Flickering non responsive light switches

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    Dinesh

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    Hi

    We have a 20year old C bus system. The light switches have started flickering and become non responsive throughout the house. If I continuously press a button quickly it will eventually work.
    Spoke to an Electricain and they said that it’s tough to repair and the older parts aren’t replaceable and need new parts which may not be able to talk to the old network. He found a couple burnt out relays when inspecting.
    Help!
     
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    Hi Dinesh,

    Probably a good idea to state where you are located? I am certain there will be a nearby C-Bus Approved installer or an EcoXpert on the forum here who can more properly assess your C-Bus network issues and resolve them.

    My concern is that the Electrician that you report you have spoken too actually may not have the necessary skill in C-Bus. I would say this is evidenced by his advice:
    1. 'It's tough to repair' - it's not really if you have the appropriate training, skills and parts
    2. 'New parts which may not be able to talk to the old network' - which is not true, new C-Bus modules are backward compatible with older C-Bus network components. Old modules and switches talk to new relays, switches, controllers and dimmers just perfectly.

    The symptoms that you report (a comms issue) can often be caused simply by failing power supplies, but other issues can also show the same symptoms you report. It is likely you have the 'Beige Brick' power supplies, and if they physically show browning of the cover, you are pretty likely to be looking at the cause of your problems. A skilled C-Bus person will likely be able to get you up and running quickly with some new power supplies.

    I am not saying it will necessarily cost 'next to nothing' to fix, but avoid advice from those that say things like 'its all old / hard to repair / hard to get parts etc etc' as this is wrong and they are probably just trying to rope you into an expensive replacement program to benefit themselves.

    So tell us where you are so some locals can message you.

    Cheers,

    Brad
     
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    Hi Brad, I’m in North Queensland australia
     
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    Hi Dinesh,

    Well I'm more than happy for you to fly me up there to help resolve this for you, ;-P Two days on, two days off, know what I mean.

    but I am sure one of the locals will be in contact.

    If you get no bites, you can also search for a local EcoXpert - 'Light and Room Control - Residential'.

    Good Luck
     
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    Can I carry your bags :)
     
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    Where abouts in North Queensland
     
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    Where abouts in North Queensland?
     
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    In Townsville
     
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    We are approved installers in cairns but am sure there are some local ones in Townsville
     
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    Hi Dinesh,

    The link I posted before takes a searcher directly to the means to find your local experts in C-Bus. Have you searched this for yourself to find a resource?

    I have included the EcoXpert L&RC details from the site here for you, the distance shown is the distance from Townsville of these specialists.

    • 1. Electrotek Qld 16.5 km 10 Muntrie Crt
      4818, Mount Low, Queensland, Australia Email › Details
    • 2. GTL Electrical Pty Ltd 4.5 km U 8, 62 Keane St
      4812, Currajong, Queensland, Australia Email Call › Details
    • 3. K.P Walsh Electrical 1.3 km 129 Boundary Street
      4814, South Townsville, Queensland, Australia Email Call › Details
    • 4. Makk Electrical 8.6 km Unit 5, 3-12 Veness Court
      4814, Garbutt, Queensland, Australia Email Call Call for hours › Details

    These locals are the C-Bus resources in your area, suggest you contact one of them if you haven't as yet.

    Cheers,

    Brad
     
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