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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 6:15 pm Post subject: Why Timers are Very Expensive in Chennai? Reply with quote

 Dear  All,
 
 I  am  looking  for  couple  of  timers  and  I  searched  most  of  the  shops  in  Chennai  Parry  corner  Electrical  Shop  Street  (Govindappa  Naicken  St).  The  minimum  cost  of  a  time  is  Rs.  950.00.  And  all  of  them  are  clock  based  timers.  I  am  looking  for  something  simple.
 
 Am  I  looking  at  the  wrong  place.
 
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 Hi  Dominic,
 
 Mechanical  timers  are  expensive.  Look  for  electronic  timers,  which  are  less  expensive.
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 Electronic  Timers,  which  are  real  time  timers  -  the  in  built  battery  keeps  the  clock  ticking  even  when  there  is  power  outage  -  are  better  and  you  can  program  them  to  switch  on/off  multiple  times  a  day.  These  can  be  programmed  for  up  to  a  week.  After  which  they  become  cyclic.  They  are  a  real  time  timer  for  up  to  a  week  only.  Once  the  internal  rechargeable  battery  goes  kaput  these  timers  go  kaput.  You'll  have  to  replace  the  battery  which  is  a  difficult  process.  Average  life  of  these  timers  about  2  years.  2  of  My  timers  went  kaput  in  about  9  months.  Others  have  had  them  working  longer.
 
 Mechanical  timers  are  cyclic  timers.  The  power  goes  off  the  timer  stops.  You'll  have  to  reset  the  time  when  the  power  returns.  They  too  can  be  programmed  for  multiple  on/off  operations.  But  this  can  be  done  for  a  day  only.  Average  life  of  these  timers  is  quiet  long.  I  have  one  running  for  5  years  now.  The  problem  is  the  constant  resetting  of  the  time.  A  pain  sometimes.
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 Hi  Dominic,
 
 Look  for  this  timer.  Should  cost  about  Rs  550/-
 
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:41 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Ravi,
 
 I  didnt  knew  that  timer  costs    Rs  550/-  .
 
 Last  month  I  enquired  at  a  shop  in  Parrys  and  the  cost  of  timer  was  Rs  2200/-,  so  I  dropped  the  whole  idea  of  timer.
 
 BTW  where  did  you  get  the  timer,  can  you  give  me  any  contact  details.
 
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ravi  wrote:                
Hi  Dominic,
 
 Look  for  this  timer.  Should  cost  about  Rs  550/-
 
                 

 
 This  time  costs  Rs.  950.00  in  Govindappa  Naicken  St  Chennai.  I  checked  atleast  50  shops  and  bought  a  timer  (Rs.  950.00)  a  year  back  and  I  am  using  it  for  my  lights.  I  wanted  to  get  one  more  for  my  CO2.
 
 Its  really  a  deal  if  I  get  it  for  Rs.550.00.


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 Mechanical  timers  are  cyclic  timers.  The  power  goes  off  the  timer  stops.  You'll  have  to  reset  the  time  when  the  power  returns.  They  too  can  be  programmed  for  multiple  on/off  operations.  But  this  can  be  done  for  a  day  only.  Average  life  of  these  timers  is  quiet  long.  I  have  one  running  for  5  years  now.  The  problem  is  the  constant  resetting  of  the  time.  A  pain  sometimes.                

 
 Could  you  please  give  some  place  where  I  can  get  this  Mechanical  Timers.  One  of  the  best  investment  I  made  in  Chennai  (power  cut  Kingdom)  is  my  Inverter.  So  I  may  not  have  to  reset  much.  What  is  the  approximate  cost?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:53 am Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Ravi,
 
 If  the  timer  costs  550/-  till  now  ,  I  will  buy  3  of  them.    Can  you  pls.  give  the  contact  details  ?
 
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 Hi  Veera,
 
 
                                                 
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BTW  where  did  you  get  the  timer,  can  you  give  me  any  contact  details.                

 
 Modern  electronics.  Will  post  address  later.
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 Hi  Ravi,
 
 
                                                 
ravi  wrote:                

 Modern  electronics.  Will  post  address  later.                

 
 I  thought  you  bought  it  for  750/-.    I  remember  you  telling  us  about  that  some  time  back.    Probably  i  heard  it  wrong.
 
 550/-  is  a  very  decent  price  to  buy  a  timer  which  would  help  a  lot  of  problems.    Can  we  connect  multiple  lighting  equipments  with  this  one?    Probably  then  i  can  connect  both  my  tank  lightings  to  this  and  let  it  handle  all  by  itself.
 
 Please  let  me  know.
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Hi  Ravi,
 
                                                   
ravi  wrote:                

 Modern  electronics.  Will  post  address  later.                

 
 550/-  is  a  very  decent  price  to  buy  a  timer  which  would  help  a  lot  of  problems.    Can  we  connect  multiple  lighting  equipments  with  this  one?    Probably  then  i  can  connect  both  my  tank  lightings  to  this  and  let  it  handle  all  by  itself.
 
 Please  let  me  know.                

 
 Sriram  these  timers  typically  can  handle  up  to  2000  watt  loads.  Check  the  rating  when  you  buy  these.
 
 Only  problem  is  that  when  you  switch  on  total  load  nearing  75%  of  the  rated  capacity  the  contacts  might  spark  and  get  eroded  leading  to  early  demise  of  the  timer.  
 
 I  use  one  timer  for  all  my  lightings  450  watts  of  MH  and  120  watts  tubes  running  4  planted  tanks.  Absolutely  no  probs.  But  mine  is  made  in  good  solid  Germany  and  not  the  "Near  far  east".  :lol:
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 Hi  Dominic,
 
 
                                                 
dominic01  wrote:                
bought  a  timer  (Rs.  950.00)  a  year  back  and  I  am  using  it  for  my  lights.  I  wanted  to  get  one  more  for  my  CO2.
 
 Its  really  a  deal  if  I  get  it  for  Rs.550.00.                

 
 I  am  using  this  timer  to  control  2  x  150  watts  MH  +  1  normally  off  electric  value.  Seems  to  be  working  alright.  Check  the  wattage  of  your  lights  &  ballast  &  see  if  it's  possible  to  connect  the  value  to  the  current  timer.  You  may  not  require  one  more  timer.  
 
 If  the  connected  load  is  already  high,  why  not  fix  a  relay  to  take  care  of  the  load  instead  of  another  timer  ?
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 The  Frontier  timer  pictured  above  sells  for  between  Rs.700/-  to  Rs.800/-  in  Bangalore.  Are  you  sure  Ravi,  that  you  got  the  price  right  ?
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 Hi  Sriram,
 
 
                                                 
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I  thought  you  bought  it  for  750/-.    I  remember  you  telling  us  about  that  some  time  back.    Probably  i  heard  it  wrong.                

 
 The  first  timer  was  purchased  for  nearly  Rs  2000/-  about  5  years  back.  The  last  timer  was  purchased  about  a  month  back  for  Rs  550/-.  I  had  called  &  verified  with  the  chap  who  goes  to  Parry's  to  buy  these  items.  The  list  price  is  Rs  950/-  +  Taxes.  However,  frequent  customers  get  it  at  Rs  550.  (Not  sure  if  this  is  nett  or  taxes  extra).    We  also  use  these  timers  in  a  variety  of  places,  for  controlling  the  name  board  lights,  a/c  (you  know  this  ;-)  ),  water  pumps,  etc.  
 
 
                                                 
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550/-  is  a  very  decent  price  to  buy  a  timer  which  would  help  a  lot  of  problems.    Can  we  connect  multiple  lighting  equipments  with  this  one?    Probably  then  i  can  connect  both  my  tank  lightings  to  this  and  let  it  handle  all  by  itself.                

 
 I  heard  someone  (Billboard/Hoarding  contractor)  say  it's  available  for  475/-.  That  could  be  wholesale  price.  I  have  not  got  it  at  that  price,  nor  was  I  able  to  locate  the  wholesaler.  There  is  a  possibility  that  it's  available  at  lower  prices.  So,  all  you  need  to  do  is  go  &  "Hunt  for  the  Timer",  and  write  an  article  about  it.  :-)
 
 Update:  One  timer  purchased  in  May  2004  for  Rs  650  +  Taxes  &  one  timer  purchased  in  Dec  2004  for  550  +  Taxes  =  619.30.  Just  spoke  to  the  vendor  &  he  quoted  Rs  950  +  Taxes.  Then  called  my  guy,  who  then  spoke  to  the  vendor  &  got  a  price  of  Rs  750  nett.  Checking  elsewhere  too.  Will  keep  you  posted.  


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 timer  prices  in  the  mumbai  market....
 
 By  tomorrow  or  day  after  max..
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