• Sunforce 82156 60-LED Solar Motion Light
  • Sunforce 82156 60-LED Solar Motion Light
  • Sunforce 82156 60-LED Solar Motion Light
  • Sunforce 82156 60-LED Solar Motion Light
  • Sunforce 82156 60-LED Solar Motion Light
Sunforce 82156 60-LED Solar Motion Light
Sunforce 82156 60-LED Solar Motion Light
Sunforce 82156 60-LED Solar Motion Light
Sunforce 82156 60-LED Solar Motion Light
Sunforce 82156 60-LED Solar Motion Light

Sunforce 82156 60-LED Solar Motion Light

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  • Features amorphous solar panel with 15 ft. (4.5m) of wire, 60 LED solar motion light, 1 x Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, and mounting hardware
  • Fully weather resistant and can be mounted almost anywhere
  • Amorphous solar panel charges in all daylight conditions, does not need direct sunlight
  • Detection distance: 30 feet, detection range: 180 degrees
  • Lumen output: 850

Customer Reviews

6 months after instal review This solar spotlight is great! I have it mounted on the side of my garage so when I get home late on the motorcycle things are lit-up...and it does light things up! The sensitivity can be adjusted both on the motion sensor and the light sensor so little things don't set it off during the day. The light duration can also be increased or decreased as needed. There is also a manual on off if you want to reach up and turn on the light. The extra length in wiring for the solar panel was a big help as the roof the light is mounted on faces north and gets no direct sunlight. I ran the panel around the roofline to a west facing eve and now it gets charged with every sunset! This light really works as well as you would hope - bright, easy instal, sensor is well - sensitive, and not flimsy or cheap looking in construction. Comes with mounting hardware although I used my own. Long story short it's been up for 6 months now and survived a huge windstorm, lots of rain/snow, and temps. below freezing. Let's see how it stands up to summer! There is one down side: the light mounts directly to the bracket, and there is no angle adjustment. So, whatever flat surface you mount it to that's the direction the light will point. You can tilt up and down but not side to side. The motion sensor moves side to side and tilts up and down as does the solar panel, not the light. Keep that in mind, enjoy! 4Waterproofing Your Sunforce 82156 LED Motion Light THE PROBLEMAfter reading many of the customer reviews posed in this forum, it is clear that many of these "made in China" devices suffer an early demise after only a few weeks. Here is a preventative measure to try before installing your Sunforce solar light.I have concluded - based upon the negative reviews herein and my own personal inspection of the Sunforce device - that the failures are most likely due to water intrusion. Even if the lamp is installed in a dry location (such as a shed) the solar panel will still be exposed to the weather. Here is how to make your device a bit more robust with a tube of black RTV sealant and some electrical tape.This procedure will likely void the warranty but in my mind it is well worth it. Warranties are nice when honored but the time spent un-installing, packaging, returning, and re-installing a failed $35 product is still an inconvenience. If you will be up and down a ladder, spending more time re-testing and re-adjusting the motion sensor, that inconvenience quickly becomes a major headache. Your time is valuable. Will the replacement unit work any better or fail the same way? Also, bear in mind other reviewers have stated less-than-satisfactory results in obtaining warranty service from the manufacturer. Another hassle and wasted time you don't need. So an ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure, even if it means voiding the warranty.TESTING DEVICE FOR "Dead-On-Arrival" CONDITIONBefore beginning the waterproofing procedure, you will want to ensure you did not receive a defective unit out of the box. If you did receive a defective unit, return it within the 30 day window. Once the waterproofing modifications are made the unit cannot be returned.First verify the solar panel is working by measuring the voltage at the connector with a voltmeter. It should vary with the intensity of the ambient lighting. I recorded 4 to 9 volts indoors depending if the room lighting was off or on (with sunlight entering the windows). If you do not have a voltmeter, place the connector on your tongue. You should feel a slight tingle similar to that of a 9 volt battery.Now verify the lamp is working by placing the switch in the "auto" position. The batteries in my unit were already charged. The lamp should snap on when motion is detected. Be sure all LEDs illuminate and be sure the lamp extinguishes after the "time out" delay. If the lamp does not light, double check the lux setting and adjust if needed. Note: As another reviewer pointed out, the owner's manual appears to have a misprint regarding the max/min settings of this dial.SOLAR PANEL MODIFICATIONUpon examination of the solar panel, you will notice that it is a glass plate sandwiched between a two-piece plastic frame which is held together by 8 screws. Yet, there are nine screw holes. I'm guessing a design error left an empty screw hole at the top center of the frame. This is a point for water entry. It is not possible to simply add a screw here as there is not a threaded hole to accept the screw on the opposite side. Due to this omitted screw, the two halves of the plastic frame do not fasten together tightly at the top of the panel. The result is water can seep down onto the glass plate containing the solar cells. A failed solar panel will not recharge the battery and the lamp will cease working once the batteries are depleted.Here's what you need to do. Carefully remove the 8 screws and separate the frame. Take care that the glass plate does not fall out. Next, remove the glass plate from the frame. You will see two wires attached to the glass plate - one for `+' and one for `-`. Use black RTV sealant to make two gaskets around the plastic frame (use the side of the frame containing the threaded holes). The first gasket is around the inside where the glass plate sits. The second gasket is around the outside which mates with the other half of the frame. I used a gloved finger to smear the sealant around (thinly) to form the gaskets. When you're done, add a spot of sealant to both electrical contacts where they attach to the glass plate (there may be some here already). Do not put sealant in the cord holes at the bottom of the frame; allow them to function as weep holes just in case water does get inside. Reassemble the frame, tighten the 8 screws and wipe off any excess sealant. Finally fill that 9th screw hole with a dab of sealant.LAMP MODIFICATIONThe lamp does have a rubber gasket around the lens. However, on the unit I received, it was not a tight seal. A noticeable gap was visible on the top allowing water penetration. Unscrew the single screw at the top which clamps the lens against the gasket. Unhinge things a bit and add a little RTV sealant (about a 1" bead in length) below the screw hole. Beware of a black rubber washer which may fall off the screw. I noticed that replacing the washer under the screw head allowed the screw to tighten down more (and seal better) than placing the washer under the metal flange. When assembled, there should be no visible gaps along the top of the lamp.Next, I used a piece of black electrical tape to cover the seam around the replaceable battery. The tape is hardly noticeable if positioned carefully. Finally, a thin film of RTV sealant was added along the motion sensor seams (including the lens seams - a toothpick may be helpful here). If possible, the motion sensor should angle down slightly when installed to facilitate water runoff. Now double check that all screws are tight without overdoing it.INSTALLATION TIPWhen plugging in the solar panel, it might be a good idea to shade the solar panel from the sun. This will zero the output voltage at the connector. Just seems a good practice to reduce the risk of damage to the solar panel should the electrical contacts get shorted together (briefly) while plugging the connector into the lamp. Likewise shade the panel during installation if you must route the cable across or through any metallic object which may come into contact with the exposed connector.Important! Pay attention to the orientation of the solar panel. The owner's manual is completely void of any instructions for placement, mounting, or connection of the solar panel. In fact, the photo of the solar panel on the box and on this website shows it positioned upside down. If the solar panel is mounted in this manner rain water can enter via the two pre-fabricated cord holes in the frame which are supposed to be on the underside when mounted correctly.CONCLUSIONThere you have it. My unit is installed in Indiana weather and the lamp itself is actually in a shaded (but exposed) location. The solar panel is mounted to the roof just above and receives 6+ hours of sun per day. Installation was straight forward although the mounting screws provided were not adequate for heavy wind loads in my opinion. I chose to use my own. I rated the unit only 1 star simply to group this review with the other reviews reporting failures. The rationale is this review offers a preventative solution for consideration. Obviously a number of folks were unhappy with the product as it failed within the first month of use, or less. Hope these suggestions help!UPDATE 9/29/2013 - First day of moderate rain. Light still detects motion, illuminates, and shuts off after 30 seconds as expected. Will try to provide status update at 2 weeks and 1 month. And certainly if light fails. The next weakest link in the product's design is likely the installed NiMH batteries. After researching NiMH batteries I suspect they will fail within 2 years given the below freezing conditions during the winter, and erratic charging/discharging cycles of an unregulated solar panel charger. I suspect the installed batteries are not name-brand batteries by any means. Mounting the lamp (not solar panel) out of direct sunlight (heat) may benefit battery chemistry.SHED INSTALLATIONSThis unit makes a convenient shed light but there is a very important consideration regarding battery life. If your shed is not conditioned (99% are not) the rechargeable batteries will soak in heat during the summer months, especially if the unit is mounted near the roof where heat collects. Extreme temperatures reduce the lifespan of the battery. That's why manufacturers recommend storing rechargeable batteries for yard tools not in the shed with the tool, but in a more mild environment (indoors).UPDATE 10/9/2013 - Went outside just after dark to test light (as I've been doing every night since installation) and noticed lamp was ON. Lamp would not extinguish after many minutes of observation without motion (the time-out delay is 30 seconds). After manually shutting light off for 15 seconds and back to "auto" mode, it appears to have reset itself and works as it should. Today was clear and sunny, no rain. This is concerning because the batteries would have likely drained completely had I not reset the light manually. Will likely post future updates in the comments section for sake of space. 1Better than expected Easy to install, easy to adjust, brighter than expected. (see photos)As a tip for install, remove metal brace for install of light (remove hand/wing nuts from side), and reinstall. Rotate solar panel 90 degrees to enable access with cordless driver.Only recommendation, as others have stated, is the cheap hardware. Screws will strip out if not careful during install.Highly recommended! 5Very good units for the price I have had three of these lights for two years now. They work very well as security lights for my long driveway. About six months into use one of the solar panels quit working. I contacted Sun Force and they replaced the panel right away no questions asked. If you get on their web site you can also buy replacement batteries etc. Like every battery, they will need replacement. The only problem I have experienced is one: when it snows the light will not charge very well. I corrected this by plugging in a 6 volt battery charger where the solar panel goes. Also sometimes the motion sensor would malfunction. I found this was due to very small spiders getting into the unit and spinning a small web on the reflector plates. I also found that when raining very hard it is best to mount the units under some type of cover such as eves of a house, covered out door arbor, ETC.All in all I rate these units and the customer support as very good for the price. 5Grade A product! Bought this on November 23rd, 2012 to use in a shed. Everything works till this day! I have it wired to the solar panel and it works flawlessly!Update January 2019, still working, I am considering buying one of those long truck light bars for the shed and installing it as a primary source of light and use this as a back up. 5Good price, work well so far Good price and the two units that I purchased work well. I've only had them up for about two months. The big test will be to see how well they hold up with time. I've heard that water sometimes leaks in. My light/sensor units are mounted underneath the eves of the roof which may protect them from rain. Easy to install once I figured out a way to mount the solar panels above the roof line so they would get the sun. See my photo. This is PVC pipe. I attached the "T" fitting to the wood using a wood screw. 5Added an External Battery Brightness isn't that of a typical flood light, but I wouldn't expect it to be to allow it to last long enough with its small battery capacity. I bought this light over a similar one, because it runs on 6 volts. I just removed the battery, drilled a hole in the side of the compartment where the battery pack was and added an external battery. Plenty of room to work by cutting the leads on the battery and soldering the new leads to the external battery. I then attached the leads to the solar charger to the leads to the battery. Now I have 10k mAh vs. 900!One other thing worth mentioning is that I have one of these mounted under a soffit, where it wouldn't have to be 100% waterproof and another mounted on a wooden "L" bracket I made to shield the light from direct rain. Could be easily sealed with silicone, based on other reviews, I decided to be selective on where or how it's mounted. 5Finnicky - worth it in the end Pros:Nice, bright light - better than expected.Adjustable settings for: 1. what constitutes dusk when the light begins to motion sense; 2. how sensitive the IR detector is to movement, and; 3. how long the light remains on.Selectable modes for auto, on, or off.IR sensor is adjustable up / down and left / right, separate from light.Power cord from solar cell is very long and gives you more flexibility on installation locations.Cons:Mounting hardware (not the units themselves) is not galvanized or otherwise weather resistant (e.g. stainless). I used a silicon based caulk to cover screw heads and seams.Light is only adjustable up / down so getting the light to face where you want may involve mounting additional hardware.Adjustable settings have considerable hysteresis. (I was up and down a ladder many times)I bought three of these; two of them took considerable time (15+ minutes) to start turning off in Auto mode, even with the sensitivity and time adjustments minimized. The third worked as soon as the switch was turned. All three had been given the same amount of time to charge beforehand (5 days).I took one star for setup because I had almost given up on two of the three purchased. The adjustment settings were initially unresponsive and the lights just stayed on in Auto mode. When they finally turned off, everything started working as indicated. The adjustment knobs are not linear, so I recommend getting a second person to perform a walking test so that the first can stay on the ladder to tweak the settings. Also recommend using some sealant on the mounting hardware to keep it from rusting. I kept picturing two years from now: we're inside and something hits the side of our house and it looks like someone is shining a flashlight in the window as one of these lights breaks away and dangles from the power cord because of cheap hardware.Once we were able to move beyond the setup and enjoy them, these lights redeemed some stars for how bright they are and the fact that they're solar with motion detection. I truly didn't expect the intensity to be this good and to last for so long. I'm sure this will vary with the availability of optimal charging sunlight, but the performance, brightness, function, and price are well worth it so far.FYI - the solar cell mounts to a ball-joint bracket on one of the long sides. The quickest comparison that comes to mind is the rearview mirror in a car. Except the range of movement is better on the solar cell. 360 degrees of rotation, and 180 degrees of tilt. Combine this with the length of power cord supplied and you have greater latitude on where you can install everything.Very happy with this purchase and would definitely recommend it to others. Feel free to respond with any questions or feedback. I'll try to remember to post a follow up in 6 months and see how they're holding up. 4Quick Response And Does The Job. I have ordered several. They won't light the block, but put out good light. Just make sure the solar cell has access to full sunlight. Partial sunlight will allow the battery to discharge in automatic mode. The sensitivity, distance to detect movement will become shorter and shorter until the light finally won't come on. This will take 1 to 2 weeks so if this happens check the placement of your solar charger. I have an older version hardwired security light that never gets a chance to come on due to the detection time and speed to illuminate. The hardwired light is backup incase the solar lights don't operate.*Update: I have started running into slow response and reduced distance detection a couple of lights. This seems to occur about 45 - 60 days after installation in the warm Georgia climate. One light appeared to be defective and stopped responding completely in auto mode, but operated in manual mode just fine. The internal light, motion sensor was developing a haze over the lense. A dry cloth works to remove the film. I'm assuming this was from the mold release agent during manufacturing for the plastic housing. You have to undo the 2 screws for the sensor housing to get at the sensor and reflector. If the light is new and you're not comfortable exploring it may be best to contact support for warranty exchange. This seems to be a common problem on many security lights and initially it didn't sound like a fix, but the internet postings were correct. 5Excellent customer service and a useable product It took me around a week and a half to get the light up and running. When it first arrived the light would not go on at night, even after several days of charging. I knew the light was good as when turning it on manual it worked fine. I eventually called the seller and this is where the five stars comes in. After two phone calls with a service rep named Josh, plus several emails from him, the light is now functioning (I had to reset it, a simple process). The customer service of this company was excellent. No long waiting to speak to a technician, who, once I spoke to him, kept in touch with me on this issue and followed through with emails to ensure the unit worked. Can t ask for more.As for the unit itself. The lamp is very bright and gives off a cold bluish light. I fiddled with the timer button and now the light stays on for around twenty or thirty seconds (never measured the exact time). The reason you want the light on for a bit of time is, once the light comes on it takes some time (measured in seconds maybe thirty, not sure) to reset and go on again. So, make sure you set the timer for a bit more seconds of light-on time than you will need to do whatever it is you want the light for (gaining entry into a house or whatever).The product appears to be well made and comes with a long electrical cord for attaching the device to the solar charger. Now to see how long the device operates! 5
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Description
  • Features amorphous solar panel with 15 ft. (4.5m) of wire, 60 LED solar motion light, 1 x Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, and mounting hardware
  • Fully weather resistant and can be mounted almost anywhere
  • Amorphous solar panel charges in all daylight conditions, does not need direct sunlight
  • Detection distance: 30 feet, detection range: 180 degrees
  • Lumen output: 850
Reviews

Customer Reviews

6 months after instal review This solar spotlight is great! I have it mounted on the side of my garage so when I get home late on the motorcycle things are lit-up...and it does light things up! The sensitivity can be adjusted both on the motion sensor and the light sensor so little things don't set it off during the day. The light duration can also be increased or decreased as needed. There is also a manual on off if you want to reach up and turn on the light. The extra length in wiring for the solar panel was a big help as the roof the light is mounted on faces north and gets no direct sunlight. I ran the panel around the roofline to a west facing eve and now it gets charged with every sunset! This light really works as well as you would hope - bright, easy instal, sensor is well - sensitive, and not flimsy or cheap looking in construction. Comes with mounting hardware although I used my own. Long story short it's been up for 6 months now and survived a huge windstorm, lots of rain/snow, and temps. below freezing. Let's see how it stands up to summer! There is one down side: the light mounts directly to the bracket, and there is no angle adjustment. So, whatever flat surface you mount it to that's the direction the light will point. You can tilt up and down but not side to side. The motion sensor moves side to side and tilts up and down as does the solar panel, not the light. Keep that in mind, enjoy! 4Waterproofing Your Sunforce 82156 LED Motion Light THE PROBLEMAfter reading many of the customer reviews posed in this forum, it is clear that many of these "made in China" devices suffer an early demise after only a few weeks. Here is a preventative measure to try before installing your Sunforce solar light.I have concluded - based upon the negative reviews herein and my own personal inspection of the Sunforce device - that the failures are most likely due to water intrusion. Even if the lamp is installed in a dry location (such as a shed) the solar panel will still be exposed to the weather. Here is how to make your device a bit more robust with a tube of black RTV sealant and some electrical tape.This procedure will likely void the warranty but in my mind it is well worth it. Warranties are nice when honored but the time spent un-installing, packaging, returning, and re-installing a failed $35 product is still an inconvenience. If you will be up and down a ladder, spending more time re-testing and re-adjusting the motion sensor, that inconvenience quickly becomes a major headache. Your time is valuable. Will the replacement unit work any better or fail the same way? Also, bear in mind other reviewers have stated less-than-satisfactory results in obtaining warranty service from the manufacturer. Another hassle and wasted time you don't need. So an ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure, even if it means voiding the warranty.TESTING DEVICE FOR "Dead-On-Arrival" CONDITIONBefore beginning the waterproofing procedure, you will want to ensure you did not receive a defective unit out of the box. If you did receive a defective unit, return it within the 30 day window. Once the waterproofing modifications are made the unit cannot be returned.First verify the solar panel is working by measuring the voltage at the connector with a voltmeter. It should vary with the intensity of the ambient lighting. I recorded 4 to 9 volts indoors depending if the room lighting was off or on (with sunlight entering the windows). If you do not have a voltmeter, place the connector on your tongue. You should feel a slight tingle similar to that of a 9 volt battery.Now verify the lamp is working by placing the switch in the "auto" position. The batteries in my unit were already charged. The lamp should snap on when motion is detected. Be sure all LEDs illuminate and be sure the lamp extinguishes after the "time out" delay. If the lamp does not light, double check the lux setting and adjust if needed. Note: As another reviewer pointed out, the owner's manual appears to have a misprint regarding the max/min settings of this dial.SOLAR PANEL MODIFICATIONUpon examination of the solar panel, you will notice that it is a glass plate sandwiched between a two-piece plastic frame which is held together by 8 screws. Yet, there are nine screw holes. I'm guessing a design error left an empty screw hole at the top center of the frame. This is a point for water entry. It is not possible to simply add a screw here as there is not a threaded hole to accept the screw on the opposite side. Due to this omitted screw, the two halves of the plastic frame do not fasten together tightly at the top of the panel. The result is water can seep down onto the glass plate containing the solar cells. A failed solar panel will not recharge the battery and the lamp will cease working once the batteries are depleted.Here's what you need to do. Carefully remove the 8 screws and separate the frame. Take care that the glass plate does not fall out. Next, remove the glass plate from the frame. You will see two wires attached to the glass plate - one for `+' and one for `-`. Use black RTV sealant to make two gaskets around the plastic frame (use the side of the frame containing the threaded holes). The first gasket is around the inside where the glass plate sits. The second gasket is around the outside which mates with the other half of the frame. I used a gloved finger to smear the sealant around (thinly) to form the gaskets. When you're done, add a spot of sealant to both electrical contacts where they attach to the glass plate (there may be some here already). Do not put sealant in the cord holes at the bottom of the frame; allow them to function as weep holes just in case water does get inside. Reassemble the frame, tighten the 8 screws and wipe off any excess sealant. Finally fill that 9th screw hole with a dab of sealant.LAMP MODIFICATIONThe lamp does have a rubber gasket around the lens. However, on the unit I received, it was not a tight seal. A noticeable gap was visible on the top allowing water penetration. Unscrew the single screw at the top which clamps the lens against the gasket. Unhinge things a bit and add a little RTV sealant (about a 1" bead in length) below the screw hole. Beware of a black rubber washer which may fall off the screw. I noticed that replacing the washer under the screw head allowed the screw to tighten down more (and seal better) than placing the washer under the metal flange. When assembled, there should be no visible gaps along the top of the lamp.Next, I used a piece of black electrical tape to cover the seam around the replaceable battery. The tape is hardly noticeable if positioned carefully. Finally, a thin film of RTV sealant was added along the motion sensor seams (including the lens seams - a toothpick may be helpful here). If possible, the motion sensor should angle down slightly when installed to facilitate water runoff. Now double check that all screws are tight without overdoing it.INSTALLATION TIPWhen plugging in the solar panel, it might be a good idea to shade the solar panel from the sun. This will zero the output voltage at the connector. Just seems a good practice to reduce the risk of damage to the solar panel should the electrical contacts get shorted together (briefly) while plugging the connector into the lamp. Likewise shade the panel during installation if you must route the cable across or through any metallic object which may come into contact with the exposed connector.Important! Pay attention to the orientation of the solar panel. The owner's manual is completely void of any instructions for placement, mounting, or connection of the solar panel. In fact, the photo of the solar panel on the box and on this website shows it positioned upside down. If the solar panel is mounted in this manner rain water can enter via the two pre-fabricated cord holes in the frame which are supposed to be on the underside when mounted correctly.CONCLUSIONThere you have it. My unit is installed in Indiana weather and the lamp itself is actually in a shaded (but exposed) location. The solar panel is mounted to the roof just above and receives 6+ hours of sun per day. Installation was straight forward although the mounting screws provided were not adequate for heavy wind loads in my opinion. I chose to use my own. I rated the unit only 1 star simply to group this review with the other reviews reporting failures. The rationale is this review offers a preventative solution for consideration. Obviously a number of folks were unhappy with the product as it failed within the first month of use, or less. Hope these suggestions help!UPDATE 9/29/2013 - First day of moderate rain. Light still detects motion, illuminates, and shuts off after 30 seconds as expected. Will try to provide status update at 2 weeks and 1 month. And certainly if light fails. The next weakest link in the product's design is likely the installed NiMH batteries. After researching NiMH batteries I suspect they will fail within 2 years given the below freezing conditions during the winter, and erratic charging/discharging cycles of an unregulated solar panel charger. I suspect the installed batteries are not name-brand batteries by any means. Mounting the lamp (not solar panel) out of direct sunlight (heat) may benefit battery chemistry.SHED INSTALLATIONSThis unit makes a convenient shed light but there is a very important consideration regarding battery life. If your shed is not conditioned (99% are not) the rechargeable batteries will soak in heat during the summer months, especially if the unit is mounted near the roof where heat collects. Extreme temperatures reduce the lifespan of the battery. That's why manufacturers recommend storing rechargeable batteries for yard tools not in the shed with the tool, but in a more mild environment (indoors).UPDATE 10/9/2013 - Went outside just after dark to test light (as I've been doing every night since installation) and noticed lamp was ON. Lamp would not extinguish after many minutes of observation without motion (the time-out delay is 30 seconds). After manually shutting light off for 15 seconds and back to "auto" mode, it appears to have reset itself and works as it should. Today was clear and sunny, no rain. This is concerning because the batteries would have likely drained completely had I not reset the light manually. Will likely post future updates in the comments section for sake of space. 1Better than expected Easy to install, easy to adjust, brighter than expected. (see photos)As a tip for install, remove metal brace for install of light (remove hand/wing nuts from side), and reinstall. Rotate solar panel 90 degrees to enable access with cordless driver.Only recommendation, as others have stated, is the cheap hardware. Screws will strip out if not careful during install.Highly recommended! 5Very good units for the price I have had three of these lights for two years now. They work very well as security lights for my long driveway. About six months into use one of the solar panels quit working. I contacted Sun Force and they replaced the panel right away no questions asked. If you get on their web site you can also buy replacement batteries etc. Like every battery, they will need replacement. The only problem I have experienced is one: when it snows the light will not charge very well. I corrected this by plugging in a 6 volt battery charger where the solar panel goes. Also sometimes the motion sensor would malfunction. I found this was due to very small spiders getting into the unit and spinning a small web on the reflector plates. I also found that when raining very hard it is best to mount the units under some type of cover such as eves of a house, covered out door arbor, ETC.All in all I rate these units and the customer support as very good for the price. 5Grade A product! Bought this on November 23rd, 2012 to use in a shed. Everything works till this day! I have it wired to the solar panel and it works flawlessly!Update January 2019, still working, I am considering buying one of those long truck light bars for the shed and installing it as a primary source of light and use this as a back up. 5Good price, work well so far Good price and the two units that I purchased work well. I've only had them up for about two months. The big test will be to see how well they hold up with time. I've heard that water sometimes leaks in. My light/sensor units are mounted underneath the eves of the roof which may protect them from rain. Easy to install once I figured out a way to mount the solar panels above the roof line so they would get the sun. See my photo. This is PVC pipe. I attached the "T" fitting to the wood using a wood screw. 5Added an External Battery Brightness isn't that of a typical flood light, but I wouldn't expect it to be to allow it to last long enough with its small battery capacity. I bought this light over a similar one, because it runs on 6 volts. I just removed the battery, drilled a hole in the side of the compartment where the battery pack was and added an external battery. Plenty of room to work by cutting the leads on the battery and soldering the new leads to the external battery. I then attached the leads to the solar charger to the leads to the battery. Now I have 10k mAh vs. 900!One other thing worth mentioning is that I have one of these mounted under a soffit, where it wouldn't have to be 100% waterproof and another mounted on a wooden "L" bracket I made to shield the light from direct rain. Could be easily sealed with silicone, based on other reviews, I decided to be selective on where or how it's mounted. 5Finnicky - worth it in the end Pros:Nice, bright light - better than expected.Adjustable settings for: 1. what constitutes dusk when the light begins to motion sense; 2. how sensitive the IR detector is to movement, and; 3. how long the light remains on.Selectable modes for auto, on, or off.IR sensor is adjustable up / down and left / right, separate from light.Power cord from solar cell is very long and gives you more flexibility on installation locations.Cons:Mounting hardware (not the units themselves) is not galvanized or otherwise weather resistant (e.g. stainless). I used a silicon based caulk to cover screw heads and seams.Light is only adjustable up / down so getting the light to face where you want may involve mounting additional hardware.Adjustable settings have considerable hysteresis. (I was up and down a ladder many times)I bought three of these; two of them took considerable time (15+ minutes) to start turning off in Auto mode, even with the sensitivity and time adjustments minimized. The third worked as soon as the switch was turned. All three had been given the same amount of time to charge beforehand (5 days).I took one star for setup because I had almost given up on two of the three purchased. The adjustment settings were initially unresponsive and the lights just stayed on in Auto mode. When they finally turned off, everything started working as indicated. The adjustment knobs are not linear, so I recommend getting a second person to perform a walking test so that the first can stay on the ladder to tweak the settings. Also recommend using some sealant on the mounting hardware to keep it from rusting. I kept picturing two years from now: we're inside and something hits the side of our house and it looks like someone is shining a flashlight in the window as one of these lights breaks away and dangles from the power cord because of cheap hardware.Once we were able to move beyond the setup and enjoy them, these lights redeemed some stars for how bright they are and the fact that they're solar with motion detection. I truly didn't expect the intensity to be this good and to last for so long. I'm sure this will vary with the availability of optimal charging sunlight, but the performance, brightness, function, and price are well worth it so far.FYI - the solar cell mounts to a ball-joint bracket on one of the long sides. The quickest comparison that comes to mind is the rearview mirror in a car. Except the range of movement is better on the solar cell. 360 degrees of rotation, and 180 degrees of tilt. Combine this with the length of power cord supplied and you have greater latitude on where you can install everything.Very happy with this purchase and would definitely recommend it to others. Feel free to respond with any questions or feedback. I'll try to remember to post a follow up in 6 months and see how they're holding up. 4Quick Response And Does The Job. I have ordered several. They won't light the block, but put out good light. Just make sure the solar cell has access to full sunlight. Partial sunlight will allow the battery to discharge in automatic mode. The sensitivity, distance to detect movement will become shorter and shorter until the light finally won't come on. This will take 1 to 2 weeks so if this happens check the placement of your solar charger. I have an older version hardwired security light that never gets a chance to come on due to the detection time and speed to illuminate. The hardwired light is backup incase the solar lights don't operate.*Update: I have started running into slow response and reduced distance detection a couple of lights. This seems to occur about 45 - 60 days after installation in the warm Georgia climate. One light appeared to be defective and stopped responding completely in auto mode, but operated in manual mode just fine. The internal light, motion sensor was developing a haze over the lense. A dry cloth works to remove the film. I'm assuming this was from the mold release agent during manufacturing for the plastic housing. You have to undo the 2 screws for the sensor housing to get at the sensor and reflector. If the light is new and you're not comfortable exploring it may be best to contact support for warranty exchange. This seems to be a common problem on many security lights and initially it didn't sound like a fix, but the internet postings were correct. 5Excellent customer service and a useable product It took me around a week and a half to get the light up and running. When it first arrived the light would not go on at night, even after several days of charging. I knew the light was good as when turning it on manual it worked fine. I eventually called the seller and this is where the five stars comes in. After two phone calls with a service rep named Josh, plus several emails from him, the light is now functioning (I had to reset it, a simple process). The customer service of this company was excellent. No long waiting to speak to a technician, who, once I spoke to him, kept in touch with me on this issue and followed through with emails to ensure the unit worked. Can t ask for more.As for the unit itself. The lamp is very bright and gives off a cold bluish light. I fiddled with the timer button and now the light stays on for around twenty or thirty seconds (never measured the exact time). The reason you want the light on for a bit of time is, once the light comes on it takes some time (measured in seconds maybe thirty, not sure) to reset and go on again. So, make sure you set the timer for a bit more seconds of light-on time than you will need to do whatever it is you want the light for (gaining entry into a house or whatever).The product appears to be well made and comes with a long electrical cord for attaching the device to the solar charger. Now to see how long the device operates! 5
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