Harness the sunlight by day to illuminate your walking path at night with the OxyLED Solar Sensor Light.
I am a huge fan of Green energy. You may think that this is due to my upbringing in California or the fact that I am a Cub scout leader with my 8 and 5-year-old sons. Truthfully, I am a scientist at heart and love the idea of using what nature provides. Sunlight is one of those resources that is completely underutilized. When compared to home lighting at up to about 1000 lumens, sunlight is incredibly bright at 10,000 lumens per square foot. According to NASA, you can likely expect 164 Watts, per square meter (on average over the entire earth). The University of Oregon suggests that the entire earth is bathed in 84 Terrawatts of power per day and the entire world’s energy consumption is estimated at 12 Terrawatts.
Over the past year, I have been looking at Solar lighting options for the stairs leading up to my front porch. OxyLED provides a neat little Solar sensor with a bank of 12 LED lights. The product arrived in a rather plain cardboard box with an image representation of the light on the front panel. The back details the features: dual sensors to detect ambient light (small domes on the front panel) with 210-degree sensing range, 12 super bright LEDs, built-in rechargeable battery, Auto/constant on, white or color change mode and IP65 water resistant. The features sound amazing and I was really interested in reviewing this device.
I removed the product from the packaging and noticed that it had a very prominent rattle. This was not a small screw loose rattle, rather it sounded as if something big had broken inside of the device. I left it out to charge for an entire day and then brought it in around 7 pm. The light did not work. I toggled the on/off switch on the back and this did not matter. I pressed the Auto/On buttons and the light did not work. Whatever caused the rattling, seemed to be bad enough to disable the device.
Using a small Phillips screwdriver, I removed the #4 screws on the back panel and separated the halves. The circular rechargeable battery was knocked out of the battery compartment. Apparently, this was the cause of the rattle. I replaced the battery, pressed the back panel into the grooves and then replaced the #4 screws. I toggled the back switch to on and the light illuminated without issue. Additionally, the rattle was no longer present.
Excitedly, I turned back to reviewing the device. The top of the device has a 3 1/4″ x 1 15/16″ solar panel and the bottom has 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ bank of 12 LED beneath a semi-translucent plate. There are two 5/8″ sensors between the solar sensor and the LED. They are located, like eyes, at the left and right front of the panel. This provides 210 degrees of coverage for the sensors. Between the two sensors, you will find two buttons: Auto/on. Along the top front are three 1/8″ drill holes for mounting. On the back, as stated above, you will find the white on/off toggle.
Within the packaging, you can expect to find a warranty card detailing the 24 hour response time, 30-day money back guarantee, 12-month replacement warranty, lifetime support guarantee. Additionally, you are given a list of emails to obtain additional information. You will also notice an instruction manual and a small ziplock bag with mounting hardware (2 screws/drywall anchors and #2 3 1/8″ strips of 9448A 3M Tissue Tape).
The instruction manual details many of the same features as the packaging: OxyLED Solar Sensor Light 5V/110mA monocrystalline silicon solar panel, included rechargeable LiPo battery, IP65 water resistance, 12 LED RGBW LED system. Additionally, it details to get the best utility, the location of mounting is the most important feature. It is recommended to mount in such a way that it can be exposed to as much light as possible, without any obstruction (shelter, roof, glass etc). For optimal performance, mount the OxyLED device 1.5-2m from the ground. Ultimately 3 hours of direct sunlight can yield roughly 8 hours of illumination from the 12 LED. Lastly, it is recommended to mount the device parallel to the walking direction.
The light can be charged in the On or Off state. However, the light will not illuminate if the button is in “off” mode. Constant on mode can be used in either white, color-changing mode and off. The color-changing mode will shift between white, red, yellow, green, blue. There are a few different options for the auto mode as well. If you press the button once, the light will illuminate white, with motion detection. When no motion is detected and thirty seconds have passed, the light will change colors. With two presses of the button, you will have bright white light followed by low white light, 30 seconds after you are not in the sensor window. Three button presses will generate a 100% high white light and then turn off after 30seconds of inactivity.
The only downside to the device, beyond the rattle that had to be fixed, was the fact that my front steps were brick. Using the included 3 M tape, I added epoxy to the back of the 3M tape and then placed the tape onto the device. This helped me to mount the device, in such a way, to illuminate the stairs as people walk up to my porch. The repair was straight forward and only a minor nuisance. However, this defect could cause people to send it back, instead of attempting to fix it themselves. I prefer the Auto-On mode 3, bright light on, followed by off after 30 seconds to the other 2 modes: white followed by color (on until it runs out of power) and bright white to low white (on until it runs out of power). Using the light for motion only, I do not want it to be on all the time. A solar LED sensor that remains illuminated and then brightens with motion may actually help in some way than one that is always on dim light after 30 seconds. In summary, the device commanded a 4/5 star review.
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