Rated 2.3 out of 5 by 3
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by donna This product doesn't work as described in brochure
So far we cannot get the lamps to light up at night. We called the 800 number and they are sending us new batteries. But as of right now, we are very disappointed in the product and hope it is as simple as the batteries.
July 23, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DonS Works fine now -- a followup review
This is a followup to my earlier review when I gave the unit just 2 stars because of a defect in the original. As stated before, the manufacturer quickly responded to my complaint and sent a replacement part.
Even since installing the replacement part the light has worked fine. After nearly a month of use I can easily recomend this solar light. When fully charged, i.e. 6-8 hours of full sun, the unit will stay lit for 3 straight nights @ 13 hours a night with no additional charge. This is with the light set on low, not high. By end of the 3rd night (if not charged further), the light will be fairly dim but still produce some light.
What I have been amazed at, however, is that for the past 4 days we have had nothing but rain here in north GA and I mean rain, 5-6 in., yet this particular GamaSonic model evidently gets enough daylight (no sun) that for the past several days it has come on at dusk and will stay lit for about 4 hours, from around 6:00 pm to about 10:00 pm before dimming out. I find that kind of encouraging as I was expecting no light at all under these kinds of weather conditions.
In the summer, with more sun and shorter nights, I plan on setting the LED's on high, which should produce slightly more light. But I have been extremely satisfied with how this light has functioned so far. As I said previously, on low it does not produce a lot of light but its sufficient for my purposes, which is mounted at a pole at the end of my driveway.
January 15, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DonS Dead on arrival?
This is a preliminary review and will update in another week or so after more experience with the unit. The reason for the poor rating is that the unit did not work at all after initial installation and having 3 to 4 straight days of full sun. Light never did come on.
So I called the manufacturer told them the problem and they immediately sent a fix, i.e. entirely new section of the unit holding all the wiring, battery and 8 LED's. Very helpful support people at least and the replacement part arrived during the Christmas rush.
Fix required just removing 4 small screws on the underside of the top containing the solar panels, putting the new part in its proper place and re-connecting the wiring via a single lead. Literally took just 10 minutes if that. Before reinstalling on my driveway pole I tested the unit by taking it into a dark closet (something I didn't do with the original as I saw no need to) and the solar light came on immediately after I turned the overhead light off and when off when I turned the overhead light on. So I'm assuming the manufacturer fully charged the battery in the replacement part prior to shipping, thus the unit did not have to be charged via the solar panels.
Reinstalled everything and the light worked great all night last night, providing light for a full 13 hours straight -- essentially the entire time from dawn to dusk. Plenty of light for my purposes but I estimate light was equivalent to about 30 watts on the low setting. The light came on again tonight right as dusk (approx. 6:00 pm here in north GA) but not sure how long it will stay on as we had no direct sun during the day today so not sure if battery got any recharging at all. But for the time being the light is working but I want to see how it performs for another couple of weeks before I submit a final report and review as the problem could be in the solar panels and not the wiring or battery and the only way to test that is to see how it works for a longer period of time. Stay tuned.
December 27, 2012