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I'm not sure whether there are any issues with X10 technology in the circumstances of a power cut (black out). It strikes me that this is an interesting high tech approach to the problem, but one with which I am leary of using.

I find timers an irritating issue. I need three: one for lighting; one for CO2 solenoid which comes on 2 hours before lights and goes off 2 houra before lights out; and one for aeration (one some tanks I like to aerate overnight with a small airpump).

The Coralife Power Center provides an interesting on/off timer for 4 appliances (one set of sockets comes on while the other set goes off). But it is noisy; experience speaking here. I have one a few meters away in the office. If it is installed inside a cabinet, the noise is almost undetectable.

Other than that, in New York City lighting stores stock a number of good quality grounded digital timers - all completely quiet. They range in price from USD10-35. Check out a specialist lighting store (I have not noticed a good range in places like Wal-Mart or Home Depot).

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HeyPK,

Thank you for the input. Certainly, it looks like an interesting system. I am dithering between low- and high-tech....

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