Masterplug Digital Programmable 7 Day Timer 240V
Timer (Good but not that good)
Excellent value for the money but doesn't tell you in the specifications online or in the catalogue that is doesn't work on low energy bulbs tried to use on fish tank LED lighting and guess what it doesn't work
12 Apr 2015
Masterplug 7 day timer review
Please bare in mind, I have been unable to use the timer myself, and will be forced to return the pair shortly. This is due to having read the instructions and spoke to the manufacturers, as explained below.
As a 240V timer, they could be useful for anyone trying to run a low-amp heater, for example.
Unfortunately, for myself:
According to the manufacturers, whom I spoke to on the phone, they cannot be used with any bulbs that are not filament bulbs. This is because any bulbs containing circuitry (i.e. Energy Saving Bulbs, LED Bulbs, etc) will interfere with the timer and its behaviour.
This therefore means they cannot be easily used for security lighting. The first I heard about this, was on the instruction leaflet AFTER purchasing the timers.
Further to this, being 240V but only 10A, means I also found them to be unsuitable for any of the heaters I personally possess. Hence my returning them.
I feel they have potential, but strange limitations placed on them, that I have not had from other digital timers.
6 Apr 2015
Value for money
If all you want is a simple on/off timer this may be a little over the top as setup is much more involved than the simple mechanical type. Having said that it can do so much more and complex patterns of use can be set up if you have the patience. Too early to know if it will be more reliable that the aging mechanical one it replaces.
24 Mar 2015
The Fish are happy now
The pump for the fish tank was either never turned on or never turned off.
Now they are happy and so am I as its only on when I'm out.
Initially the set-up looked tricky, but a quick read of the ease to understand instructions which provide a step by step guide means you are up and running in no time.
There are 10 programmes available which can be for any number of days, so there is loads of flexibility for the even the most hectic schedule
24 Mar 2015