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I bought this light to replace an existing one which had given up the ghost. The previous one didn't have the benefit of a PIR sensor and for a few quid extra it's worth the investment. I paid £14.99 for the unit.
The installation was fairly straightforward as the wiring was already in place as well a pre-drilled holes which married up perfectly with the new light. A couple of words of advice; it helps to be on a ladder working above what you are doing as the wires can be a little fiddly. Also, ensure that the wire is the correct side of the bracket before connecting the wires. You can remove one side of the bracket to pass through, but this is a hassle best avoided.
Once up, the lamp gives off a decent amount of light up to around 10 metres depending on the angle you position the bracket. The PIR sensor gives roughly 12-13 metres again depending on how you position it and also the lighting conditions. The sensor and timing are fairly easy to set-up using a couple of dials, it is not possible to be exact but you can adjust to a few seconds of desired timing with trial and error. The lamp gives off a surprising amount of heat, which is handy whilst waiting for the dog to come in during the winter months!
Overall, I would recommend this product. I chose cheap over expensive because even if I get a few years life out of it, I estimate it will work out more cost-effective in the long-run. As far as a security deterrent and general light for the garden goes, it does as good a job as the more expensive models on the market.
Bought this floodlight as a cheap way to add some security to my house. The floodlight itself is quite stylishly designed and has its own uniqueness compared with others on the market. It looks and feels sturdy and robust. The black colour is quite bland and samey but I guess it could be worse.
The PIR sensor is quite effective at picking movements up. I'd say personally it's got a range of about 10-12 metres and if you go any further you have to wave your arms about for it to switch on.
The halogen lamp that is included with the floodlight I can't say is very bright. I'd say it's as bright as a basic flash light or torch. You can't really use the light to do things at night outside. An example is I wanted to do some DIY late at night, but the floodlight isn't strong enough to be able to see what you are doing so it's ineffective at that to say the least.
The price isn't to be sniffed at. It's one of the cheapest on the market and the quality isn't bad but the actual effectiveness of the floodlight is very poor to say the least.
When we moved into our new property a while back I noticed that there were a few dark areas around the house where the light from the normal outside lights didn't really reach. So I bought a pair of these flood lights to light up the side path and the back garden, especially useful for when the dogs go out at night.
The first useful bit I wanted was the PIR element or Passive InfraRed detector. Set up correctly, this will detect movement and body heat crossing its' path and then switch the floodlight on for a set time period to light the area. It's a useful feature because it means that you don't have to manually switch the light on and off, hence simplifying your wiring to the unit. It also means that the lights don't get left on for long periods (which can get expensive with the 500W bulb) because they are automatically switched on and off by the PIR.
At around the £15 mark for one, what do you get? Basically it is a weatherproof floodlight with a PIR underneath. The casing is aluminium to ensure it is light weight and that has been anodised in black. Combined, it should ensure that the unit has a long operational life and does not rust.
There is a 'U' shaped bracket the holds the light bit in position with a bolt affair at either end. These bolts will allow you to tilt the light to various angles once it is mounted. This bracket also has some holes in it on the back which you can use to mount it to a wall. Obviously the higher up you can mount it the better because the PIR and light will cover a wider area than if it was just close to the ground.
Before mounting it, you need to consider what area you want the PIR to cover and 'protect'. Are there any obstacles in the way? The PIR on this light has a 110 degree detection range which runs out to 12 metres. So think of it as a wide cone coming out from the PIR. If you want to cover a wide area, higher up may be better to give that arc. Covering an alleyway by the side of your house might be better with the light high up pointing straight down with the PIR to give a wide detection area along the alleyway. For a back garden, the PIR almost needs to be horizontal to cover a larger area. So before mounting the unit, some thought needs to be considered as to what you want the unit to do and light. Currently I have set one up at the side of the house to cover the alleyway with the second one doing the job of covering the back garden.
Once it is mounted, you can make some fine adjustments to the PIR by tilting it and adjusting the position on the mountings to ensure it covers the intended area. You can also make some adjustments on the PIR to determine how it should operate. Firstly, you can determine what lux level you want it to start operating at, that is to say, how dark do you want it to be before it operates. It would be a waste to allow it to operate on and off throughout the day, so trial and error should enable you to set it to start operating at say dusk and stop operating just as the sun comes up. The second adjustment is how long do you want the light to come on for. This is adjustable between 5 seconds and 5 minutes, again a personal preference choice.
Overall, once set up, it is basically a fit and forget item because it is entirely automatic in operation. I've had mine set up for many months now and they have never failed me yet. In the early stages it was quite disconcerting because when the light suddenly came on, we would all rush up to see what had set it off, thinking perhaps someone was in the back garden. But then we noticed that it was the next door neighbour's cat doing his nightly patrol across our garden. So you do sometimes get some false alarms so to speak, but at least the unit is working correctly to detect things.
My only gripe with it is the 500W bulb which, when operated, can be a major cost on your electricity bill over time, especially when you have 2 of them operating. I've noticed recently that some manufacturers are starting to use a 150W bulb rather than the 500W for these sorts of floodlights. I suppose it is a little like putting an eco bulb in - similar brightness for less cost to run.
In summary, this is a good cheap PIR floodlight that does exactly the job it was intended for.
Home security is always an important thing to consider, so with winter nights on the way its a great time to be thinking about outdoor lighting and security. We used to have this Eterna 500w PIR Floodlight fitted at the front of our property and although it had a budget look to it, the light worked very well.
We bought our Eterna 500w PIR Floodlight from large DIY chain store and it came simply boxed in thick cardboard to protect it while in transit. The Eterna 500w PIR Floodlight was fitted at our property by a qualified electrician who dealt with everything from the wiring to the fitting and setting of the PIR sensor.
We paid £14.99 for the Eterna 500w PIR Floodlight and when I compare it to similar PIR lights that seems about right. The shape of the light is simple and plain and offers a very bright light when you need it. The angular design is not as attractive as some of the coach style lights we have had, but the amount of light this one gives off is much brighter in comparison to those.
The PIR sensor is placed at the bottom of the light and it is able to detect movement up to 12 meters away. The light is a 500 watt product that is nice and bright when it comes on and can easily provide a safety feature when placed near doors and vulnerable areas around the home.
The outer casing of the light is made from aluminium encased in a powder black finish. When we had this light working outside it didn't rust at all and was in good condition when we moved on. The rear of the light has a simple metal bracket that is able to be attached to the wall for fixing in place. Holes do need to be drilled and wall plugs inserted prior to fitting the light in situ.
The Eterna 500w PIR Floodlight can be set to come on for a minimum of 5 seconds and a maximum of 5 minutes. This is very useful as we were able to discuss with our electrician how long we wanted the light to remain active for. In the end we settled for the period we wanted the light to be switched on for and tested the light by creeping up to it from various angles. This is important as the lights PIR sensor angle can be adjusted to encompass a wide detection area up to 110 degrees.
We had our Eterna 500w PIR Floodlight set to go on when movement was detected and it would switch on when both people, cars, cats, dogs and even hedgehogs walked, drove or scrambled past the sensor. Whilst this over sensitivity could be considered to be over kill, we felt that it was reassuring to know that the light was doing a good job at protecting our home.
Over all we were very pleased with how the Eterna 500w PIR Floodlight worked and the 500 watt halogen light was still working after a number of years. These lights are still available to buy from various on line and high street sellers and are still priced around the same price we paid.
To rate the Eterna 500w PIR Floodlight I need to take into account how well it worked and lasted verses the price we paid. With everything in mind I feel the light ought to get a 4 star rating. PIR lights are a very useful tool to help light and protect homes, garages and businesses and with darker evenings on the way it may be time to look into getting some fitted.
Patented co-moulded lens technology provides lifetime guarantee against wind and water ingression. IP44 rated. 110 angle. PIR sensor (range 12 metres). Pulsed manual override facility. Surface mount technology. PCB for enhanced reliability. Pan & tilt PIR adjustment. Spacious wiring box with clip-fix cover. Includes 150W max. linear halogen lamp. All fittings supplied without lamp unless stated otherwise.