Rated 3 out of 5Â by 2
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Zerggle Good fixture, TERRIBLE bulbs
This is a nice fixture - it was easy to install, it looks good, and the "Dusk to Dawn" ambient light detection feature works perfectly.
UNFORTUNATELY, the bulbs used by this light are horrible. They cast a very nice, very bright light, BUT - they are extremely difficult to install because they have two fiddly little prongs that you have to fit into the socket, and then twist to lock it in. It's basically impossible to do it without disassembling the entire fixture. But wait, I saved the worst for last. Even though these are CFL bulbs, which are rated to have ten thousand hours of life, they actually fail after a tiny fraction of that time. I have three of these fixtures. One bulb failed after about 4 months. Figuring about 360 hours use per month (during 12 hours of darkness every night times 30 days per month) that is only 1440 hours, or 8560 less than the 10k the manufacturer tells us we can expect. The second one just failed, after 9 months, or approx 3240 hours of use, 6760 hours less than the manufacturer rates the bulb at. I have read many similar accounts elsewhere online. Apparently the bulbs generate a lot of heat, and the bulb manufacturers say, "hey - it's not our fault. If the lighting fixtures were designed appropriately, with adequate heat dispersal, then the bulbs would run cooler, and wouldn't fail so quickly." As a consumer, I don't care about the finger-pointing, I just care that I have to replace a $10 bulb every 4 to 9 months, rather than every 28 months, as I was expecting.
The third bulb is still functioning, but I expect it to fail momentarily.
Bottom line - I absolutely do not recommend this fixture!
May 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by FriscoMichele Great value in outdoor lighting.
This light is perfect on our back porch. I feel like it has a lot of features for the small price. It looks like a much more expensive piece and the dawn to dusk feature is exactly what we needed. It is small, perfect for a back patio or small front entry area. It uses a special bulb, so be sure to get one of those as well.
May 14, 2013