Froggy1976

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  1. Allan, I often thought about it to be honest. Indeed I am an electrician but I also specialised in automatic gates, doors, roller shutters, and only recently we have merged with a big multi national that does security systems such as alarms, swipe cards, finger swipe and retina recognition.... So I guess, I could make use of all those skills and add c4 to the lot...one stop shop.😀 Knowitall, hahaha, that s funny. Like many of my friends too I guess. Lots of the. Have been "electrician" fr years.. mario, thanks for clearing that up. It s just that here it s so dominant that everybody knows you need to be an electrician to do any works. Even an electrical engineer can not do any type of work.. I have visited the us a few times for business, training and holidays, but it does not seem to be as i forced. Could be wrong I guess. That's. The difference between living there and just visiting... cyknight, I see your point too. Where do you stop... From my perspective and a consumer end, it would just make sense to have an electrician be c4 certified and do both the install and programming, simply because, here, an electrician will not always want to touch something he is not familiar with. Trust me on that, I have seen it.. the best example I can give you is when you build a house. You (95%) of the time have to use the builders electrician. When you tell them I want you to wire a c4 system, he will generally not want to do it or warrant the job, thus , one has to have the house build and wired by the builders sparky with normal switches, then once completed/handed over, you have the c4 dealer that is familiar with the gear come in, remove all switches you are swapping over and install the c4 gear. Take into account that though switches are brand new, he will take them and probably re install the later but not give you any money for them. double edge sword..., hence my two bird theory...😀😀😀 thnaks for the replies guys, always interested in learning a thing or two on the other side of the world..
  2. just wondering... Is the USA the same as here in Australia, where one needs an electrician to install dimmers, switches......For me, it was not an issue as I am an electrician so did most of my install whilst the dealer programmer was on site ( ex dealer should I say, now I use matt 😀) and all he add to do was add them to the system. for me it would make sense if the installer was an electrician as this way it would be a case of two birds one stone. I rave a lot about how great c4 is to friends and family and they all seem interested, even though it s one the pricier side of things, but once they realise they need an electrician for the switches and dimmers, the cost excavates quite quickly. You have to pay the call out fee for the programmer, plus hourly rate, then the electrician call out fee. Here in Australia a call out fee for a sparky is about $160 then roughly $75 to $100 per hour... Everything we buy that is remotely electrical must be installed by an electrician, but when I look at stuff from the us, it sometimes says, if you are not confident, please use a licence electrician... Can never see that happening here....it s always the opposite.. like I said just wondering...😀😀 ohhh, one more thing, with the c4 native wave integration of limited devices, what was the reason behind it in the first place... Plans to expand or simply the local demand from consumers? have a great day to you all...m off doing some electricians only installs ( not for c4 though 😀😀)
  3. Thanks guys for the heads up, will chase them up and have a look. i love let you know how I go. regards
  4. Hi guys thanks for the replies. at this stage, I don t have 3D or 4K and don't really see the need for a long time. As far as HdBaseT cat 6 converter, I m just looking at some, and they are pretty much the same price as the long hdmi cables. My previous dealer sold them to me and when I complained about them, I was given a great answer, being:" the wonders of hdmi, nothing I can do"...... in terms of sync delay be picture/sound, is a simple hdmi cable better for that purpose or can a good hdbaseT converter be adjusted if there is a delay . regards
  5. Hi all, i currently have a hdmi to cat6 converter for our living area. It is really tempremental and keeps loosing signal quite often. It s not a hdbaseT converter, so wondering if the hdbaseT converter are generally better and more reliable. alternatievely, I now see that there are some 100ft plus hdmi cables with built in repeater. Would anybody have any experience with the long hdmi cables that could let us know if they are reliable or not or would I be better off going with a hdbaseT converter. i would need a 30m or 40m hdmi cable. regards
  6. Hi mate, i should have added to my original post that I would have removed the hue system.definatepy would not use a third system , that a just asking for trouble in my opinion. I might simply shuffle a few things around as out of 5 location being used with hue bulbs, only one is temperamental. It s the kitchen pendants, all three of them on one circuit. From time to time, one bulb simply does not turn on or off fully, so I might put a c4 puck there and move the hue bulbs to bedroom table top lamps. The pendants on the kitchen are also the furtherst one from the hue hub. The difference between c4 own pucks and the hue is quite amazing as though the c4 puck is even further away from the controller, it turns never misses a bit. Very fast, responsive and 100% reliable. thanks anyway.
  7. Bad news, Lurton lighting not available in Australia in 240v according to,distributor. Back to square one of c4 lighting or hue
  8. By the way, what controller would be suitable for caseta. Like I said, I just want to complement my c4 system so don t really need anything big and powerful regards
  9. Thanks chaps. i will also look at Lurton caseta. Hopefully the price is affordable here in Australia. regards
  10. Hi mate, thanks for replying mate. what do you mean reliability? I just want to add about 20 lights. regards
  11. Good timing mate, i am about to email you with a few more things to do if you are interested. Nothing big just add another zone, and reconfigure my multi keypad.. i will email you shortly regards
  12. Hi all, currently have a mix of c4 ligthing and hue lights with the c4 driver. I have all essentials lighting such as kitchen, deck, family room,..... via c4 native switches and pucks. For all my no. Essentials lighting such as bedrooms, table top lamps... I use the hue light bulbs and the c4 driver. As expected, the c4 works a treat and never misses a bit but I personally think they are a bit pricey for non Essential lighting.The hue in the other hand, though quite happy with it, it s a bit intermittent. Some times they will not turn off or on fully, may not be fully lit. I have to either loosen the bulb and tighten them again, or do a few on/off function. I want to add a few more rooms and lights to the system and hue prices have risen sharply here in Australia so wondering if I did be better getting rid of the hue and get a Fibaro Z-Wave Home Center controller. The Figaro pucks are pretty cheap here in Australia , ie$100 aud for a double switch. what is people opinion and experiences with Fibaro Z-Wave Home Center and pucks and ability to integrate into c4. hope to read from your experience and advice regards
  13. ohhh, can t i record with security spy. Just looking at their web site now and thought you could... ll double check
  14. Hi Zaphod, I believe blue iris is not available for mac or m i reading this wrong.
  15. thanks , was just looking it up actually. regards