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Motion Sensor LED Night Light Shines Bright
on March 5, 2008
Deciding on what kind of nightlight to buy may seem like a very simple task. After all, if you've seen one nightlight you've seen them all. Right? Well when it comes to motion sensor lights, not all are created equal.
First of all I was looking for a nightlight, which is for our master bathroom, which would have a strong, accurate motion sensor. However, I also wanted a device that wouldn't turn on if the main overhead lights were already on. This meant that I needed a device that not only had a motion sensor but also a light (dusk/dawn) sensor. I also didn't want a light that would have to be plugged in, due to the location of the outlet in our bathroom. This meant that I needed something powered by batteries. But everyone knows that a standard bulb will drain small batteries very quickly. Therefore I wanted a device that used LED technology to produce the light. I wanted something fairly bright but not piercing. After extensive searching and review reading, all roads led to the Maxxima MLS series occupancy lights. Because our bathroom is fairly large, I decided on the MLS-03 device, as it has three LEDs, and claimed to produce fairly bright, white output.
The Maxxima MLS-03 is not a very small small assembly. The unit measures roughly 4 3/8"-H x 2 3/4"-W (at widest part) x 1 3/4"-D. The unit does NOT plug into A/C mains, so there are no electrical prongs sticking out the back. The back of the unit is slightly curved, with a single recessed hanging hole (oblong) close to the top. 3/4 of the back of the unit is comprised of the battery cover. Under the cover you insert 4 standard AA batteries. The top of the unit has a 3-position switch, with ON/OFF/AUTO settings. The front of the unit contains the 3-LED light assembly, with a fairly large reflector and a curved clear lens. There is a small hole, near the center of the device, which contains the light sensor. In the bottom 1/3 of the device there is a large motion sensor with a frosted lens.
The unit can be hung on the wall or simply placed on a flat surface. However, do to the height of the unit, I suggest mounting it to a wall or at least place it on a surface with the back of the device up against a wall, as it will tip over quite easily. I mounted mine on the wall, flipped the switch to "AUTO" and shut off the overhead light. As soon as I entered the dark bathroom the Maxxima MLS-03 lit up, projecting a rather bright, nearly white (slightly blue in color), wide beam of light. The light projects enough to illuminate the entire forward portion of our bathroom. I decided to mount the light so it would shine from the side, as you are standing at the sink/mirror and toilet area. As the light is quite bright, I don't think you would want it facing you as you walked into a dark room. As soon as I flipped on the overhead lights, the MLS-03 device went out, just as the manufacturer claimed it would. I walked in and out of the bathroom, with the overhead lights on, and the MLS-03 unit remained dark. Once I shut off the overhead lights and walked into the room, the MLS-03 lit up right away (when I was at a distance of about 10 feet away). Once I left the bathroom the MLS-03 remained lit for approximately 30 seconds before going dark. I tested again and again and everything worked flawlessly. I have had this light for a few days now, and the device works exactly as advertised.
The specifications of the Maxxima MLS-03 Occupancy Sensor 3 LED Light (as noted on the Maxxima web site) are as follows:
- Auto On/Off Motion Sensor
- 3 Super Bright LED's
- Battery Operated 4 AA (not included)
- Saves Energy
- Built-In Dusk To Dawn Sensor
- 110 Degree Sensor Coverage
- 20 ft. Motion Range
- Easy Installation
- 1-2 Years Battery Life (on motion sensor setting), or 100 hours continuous use.
- Turns Off 30 Seconds after Occupant Exits Covered Area
- Perfect For Low Level Ambient Light
- Mounting Peg Hole for Mounting On A Wall
- 1 Year Full Replacement Warranty
Did you catch that battery life claim? 1 to 2 years of use in "Auto" mode, or 100 hours of continuous use. Wow, now THAT is impressive! This light is brighter than a typical night light, yet you have to be willing to accept a white (with a bluish tint) colored light rather than the yellow tinted light that you get from a standard bulb. For me this light is the perfect solution for what I need. However, there is one little attribute that I do not like about this device. Nearly every time I shut off the overhead lights in my bathroom, the Maxxima MLS-03 will turn on and run for 30 seconds. The light sensor or motion sensor must be tricked by the sudden change of light, causing the device to turn on even though there is nobody in the room. But with a 100 hour battery life claim I guess I am not too concerned about the wasted battery power being used. I also think that a slightly frosted lens would produce a milder, more evenly distributed light. These shortcomings prevent me from giving this product a perfect 5-star rating. Still, I am extremely pleased with the Maxxima MLS-03 light system. I feel it is the perfect night light for a bathroom, closet, hallway or small bedroom. It produces plenty of light, will not light up and waste battery power if the room is already well lit, and the motion sensor works like a champ. This is an excellent product that lives up to its impressive claims and I highly recommend it to everyone. I am ordering another MLS-03 for my 2nd bathroom.