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Canberra Sparky wanted for fitting motion sensor

By Friska - 10 August 2009 16

Happy Monday All,

I am looking at getting a sensor light installed in my mother’s driveway but I don’t want to be charged a fortune.  ($200 max).

Does anyone know an electrician that doesnt take advantage of people with “grey hair”. 

My mum is convinced tradesmen “tell her fibs”  when she is quoted.

Have a great week and thanks in advance.

What’s Your opinion?


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16 Responses to
Canberra Sparky wanted for fitting motion sensor
Sandman 8:05 am 24 Aug 13

Have you included supply in your self appointed quote or is that install only? I wish you well in your endeavor to tell a Canberra tradie how much he should charge.

RedDogInCan 10:00 pm 23 Aug 13

Aussie12 said :

try http://canlight.com.au/ these guys did a great job with ours, they even cleaned up after themselves which is nice.

Sounds like he is pretty good with astroturfing as well.

Aussie12 9:36 pm 23 Aug 13

try http://canlight.com.au/ these guys did a great job with ours, they even cleaned up after themselves which is nice.

busgirl 12:46 pm 12 Aug 09

Try Frank O’Sullivan…he is in the phone book. Did a great job for me.

Art 4:02 pm 11 Aug 09

Another idea would be a solar sensor flood-light. HPM make the, DIY install, only $60.

ns 11:41 am 11 Aug 09

Holden Caulfield said :

Your mum isn’t Mrs Richards from Fawlty Towers by chance?

Try A1 Electrical Services – the ones with the red star on the side of their vans. One of the few tradies I’ve come across to turn up on time (for quoting and then for the job), make as minimal fuss as possible while on site, and, most amazingly, they actually cleaned up after themselves too.

+1

I highly recommend my sparky Craig and I think he runs A1 or A-Line Electrical Solutions and HC’s description certainly sounds like him. His number is 0412 255 631.

Although I do have to say that you should seriously consider a DIY option. I replaced my normal outside light with a sensor. It cost me $30 at Home Hardware and took my friend 15 minutes to install.

Peewee Slasher 11:35 am 11 Aug 09

HC. Mrs Richards crucifies Fawlty. I feel so sorry for him (just that once).

Thumper 9:22 am 11 Aug 09

Get the DIY sensor lights. Plug in and forget.

toriness 6:30 am 11 Aug 09

i love those DIY light fittings so you don’t have to subject yourself to a wallet screwing by a tradie.

this is maybe too off-topic (but given the new style of moderation, i try and make the most of each comment!), but just wondering if people had generally noticed any change in attitude (like turning up on time) or drop in quotes/prices by tradies in canberra, notoriously expensive due to the supply-demand mix i presume, in these days of the global financial crisis?

Holden Caulfield 10:24 pm 10 Aug 09

Your mum isn’t Mrs Richards from Fawlty Towers by chance?

Try A1 Electrical Services – the ones with the red star on the side of their vans. One of the few tradies I’ve come across to turn up on time (for quoting and then for the job), make as minimal fuss as possible while on site, and, most amazingly, they actually cleaned up after themselves too.

dvaey 9:50 pm 10 Aug 09

I was going to come in and say almost what Felix said, but without the useful links. We installed a simple sensor flood-light unit in our carport, all that was needed was ladder and screwdriver, the power for ours simply comes out to a standard power plug so no sparky is needed to install.

Felix the Cat 8:10 pm 10 Aug 09

Have you been to Magnet Mart/other hardware stores to see what DIY sensor lights are available off the shelf? Out the front of my place I have a standard bayonet light globe fitting and I bought an Arlec Oyster DIY sensor light for about $40 (see link below) took about 5 mins to install and didn’t need any tools except a step ladder.

http://www.arlec.com.au/display.php?pid=80 (scroll down to product #17 – MAL606)

Out the side/back (not backside…) of my place outside the laundry I have installed a floodlight sensor light with two PAR38 lamps into an ordinary standard bayonet light globe fitting and again it only took about 5 mins to install with no tools (link to similar one below – I actually bought mine from Clints about 10 years ago and it is still going strong!)

http://www.arlec.com.au/display.php?pid=80 (scroll down to product #21 – MAL617)

AussieRodney 8:06 pm 10 Aug 09

Garry Hallissey from GMH Electrical on 0418 623 046.

Bel 6:57 pm 10 Aug 09

http://www.dciindustries.webs.com Ask for Simon Gibbs, he is a good bloke.

swamiOFswank 6:53 pm 10 Aug 09

I’ve found Switched On Electrical really good. Ask for Lawson to do the work! Sorry, haven’t got the number handy though.

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