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Nice light, depending on which ones you get
on March 6, 2013
I ordered several of these 3 different times over the last month. The first time, I ordered just one to see how it would work for my application (up-lighting outdoor plants). It worked just as described so I ordered 3 more. Those were the same in every respect, except they didn't work when warm (couldn't control it with the remote). Once unplugged and allowed to cool down, normal function would be restored. All 3 from this lot behaved the same way.
I returned those 3 with no issues and received a prompt refund. I then ordered 4 replacements (to have one as a spare). They arrived promptly and are working fine with none of the control issues, even when left on for several hours. But they are different in several respects from the original one I ordered, as well as the 3 I returned). The differences are: the sensor for the remote is behind the lens, instead of coming out near the power cord as shown in the picture, the remote is different (and won't work with the other style), and the fade function, where the light cycles through all the colors, is different (no as smooth transitions). I took the lens and reflector off and the circuit boards are completely different.
TIP - If you are having issues with your remote (short range), check to make sure the sensor under the lens is pointing in the right direction. (one of mine was installed backwards). There is a small round bump, which is the window of the sensor, on the side that should be pointing out. If your remote has very short range, check this (and of course the battery in the remote). Take the 4 screws off the cover holding the lens, remove the glass lens and reorient the sensor so the bump is visible to the remote side. Replace the gasket and lens and you should be good to go.
As for the light itself, it is nice and compact and gives a very broad flood, I'd say on the order of a 160 degree beam. Because of the extra wide beam, the throw isn't very far, but it is perfect for my application. There are about 4 brightness levels. The mounting bracket is nice, but can also be removed. The case is aluminum, but the bracket is painted (powder coated?) steel. The hardware may actually be stainless. The power cords varied in length. The ones with the sensor behind the lens came with cords about 4 feet long, while the others were about 2 feet long, which I prefer. They have a standard 120 volt plug on the end. The remote works up to 8 feet away from the light. If you want them all to run through their pre-programmed sequence, they won't be in sync after a few minutes. I'm going to see if I can hack them and have one master and 3 slaves so they stay in sync.
One great feature - If unplugged while they are on, they will come back on in the same mode when power is restored.
I would give the units I ended up with 5 stars, but knocked a star off the overall rating because of the need to return a batch.