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FINALLY FOUND THE REAL DEAL!!!
on July 8, 2014
After purchasing so many similar products claiming to "only" be activated by motion, won't come on until after dark, etc., they're pretty much all in the trash. This is the real thing. They simply behave as featured. They do NOT come on with even moderate surrounding light (early-evening; requires below 5 LUX); the wind* doesn't trip them on; they do not stay on long after motion or body heat has left the sensing field. The new LED technology is even better than ever, putting less drain on the four AA batteries required. (not included, of course) I use rechargeable Energizer batteries, and haven't had to recharge any of the 21 in use around my yard in over five months.
I use them outside, around my duplex, as I often go out to enjoy my gardens after dark. They are perfect light sources, with bright light that is actually useful. I no longer leave my two porch lights on, since I have two mounted by my door & they provide all the light needed to make the steps clearly visible, and for opening the door. I apply a thin band of painters' tape to seal them water-tight, as a few are hit by morning sprinklers, but so far, no troubles.
Another great feature are the various options for hanging them. They actually have two magnets imbedded in the back, strong enough to hold its weight, plus batteries, firmly to any metal surface. They stay put, and don't migrate down like other (inferior)
lights did. They can also be screwed to a wood surface, with two holes pre-placed in the unit, and two screws provided. A small handle is also built in, and can be pulled up & hung by a tack or tiny nail. (I use velcro on a couple; my neighbor actually uses "fun tack" putty-type temporary adhesive!!)
Finally, I mean no offense to the other reviewer whose issue with the non-English instructions caused him to leave a two-star review. Perhaps his feedback caused the manufacturers in China to include instructions (like all with mine) to be printed in English. Frankly, the instructions are not needed for such an obvious product: unlock the back by turning it 10 degrees (clearly labeled), stick in four AA's, and close 'er up. The switch inside is already placed on AUTO, so there's really nothing to do.
I'm putting in my fourth order. They do take a while to get here, coming from China, but worth the wait. Sadly, I did search for similar quality made here in the USA, but it was only available at several times this price. Don't waste your monies on the others that claim to be like these ..., they're simply not. Unhappy with these, return 'em; I bet 'cha won't!
Dave in Portland, OR.
*While the wind won't activate the lights, anything it blows will. I simply block its' field of sensing, or turn it away from blowing vegetation, or from any wind-caused motion. I've been able to find the right solution for each of the seven lights I have around my yard.