Radio-controlled remote mains sockets from Lidl from 1 Oct - HotUKDeals
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I bought a similar set from Lidl last year, and it's been great. I've put an uplighter near my TV on the dimming socket and another dimmer in the other corner of the room and my subwoofer and a fan to cool my AV amp on switched sockets.

Doing so allows me to dim/brighten the room for watching films, and instantly cut the bass from the subwoofer when watching late at night.

This year's set is £2 more expensive, but includes a two dimming sockets instead of one. The set also includes two regular on-off switching sockets and the remote.
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#1
How many do you get in a set?
#2
I like the look and sound of these. Voted hot
#3
Do the plugs consume any energy?
#4
Matt.Wild
Do the plugs consume any energy?


They're not battery powered, so they will use a bit in order to have the radio receiver ready to receive commands from the remote.
#5
I have been told they use quite alot of power when sitting in a socket because they are constantly on.

I dont know how true this is but seems like it sould be true, I like the idea of them.
#6
voted hot but can any owner confirm that these are radio as opposed to infra red control? I know the header here says radio - but the lidl website just says 'remote' - and they do appear to have an i/r window.
#7
You get 4 units, 2 of which have dimmers and a remote with battery suplied. Not bad:thumbsup:
#8
great prices
#9
Bought these 2 year ago, seemed OK at first, then discovered that when I plipped my key fob sometimes they would switch off. Stopped using them when I started missing video recordings.
#10
With the dimmers, I know you can dim/brighten e.g. a lamp but can you fully turn off a lamp with using just the dimmers?

I'm just thinking if you have a lamp plugged into the dimmers, can you switch on with the remote or do you have to physically go and flick the switch AND then control the level of light through the remote?
#11
actress
Bought these 2 year ago, seemed OK at first, then discovered that when I plipped my key fob sometimes they would switch off. Stopped using them when I started missing video recordings.


Me too. The wife knows I'm home as we have our lamp plugged into the socket which also opperates on the same frequency as the car alarm fob.

Gives her a head-start on getting rid of her fancy man out of the back door :?

Joking ofcourse, but has possibilities ... :whistling:
#12
actress
Bought these 2 year ago, seemed OK at first, then discovered that when I plipped my key fob sometimes they would switch off. Stopped using them when I started missing video recordings.


derekc2002
voted hot but can any owner confirm that these are radio as opposed to infra red control? I know the header here says radio - but the lidl website just says 'remote' - and they do appear to have an i/r window.


They will be RADIO based, like all the past ones I'm sure. Rather pointless a remote controlled socket behind the settee/bookcase and then have to put your hand behind to operate it!

The past ones had a mechanism in them to toggle to ANOTHER Radio Frequency so that they aren't interfered with from (eg) car remotes. My neighbour's car remote when they parked in their drive used to turn off ONE of my sitting room lamps until I realised what was going on and I got the manual out and worked out how to update and no probs since - they are fantastically useful! From memory there's a button in the remote battery compartment that toggles (might be behind the battery, not near it to check).

Just looked re the frequency. In the past Lidl 'Mandolyn' units with the 3 circles at top right of the switches. The manual shows the frequency button at top left of the remote battery compartment - called the reset/recode button. Manual says there are 4000 codes and it picks a random one. After pressing you DO have to resynch the remote with ALL the switches. Hope that helps!

The remote in the picture with this set LOOKS the same as the sets I (and loads of family/friends) bought in previous years, though the switches are cosmetically different. I would assume they have the gumption to still allow for multiple frequencies to avoid that (eg) car remote problem.

MKD
#13
gtslr
With the dimmers, I know you can dim/brighten e.g. a lamp but can you fully turn off a lamp with using just the dimmers?

I'm just thinking if you have a lamp plugged into the dimmers, can you switch on with the remote or do you have to physically go and flick the switch AND then control the level of light through the remote?


Our lamp has a dimmer control knob that we leave turned onto the correct brightness. Wouldnt work with electrically controlled dimmers I'm guessing unless it saves a setting on powering down and rembers it when powered back up, but seems to work fine with a physical control knob. Depends on the lamp.
#14
You can get 3 for £6.99 at clas ohlson so voted cold
#15
This tech along with standby detection/automated power on/off is great, but doesn't seem to be affordable or properly implemented yet, I'll be keeping an eye on deals like this but it needs to mature alot more, having to stay on is quite awful when it could recharge say a 1 AAA battery on a small milliwatt transceiver and circuit board.
#16
schizoboy
This tech along with standby detection/automated power on/off is great, but doesn't seem to be affordable or properly implemented yet, I'll be keeping an eye on deals like this but it needs to mature alot more, having to stay on is quite awful when it could recharge say a 1 AAA battery on a small milliwatt transceiver and circuit board.


not sure that would be any benefit as you are adding the production/deterioration of the battery into the equation and also with usual loss of power taken just to charge battery.
imagine these only cost a few pence a year to run and wold save that in one session where an appliance is turned off remotely instead of just being left on
#17
I have something similar sold by Tchibo. It had only 3 units but all were able to dim. The wife loves it as she can sit down and control 3 separate lamps independantly. Switching on/off or anywhere in between with the dimmer function. :thumbsup:

If you get one make sure you stock pile those high energy (proper) bulbs as the dimmer doesn't work with any low energy bulbs we've used. I've heard the old bulbs are being removed from sale soon.:?
#18
Guess these won't work with the low energy lamps? Still voted hot though, great price
#19
From 1 sep all 100w bulbs were effectively banned. No high watt bulbs any more (eg 100 watt bulbs).
#21
I've been using these for about a year now. I think they're great because I've a lot of inaccessible plug sockets. I bought them whilst pregnant as I just couldn't reach the sockets lol. The best bit was at Christmas though. We had all our lights, tree etc. plugged in so turning them on and off took seconds.
#22
jon1000jon
I have been told they use quite alot of power when sitting in a socket because they are constantly on.


I'm pretty sure I metered mine, and they were less than 1W. I'll try to remember to try again and update this comment.

UPDATE: My meter measured 1W (0.02A with a power factor of about 0.12).
#23
derekc2002
voted hot but can any owner confirm that these are radio as opposed to infra red control? I know the header here says radio - but the lidl website just says 'remote' - and they do appear to have an i/r window.


What looks like an I/R window is probably just a neon/LED status indicator if last year's models are anything to go by.
#24
gtslr
With the dimmers, I know you can dim/brighten e.g. a lamp but can you fully turn off a lamp with using just the dimmers?


Yup, the dimming switches respond to on, off and brightness up/down.

I'm just thinking if you have a lamp plugged into the dimmers, can you switch on with the remote or do you have to physically go and flick the switch AND then control the level of light through the remote?


You leave the wall socket and lamp on at all times, then use the remote to turn the light on (i.e to full brightness), off, or select the light level having first selected the appropriate socket using the on or off button.

One thing to note, you can't daisy-chain dimmers, so if your lamp already has a dimmer, you'll need to remove it before connecting it to the remote socket. If you don't, it'll either flash sporadically or flash initially but then go off.
#25
krato
You can get 3 for £6.99 at clas ohlson so voted cold


Presumably just on/off sockets, though. Horses for courses.
#26
krato
You can get 3 for £6.99 at clas ohlson so voted cold


No mail or internet ordering and only a handful of shops nationwide, not much of a reason to vote cold on a deal across the UK

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