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  1. As far as i know, there is no use for the RF points anymore unless you would like to have a TV connected directly to government/privately installed antennas on the exterior.
  2. Check if its the driver that is giving the problem LED downlights dont just "die". The lights should dim to a significant level to signify dying life. If I'm correct, your LED downlight is a module by itself (ie comes together with the housing). So if you must replace it, then yes, you must remove the whole thing. There should be 2 catches on the housing that latches onto your false ceiling Just remove that. If you're not sure, just go down to a lighting shop to see where the catches are.
  3. Was just looking for suggestions on replacing my aircon. Now i guess i'll have to kick Mit Starmax out. Pity because it was my default choice since my previous model is also a Mit Starmax...
  4. My usual FSM has recently passed away. Need some advice on whom to choose now for annual reading. Dear Ivy, will you PM me your list too please? Many thanks in advance!
  5. Under $300 can get a Bosch model. Made in Germany. Good suction power. No complaints and loving it.
  6. Hey gkbt! Nice to see you back here sharing your advice and experience on your mavello. Sorry hadn't been checking back in here for awhile so missed your message. You even know the price for the Delphi?! Hahaha! I was planning on bringing my wife to their showroom at IP to check it out. I must admit though that i have not done my fair bit of research on this subject and i am taking your advice to check the series that KT has to offer. Will update once we come back from there then. Good choice on the mirage and onkyo 608. I suppose you had some recommendations?
  7. The home remedy of using cracked eggshells will work - tried and tested. It is the lizards prey/predatory instinct that when they smell/see the eggshells, they will avoid the area as they know they will be fodder for the chicken. After carefully cracking the eggs for cooking (preferably in halves), place the eggshells around the areas where you know there will be lizards crawling about (near windows, corners, etc). Observe for the next few days if any activity. You should leave the eggshells there for 1 week. It is also true that lizards prey on mozzies although not quite with the same efficiency with your insect sprays.
  8. Not sure if this was mentioned before but most contractors will all go to Choo Chiang (CCM) to get their lighting needs. For your own safeguard, you may call CCM for pricing of your lighting products (bulbs, tubes, holders, downlights, switches, etc) as they are very open about it. Subsequently, you can do a comparison with your contractor's quote to gain an insight to how much more he is charging you for installation.
  9. Do note that although JB may be cheaper by half the price when you purchase, you need to consider aftersales service. I bought the KDK Z60 and after my contractor has installed it, it was not to my satisfaction as it was wobbling noticeably. They have tried several times to balance it but to no avail. Hence i insisted that they arranged with the KDK tech to come and resolve the issue. KDK will need to see the warranty + invoice before they will pay a visit. After which KDK managed to reduce the wobbling considerably although a very very tiny bit of circular motion can still be observed. But since this service is from KDK themselves I was definitely more assured when he told me that the result is considered acceptable and normal. Something for you guys to consider.
  10. Hi gkbt, I read with great interest on all your posts in this thread and it does seem like you've really done your research and even to the extent of testing them one way or another. I do not think that you're in anyway associated with KEMP and am truly appreciative of your enlightening opinions herein. Frankly, i am only starting to look into beneficial water for my home since i've always drank water straight form the tap anywhere, even when i've seen the cheapo cloth filter has turned brown. With my new home, the water dispensed has a higher concentration of bubbles, strangely. It smells mildly fragrant and tastes like it has a higher akali content. I could be all wrong since i've never tested the waters with a litmus test. These have got me thinking if the water in my home is really "safer" for consumption since i've never really tasted such type of water before. Indeed water in Singapore is always safe but what im really concerned about is the added impurities from the pipes thats leading to my taps. Anyhow, i would like to know how's your Marvelo holding up? Any findings thus far? From the time of your research till now, would there be any recommendations for a beneficial water system that you can propose and why? I'm slightly inclined to your earlier posts' proposal on the undersink Delphi model since i'm all for low profile stuff. Plus, its a space saver on the kitchen counter. Also if you've not purchased your soundbar, I would recommend against the Philips if you can afford it. We can discuss this in another thread if you like
  11. Harmony RF is only for its IR extenders and cannot be used on any RF appliances or devices - it has no RF learning capabilities and if im not wrong, its on the 413Mhz freq. I've not had the opportunity of a mains cut-off but i do believe that the preset memory stays regardless.
  12. Choo Chiang is always the best place to go for all your lighting needs.
  13. Unless your wife is really against a bigger setup, i'll steer clear from the YSPs. They have great drivers in them but IMHO, these are overly priced for a soundbar. In addition, you'll need to setup your home to get accurately bounced off sound waves to gain from these babies - I'm not kidding, you'll need reflectors and again it'll be pointless. Look at their showroom setup and you'll notice you be sitting beside 2 reflectors behind you. If you really want a soundbar, i'll recommend the DefTech ones at 2/3 the price of YSPs. If you don't need soundbars, the money equivalent for YSPs can get you an above average front towers and surrounds.
  14. I have done a fair bit to research on the Apad as well, and unless it costs $100 and below, i'll steer clear of this but then again this is my humble opinion and i could be wrong: Android 2.1 currently will not allow you to surf flash-based websites even with the default browser. Unless they can promise you (with their lives!) that you can upgrade it to 2.2 and subsequently to 2.3 when needed, you'll be stuck for choice in terms of apps available on the market. All other capabilities are dependant on the apps that you can download from the market - office suite, maps, reader, etc. I am unsure about the front camera part, but im curious what you can use it for because I dont think skype is available for android - not yet at least. Apart from the above, the Apad is really just a cheap spinoff of the iPad from the innovative Chinese. It has its basic functions (mostly dependable on Android Market Apps) but i think it'll do nothing else but entertain you like a larger smartphone. I was in China enquiring this product from their Computer Markets and the locals are actually shunning these and most have not carried them as stocks since. Hope my opinions can help you decide better.
  15. Just to share my experience on this matter: I have Clipsal ULTI lighting in my home utilising a RF remote to control lighting around my home. The basic system allows for mood lighting and can be dimmed. It remembers the last dim settings so your next switch-on will be your last dim setting. Mood lighting allows you to configure a set of lightings with set dim settings to be turned on/off accordingly to your set-up (ie if i have a mood setting called "Relax", I would have Outer 4 downlights set at approx 30% dim lighting on. When I put it on "Movie" setting, it immediately switches to my front console lightings with 30% dim.) The remote control is RF based so you can use the remote anywhere in your home (especially if you have a large compound) without the need of line-of-sight. So if my wife is walking towards our room, i'll just turn on the room lights for her as she's walking over. Occasionally i'll like to prank her by turning the lights on/off when shes in there alone but i suppose i was the only one enjoying it. The bad part of this setup is its rather expensive. I reckon i've spent about $1K? The remote itself cost about $200+ and has to be ordered taking few weeks. For dimming purposes, you'll also need to use incandescent bulbs, halogens, arc lamps or Philips CFL types which are also costly. However, bear in mind that CFL dimmable types does not allow anything <5-10% dimming. When it goes lower than that, the next time you turned in on, there'll not be any light until you turn up the dim setting back to about 80% before the light will come back. You'll also not be able to program the remote into your universal remote (unless you have a crestron or am deciding to have a Pro setup your entire home automation) since all universal available in Singapore currently only allows for IR type learning only. Summary: Pros: 1. Mood lighting for different occasions 2. Everything dimmable at your finger tips via remote or on the lighting switches 3. Trustworthy brand - Clipsal-Schneider Electric 4. Elegant switches with a low illuminated light on the buttons so you can always find them at night (very useful when you need to go toilet at night without waking up your partner) by not turning on the main lights or all the lights! 5. Bound to impress everyone who comes over 6. Easily replacable switches which will fit into any of your current switches. 7. Setup is easily configured without the need of proprietary standards like X10, C-bus, etc. 8. Remote control can activate lighting at faraway places without need of LOS. Cons: 1. Rather expensive setup costs 2. May run high power costs if you do not dim, or turn on all lights frequently since you might be using incandescent/halogen bulbs. You may choose to use CFL types if you don't plan on dimming frequently and that'll save you energy costs but... 3. If using CFL types, you'll not be able to dim lower than 5-10% due to limitation of CFL types. When you're on lowest setting, the lights will not come on the next time you switched them on. You'll have to turn the dim settings back up to about >80% for the lights to come back on before dimming it back down again. CFL limitation again. 4. RF remote if needed cannot be programmed into Universal Remote due to it being RF based. 5. Switches need to order and might take weeks. If anybody need more info, i'll be more than willing to share my experiences although i might not log into the forum as often now.
  16. go sgcarmart.com to find out approximate market value
  17. LATEST LIST 1. ejzoen YDM 3109 2. ejzoen's Friend YDM 4109 [will not get if its more than $950] 3. trc YDM 4109 4. Victor YDR3108 5. minimalis YDM3109 [will not get if its more than $950] 6. minski YDM4109 (PMed me by mistake, took the liberty of adding his name to this list-minimalis) 7. from another forum YDM 3107 8. from another forum YDM 4109 9. Dydadai YDM 4109 or YDM 3109 w/o installation 10. FTorres YDM 4109 11. dr.tran YDM 4109 12. benlauhh YDM 3109 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.
  18. Yep i know that only Philips and Megaman have them but they come in E27 screws and i've actually tried them on my downlight box to be suitable in fitting, but not quite ideal for dimming. E14 i think have also.
  19. False ceilings uses gypsum boards joined together and "white powder" to hide the joints. i'm not exactly sure if you're able to get USG brands which i think is ideal but do avoid all china produced gypsum boards.
  20. Hi All, Our Main Con has engaged his subcons to install all our plumbing stuff. After all the installation/piping has been done, we noticed that the mixers for Rain shower, bath tub and even bidet on/off valve has been installed with visble excess threading material - ie instead of the mixer being flushed, we can see an excess of approximately 3-5cm of the threads of the mixer. The main con told us that this is the way the manufacturer made the the mixers but he offered us 2 solutions: 1. Adding spacer between to "conceal" the threads 2. Saw off the excess and re-install However he mention that sawing off the excess is risky and he will not guarantee against the worksmanship when reinstalling if it'll be uneven or if leaks were to occur. Personally i find his explanation ludicrous and i would think that all manufacturers of the mixers would intentionally create excess threading so that the plumbers can saw off the excess to suit their installation. However i did not want to jump into and wanted all your opinions about it. Can anyone be sure how it is really supposed to be done? Many thanks in advance!
  21. Issit false ceiling or normal? Your pot holes caused by what? Have any pictures?
  22. Try AOS : www.aos-bathroom.com/ but i have also not seen any SS type at around $100. Take note of SS material and thickness.
  23. Hi Everyone! I'm planning to get the following as home audio setup. Will need help for recommendations please: 1. Definitive Tech SSA-50 Soundbar with matching Sub for main living room 2. AVR - Not sure which to get, thinking Onkyo brand. Any recommendations? 3. Polk RC6S x 2 for guest and MBR bathrooms powered by Sonos Zoneplayer120 4. Sonos Zoneplayer S5 for kitchen 5. Sonos Zoneplayer90 to be connected with AVR in living room. Any recommendations or advice please? Thanks!