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7 day digital timer socket only £2.99 @ Lidl
7 day digital timer socket only £2.99 @ Lidl

7 day digital timer socket only £2.99 @ Lidl

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Been looking for one of these timers and they are about £6 wherever I look. However at £2.99 for this is a bargain. Unless someone has spotted this in the pound shop!!

There is a choice to buy a twin pack of the mechanical version if you want but for me the digital is best.

From the web site

Description
Choose from a twin pack of mechanical 24hr timers or a digital 7-day timer
With child-resistant socket
3 year manufacturer’s warranty

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Original Poster

http://www.lidl.co.uk/static_content/lidl_uk/images/UK/UK_49349_01_b.jpg

Might have to grab a couple of the mechanical ones...

hot from me, last time these were around the digital ones sold out pretty quick so I got the mechanical. use it to regulate a humidifier in my kids room during the winter, brilliant for cycling on/off devices without a timer such as floor/desk lamps when you are away for the weekend.

when are these availiable from, i cant find them on the site?

Banned

A cheap timeclock to do your central heating if its in the garage lol

Original Poster

I can't edit the link but here is a direct link to the item.

click here
Edited by: "mr_deals" 26th Jul 2010

Have a couple of these from last time to switch lights on and off when we are away!

as this only starts on the 2nd - isnt it a little early to post

Bought a digital one last time but some of the symbols on it, day / am/pm / on/off etc are very very small you'd need the eyes of an owl to see them clearly..... have never used it

good deal - i got one of the mechanical ones for about £4 on ebay

r2mahara

good deal - i got one of the mechanical ones for about £4 on ebay



are you nuts - I got a 3 pack from B&Q for £5 at xmas

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janz70

as this only starts on the 2nd - isnt it a little early to post



That's only next Monday. Some people might be up for buying one full price. This way they are aware. I didn't think it was too early?

I'm pretty sure a mechanical timer switch tripped my mains switch while I was on holiday a couple of years ago, can't be sure, but the freezer defrosted nonetheless. My thinking was that a mechanical timer gradually moves to the on/off position possibly creating a momentary indecision of whether the electricity should be on or off, causing the mains to think somethings wrong.
Qualified electricians please feel free to shoot this theory down in flames.
Edited by: "AnywhereButHere" 26th Jul 2010

AnywhereButHere

I'm pretty sure a mechanical timer switch tripped my mains switch while I … I'm pretty sure a mechanical timer switch tripped my mains switch while I was on holiday a couple of years ago, can't be sure, but the freezer defrosted nonetheless. My thinking was that a mechanical timer gradually moves to the on/off position possibly creating a momentary indecision of whether the electricity should be on or off, causing the mains to think somethings wrong.Qualified electricians please feel free to shoot this theory down in flames.

I'm not an electrician or a physicist (or anything that could count as expertise in this field!), but surely an electrical circuit is either complete or incomplete. Fuses blow if there is too much current, RCDs trip is there if some current goes missing, i.e. there's a difference between live and neutral ... waits for someone to correct

The Lidl solid-state timers have been around for some years, although originally at a higher price. They are OK but seem to stop working after a couple of years. Replacing the internal rechargeable battery does not seem to make any difference. A mechanical timer is sometimes noisy and may not keep perfect time but is generally reliable - but of course its programmable functions are more limited.

B&Q has mechanical timers on offer at present - I think they are £2 each but I may be wrong.

andersh

I'm not an electrician or a physicist (or anything that could count as … I'm not an electrician or a physicist (or anything that could count as expertise in this field!), but surely an electrical circuit is either complete or incomplete. Fuses blow if there is too much current, RCDs trip is there if some current goes missing, i.e. there's a difference between live and neutral ... waits for someone to correct



the mechanical ones can bounce between on and off which can cause problems. i have had it blow a router

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Switch_bounce.JPG

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ascen

the mechanical ones can bounce between on and off which can cause … the mechanical ones can bounce between on and off which can cause problems. i have had it blow a router



and on the reverse its best not to use a digital timer with a electronic ballast (fish tank+some florescent lights). This one *may* be okay, depending on quality, but to be safe use the mechanical one.

atro

Have a couple of these from last time to switch lights on and off when we … Have a couple of these from last time to switch lights on and off when we are away!



Please don't rely on such devices for your security, thieves are not stupid, they knock on your door, if you don't answer they're coming in.

You can leave as many random things on as you like, TVs, radios etc. but none of them will answer the door to deter a thief...

englishpaul

thieves are not stupid



???

janz70

as this only starts on the 2nd - isnt it a little early to post



Not at all, what's wrong with a heads up?

opened one of the mechanical ones up the other day, it's full of plastic cogs man! digital could be a better all rounder.

englishpaul

Please don't rely on such devices for your security, thieves are not … Please don't rely on such devices for your security, thieves are not stupid, they knock on your door, if you don't answer they're coming in.You can leave as many random things on as you like, TVs, radios etc. but none of them will answer the door to deter a thief...



That's as maybe, but still could be an added disincentive to the opportunist burglar. As far as I know most burglars prefer an empty property, so a totally dark one would I'm sure be more tempting (unless you know differently?). On top of that, lots of people don't answer the door after dark anyway where I live (London).

ascen

the mechanical ones can bounce between on and off which can cause … the mechanical ones can bounce between on and off which can cause problems. i have had it blow a router

Bummer about your router Interesting picture, the description says it's done with a "latching switch", which suggests switch bounce isn't just limited to these timer units? I'll be picking up a digital one if I'm in Lidl at the right time.

As for home (or general) security, it's important to have multiple layers and to make your home a less appealing target than those around it. This is a trivial think to do, but a burglar presented with 2 similar homes, one with lights coming on around dusk and one all in the dark, will likely pick darkness first. If they've targeted your house specifically, then you're in trouble anyway.
Edited by: "andersh" 27th Jul 2010
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