Rated 2.4 out of 5 by 25
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Richard Do not buy this product!
Purchased Defiant CFL Automatic Light Control for dusk to dawn lighting of my entry way. No directions on the packaging other than screw bulb into fixture then into socket. Directions were on the fixture itself in very small lettering. First instruction: Turn Power Off. They mean turn the light switch to off. After following the directions to insert bulb into fixture, fixture into socket, I positioned the photocell appropriately. While the directions don't indicate at this point you should turn the switch to "on," I did. The light went on, and shortly after went off as it was still daylight. BTW, this light is positioned "up" as in vertical, and is enclosed in a clear glass globe. As dusk approached, the light went on for 30 seconds, then off again. A minute later on, 30 seconds later, off. After 20 minutes of this, I concluded that bulb heat was turning the light off, and the subsequent cooling allowed it to go on again. I removed the clear glass globe and the light worked all night, and went off at dawn. Called 800 # on packaging. They suggested I take the lenscap off that covers the photocell (didn't realize it was removable) and also thought that the globe might be the problem. Assured them it was clear glass, and if it doesn't work thru clear glass, what's the point. I placed the globe back for protection the from the elements and went to Home Depot to purchase another control in the belief that the photocell might be damaged. I returned in the afternoon on a sunny day to find the light on. Replaced the fixture, and had the exact problem all over again. Called 800 # on packaging. They thought it was the heat generated by the incandescent bulb. I tried incandescent and CFL to no avail. Incidentally, the package shows that the fixture works with incandescent, CFL and LED. I was told NOT to use an LED by 800 #. In the end, I took both Defiant fixtures back, went to ACE Hardware and purchased a Westek Outdoor Dusk-to-Dawn Light Control. It works as advertised. The package comes with printed instructions inside that address the positioning of the photocell, includes 3 lens caps that allow different amounts of light into photocell, troubleshoots "blinking" caused by reflected or adjacent light, and gives specific wattage for a bulb point up or down in the socket. Two dollars more, but a far superior product!!
January 30, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Maddy Most Useless product
I went back to Home Depot multiple time replacing this produce and every piece is the same. Tried all the possible ways, possible bulbs etc . nothing has worked so far.
Not to forget its stupid huge size. The actual sensor is like an LED bulb but this is bigger than the bulb itself.
April 8, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Unhappy A waste of money
I bought two of these and never worked. I even pointed a flashlight into the sensor and it did not turn off. Just don´t work. A waste of money and time.
March 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Greg Works as advertised
I bought two for my front and back porch lights. Both have 23 watt CFLs. It turns them on at dusk and off at dawn. I no longer have to remember the light switch every day. You save more money by turning the switch off when you go to bed, but remember to turn them on in the late afternoon without wasting energy before sun set. I usually turn them back on when I leave for work and save energy. Other reviewers may have trouble getting it aimed to the natural light source, but I did not. Also, you can just leave the switch on and they do it automatically as advertised. After a month of use, I am happy I bought them.
April 28, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Eddie Defective Product
This device did not work right out of the package and I returned it.
March 25, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Haystax Useless - waste of money
Complete waste of time, don't waste your money!. I had bought some outside lights which I thought were Dual Brite, they weren't, so thought that adding these would switch them on at dusk and off at dawn. Nope, they just stayed on all day and night..
Even tried them on an inside light, thought it would be a good security addition to have the lights come on at night. Nope, stayed on all the time. Still a waste of money.
Suffice to say, Home Depot now has them back.
February 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by doityourselfguy45 Good product
Nice compacted size for inside light fixtures.....
March 4, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Curly OUTDOOR LIGHTING
It was my experience that these need close adjustment. At first, the lights kept blinking off and on. The neighbor phoned to ask if I needed help, should she call the police. After a couple of nights I got them adjusted, so now they are performing beautifully. I am glad these were available from HD.
December 10, 2014