4 lighting and ceiling fan stores in Johor Bahru to enjoy great savings
You’ve just finished discussing the layout and costing of your new home with your interior designer, and you’re feeling the pinch. There is still the lighting and ceiling fan plans that remain unfinished, and you are close to blowing your budget. But fret not, there are ways to stretch your dollar across the border, in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
If you are under the impression that the ceiling fan and lighting styles in Malaysia are old-fashioned and shabby, think again! The pieces offered are up-to-date and modern, and you can get the exact same piece for nearly half the price that it retails for in Singapore. Now, before you wander off to Malaysia, here are a few stores that you can consider.
1. Tampoi Lighting Centre
Business hours: Monday to Saturday: 10am-9pm
Contact number: +60-7-241-8999
A mere 15 minutes drive from the Malaysian customs, many Singaporeans flock to Tampoi Lighting Centre because the prices offered there are incredibly attractive. To give you an idea of cost savings that you can enjoy at Tampoi, a heavy crystal chandelier that usually costs S$3,000 in Singapore would only cost close to S$1,000 in Tampoi! The store is the authorised dealer for international lighting brands like Philips and Jo.In, and popular ceiling fan brands such as KDK and Fanco. Moreover, the designs of the lighting and ceiling fan cuts across a wide range, from minimalistic to elegant, making Tampoi Lighting Centre your one-stop shopping centre in Malaysia.
2. Starworld Lighting
Business hours: Monday to Sunday: 10am-9pm
Contact number: +60-7-235-8860
Located just a couple of blocks away from Tampoi is Starworld Lighting. With its extensive range of lighting and ceiling fan brands such as Philips, Elmark and KDK, Starworld is another store to look out for. Its neat array of lightings allows for easier browsing and a fuss-free shopping experience, and the lighting and ceiling fan designs vary from minimalistic to extravagant. Prices offered are close to that of Tampoi’s – a typical Fanco ceiling fan that retails at S$500 in Singapore would only cost you slightly over S$300 at Starworld.
3. YES Electrical Supply
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Business hours: Monday to Friday: 8am-5pm
Contact number: +60-7-333-9900
Yet another alternative is YES Electrical Supply. Due to space constraints, the store doesn’t have a showroom display. But it is one of the main suppliers for ceiling fans like KDK and Elmark, and carries a diverse range of downlights, including T5, LED lights and more. The prices offered here are almost half of the prices you would expect to find in Singapore, and the ceiling fan and lighting styles are catered more towards those looking for a minimalistic style.
4. VIP Lighting
Business hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am-7pm, Sunday: 10am-6pm
Contact number: +607-5701139
Head over to VIP Lightings if you are looking for an alternative style. This 6,000 square feet showroom boasts an impressive ensemble of lighting and fan fixtures. Expect to be greeted by familiar designer lighting names such as Marcel Wanders, Tom Dixon and Achille Castiglioni, and be awed by the contemporary designs that VIP features. The store is the authorised distributor for brands like Megaman, Osram and Vento, just to name a few. One value-added service is that the store offers a team of professional lighting planners to customise lighting designs to suit shoppers’ design needs.
Here are a few things to take note of before making your trip down to Johor Bahru:
1) Check with your interior designer (ID) on the number of lights needed, so that you do not fall short and have to make double trips.
2) Check with your ID on the maximum height that a ceiling fan can fit in your room. Houses in Malaysia have higher ceilings and fans sold in the stores often come in different measurements from the standard ones in Singapore.
3) According to past shoppers’ experiences and discussions on forums, products sold in stores in Johor Bahru do not come with international warranty. Warranty is based in Malaysia, and defects will have to be brought back on site for an exchange.
4) Singaporeans are entitled to GST relief when you purchase up to S$300 dollars worth of items per person if you’re staying for more than 48 hours in Malaysia, S$150 each for 24 hours and S$50 for less than 24 hours. Prevailing GST charges will be applicable if you exceed the stipulated amount.