Thursday, December 29, 2016

Product review: Solar Light by Ledlight4u

I live in New England where the sun does not shine 100% of the day so I like the solar lights that have the efficient mode of totally turning off when there is no motion.   I can really tell a different when I use solar lights that waste their batteries on dim light when no one is around.  This light only turn on at dusk and has three modes: off when there is no motion/bright light when there is motion, dim light when there is no motion, bright light when there is motion and always on using dim light after sunset.  The mode is selected by pressing  button in the battery compartment.  The button is not labeled: one press is dim/bright, two presses dim all the time, and three presses bright/off.

This light has a panel with 50 LED lights.  It is reasonably bright.  When I say "bright" what do I mean? To give a numeric measurement of brightness I use a lux meter which measures light intensity. For comparison I took the same measurements with a 60 watt bulb (since we all have a good feel for how bright those bulbs are).  The measurement is made at 19".

1. at 19" a 60 watt fluorescent bulb registers 613 lux
2. the bright mode of Ledlight4u is registers 207 lux
3. the dim mode of Ledlights4u registers 50 lux

The light generated by this light is not as bright as a 60 watt bulb, but it is within the range of other similar sized solar lights.

The battery compartment has room for two battery which are included (18650 batteries).

One thing to be aware of is that the battery compartment of this light is not water proof. In attached video you can see that the battery compartment opens with  snap closure rather than screws and there is no silicon gasket around the battery door. Plan to use this light under an overhang or some other protection from the elements.  This is not a problem for me as I have a roof over the light with an angle that lets the sun hit the solar panel. However, this does make placing this light a bit trickier.  Note that if the light does not get enough sun to get recharged the batteries can be recharged in  18650 battery charger.

The light comes with mounting hardware include hollow wall anchors.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★

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