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Arlec Smart Starter Kit with Grid Connect - 2x Smart A60 BC LED Globes and 2x Smart Plug in Sockets $29 in-Store @ Bunnings


Saw this morning marked for clearance at Rydalmere, not sure when this started but seems to be in-store only.

The starter kit comes in 2 versions, B22/E27 bulbs.

As a reference similar to these below but appear to use different model numbers

Check Stock of BC
Check Stock of ES

Related Stores

Bunnings Warehouse
Bunnings Warehouse

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  • +1

    My local has them for $10 at the moment

    • Nice, care to share location?

      • Taree NSW, I was in there a few days ago so may have sold out by now but its worth seeimg what price your local store has

        • Literally moving there today. Hope there’s stock tomorrow.

    • That's a great price, mine had them for $25, so it must vary per store.

    • Worthy post alone if enough stock

  • +4

    FYI. Grid Connect doesn't support IFTTT or ZigBee or 5GHz Wifi. Maybe not a problem for you but limits the use for many.

    You can link to Google Home or Alexa for voice control.

    • +5

      You can use this with the Smart Life App, which is IFTTT compatible.

      • Yup you can use alternative app to Grid Connect to link with IFTTT.

      • Awesome. The globe has controllable colour temp. Do you know if this supported in Smart Life app too? TIA.

        • I tried this on my in-laws Brilliant app, the brightness and colour was controllable so it's possible it'll work in Smart Life app too. Someone who uses the Smart Life app care to share?

          • @jeworge: I've used Brilliant app before, it is a replica of Smart Life. It should work too. Been to over 4 Bunnings, no luck finding it.

  • Hub requirement?

    • No hub required. Can work with Grid Connect App, but you are better off using the Smart Life app.

  • +6

    No hub, uses Wifi. Has the tuya chip so can be reflashed with tasmota for use in Home Assistant without the app and cloud.

    • Thanks, came here to ask this

    • If someone in each city set up a service to flash these things for people they'd make a fortune

  • +1

    FWIW, these smart power sockets don't make a high frequency buzzing noise, unlike some others I've tried (e.g. TP Link and Xiaomi) which I'm replacing.

    • My tp link does not make any noise.

      • +1

        Mine does

      • Mine does also

  • +2

    I just installed the smart plugs on the wall and noted that they don't block the power point next to it like the TP-Link smart plugs. The Arlec smart plugs have a narrower profile.

    Provided you're not plugging in a power brick, you could possibly use both power points.

    • I'm at Ryde looking for it but seems to be sold out. Which aisle was it in mate?
      Edit: used your photo for reference. Aisle 45.its gone! All OOS here.

  • +7

    I love how you dropped the Nu-Tec powerboards on floor to take that pic. I have been to Bunnings twice today for a Star Wars door mate, powerboards and now maybe a 3rd time

  • I highly recommend their smart powerboards.i have 2 at home and paired them with the Genio app rather than yet another App

  • -1

    Looks like I can't find them on bunnings' website. On Clearance then?

  • +1

    Can confirm I saw these for $29 at Bankstown Airport (NSW) too.

  • $29 at West footscray

  • 29 at Preston too, marked as 49 but scan ok

    • Damn, was looking for these earlier when i grabbed a couple of the powerboards. Where were they?

      • +1

        Aisle 40-42. Sitting in a box. There were 8 or so left.

  • $29 at Gungahlin ACT

  • +3

    Price is $15 at stores in Geelong. Price hasn't been updated yet on signs

    • waurn ponds store?

      • Yea it should be. I checked the system, although it is up to the manager to decide. But all Geelong stores stick quite similar in these areas

        • Thank you. Got 2 from North Geelong store but they are $29. Still a bargain

        • I did try for $15 but no go

          • @seachange: How come you didn't check at the other Geelong store? I got a price match for $15 and I don't even live in Geelong but from experience depends on whether a lenient manager is working when you ask for it

            • @cute as ducks: Waurn ponds had about 10 sitting at the back of the store on a clearance table near the ceiling fans

            • @cute as ducks: Bugger. What store had them for 15 because he asked me and I said I didnt know. So I guess he couldnt price match.

              • +1

                @seachange: All I had to say was "Geelong store" without me specifying further or them even calling them to verify. I also said it was a deleted line so she was more inclined to match

        • Can someone please post a receipt or photo of it listed at 15? Bayswater Vic won't price match unless they see something

          • @keongyip: Get them to call the store or you call them and pass them your phone. Get them to call Leopold or waurn ponds

            • @Thunder-Wombat: Still won't do it.. gah. Won't even make the call saying they won't match other stores

              • @keongyip: Just walk to a different employee. Heaps will do the call. At the desk they won't do it. Anyone can price match

                • @Thunder-Wombat: I did with three others. All said go to the service desk. I'm guessing it's because they were all waiting to go home. Disappointed! Someone managed to get it for $15 at Notting Hill.. that's 15 mins away!

                  Thanks though for your replies, I really appreciate it :)

  • +1

    anyone found any in S.A. ? just went to Windsor gardens and a guy in the electrical department thinks all the SA stores sold out before Christmas

    • I was going to stop in at Windsor Gardens on the way home but you have saved me a trip now haha. Cheers

    • Yup same with me Can't find any at Windsor garden and Modbury store

    • 1 left at Churchill Centre (Kilburn) SA
      Note: $15 each

      • Bugger, I was going to go to Prospect but Windsor gardens has an undercover carpark so decided to go there instead. I just called them and they are sold out. So disappointed, my son is really keen to try them out.

    • gawler had them when i bought the brilliants. aisle item so not necessarily in the correct spot

  • Can confirm $29 at Balgowlah NSW. Bought these and Nu-tek power hubs and plenty left of both.

  • Cant find any in Ashfield, NSW :( though I saw the arlec smart DC. Pedestal fan has dropped to $85. Was $99 before Christmas.

    Anyone has experience with this? I'm tempted to try as alternative to my Kogan 2018 one

    • Maybe ask the question in the forums

  • $29 at Castle Hill HOME, but only bayonet packs left. In aisle 51.

  • +3

    I got a couple of these a few months ago on the clearance rack for $20 a pack (the only 2,so didn't post here). They work great connecting to Google and the GridConnect app is reasonable.

    But the dimming on the globes wouldn't go low enough for my needs (home theatre room with projector) whereas traditional globes go waaay down to almost nothing, which is what I wanted.

    In the end, didn't really find any good uses for the plugs either, so sold the two packs (1 new and 1 used) on Gumtree for $70 total 😉

    • Agree. Reduce brightness down to 1% is really about 30%.
      Notwithstanding that good product.

  • +2

    Grabbed one from Chatswood (for $29) - they don't have them out on the floor - I had to ask for it (they had many out the back)

    • -1

      Who do I ask?

      • I just asked one of the random staff in one of the isles (I just showed him the item I wanted on their web site (on my phone) - and he said he thought that was out the back - so he went off and got it for me)

        • +1

          Not good enough. Please provide full name, age and sex.

          • @John Kimble: I wanted to know if a random staff member would work, or a specific area of Bunnings, eg checkout or service desk.

        • Cheers

    • Picked one up from Chatswood at about 11am Fri. They were on a little display stand in aisle 63. Had a few of both Bayonet and Edison bulbs.


      • Still $29?

        • +1

          Yep. Figured it was still a steal I couldn't resist.

          • @2xOKzC: Not when it was $6.25 in Smithfield…but that is a fair way away…

  • Guys apologies for the novice questions but would appreciate any feedback.

    1. Are the smart plugs also controllable via voice through google mini?

    2. If you have multiple bulbs and plugs how does google know which one to put on? I assume you set it up with a name and call out that particular name?

    3. Real silly question coming up! Without google mini can you operating this by voice through ur google home app on your phone?

    Many thanks

    • 1) Yes
      2) Yep specific names
      3) Not with your voice I don’t think

    • You can install the Google Assistant app on your phone and do voice commands that way. Very similar to have a Google mini

  • Do these smart globes work in a socket that is on a dimmer switch?

    That is, can I do the normal dimming on them with the dial as well as use the app when they aren’t dimmed?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

  • Leopold also had them at $15. Got the last ones.

  • I price matched with Geelong for $15

  • +1

    Warning these may not work for you. I have tried my best and they dont work onmy network.

    Also it needs and will send your location back to their servers……:)

    I run a server so comp savvy.

    • +2

      I literally in the last half hour setup 8 lights. Was easy and quick and already connected to Alexa. Couldn't have been easier.

      What issues are you encountering?

      • +1

        His tin foil hat is causing interference/connectivity issues.

      • Wont connect to my wifi network. I have only tried the power sockets though.

        Will try that other app as well. Grid connect certainly didnt work.

        • What does won't connect mean? Can't see network at all? Or after pressing connect it fails to join, or joins but fails due to no dhcp lease…

          • @deme: Fails to join even after trying the mode where the phone directly connects to socket's own wifi AP.

        • Admitingly power plugs did take a few goes to me, the lights were super easy. As soon as I added the power plugs in Grid Connect app, I had to restart Alexa and then it was discoverable or able to auto connect.

          The lights after adding them to grid select Alexa automatically detected them.

    • Do you have client isolation enabled on your wifi?

      Can you list the steps you took and the result? Perhaps you run a 5gHz network only and these only use 2.4gHz.

      I have not tried these devices but what do you base your claim on, it needs your location and sends it to their servers.

      Asking for location permission is due to needing wifi access on the phone if that's what you are basing it on.

      • Yes my guest network has isolation.

        My main network doesnt.

        5ghz has been disabled but will check again. Wonder why they cant handle 5ghz eh?

        Thanks for your help.

        • +2

          A lot of older, cheap or low powered internet devices only use 2.4 as it has the most compatibility, longer range and a lot of routers don't even have 5ghz (pretty sure telstra only just added it to the included modem they offer in the last couple years that my grandparents made me set up for them)

          • @AlmightyBeing: My router is a Fritz box 7490. It has 5ghz but I have seperate SSID fir 2.4 and 5 networks. Guest network runs on another ssid in 2.4.

            • @Naigrabzo: Ot but its best to isolate your IOT stuff into one seperate vlan if possible. These things have major security flaws that come out later.


              Most dont mind a compromised network though. Spoken to many people lately who said they dont care about privacy as long as they can control their lights and sprinklers without lifting a finger.

              • +1

                @Naigrabzo: Good advice for the security concerned.

                The problem is though for the average user this is not a workable solution and can add troubleshooting complexity that is beyond the standard support articles. Many points already discussed on pros and cons in your article.

                All things considered Zero Trust would be best…at the end of the day pickup a VPN deal on OzBargain, check the webpage you're visiting is trusted and secure your account where MFA is available.

        • Wonder why they cant handle 5ghz eh?

          Because in most cases the wifi component of these devices is an ESP8266 and that chip simply wasn't designed to operate on the 5ghz band.

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