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3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job for the price, November 5, 2012
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This review is from: Heath Zenith SL-5411-WH Heavy Duty Motion Sensor Security Light (White) (Tools & Home Improvement)
Three years ago, I moved into a newly built house which had three Cooper flood sensor lights installed such as this Heath Zenith type. All of them quit working this year (after 3 years of use), they would come on intermittently or not at all (even jumping up and down and waving right in front of the sensor) and the plastic on the sensor had become cracked from the elements.

So instead of going to a big-box store where similar models cost around $20-$40, I got these for a little less on amazon and seem of comparable quality. They also feel pretty cheap (metal body but thin plastic housing on the sensor lens) and I don't expect them to last much longer, but the models with a 10 year warranty cost upwards of $100 (you can find them on here). So, in short, you get what you pay for. These work fine and I rather spend my money on something more exciting, but I did not want broken lights either and come home in the dark and they add a layer of security.

These were a bit of a pain to install as there are a bunch of wires that make up the lamp controls that stick out the back that make finagling them all into the wire box on the house a challenge, as is getting the small included rubber gasket to align with the rim of the lamp base where it meets the wall because of all the wires in the way. You would think the internal wires would be more effectively tied or put behind a separate cover. But, the Cooper lamps on my house I pulled off were the same. I went ahead and sealed the rim with silicone as recommended, as I couldn't get the little rubber gaskets to align 100% to make a good seal.

These lights have been up about 3 months now and work as expected. No more waving and jumping up and down for them to come on, the driveway lights up brightly when I pull up or step out to toss something in the trash barrel. They still come on on windy nights, especially now heading into winter. Still better than the old ones that would stay on for hours on end, but with the old ones this phenomenon got worse as the units aged, so I wouldn't be surprised if these start staying on longer, too at some point.

All in all, your average made-in-china cheap disposable product. They work better than the old ones (for now), so 3 stars.
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