frequently asked questions
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Should a licensed installer be installing our Ducted Vacuum System?
Vacuums do not need require a license for installation but you should know what you are doing. If you do not, it can end up having less suction when ducting work is completed.
What happens when there is less suction coming from the vacuum?
First, you will need to check your filter. 90% of the time this is the reason why there is less suction and is the reason for most blockages. Give it a good clean and you should have your vacuum sucking in full power. If suction is still low, please call your installer to have a look as there could be a blockage in the system or your something wrong with your unit.
How long will my vacuums motor go for before failing?
It will depend on how frequently you use it. If you use it once a week, expect to use your ducted vacuum for 8 to 10 years but if you clean every day, it will last 4-6 year before needing a new motor.
Help, my vacuum cleaner does not work, what should I do?
Firstly check if the power is on in your house. If it is, then check the cable to see if it is connected to the socket properly. If there is still issues with power, make sure that the PowerPoint is functioning by testing another item on the PowerPoint. If problems persist, take your vacuum unit to your nearest dealer.
Is there a maximum number of inlets I can install?
While there is not really a maximum number of inlets that can be installed, to maintain the best performance of your system, keep the number of inlets to a minimum. By increasing the number of inlets, you may need to increase the size of the power unit.
Can I install a system into an existing home?
YES. While installation into an existing home will present its own set of challenges, it can be accomplished. Knowing the layout of your home and planning the installation completely before starting will help ease the process. Also look for alternative ways for running the systems piping, such as through closest or other hidden chambers.
Do I need to have my Ducted Vacuum serviced regularly?
Our Ducted Vacuum systems are designed to provide you with many years of hassle-free service. Like any machinery with moving parts, having a simple service performed every 2-3 years or anytime there is a substantial change in performance/suction will ensure many more years of cleaning.
Can I safely Vacuum Liquids with my vacuum cleaner?
No. Your ducted vacuum system is designed to collect everyday dry matter (dust). It is approved by authorized testing agencies for dry use only. Do not use on wet surfaces. Should you accidentally vacuum liquids, immediately unplug the unit from the electric outlet, then empty and wipe the dust receptacle with a dry cloth. Then operate the system from the vacuum inlet through which you vacuumed the liquid, in order to eliminate all moisture in the piping system.
My switchable hose isn’t turning my vacuum on or off from the handle anymore. Do I need to purchase another Switchable Hose Kit? Can it be repaired?
Switchable hoses carry a wire from one end of the hose to the other. If the wire is damaged, it cannot be repaired as the wires are imbedded into the hose itself. You can still use the hose but you will lose the function to turn the unit on and off from the unit.
What units are compatible with the 15M Hose Kit you sell?
All units that are labelled above 1700W are compatible to use with 15M Hose kits. The reason for this is because of the 15M length, the unit needs to be strong enough to pull in the suction. We recommend the EVS 2707, 2808 or even the Elcop Vigor when using a 15M hose kit.
Can I get a weather proof ducted vacuum system?
You can use an EVS canopy that will be installed above the unit but that doesn’t mean the unit is weatherproof as no ducted vacuum system in the market today is weatherproof. This will help the motor which is located at very top of the unit from rain and will let you use the unit outside. You will still need to make sure that the rain isn’t getting through.
What is a Ducted Vacuum?
A Ducted Vacuum, which is also known as a central vacuum system, are installed in your property for a more powerful cleaning experience while offering maximum convenience. They have no cords unlike portable vacuums and the unit is usually in the garage so it’s a lot quieter too.
Is a ducted vacuum system a good option for people with allergies or asthma?
Absolutely. Ducted vacuum systems are designed to remove 100 per cent of dust, bacteria and allergen particles from a room. A normal vacuum cleaner simply can’t do this. By installing a ducted vacuum system, you can greatly improve the symptoms of allergies or asthma.
Do blockages occur often?
Blockages occur infrequently because of the large size of the hose in a ducted vacuum system. When they do occur, it is normally small objects that get lodged in a bend of the system.
How much stronger are ducted vacuum systems compared to portable vacuums?
A lot! The motors of a ducted vacuum system are more robust as they are not designed to be portable. The end result is a stronger, longer lasting system that requires only minimal repairs and servicing.
What’s required to install a ducted vacuum system?
You will need vacuum pipe, tape and glue for the rough in stage. The pipe and bends will go throughout your home to each inlet point. Once each point is roughed in, you will need to run back to where the ducted vacuum unit will go which is usually in the garage. 2 core fig 8 cable that is used for powering each point will then need to be looped from each inlet valve and then reach to where the unit will need to go.
When plaster is completed and your almost ready to move in, fit off will be required which involves installing the unit and the inlet valves.
I purchased a new unit from your store, how do I connect it up?
Very simple, you will simply need to put your new bracket on, put the unit on the bracket, connect the 2 wires to the 2 terminals on the vac unit and then connect it up to the power using the power cord and you’re done!
Is my 20-year-old ducted vacuum system compatible with yours?
Yes, all ducted vacuum installations are performed with a 50mm duct pipe and fig 8 cable for power. When replacing the unit, you will simply need to take out the old unit (remove 2 wires connected to the unit and power cord as well as existing bracket) and then put your new bracket on, put the unit on, connect the 2 wires to the 2 terminals on the vac unit and then connect it up the power using the power cord and your done!
How do I install the bonus silencer?
When purchasing any ducted vacuum system from our store, you will receive a bonus silence that goes on the unit, either left or right side of the machine. An attachment is included so you can put it into the inlet.
What is required to use a switchable hose kit?
You will need to make sure your existing inlet valves have the 2 pins inside the valve. The 2 pins are required so the hose cuff can send signals to the switchable handle so it can turn it on or off from the handle.
Is all your equipment Australian Approved or have a C Tick?
Yes absolutely. All products are Australian Approved by Energy Safe Australia. All our all our electrical equipment has a C Tick. All certificates and documents can be viewed on our webpage in the Downloads section.
Have your items been passed through Labourite testing? Do they have an EMC report?
Without an EMC report, we could take pride and say that our products are Australian approved. You need an EMC report to get the Australian approval.
How long has your equipment been on the market?
Our products have been on the market for more than 15 years now. After extensive trial and error, we have improved our products to what they are now and we continue to do so to only bring the best for our customers. Our company was one of the first independent wholesalers to import Clipsal and HPM alternative products.
Can I install any electrical equipment I purchased from you? Are they DIY?
No, all electrical equipment must be installed by a licenced electrician. This is a requirement by law. Please contact an electrician to install any electrical products purchased from our store.
What if a product fails?
Please contact us straight away, return the faulty item and we will send you a replacement item upon inspection of the faulty item or offer you a complete refund. Replacement warranty and manufacturer warranty applies to products.
Where are the products delivered from?
Our products are delivered from our warehouse in Hallam Victoria Australia. We have reasonable stock of all products at our warehouse.
What does gang mean in the switches you stock?
Gang refers to the number of outlets the switch has and how many switches it can activate. For example, a double gang means it can operate 2 switches as it has 2 switch mechs while four gang means 4 switches because it has 4 switch mechs. Same terminology applies for powerpoints but instead of turning something on or off, you can power either single double or up to 4 devices depending on which type of powerpoint you get.
Does your switch mechs fit into Clipsal and HPM plates?
Yes, the Elcop and Tesla switch plates are compatible with all Australian approved switch mechs including the mechs we have available in our store.
Are your dimmers compatible with my lights that I purchased from elsewhere?
Although the dimmers will work with 80% of all the lights on the market, it will still need to be tested on site. All Dimmers are subject to site testing.
Do your industrial switch sockets or plug compatible with other brands like Clipsal or HPM?
Yes, you can purchase the plugs off us and use them on any HPM or Clipsal outlet or vice versa.
Are your Products Covered by Warranty?
Zippy Electrical Suppliers offers an array of Warranty options on all our merchandise which differs between each product. The product warranty information can be found on each individual listing as well as on our warranty page. Variables that impact warranty term include damage to the product occurring after you purchase the item such as misuse or abuse, improper installation, neglect, accident, alteration, fire and theft.
If during the warranty period the purchased product proves to be defective, we will repair or replace the purchased free of charge, provided the purchaser adheres to certain return authorization procedures and to the terms and conditions of this warranty. Repairs or replacements are generally processed within 8 to 12 business days from the date of receipt. In some cases, you will need to return the faulty products directly to the manufacturer.
All warranties will only apply for all hard-wired products installed by licensed electricians.
Is Warranty Transferable?
No, if warranty is offered this is non-transferable, even on bulk lots. If the item(s) are being purchased by yourself then any warranty claims must come directly from you. We are unable to make any exceptions.
Is Warranty Extended If an Item Is Replaced?
The warranty applies only to the original product and is not extended for replacements.
If I purchase a product my mistake or I have no intention of using it after purchase, can I return the product back?
At Zippy Electrical Suppliers we take pride in offering a return policy called the 30-Day Change of Mind. If you return an item to us within 30 Days, we will offer you an exchange or refund provided that: The item is in resalable condition including that:
– It is in its original packaging, including instruction manuals and all accessories;
– Original return/exchange receipt
I accidentally entered the wrong address. Can I change the address after I have placed an order?
The shipping address for your order is shown in the checkout and on your order confirmation and shipping confirmation emails. In the event that an incorrect address was entered, address changes can only be made prior to order beginning processing. Zippy Electrical Suppliers cannot accommodate all address change requests. We highly recommend letting our customer service team immediately. Zippy Electrical Suppliers takes no responsibility for orders shipped to an incorrect or invalid address and is not liable for any loss associated.
Do you ship internationally?
Zippy Electrical Suppliers ships goods Australia wide only. At this time, we do NOT accept international orders through our website.
I need the Courier to contact me before delivery. Is this possible? Can you provide the drivers number to me?
Please be aware that couriers will not call before or at the time of delivery.
The customer is required to have an instruction to leave the parcel or a calling card will be left for you to collect from the nearest depot. A second attempt at delivery will be at the cost of the customer if the goods are returned back to us.
Can the driver deliver between certain times when I will be home? Can they delivery to an area I request
The special instructions box on the delivery page of the checkout is used for any instructions to help the driver make delivery of your order (e.g. ” Last house at end of driveway”, ” Office hours 9-5″). Drivers are unable to grant specific requests such as ” Deliver between 1-2pm” or ” Leave parcel in garden shed”. Zippy Electrical Suppliers cannot be held responsible if your instructions are not followed, nor can we complete any promo code requests entered in this field
My Tracking details haven’t been updated yet. Should I get in contact with you or the courier ?
When your order has been dispatched by us, you will receive an email update with a link where you can check your tracking details online. You may try calling the courier directly once dispatch and tracking information have been provided as they will be able to provide you with a better estimate on your delivery or can follow up on your orders where about.
What shipping couriers do you use?
We use Australia Post, Couriers Please and Fastway for all Australian orders. Most items will be dispatched within the specified time frame. Please allow for a few more days in the event of poor weather or high traffic period such as public holidays. Your item’s may be left at your shipping address at the discretion of the driver at the time if it is safe to do so. In the event your item cannot be left, it usually will be carded in your letter box for you to arrange collection from your local post office.
Can my delivery address be different from my billing address?
Yes, definitely. Please make sure to choose different addresses during the checkout process.
An item is missing from my shipment.
Please contact us straight away if your order is incomplete or incorrect.
How do I track my order and delivery status?
Once your order has been dispatched from our warehouse you will receive a shipping confirmation email which will include who we used to ship your order and with tracking number and link to track your order online. Tracking information will be made available as soon as you receive this email.
What happens if my products are back ordered?
In the rare event that your item is back-ordered, you will be notified immediately about the possibility for delay. Most back-ordered cases are resolved within few business days.
If there is a problem with my order, who do I contact?
Click to go to our Contact Us page which has all our details.
Do you deliver to PO Boxes?
Yes we do but if the order is bulky we will need a street address as Couriers cannot do deliveries to PO Boxes. We will get in contact you if we require an alternative delivery address.
I think my order has gone missing, what do I do?
We’re sorry to hear that your order is lost, we’re here to help!
In the event of a lost parcel, please ensure before lodging an enquiry with Zippy you have checked your delivery times and that your order is at least 2 business days past your expected delivery. You can check our standard delivery times on our Shipping and Delivery Page.
If your order is outside of its delivery time and receiving no tracking updates, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will lodge an investigation for you with your elected courier service. Please note this process can take up to 2 business days to initiate and up to 7 business days to investigate thoroughly. In the event of a lost parcel by fault of the courier, we will reimburse or replace your order once an investigation has been closed.
What happens if I’m not home when my order arrives?
If you are not available during an attempt delivery of your parcel then a collection card will be left by the delivery driver. There will be details on the card so you can locate your local Post Office or organise a re-deliver or will need to go in for collection
If you are having trouble locating your parcel please contact email@example.com
What is combined shipping?
When you purchase multiple items from our website, the shipping gets charged for each individual item you purchase. However, multiple items can be packed together in a box and sent as one parcel, saving money on postage and shipping costs. This practice is known as combined shipping.
Zippy Electrical Suppliers believes in offering a great deal to customers, that is why we combine the shipping on all of our orders.
My order is still not here, why is it late?
We put our trust in Australia Post to deliver our products within our set timeframes to ensure satisfaction for our customers. Please visit our Delivery Information page for delivery timeframes and details. If any delivery issues arise, please contact our Support Team as soon as possible.
Please Note: Any delivery or completion date or time stated are estimates only and we cannot be held liable for any consequences whatsoever for any delay to such times.
Can I pick up my items from the store instead of delivery?
Yeah sure, please select Click & Collect when checking out. This way you get to save on shipping and don’t have to wait for us to get your order packed and booked for courier pick up. Usually Click & Collect orders are ready to be picked up within 2-3 hours once we have received your order. Click & Collect is free and available in Hallam Victoria.
When will my order be sent out?
Orders are dispatched between Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm AEST/AEDT. Please allow up to 24 hours from order confirmation to dispatch.
Orders placed on Public Holidays or Weekends will begin their processing on the next business day.
How does an intercom system work?
In general, a residential intercom has two normal functions, (1) To page another person for short information conversations. For instance, “John you are wanted on the phone.” “Okay, I’ll be right there.” (2) Monitoring a room to make it easier to move around the home and still be able to monitor the activities in that room. More advanced systems have become popular as a result of added features such as music distribution, door chimes, more versatility and better overall performance.
I have an older model intercom system. Can I replace just the master unit and keep my room stations?
No. Technology has changed so much through the years that older speakers simply cannot function with the more advanced technology of today’s master units.
Do walls and other obstructions limit the ranges specified for the wireless intercoms?
Yes. The ranges specified are for the most part clear line of site ranges. So, if you are in an area with no obstructions between wireless intercom units, you should easily get the range listed. However, when you have walls in the way, range will go down. Brick walls reduce range more than drywall does. Metal-framed walls reduce range more than wood-framed walls. A wall filled with electrical wires every foot or so will reduce range more than one with only one or two wires in it. There is no magic way to determine whether a wireless intercom will work in your application so you just need to try it and return it if it doesn’t.
I need an intercom in a commercial building. Should I go with wireless or wired?
A wired system would likely provide the most reliable service, but it depends on your building. In some cases, a wireless system will do fine but the more concrete and electrical equipment you have, the higher the chance that the wireless system won’t work for you. If you can afford the expense of running the wiring, then you know the system will work. We do have a 30-day return policy, so if you want to try wireless, you have nothing to risk except shipping costs.
Why don’t you have any wireless intercoms?
We would only recommend wireless intercom systems if it were a last case scenario as wireless intercom systems work with either a battery which needs replacing every few months or with WI FI which is unreliable due to the constant drop outs or interferences with other systems. You cannot go wrong with a wired system as they are so much more reliable and maintenance free due to the use of cables.
Do I need a licence for installation of intercom systems?
No, as they are low voltage, you do not need a licence when installing intercom systems.
What is a 2 wire System and 4 Wire System? Is one better quality then the other?
2 wire and 4 systems refer to the cable that is used when intercoms are wired up. We only offer 4 wire systems so make sure your existing system has a minimum of 4 wires so it can work. We only offer 4 wire because with 2 wire systems, if in the future one of the cables stops working or gets damaged when you’re setting up the system, you have no back up strands which means you cannot use the intercom. By running CAT5, CAT6 or 4 or 6 core Security cable, you re configure the system so it operates still.
In terms of quality, the 4 wire will be better quality due to the number of strands available in the cable and the higher frequency of data being transferred.
I am going to rough in a property and need to know what cable are required for your system to work?
If it’s a new property or a new installation, you will need to use 4 or 6 core security cable or CAT5 or CAT6 and fig 8 cable for power. A minimum of 4 wires is required for video and 2 cores for power.
How do I rough in the system?
You will need to run the cable from the front door to the monitor and that’s it. If you want an additional monitor, then you run additional cable from the first monitor to the additional monitor. Same principle if you wish to add an additional front door. If you want to operate a latch, you will need to have a separate power just for latch.
I want to unlock and lock my gate from the Platinum Intercom System. Can your system do this?
Yes, our system allows you to operate the latch from the monitor by simply pressing the latch button on the monitor.
What are the maximum monitors allowed with your Platinum intercom systems?
You can install a maximum of 3 monitors with the system.
Are your intercom systems compatible with my existing system? how do I check?
You will need to check the wiring to make sure your current system has 4 wires. There would usually be power since all intercoms need power to operate.
No power is coming on to my intercom system. Does the system need replacing? How do I check?
Firstly, check your power supply. 80% of the time, all you need to do is replace the power supply and your system is back up and running. If that didn’t work, take out the system from the walls and get a small piece of 4 core cable and do a dry run to make sure nothing is wrong with the cable. If it is still not working, test the monitor and front door individually to see which is at fault as most times, you can replace 1 part without the need to replace the whole system.
Are your intercoms Australian Approved?
Yes, all our intercom systems are Australian approved and are suited for use only in Australia. When purchasing a new intercom system, make sure your system is Aussie approved because if it isn’t, it will interfere with other installed products in your home.
Do your intercoms interfere with other devices around the house?
Absolutely no, being an Australian approved intercom system, they are laboratory tested to make sure they do not interfere with other devices. If it did, they wouldn’t be Australian Approved.
Does the Platinum Intercoms offer Alexia or Google Assistant support?
Unfortunately, our systems do not offer any support to 3rd party apps or companies as it hasn’t got WIFI.
What’s the difference between a Bosch 2000 and 3000?
A Bosch 2000 is a system that supports to 8 Zones or 8 Detectors while the 3000 supports up to 16 zones or 16 detectors. The 2000 is not wireless and will need an additional wireless adaptor but the 3000 is compatible with Bosch wireless products and does not need any additional adaptors. Accessories wise, they both support the exact same components so you can add reed switches, Ethernet modules, touch pads to both systems.
Are Bosch 6000s suitable to used in residential properties?
The 6000 is suited for very large homes or commercial properties and not really suited for residential properties that are under 150 squares. The reason for this is because the Bosch 6000 supports up to 64 zones or 64 detectors which is over kill for most properties. Also, the 6000 have the ability to register tokens so you can gain access to certain areas.
You have a Bosch Radeon Wireless Kit, is this kit fully wireless?
The only components that are wireless with the Bosch Radeon kits are the wireless detectors and the keyfob kit. The strobe, keypad and siren will still need to be wired up. Usually these kits are purchased due to the difficulties in running the cables required for an alarm system so we would advise putting the keypad and screamer next to the alarm panel and the siren just outside of where the panel is going to be which would mean you’ll barely run any cable. Once the alarm system is programmed and the keyfob kits installed, you can turn on or off your alarm system from the keyfobs so you won’t need to go to the keypad.
What does an Ethernet Module do? What are the requirements for me to install one?
Ethernet modules need an ethernet (data) point next to the panel to operate. All Bosch systems including the 2000, 3000 and 6000 can have a ethernet module. Once you have installed your ethernet module, you can install the Bosch App for your IOS or Android and monitor your alarm system through the app. You can disarm/ arm the alarm system and turn it on or off and see which zones are causing faults. All Ethernet modules are NBN ready.
I want to turn my alarm system on or off from a remote. Can I add this to my Bosch system?
You will need to purchase a Keyfob kit which comes with a wireless receiver that is installed inside the panel. Kit also includes 2 keyfobs that you will use to turn/off your Bosch Alarm System. You can also do this with an Ethernet module without the remotes, you can turn on/off the alarm system from your phone instead.
Can I monitor my CCTV system from the Bosch alarm system?
No, alarm systems are different systems to your CCTV and must be maintained and monitored separately.
How does alarm monitoring work?
Alarm monitoring means your home is safeguarded by a team of security professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What happens? The alarm monitoring centre is notified every time the alarm is activated in your home or business. They will then action a pre-set list of instructions which could include calling the property, calling you, a neighbour or a friend, or sending a security guard to your property. This will need to be organised by yourself after the purchase of your alarm system.
Can I use a monitoring company or back to base?
Yes. If you choose you do not want to monitor the system yourself you may decide to go with a monitoring company. The choice is yours.
If you decided to go down this path we would recommend going with a monitoring company in your local area so if needed they are close by.
It is easy to set up the system with a monitoring company there is a section just for this.
How to disable my security alarm?
Each alarm has a different sequence and procedure to disable the alarm. Consult your user manual for instructions.
Which security system is best for my home?
Each property has a unique layout and design which means there isn’t a one size fits all solution for home security systems. Each system should be customised to provide the best security for your individual property.
Why is my security alarm system beeping?
There could be a few different reasons for a continual beep from the security system keypad. Firstly, you should consult the troubleshooting guide of the system manual if you have one and follow the manufacturer fault finding directions.
Common causes of beeping are low battery issues, loss of mains power, and landline phone connection problems. If you cannot resolve the issue or it’s found to be an electrical problem contact your security repair specialist or a licenced electrician.
Is the system going to interfere with my home wifi?
No, it will not interfere with your home wifi.
What part of the alarm system needs to be plugged into a power point?
The main alarm panel. This can be done by plugging into an existing power point, running an extension lead, or making a hole in the wall behind the unit and gaining power this way (we would recommend an electrician do this if you were to go down that path).
What happens if there is a black out and no power?
Our alarm panel have a backup battery that is automatically charged when connected to power. This will give you approx. 6-8hrs backup with no power supply.
What range do the PIR's have?
PIR’s have a detection (viewing) range of 12m but Bosch have a huge selection of PIRs with an array of viewing detections. Please visit our page to view our range and if you need any assistance, please get in touch with us.
Are your PIR sensors pet friendly?
We have Bosch pet friendly sensor available at our store. They come either wired or wireless. For the wired version, we recommend using the Tri Tech Pet Friendly PIR sensors. They are good for pets up to 30kg. They are super adjustable. The sensitivity within them can be adjusted over 100 different ways to make sure you can get the setting that suits your needs for the type of pet you own. If you have any issues with false alarming, the sensor will need to be adjusted to suit how jumpy or not jumpy your pet is. If you have trouble with this you can always call our tech support 7 days a week for help.
Does the alarm system require AC power?
Yes, the alarm panel needs AC power. It has a 9V 7Ah backup battery that recharges automatically from the main power supply, in case of a power outage.
How do I change my user codes?
The master code user is able to change user codes at any time. User manuals provided with the alarm system at time of install explain this process. If you don’t have a user manual or have lost it you may download a user manual from this website. If you can’t find the user manual for your system please contact us and we will provide you with the necessary manual.
How often will I need to change the batteries in any Wireless Motions sensors or Reed switches?
Your Sensor & Reed Witch batteries will last (on average) about 5 years each.
Can I have my Alarm System call me & my partner of neighbours/friends on their mobile or home phone?
Yes! We can programme your System to call up to three (3) phone numbers should it be triggered.
How long will the alarm go for if it is triggered, Will it keep going until I turn it off, What If I’m at work or away on holiday & can’t turn it off?
If triggered your alarm system will sound for a maximum of 5 minutes, at which the sirens will time out. Your system will still be armed & ready to detect the any further movement or activity from an intruder. If an intruder re-enters, the siren will resound for another 5 minutes.
Do your systems experience false alarms?
We use quality Bosch Alarm Systems & Motion Sensors so the answer is; pretty rarely. If you do experience a false alarm, our experience tells us that in the vast majority of cases it is due to environmental conditions in your home such as a window left open, excessive sunlight, pets or animals in the house (for homes not fitted with pet sensitive sensors) or a spider crawling directly over the lens of your sensor. To eliminate the incidence of false alarms, you simply need to ensure your windows are closed when you leave home, close the blinds in rooms the that receive excessive sunlight and spray flyspray/surface spray around your motion sensors once in a while. Of Course, if all of these preventative measures are undertaken & you still experience problems, you simply need to contact your technician or us to have the problem resolved.
I want my alarm pre-programmed. Are you enable to assist?
We provide all Bosch alarms pre programmed with 60 seconds exit and 60 seconds exit. For custom programming, please follow the instructions in the manual that is provided. If we were to pre-program your alarm system, it would be considered used since we would need to open all the components and panel to program it.
Do you need a licence to install an Alarm? There are DIY kits
Only someone with a security licence is allowed to install Bosch alarm systems. If you attempt to install it yourself, your warranty will be voided as Bosch will ask for the installer’s security licence number and if that is not available, the 3-year warranty will be automatically be redundant. Also, insurance companies ask for the installers licence number so make sure you get a licenced installer to install your alarm system. Any damage caused with mis programming or incorrect connections will not be covered any under.
What is Click & Collect?
Click & Collect allows you to order & pay via the Zippy website, so all you have to do is collect your order from your nominated Zippy store once you are notified that your order is ready to collect.
Where can I pick up order?
We currently only have our Hallam branch located in Victoria where you can pick up your order. We are working with several stores in various states so once we have other click and collect locations available, we will update our checkout to represent this.
How much does Click & Collect cost?
There’s no additional cost to Click & Collect your order, and no delivery charges. This also means that you don’t need to wait around at home for your order to be delivered.
What items can I Click & Collect?
All our items on the Zippy website are available for Click & Collect.
When can I collect my goods?
You can only collect your order once you have received your ‘Ready to Collect’ email and / or SMS. Your goods are reserved and paid for by the time you arrive so all you need do is collect and go.
What if I want to have some items Home Delivered?
For any items that you would like Home Delivered please place a separate order & select this option in your Shopping Cart.
What will I need in order to collect my order from my nominated Store?
You will need your online order number (or just print out your collection email) to collect the goods from store. If the order was paid for with credit card, this card might need to be sighted.
From where inside a store do I Pick Up my order?
Please approach a Team Member when you enter the store and they will assist you with your order.
What if I want to change my Pick Up order to Home Delivery? Or vice versa?
To change a Pick Up to Home Delivery, simply contact us via our customer service form and we will sort it for you. Please send us an email ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I change my mind Instore and wish to buy something else?
Please advise the store staff when you are at the online collection counter. They can process your additional items in store.
How can I get in touch with your Customer Care Team
If you need to contact us, we’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you want to get in touch with us, just email us on email@example.com or you can alternatively fill out our contact form and we will get back to you within a few short hours.
Online is what we do best at Zippy so we handle customer care enquiries mainly by email or social media. We don’t have a call centre, so we’re not set up for a high volume of telephone calls – however, once we’ve received your enquiry we’re always happy to give you a call if we feel that’s the best way to resolve your query.
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What are Big & Bulky goods?
Big & Bulky Goods are goods for which extra handling and additional resources are required for delivery. Different Delivery Fees and requirements may apply. Please contact our customer support team if you have a big and bulky order so we can do our best to provide you the best possible shipping solutions.
Do I need to register an account to make a purchase?
No you don’t. You can make a purchase as a ‘guest’ user and we won’t create an account for you. However, we’ve designed our site to give registered customers a faster, simpler checkout process by remembering their details, as well as a bunch of other features such as full order history and order tracking, address book – so sign up and enjoy the benefits, all you need to do is choose a password!
How do I place an order online?
Find the items you would like to purchase by either browsing our categories, or searching.
Add the products to your cart by selecting the appropriate product and clicking the add to cart button.
View your cart and once you are happy with all of your items click on the checkout button
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Select your payment method and click the make payment button to complete your purchase. You’ll be sent an email confirmation of your order and kept up to date as your order progresses.
Is it secure to enter my credit cards details?
Your information and online credit card transactions are transmitted through a secure server using Secure Socket Layering (SSL), encryption technology. You can identify this by looking at the URL address “Https,” the “s” indicated you are in a secure area employing SSL. Your browser may also give you a message or icon that you are in a secure area.
Can I add a personal message to my order?
Yes. You will notice a section in the checkout where you can enter a personal message with each order
Is the eBay Zippy store the same as Zippy Electrical Suppliers?
Yes. The eBay Zippy store is part of Zippy Electrical Supplier.
Do you deliver internationally?
Currently we offer delivery to Australian postcodes only.
Are you Australian owned?
Yes, Zippy Electrical Suppliers is Australian owned. We are based in Hallam Victoria in Australia.
Do I require to create an account to buy?
No, you may checkout as a guest. However, it is better to sign up with your email so that you can receive order and delivery updates.
Can I cancel my order after placing it?
Our goal is to get your order shipped as soon as possible. As a result, some orders cannot be cancelled or modified once they are placed. If you have questions about making a return please go to our returns information page or contact our customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to assist you.
What if I completed the payment and I selected the wrong product?
Simply Contact Us immediately. We can then easily refund and change the order as per your request as long as your order hasn’t been dispatched from our warehouse. If the order has already been processed, you will be liable for any freight charges applicable to resend the goods. Are all of your products new and unused?
Yes, all products are sold brand new.
Do you hold my card detail information?
No, we do not. All credit card information is held with the payment gateway company we use which is Braintree and if a refund is processed, it will just reverse back into your account. We cannot take any further money on top of your payment.
Is your website safe?
Zippy Electrical Suppliers takes security very seriously which is why we have a site wide SSL certificate site wide and use HHHPS protocols to prioritize keeping sensitive information safe. If you notice at the top the address bar on the left, it has our HHTPS protocol. You will know the website is SSL secured if the site you entered has a green bar or a padlock next to the site URL just like ours. Always make sure you check for the padlock or green bar or both before making a purchase.
Your websites product Image looks different to what I have received?
Zippy tries very hard to have every product up to date and matching all photos and specifications, however suppliers will alter products from time to time without any notice. Images can sometimes differ also, these should be used as a guide, pictures are hard to represent to what it will exactly be like.
Do all of your products comply to Australian standards?
All our products are Australian approved and have passed Energy Safe testing to comply with Australian standards. Approval details can be found on each listing and can be verified by going on to the SAA website which is a regulatory body that approves the approval certificates after each product is laboratory tested.
Each product would have the approval number or the c tick written on the product. For example, our power points and switches have the c tick on the front of the powerpoint while our DL RCBOs have them at the very top. Please contact us should you require any help in locating the approvals.
If you wish to receive a copy of the certificate for the product you have purchased or intend to purchase, please get in contact with us and we can provide you a copy.
How do I add to the shopping cart?
You can add to the shopping cart basket directly from the product page or from the product page by selecting add to cart. If you want to add more than 1 item, please adjust quantity and press add to cart again. Your order will be located in the cart which can be viewed by clicking on the top right shipping cart.
How do I know my item has been added to the shopping cart?
Once you have clicked on the “add to cart” button to place the item in your shopping cart basket, your page will refresh and the item will be added to your cart. You can then locate the shopping cart basket at the top right of every page. Your items will be listed in the basket, you can also edit them further from here.
What payments do you accept?
We accept payments from the following merchants through our secure third-party Braintree gateway:
Will my information be shared?
We will only share you contact details and address with the courier company if you have chosen your order to be delivered to you. Besides that, no one else will have your personal information and we will be archiving them once your order has been processed.
Can I change any personal information after I have registered?
Yes, please log onto your account and update accordingly using the prompts on the screen.
How do I know you received my order?
Successful orders will display a Thank You page with your order number and confirmation immediately after completing your order.
A confirmation email with your order number, invoice and details will also be sent. This should come through immediately but sometimes can go to your spam – so please check your junk to make sure if you haven’t received a confirmation.
If you haven’t seen or received either of these, please contact our friendly customer service so we can check your order status for you.
Why has my order been cancelled?
Due to the high influx of orders we receive every day, sometimes products can sell out. In the event we are out of stock of your item, we will contact you immediately and issue a full refund.
If only part of your order has sold out, we will offer a partial refund and send the remainder of your order, or a full refund of the entire order if you wish.
What if there is something wrong with my order when received?
If there is anything wrong with your order when you received it, such as damages or wrongly supplied, email email@example.com no longer than 30 days after it has been received.
Do you have free shipping?
Yes, for orders valued over $350, you will receive free freight.
Does your products being cheaper mean your products are inferior?
No. Due to the expensive cost of manufacturing in Australia, it has unfortunately seen a lot of business and jobs outsourced overseas. All our Bakelite are manufactured overseas and are done so in the same factories as many other well-known Australian brands so they go through the same strict procedures they do. Also, all our products are Australian approved meaning they go through the same laboratory testing and get the same approval as our products.
When should I book my electrician?
Only book your electrician once your order has been delivered.
How can I return my Zippy order?
(1) Sign into your Zippy account or check your order confirmation email to obtain order number.
(2) Confirm order number and contact customer service representative through our contact us section of the website (submit an email) of items you want to return.
(3) Once approved, the return instruction will be sent via email to complete final return procedures, a return id will be generated upon completion.
(4) Complete the returns form (Click here for the form) and include it in the return parcel with your order. Also include your receipt which was provided by us in the order confirmation email or when you received your order.
(4) Book in your return with Australia Post or Courier and print out return label and securely tape it to the outside of your return package.
(5) Once you have organised shipping, drop off at your designated Australia post location or have it picked up by Couriers.
Note: We will only accept returned item(s) that have been approved by our customer service representative
How can I return my Click & Collect order?
For Click & Collect orders placed online, please follow the online returns process outlined in the returns page.
Can I exchange a product?
We do not offer exchanges but items are allowed to be returned provided that the item is in uninstalled, unused, and in resalable condition with all original packaging and tags attached. Exchanges must be sought within 30 days from delivery. Simply contact us and return what you don’t want and place a new order for what you require on our website or through the phone.
When will I receive my refund?
Please allow time for your return to reach our warehouse. This time may vary depending on your location. Most returns are processed within 5 business days after we receive your package. We’ll issue the refund to your original payment method. Once your refund has been issued, you will receive a confirmation email.
Note: The original shipping fee paid when checking out are non-refundable for Change of Mind purchases but it will be refunded for faulty products.
What happens if my return is not accepted?
If our team confirms that your return does not comply with our Returns Policy, the item(s) will be sent back to you and no refund will be triggered. In such a case our Customer Service will get in touch with you and provide the tracking number for the parcel.
I believe I have a faulty item. What now?
Please contact our Customer Service as soon as you notice the fault. Do not continue to use the item. You may be required to email photographs of the damage and have the item sent to us for an assessment. If the item is deemed as faulty you will be refunded via the original payment method.
If the item is not deemed faulty, it will be sent back to you.
Can I still return my order after 30 days?
Zippy Electrical Suppliers only accept returns within the 30-day return period. If 30 days have passed since the delivery date, Zippy at its absolute discretion reserves the right not to offer an exchange or refund for change of mind. In
What is the Z Series and what does it do?
If you’re looking to renovate, build or just give your home a bit of a makeover, then one of the first things you are going to want to look at is home automation and this is where the Z SERIES Controllers can save you a lot of time and money.
There is no additional cabling required and no WiFi setups to deal with either. The Z SERIES Controllers simply replace your existing light switches. Each Controller has a built-in microprocessor enabling it to talk to each and every other controller through your homes electrical wiring.
The Z SERIES system has the following features –
- Control all lights from any controller.
- Turn on multiple lights with a single touch
- Turn all lights off with a single touch
- Controllers can also act as night lights
- Operate any controller via remote control
- Control Power Points
- Glass touch display
Using your homes existing wiring has huge benefits, the obvious one being the massive savings as there is no requirement for additional cabling. The other great advantage is being able to retro fit into just about any building. I say just about, because it is a requirement of the Z SERIES system that the Neutral wire is available at the switch location. This is common practice these days, but some of the older buildings may have their neutrals in the roof space. This is relatively easy to change, but I do suggest you talk with your electrician first.
Another great advantage of the Z SERIES system is the fact that you can start with just two controllers and slowly build your system as your budget permits.
Once you have your Z SERIES Controllers installed, it is a very simple process to program them to suit your needs using the remote control. There is no need for fancy computer software or complicated computer tech talk. It is all done by pressing a few buttons on the remote control.
No fancy computer programming required
No additonal cabling required
No Wifi required
How do I program the Z Series Touch Switches?
Believe it or not, programming is very simple and accomplished by pressing a few buttons on a remote control. Programming can be completed in less than 60 seconds and you can reprogram as many times as you like.
To enter programming mode point your remote control at the controller and press all the buttons in column 2 followed by all the buttons in column 4. You will then hear a long beep from the controller indicating that you are now in program mode.
If you now touch the controller the red light will begin to flash indicating it is waiting for a command from the remote control. It’s now time to choose the name you would like to give this controller; this is done by pressing one of the buttons on the remote control. When this is done touch the controller again, the red light stops flashing. Programming is now completed and we need to exit programming mode. We do this by pressing all the buttons in column 1 followed by all the buttons in column 4.
That’s how simple it is to program a Z SERIES controller.
Are the controllers easy to install?
Yes, the controllers are very simple to install. It is just a case of removing the existing switch and replacing it with the Smart Controller. Although they are simple to install, they must be installed by a qualified electrician, just like any other 240V device.
If there is no additional cabling, how do the controllers talk to each other?
The controllers talk to each other via your existing electrical wiring. The processors in each controller send information through the neutral cable which runs through out your home.
Do I need a different mounting bracket to mount the controller?
No, the controllers are designed to fit directly onto a standard plaster clip or stud mount. The screw holes should align perfectly.
Do I have to replace all my switches at once or can I do a few at a time?
You can just start with 2 controllers and then add more at a later stage and slowly grow your system room by room.
Will my controllers forget their programming if there is a power loss?
No, once the controllers are programmed, they have the ability to store the program regardless of power loss.
I am not really technically minded, so will I be able to program the controllers myself?
Yes, programming the controllers is very simple. It is just a case of pressing a few buttons on the remote control. Don’t worry, there are no computers or tech talk involved.
Will the Z series interfere with any other appliances I have installed?
No, the Z series works by communicating with each other through electrical cable. This will not cause interference with any near by electrical devices.
Are the Z Series approved to Australian Standards?
Yes, the entire Z series is Australian approved and the certificate is provided by Energy Safe Australia.
What is the cost involved?
If you compare the Z SERIES system to other automation systems on the market you will be pleasantly surprised.
Remember, as long as you have the standard Neutral, Active and switch wire at the rear of your existing switches, there is no additional wiring required. So that is your first big saving.
Also, you don’t need to automate your whole house in one go. With the Z SERIES system, you can just start with a couple of rooms and then add additional rooms as at a later date. Remember, all your doing is changing a light switch.
Each controller retails at less than $200. So just multiply that by how many rooms you want to automate and you will have your costing. (Cost of electrician not included). Prices may vary.
People often assume that because Z SERIES doesn’t require any additional wiring that is must operate via WiFi . This is incorrect. The Z SERIES system utilizes the existing electrical cabling in your home to pass data back and forth.
Each individual Z SERIES controller has it own built in microprocessor giving it the intelligence to to talk to each and every other Z SERIES controller in the house via electrical cabling.
I have existing switches, is retrofitting possible?
Retrofitting is where the Z SERIES system really comes into its own. Reason being, there is no need to run additional cables (as long as the neutral wire is present at the switch location), they are inexpensive and simple to use. Simply remove your existing light switch and replace it with a Z SERIES Controller.
No work should ever be done on your home electrics unless the work is performed by a Licensed Electrician or Registered Electrical Contractor (R.E.C). The most work your allowed to do is change a light bulb.
At the rear of the controller you will find the connection terminals, Active, Neutral and Switch wire. Once these are connected it is a simple case of just sliding the controller into the place of the old switch.
For the average home it should be simple enough to replace all your switches in less than a day. Once the controllers are in place, they are ready to operate your lights. You are now ready to program your new controllers.
You have Remote and Non-Remote Controllers. What does this mean?
The Z SERIES system consists of Remote and Non-Remote controllers. The Remote controllers have the ability to be programmed to operate any light or group of lights in the house, whereas the Remote controllers are designed to just operate the lights in the room they are in, just like a conventional light switch.
The Remote controllers have eight additional touch sensors, four along the top of the display and four along the bottom. Each of these eight additional touch sensors can be programmed individually to operate any one light or group of lights in the house as long as those lights are also operated by a Z SERIES controller.
So, for instance, if my garage was not attached to my house and I wanted to turn the garage light on before I got there, it would simply be a matter of programming one of the additional touch sensors in the house. From then on, I can control my garage lights by simply touching that sensor. If I had external lights in my garden, I could also program the same sensor to turn them on at the same time. Each individual sensor can switch up to 4 different sets of lights. Programming a touch sensor takes less than 1 minute and can be reprogrammed as many times as you like.
The Non-Remote controllers, other than naming, are not programmable. They are designed to be controlled by master controllers in other rooms. For instance, the toilets and bathrooms don’t need masters, nor do the walk- in robes. Throughout the house you would more than likely only have two or three Remote controllers, the rest would be slaves. You may have a master controller in the master bedroom, one in the main living area and possibly one near the main entrance. Having said that it is entirely up to you, you can have a master in every room if you want, there is no limit.
A Non-Remote cannot operate lights in other rooms unless it is used in conjunction with the remote control, in which case it then has full control. This remote function can be turned off.
With the Z Series, is it possible to control lights from my phone?
Yes, to do this, you will need to purchase a WIFI module. Once you have installed the module, you will need to install the Elcop Z series app to begin controlling your switches. Instructions are provided on how to configure the app so you can select which lights you would like to control.
Where do I download the Z Series App?
You can either go into Google Plays Store or the Apple App Store and search Elcop Z Series to find our app.
A customer contacted us recently asking if the Z SERIES system could be used to solve a particular problem. Once the customer had explained the situation, we knew that this was a going to be a simple problem to resolve.
The customer was wanting to be able to control an electric fence surrounding a nearby paddock and at the same time control the lights in his barn without leaving his house. The customer told us that he had been given numerous quotes from other companies, but they were all way beyond what he could afford.
Using the Z SERIES system we were able to overcome his problem simply and well within the customers budget. Not only was it within budget, but it was also going to give the customer the beginnings of a home automation system that he could continue to grow to suit his needs.
The first decision to be made was which light switch in the house was going to be most practical to replace as the master controller. After discussions with the customer we decided on the kitchen light switch.
As the switch was a double gang, we decided to replace it with a Z SERIES double gang Master Controller (SGP), this took us about 5 mins. We then moved to the barn and replaced the existing single gang switch with a Z SERIES single gang Slave Controller (SGNP). Installation and programming took another 5 mins. When this was done, we gave it a test run. A very happy customer was now able to operate the lights in the barn from his kitchen.
We then moved to the electric fence system which surrounded a nearby paddock. This was going to be a bit different as there was no switch to replace, just a power point in a weatherproof enclosure. We decided to install a Z SERIES single gang Slave Controller in line with the power point. This meant that the 240v power point could be left in the ‘ON’ position at all times as it was now going to be controlled by the Z SERIES Controller. This process took about 30 minutes including programming.
Using the Z SERIES Master Controller in his kitchen the customer was now able to operate his kitchen lights, his barn lights and his electric fence. Not only that, we gave him a remote control so that he could do it all without getting out of his chair.
This entire job was completed in approximately one and a half hours at a fraction of the cost of the previous quotes he had received.
As you can see in this example not only did the Z SERIES system control lights, but also controlled power points.
This is just one example of many installations where the Z SERIES System was able to satisfy a requirement that no other system on the market could offer.
What do all the acronyms describing cameras mean like AHD, TVI, CVI, HD-SDI, IP and CVBS?
There are several different processor manufacturers globally and each have their own processors which are very similar and pretty much make AHD, TVI and CVI the same or at least indistinguishable from each other unless side by side.
Basically, they are:
AHD, TVI & CVI = These are the preferred technologies for 8MP and under and the most commonly used in homes and businesses for 1MP, 2MP, 3MP, 4MP and 5MP as they deliver great quality, there is no latency (delay), they are perfect for replacing an old analogue (CVBS) system using existing cable and compared to IP they are very cost effective.
IP = Internet Protocol and in most cases strictly adheres to this. IP mostly uses Cat5/5e/6 cable and although can really deliver some great resolutions, there are issues with dropping frames segments (you lose parts of the stream) and latency of around 10-15 seconds meaning if you are watching something on the screen it probably happened 15 seconds ago.
CVBS = Standard old analogue systems which are nowadays not seen as evidence level and the footage is often (or mostly) rejected by the police. We do not supply CVBS cameras due to them no longer being recognised as evidence level recording. If you are wondering if a system is CVBS then look for terms like: D1, 960h, CIF, etc.
HD-SDI = This was a great interim technology a few years ago and was originally developed for TV broadcasting. This tech delivers great quality, however it is expensive, difficult to find replacement parts for some systems and very finicky in regards to the cable type used making it not that good for retro fitting to HD.
What’s the key difference between how a NVR and a DVR/ XVR operate?
A network video recorder (NVR) records IP cameras that are transmitted via a network cable. These cameras connect to an NVR either by way of a network switch or router and in some cases directly to the recorder itself. In essence, NVRs record IP cameras. Digital video recorders (DVRs) are synonymous with recording analog or coax-based cameras. So, in short, a DVR records cameras that are connected via a coax cable. They both record cameras and offer the same similar options but they record in different transmission methods.
The XVR systems are a newer system that supports 5 mainstream camera types, not only traditional CVBS cameras, but also HDCVI, AHD and TVI, as well as IP cameras. You can either use coax cable or CAT5/CAT6 Cable. This makes the XVR a true hybrid video recorder.
What are Hyrbid XVR CCTV Systems?
The XVR is a newly developed HD video recorder based on industry leading open structure to be compatible with multiple access technologies. The 4 and 8 Channel XVR now supports 5 mainstream camera types, not only traditional CVBS cameras, but also HDCVI, AHD and TVI, as well as IP cameras. Moreover, the XVR recognises the signal formats from camera automatically, including both Diamond cameras and third-party cameras. True plug & play makes operation more user friendly and convenient.
This means, if you are planning to expand or upgrade your security system in the future, it is an effective solution that will not cost you another recording box as your no longer limited to a single camera format.
Which is easier to use a NVR or XVR?
Both NVRs and XVRs offer very easy menus to navigate and program the recorders. NVRs tend to be slightly more difficult because the cameras themselves are network devices so they must be programmed with an IP address just like any other device connected to a network. XVRs are much simpler. Cameras do not need to be programmed or set up when connected to the recorder. They are a simple plug and play solution. These security recorders make setup and installation much easier for the DIY customer, as they do not need to mess with camera settings or programming. Both systems offer remote video monitoring and HD recording capability.
What you need to consider when choosing a security surveillance NVR or XVR
The most important factor when considering a recorder typically is your wiring. Wiring will dictate what you need and what you can use a majority of the time. As an example, if you already have coax cables installed and connected to an older analog CCTV system it would make more sense to use a DVR or XVR that supports coax cable already.
How does NVRs work?
With built in POE (Power over Ethernet) the NVR injects 12VDC into the Cat5 or Cat6 cable to power each camera. This means a separate power cable is not required for each camera installed, making installation faster and simpler. The Cat5 or Cat6 cable also acts as the conduit to carry the video signal back to the NVR for monitoring, recording and transmitting to the network.
XVR Hyrbid Cameras? What is it?
The XVR cameras offer a 4 in 1 solution for HD-AHD/CVI/TVI. You can easily switch which mode you would like using the toggle provided with the camera. You can use these cameras with your system given that it is any of the 4 transmissions that are supported.
What is a Var Focal Lens on Cameras?
A fixed lens doesn’t let you adjust the focal length, angle of view, and level of zoom. Almost all fixed lens cameras have a wide angle. With a varifocal camera, you can adjust these things. A varifocal camera allows you to adjust between its top and bottom limits on its view angle. This means that you have the ability to manually set both the view angle and level of zoom.
Are the apps available on both Apple and Android?
Yes, there is an App available for both devices on both our Dahua CCTV sytems and Diamond Series XVR systems. Simply scan the QR code that is provided with your system to begin installation of the app.
Can you view the footage on your computer or laptop?
Yes, there is an App available for both devices on both our Dahua CCTV sytems and Diamond Series XVR systems. Simply scan the QR code that is provided with your system to begin installation of the app.
Where is the best position to install the camera's?
Up high, out of sight and installed in an area with the best field of view.
How many days recording can a XVR/NVR store?
The length of archive depends on number of cameras, frames per second (FPS) and amount of available hard disk space (HDD). The other setting that can effect this is motion detection, however some DVRs will still record constantly whilst there is no motion at a reduced rate.
For a typical four camera 5MP system recording 24/7 @ 12 fps you will get approx. 2 week storage from a 1TB HDD. 2TB would be around 3 and a half weeks. Due to the newer H.265 compression format, recorders can now compress video so it is much smaller in footprint and record longer.
What is motion detection and how does it work?
The easiest way to explain motion detection is that the XVR/NVR will compare each frame (photo) and look for any difference. The difference is then calculated as a percentage and compared to your sensitivity setting. If everything matches it marks the recording as motion.
Most XVRs and NVRs give you the option to record motion and/or record full time, as well as features like email notification etc.
Can I view live remotely?
Yes, you can view live from anywhere through the Internet. All the Dahua and Diamond Series XVRs have a wizard that will set your system and your mobile device for remote view in a matter of minutes.
Will it work on my Mac and Win10 machine as well as Android and iPhone?
Yes, all our Diamond XVR and Dahua systems are cross platform and will work on all devices.
Can I record audio?
The Dahua CCTV Systems comes with an audio option so you can record or listen to audio. The Dahua camera have a built in MIC in each camera to allow this.
What is the difference between the megapixels?
Megapixels identify the camera capture quality. The higher the number the more detail is preserved giving you the ability to zoom in on recorded footage with less image quality loss. See below for easy reference
– 2MP = 1080P HD
– 4MP = 2 x 1080P HD resolution
– 8MP = 4K UHD
Can I increase my hard drive so that I have more recording time?
Yes, we can supply more hard drive space if you require longer record times.
How do I get the recorded footage off my NVR hard drive?
Via a USB stick, USB external drive or even via the app you use to remotely view the cameras.
Do you sell wired or wireless CCTV systems?
We only sell wired CCTV systems to ensure maximum reliability and performance. Wireless CCTV systems whilst easier to install are prone to drop out with weak Wi-Fi signal and the requirement for mains power at each camera location or batteries to be replaced/recharged at regular intervals.
How many cameras do I need?
Generally, most small business and homes have between four and eight cameras. Single story homes or small commercial properties will need up to 4 while double story homes or medium sized commercial properties can have 4 to 6. Larger homes and Commercial properties wioll need a minimum of 8 cameras. If you need anything above 8 cameras, you will need to purchase either a 16 or 32 Channel XVR or NVR which we also offer by special request. Please contact if you wish to know more.
What style of camera should I go with?
Basically, despite hundreds of shapes and sizes it boils down to a dome shape or a bullet shape when considering an average system.
Bullet cameras are better at handling adverse weather conditions and have more flexibility in relation to aiming them. They are however more vulnerable to tampering and theft so make sure they are high enough not to be pulled down by a rope or by hand.
Dome cameras are better at anti tampering, however they are best used under an eave (soffit) to avoid direct exposure to the elements.
As far as image quality goes there is essentially no difference as they are just housings and have the same camera inside. However, Bullet cameras usually do have a longer field of view. A dome typically has a 30M view while bullet cameras have 40 to 60 metres.
Can I zoom in with a camera?
Yes, but you need a special camera called a Pan-Tilt-Zoom or PTZ camera or a motorised lens camera.
PTZ cameras can pan left and right, tilt up and down and zoom whilst motorised cameras cannot change direction but can zoom in and out which can be very handy in certain situations.
If you are using a standard dome or bullet camera, you can also zoom in on the image after recording, however the lower the resolution the less effective this is.
Do you sell genuine Dahua Cameras and NVRs?
Yes, all our products come from Australian distributors of Dahua.
How do I choose a Camera lens?
The most popular lens selections by far are 2.8mm and 3.6mm. These give the widest angle of view. 2.8mm gives around 90 degrees viewing angle while a 3.6mm gives on average around 75 degrees viewing angle.
How far can the cameras see at night?
All our cameras come with an Infrared Rating (IR so yes, they have very good night vision.
Where can I buy precut / precrimped CAT6 cable?
There are lots of retailers who sell 20m or 30m length pre crimped NVR cable for around $30-$40.00. Jaycar, Bunnings, Dick Smith as well as most electronic stores will sell these.
What is the Difference between Dahua bought from you and bought from eBay?
Dahua has released a press release regarding the products that are sold by companies who are not authorised by Dahua, and these Dahua products are imported from overseas without any quality assurance done to comply with the Australian standards. These products are known as “grey market” products.
Products from these unauthorised channels can be counterfeit, used, modified, or damaged. On top of that, these “grey market” products have been altered in different ways to make the products function in the Australia region. Therefore, the products are no longer in the original factory condition, and the official Dahua warranty is void.
Aside from that, products purchased through unauthorised channels can have different firmware versions in the products and will not support future firmware upgrades without further tampering of the products. You will not be able to upgrade to the latest English-language firmware, and if you perform a factory default, you risk changing the interface of the products to the Mandarin language. After this is done, you are unable to revert the language settings back to English.
Purchasing through authorised Dahua Australia Partner ensures that you receive the benefits of our email technical support in addition to Dahua Australia’s full warranty.
With such a small price difference between buying Dahua products from official distributors and buying “grey market” products from unauthorised distributors, we highly recommend making sure you are getting the genuine products to save your time and resources in the long-term.
If I’m not a tradie or in the industry – Can I still buy your products?
Yes, we sell directly to everyone, the good stuff shouldn’t be only for the professionals, though we do recommend installation be done by a professional.
Difference between Bullet, Domes or Turrets for CCTV?
There are a massive selection of camera designs out there to choose from. As a home or business owner looking to start a DIY surveillance system project, the three basic designs you will likely be looking at are bullets, domes, and turrets. So, what are they exactly, and what differentiates them?
Firstly, they all have same / similar internal components, so the difference is basically physical.
Bullet cameras look more like a guns than they do bullets. Bullet cameras stick out / stand out. This is the camera to choose if you want something that is easy to install and stands out. Bullet cameras usually have a longer viewing angle compared to the turret cameras and dome cameras. The downsides for this camera is that it looks less aesthetically pleasing something important in residential homes. Also, if the camera is reachable, it can be hit and the camera could be facing a wall.
Thus, this type of camera is commonly installed in hard to reach places locations where you want it to stand out. It can also be installed on walls or eaves.
Dome cameras are the most aesthetically pleasing of all camera types. Some key points to note about domes are it is harder to install vs a bullet due to moving parts inside and they are pleasing to look at and less obvious., The cover is harder to damage due to Vandal proofing and it is commonly used in areas which are reachable.
Can be installed on walls as well as eaves.
Similar to dome cameras, but don’t have a cover on them. They are probably one of the most popular camera choices as they are seen as an inbetweener of the dome and the bullet. You may not be able to tell, but it’s basically a ball in a socket so it has a full range of motion and are slightly easier to install than a dome. Less Vandal proof then dome.
It is used in all sorts of installs and can be installed on walls or eaves easily.
Should I choose 5mp or 8mp?
The choice here is whether you should choose a clearer resolution or a slightly less clearer resolution.
6MP = 3072*1728
8MP = 3840 x 2160
The higher the resolution, the clearer the image and thus potentially more useful to identify unsavoury activities.
With better compression technology these days, the impact on storage of the clearer 4K cameras should have very little impact on the recorded footage.
Just wondering why your downlights comes with a wall plug fitting? Can these be wired like normal lights in the roof?
For the last 5 years, majority of all LED down lights in the market now include 2 or 3 pin plugs. This is because a surface socket or quick connect is installed next to each down light in the roof. The reason why they do this is because if any lights fail in the future or you want to replace any of the lights, instead of calling an electrician and paying them to unwire the light and install the new one, you can do it yourself. Simply need to take unplug the old downlight and plug in the downlight. No wiring required.
You can however install our downlights directly using the cable on the roof as well. You just need to take out the cord cable that is connected to the back of the down light and replace with the wire on the roof.
What is the function of dimmers?
Dimmers can be extremely functional by providing the flexibility to vary the amount of light depending on the size of the space, the mood and/or age of the individuals in that space, and the task or activity being performed by those individuals.
Where can dimmers be used?
Dimmers may be used almost anywhere: bathrooms, bedrooms, conference rooms, dining rooms, family rooms, game rooms, hallways, kitchens, living rooms, media rooms, restaurants, taverns, teleconference rooms, and theatres.
Can dimmers save electricity and increase lamp life?
Yes. The use of dimmers can reduce the use of electricity and, thereby, save money and help conserve the environment. Dimmer use can also increase the life of the downlights being controlled.
What is LED lighting?
At its most basic, LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. This is light produced using a semiconductor in a process called electroluminescence.
How long do LEDs really last?
LED has a long lifespan, with most current options rated with at least 20,000 hours of operation. Some brands are pushing that limit, and many offer 30,000 to 50,000 hours as standard—we are even seeing options at 90,000 hours. This means that you can select a lifespan that will work for your needs. While a fixture used only a few hours a day can last 20+ years, some fixtures left on all day and night will expire faster. A little math can give you a good idea of how long you can expect a fixture to last.
How do I install them?
Plug based – The luminaire can be installed DIY if your lights are plug based. This means if your current lights are ‘plugged’ into a power point/ surface socket in the ceiling, then you can install the lights yourself.
Hardwired – if your lights are hardwired then you will require an electrician. To identify this, you will need to remove the current downlight fitting and identify if the mains power is plugged directly into the transformer. If it is, an electrician is required.
What happens if I try your lights but there is a problem?
If you experience a fault with the lights, please contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange new lights to be sent to you.
Why do my lights flicker?
From time to time, the downlight might flicker because either the light is slowly at the end of its life or there are dimmer compatibility issues. Our Elcop dimmers have been designed to operate with all types of dimmers but from time to time our dimmers might not be compatible with your lights. The lights that are tested to work with our dimmers are Sunny Lighting, Elcop, Davis Lighting. Others are subject to site testing.
What colour lights do I need?
Colour temperature is an aesthetic choice, so each person will have their own preference for each setting and application. Preference is as individual and varied as there are applications and people.
As a general rule warm white is used in living and dining areas and cool white is used in wet areas such as a kitchen, laundry etc.
Warm white (3000K) is a similar colour to traditional halogen downlights. This light has a soft yellow tint which is a traditional choice.
Day Light (4000K) is slightly whiter than warm white. This colour is a truer natural colour. Cool white (6000K) is a balance between daylight and warm white. This light is considered a more natural light.
What is the difference between warm white and cool white?
The coolness or warmness of a light generally describes the colour that the light produces. The ‘cooler’ the bulb, the more blue the light produced. On the other side of the scale, a very ‘warm’ light produces a reddish-yellow colour, similar to that of a candle.
How do I know if I have a 75mm or 90mm cut-out?
To identify if you have a 75mm or 90mm cut out you will need to measure the distance across the access of your ceiling hole.
Alternatively, as a general rule you can fit your hand into a 90mm hole but you cannot fit your hand into a 70mm hole.
What is Beam Angle?
Beam angle refers to the angle the light is spreading out. We have 90 degree and 120 degree beam angle LED lighting.
What are the Advantages of Using LED Lighting Products?
All of our LED Lighting products are safety agency listed. LED lights are 50-85% more energy-efficient, have longer life, are more durable and require less maintenance. They contain no mercury and emit no CO2, making them environmentally friendly. LED lights come on instantly, even in cold weather, and are easily controllable, dimmable and offer better quality light.
My fluorescent tubes take some time to light up. Is this the case with LED lights?
No, LED lights have an instant strike. That means they will light up as soon as you turn on the light switch.
Why do some LED Lights come with separate transformers and others do not?
The newer LED SMD lights have built in transformers. The reason why this is possible is because most built-in transformer LEDs have SMD lighting which reduces the size of the LED Light compared to the more traditional COB LED.
Do your lights have the necessary approvals for sale in Australia?
All of our products are approved and certified to Australian Standards.
Is there a warranty that comes with the LED lights?
Please check listing for warranty duration as each light varies.
What are Lumens?
Lumens (lm) are a measure of the visible light produced by a light source. The higher the lumen rating, the brighter it will be. Lumens are a good way to compare LED light output with other light sources. You can find out more about lumens and watts on this page.
How far apart should downlights be?
Spacing decisions need to be made on a case-by-case basis as it will be dependent on factors such as downlight type, room dimensions, how the room is used, the amount of natural light in the room as well as other factors.
Can a downlight safely operate if it touches insulation?
Only if it has been classified with a CA, IC or IC-F rating. CA classifications allow insulation to side abut the downlight and IC allows it to cover the downlight. Please refer to the installation instructions.
Some highbays need time to ‘warm up’. Are LED highbays the same?
No. Unlike metal halide, LED high bays will switch on instantly. This is true for all LED light fittings including replacement T8 tubes, downlights, battens and flood lights.
Should I install my own lights?
Unless it is a designated DIY product, all lighting products are designed for installation by a qualified electrical installer only.
What does IP rating stand for?
IP (or Ingress and Protection) are an international standard reference which defines how well an electrical product seals itself against the intrusion of foreign bodies and moisture. The first digit I stands for intrusion of a solid object and the second digit P stands for the protection against moisture. In brief the higher the rating the more secure the product is against these elements.
As a guide IP20 is suitable for basic interior spaces eg: office areas, where IP55 and above would be suitable for exterior equipment such as floodlights.