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I Keep Telling Myself "For the Money" Over and Over
on May 21, 2014
"For the money," is a phrase you'll have to remember with this light. They are decent at what they do, which is provide a splash of light that can be many different colors, either with the remote, or by having them run through their changing programs.
These are very good to excellent, when compared to what you pay for them. Only when price is considered do these become great instead of OK. To get the most pure light color, choose red, green, or blue. All the other colors will be mostly the color you want, but will have definite odd shades around them, almost like a rainbow halo around the beam. The desired color can be found, but only at certain distances. They are close enough for most purposes, but don't expect a pure purple or orange, for example.
These are accent lights for a darkish room, pure and simple, You DJs out there won't be using these for uplights, although they could have a bit of usefulness for you, as I'll show later on. They are about as bright as those old 20 or 25-watt colored light bulbs you used to get when you were a kid and wanted to have a party or play rock star for a day. The difference with these and those lights, however, are that the incandescent bulbs spread the small amount of light everywhere, whereas these focus it into a loose, soft-edged spot.
The effects, strobe, flash, fade, and smooth (some remotes have different names) are very nice, and draw more attention to the light than a single color does. On my remote, "strobe" cycles through 15 different colors, including white, with no fade in between, always in the same order and always starting starting with red. It does this at a rate of about 2.5 colors per second.
"Flash" scrolls through the colors with no fade in random order, but always beginning with red. It does this at about one color every three seconds. These rates are only for one of my bulbs. The other bulb can be sped up or slowed down using the dim and brightness buttons, so, I can't say for sure what yours will do.
"Fade" always begins with white, and goes through the main colors of white, red, green, yellow, and blue, but fades (color mixes) in between those colors. On my light that can't be sped up, it takes about nine seconds to complete the program cycle, which starts over. The mixes in between are smooth and not jerky at all. This is a very nice effect.
"Smooth" is just that. It starts with white as well, and fades through many different colors, seemingly at random, very slowly and smoothly. This is also a very nice effect that will work well for DJs who wish to light their facade cheaply. You'll need a couple lights, and they'll never be synched, but it's a nice effect.
For me, the most interesting single color is white, as odd as that seems. The halo/rainbow effect white has can be neat when the light is at a shallow angle to a wall.
As far as the light's throw, four to five feet seems to be about the best to get the purest color. Much farther than that, and you'll start getting the halo effect. The light and color fade too much to be useful after about eight feet, when the halo effect gets very pronounced.
Several have asked if remotes are interchangeable, and, for the most part, the two I have are, except for the fade and smooth effects, which are switched. As noted, every light and remote are not the same, so, if you are considering using multiple lights, order them all at once in hopes of getting bulbs from the same lot.
I am impressed with these lights, for the money. I think my money would have been better spent with the 10-watt flood version I see plenty of, but these are neat for accent lighting, or just as a toy or night light. And, they are worth purchasing for the money.