www.timeguard.com/products/t...ime-controller

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