Sunday, July 25, 2010

MP#8 - Shopping, Again...

After I done with wet stuff in Kepong, I head to Puchong for electrical stuff...


This is the first round. More boxes in second round as my lovely car could not swallow all in one go. Let's unbox...


A normal round shaped downlight for toilet. RM13 each inclusive of a single GE bulb. Then for rooms I have this...



6-inch square and white downlight with single bulb. RM15 each with GE bulb. A tip, 6-inch is measured diagonally on the open area, the measurement does not include the frame. It's similar to TV where 40" LCD means 40" viewable area, the frame doesn't count.

Then I have something more unique for open areas like living hall and kitchens...


Gun metal chromed downlight. Typically you only find white (like above) and silver downlight, and at most the glass with some decorative drawing. This is likely because the plaster ceiling is usually white in color. I thought the gun metal color could add some contrast effect to the ceiling, especially my house is a "white house". It's also measured 6 inches and cost RM25 each with single bulb. Initially I wanted to fit this for the entire house but the shop and factory ran out of stock, I only got the last 20 units. Anyway, I hope the effect after install is good.

All my downlight is fitted with PLCE bulb like this...


It's screw in type without choke (or some called ballast) just like the torch light bulb. The one with choke is called PLC like shown below...


No definite good or bad on PLCE over PLC or vice versa, both have their strengths and weaknesses. PLCE is sort of hassle free and easy maintenance where you only need to replace the bulb, whereas PLC may give you trouble that you need to hire electrician to dismantle the downlight if the choke is faulty, and likely you need to patch up the plaster ceiling after that. On the other hand, since PLC comes with choke that acts as regulator, it is more stable than PLCE. PLCE is very susceptible to unstable supply and you would be spending a big sum to replace bulbs in long run. So I guess if TNB supply to your house is like roller coaster (like my current house), may be PLC is better choice. I assume the electricity supply to the new house is steady, and for easy maintenance sake I picked PLCE.

Beside downlight, I need other lights in different areas...


Another type of downlight for fitting without plaster ceiling. I use this in ground floor toilet. Then the car porch light...



I bought it because of insect guard feature, hope no insects die inside the cover.

Lastly, some miscellaneous...



Door bell and timer. There are few more such as gate light, water proof light etc not in this post because the shop ran out of stock. I will need to pay another visit to the shop later.

Since I mentioned Puchong, I believe some of you already know which shop I bought these items...


Yeah, Top Ten Lighting SB. Not only the lights are cheap, I also bought ceiling fans and heaters from the shop. Those fans and heaters may not be cheaper than others but I found out the price is neither expensive than others. For instance, the KDK K14X8 is RM240, K14Y9 at RM280 and Joven 35H is RM520. One thing to note, Top Ten does not provide delivery service compare to other electrical chain store like HLK, Onking etc.

I think I will revisit Top Ten not only to pick up my pending orders but also to buy some items that I might have missed out from first order. Gotta check with my contractor.

After this, the next shopping will be big appliances (i.e. air cond and fridge) and furniture shopping while waiting grille contractor and laminate flooring contractor to complete their work.