Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 4
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by MrFixIt Interesting...
The installation is straight forward, and speedy. There is a template included for the mounting holes, and it made the drilling of the mounting holes a breeze. Unfortunately, to get the lamp part onto the mounting arm, you have to essentially dis-assemble the entire lamp. And when you re-assemble the lamp, there are four small black screws that hold the lamp to the housing that you will have to install upside-down. This is not easy, and i kept dropping the screws. There should be a better way to do this. In addition, the edge of the lamp glass not even, so i had to rotate it to get it to sit in the correct position. This took a bit of trial and error.
The lamp performs as one would hope for a solar panel. For the most part, it works as it should. I made sure to mount this lamp on a southern facing wall, to get the most sun possible for the panel. Unfortunately, that's not always enough. On overly cloudy days, the panel doesn't get enough light, and the light simply does not turn on at night. That's just too bad.
When it does turn on, the light is nice and bright, and i'm happy with the output.
Design & Look
The design of this lamp is both why this lamp shines (no pun intended) and why this lamp fails. The design is sound, waterproof, and for the most part, quite beautiful. But when it's night time, and the lamp turns on, that's where things get questionable. While better than other patterns, the "cracked" style of the glass causes a very strange pattern to be cast upon the adjacent wall. I've attached a picture of the lamp in action. It's got this strange "angel wing" look to it.
At first it was really striking, and a bit disconcerting. I've gotten used to it, but it is still quite a sight. A less defined and more diffused look would suit this lamp much better.
The lamp stays light pretty much all night, solely based on the amount of direct sunlight it gets during the day. It's bright and puts out a good amount of light. The solar panel design is sound, and the lamp is water tight. However, the patterns cast on the adjacent walls are very, VERY strange.
February 24, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by wxray Good looks, limited function
This lamp is perfect if you want to provide some design interest to a southern exposed door or wall area. The light looks good in daylight and the cracked glass enclosure provides a very unique and interesting pattern at night. The fixture is not optimal for functional or security lighting. For security or function, you would be better served by a hard wired light.
The bracket is easy to install on any type of wall, and can be done separately without having to hold the light. My bracket is on brick. (See picture.) Once the bracket is in place, the light installs to the bracket easily. Note that the fixture is fairly heavy, probably due to the batteries and heavy cracked glass. Actual assembly of the light fixture to the support post was awkward. The post screw did not tap well into the base. The heavy glass enclosure had to be removed and replaced to install the post screw. The 4 small screws holding it in place were very awkward to deal with.
Very good looking in daylight. At night, the cracked glass enclosure provides a very interesting pattern. (See pictures.) This pattern is not very functional since it disburses heavy dark and light areas. But the look is unique and provides a lot of visual interest. This can be both a strong or weak point of the product depending on your preference.
There is just one LED providing the light at 200 diffused lumens. (See picture.) Keep in mind that 200 lumens equates to about a 23 watt incandescent bulb. This provides enough light to maybe see your key if you install the light right next to the door. However, that light is diffused by the cracked glass and will have dark areas. It is more about looks, not function.
The light needs A LOT of sun. Directions say 6 hours. However, even with 6 hours of southern USA February sun, the light would only go on for about 3 or 4 hours. On a cloudy day, it illuminated for less than 1 hour. I think it is going to take full summer sun to get 12 hours.
There is also concern about longevity. The instruction manual says the battery: "will last approximately 2 years (battery life span is about 500 cycles) and will eventually need to be replaced." Unsure what the cost of that will be. Instructions and a phone number are provided to obtain and install a replacement.
February 25, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer So distracting
I received this yesterday, a week earlier than expected delivery date.
Installation wasn't too bad, but once the light was on, it was so annoyingly
busy. Not for a back yard. I felt almost dizzy under the light.
Returning it tomorrow.
October 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DaneDame This lamp is a welcom(ing) addition
I got the XEPA Timer Activated Solar Lamp because I wanted nightime outdoor lighting without the hassle of having to install electrical wiring (and without the cost of electricity to run it.)
Before I installed it, I set it in the approximate location outside to charge its batteries for a day or two, then tested its lighting capacity in the evening-- it's like a solar yard light on steroids-- quite bright! I was impressed.
I chose to install the lamp on a section of the garage, near the front entryway to my house. The instructions were clear, and a template was even included for the drilling. Note: be sure you install this lamp in a spot where you can hit some solid wood-- it's a beefy model, built for the elements.
There are two timer settings-- one for 6 hours, one for 12. I'm using the 6-hour setting, which is plenty of time for my needs. The black finish goes great with my black wrought iron step railing. A nice addition to my home, would definitely recommend it.
February 21, 2013