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on September 21, 2010
The summer of 2009 after having a Shed built, I had a electrician connect the Heath Zenith Sl-5311-BZ DualBrite Motion Sensing 500W Halogen, Bronze unit. It offered enough light during the evening and just the right brite light for night. For a year it was trouble free, then, September 2010 came and I noticed the sensor was not detecting as I got within detection range. The first things I checked was "the Halogen bulb." But, under careful inspection, no signs of burnt or broken filiments, the bulb was good. Next, I thought I'd check the instruction/manual I received with the purchase to see if I could find help there but, it appears all the initial settings have not changed. Since I'm not an electrician, I'll need to call one to check it for further for problems. It was great while it lasted.
on December 16, 2013
My motion light, same model as this, failed after 7 years. I had the paperwork, it had a 10 yr warranty, and after sending a scanned copy of my receipt, the company replaced it no prob. Now I am installing the replacement. The top (lamp) part is to be connected to an arm that hangs down and is connected to the cover plate which goes over the wiring. The motion detector and controls are connected to the bottom side of the cover plate. My first issue was the rubber washer that is between the lamp and the arm. It was too soft and too large and each time I placed the parts together and began to put the screw in, the rubber piece squished right out. The wiring runs down through this area, so I couldn't actually fit a proper size washer over all the large parts. instead I cut a little hunk out of this one, butted it together and held it in place while I screwed the two parts together. Then, I found that the arm that was pre-connected to the cover plate was crooked and not vertical, and so if the cover plate is mounted horizontally, the crooked arm makes the lamp lean to one side. (On my other lamp, that part could be turned by hand and had a fastener ring. This one has the lock ring, but all appears to have been welded and siliconed and the lock ring is useless when loosened. So I called the co and the tech I then spoke with appeared to have his mind elsewhere, because everything I asked him, he would say uh huh and then have me to repeat and re-explain. Finally he got it, and then he told me I would have to return it for replacement, because it is never good for a halogen bulb to be tilted, that it will fail quickly. He also stated that he long ago quit trying to get his employer to do something about production quality issues. I refused to return it, so will take my chances on this crooked piece of junk. If you are mounting this on wood you can just turn the cover plate until the lamp is horizonal and screw the plate down, but I have mount holes pre-drilled in brick and a mounting plate attached, and the fixture can only go on one way. I believe in only rating the product, but if it becomes an ordeal to install it properly, that has to be part of the rating. I will say that the way my other light worked, and the different lighting options available, would make it a 5 star rating.