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Frostfire 16 Bright LED Wireless Solar Powered Motion Sensor Light (Weatherproof, no batteries required)
Frostfire 16 Bright LED Wireless Solar Powered Motion Sensor Light (Weatherproof, no batteries required)
Offered by zjchao
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice light (but...), 15 Dec. 2014
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Very impressive charge retention - charged just once on one of the shortest days of the year, albeit in full sun, and it's now spent 2 days in my sock drawer (placed there by the wife, as I'd left it on the bedroom windowsill!) and it's still going. Decent light level too, in both modes, and nice solid metal mounting plate. As others have noted, they do need to make clearer how to activate it - pin in the hole.

Edit: left it outside (in the rain, but only as if mounted) to see how it coped, and it didn't relight. Think these dark deep December days may cause it to struggle.

Further edit: It did relight a day or two later, but is very dependent on a bright day at this time of year (mid Jan now).

Two controls would improve matters enormously (though would probably add a quid or two to the price too):

1) Option to adjust the daylight sensitivity. It's on now, 15 mins before sunset on a dull day, but even bright mode will not be stronger than ambient light for at least an hour, wasting battery for no benefit.

2) Option to turn off the 'low-light' mode in winter, leaving just the bright motion-sensing mode, which is unlikely to drain much juice.

These 2 options would probably save sufficient battery to make it as an effective all-night sensor light 365 days a year.


Procure Direct Ltd GU10 LED Light Bulb 60 LED 250 Lumen 2 Watt Cool White x 1 lamp / Equal to 50W Halogen, only uses 2W, incredibly bright light, ideal for 50W-60W replacement
Procure Direct Ltd GU10 LED Light Bulb 60 LED 250 Lumen 2 Watt Cool White x 1 lamp / Equal to 50W Halogen, only uses 2W, incredibly bright light, ideal for 50W-60W replacement
Offered by Alarms & Lightbulbs
Price: £7.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Not 50W equivalent, 15 Dec. 2014
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Don't get me wrong, I think this is a good light for the price. But advertising as 50W replacement is OT. 50W halogen is about 900 lumen. You can't replace that with 250!

I had 6 50W MR16s in the kitchen. Getting through bulbs at a fair lick (about 1-2 years per bulb), plus 300W a hour seemed a bit steep. Also 2 blown transformers (which at least saved me 100W!). Decided to replace the lot with these LED GU10's. I've done the 1st 2, and ... it's rather dim! Light enough to work by, but the end with the MR16s has a nice warm, bright colour; the 2 LEDs seem a little pasty alongside, and the light a touch cold. Although, to be fair, it is a close match to the cloudy daylight coming through the window.

Still, at a saving of about twenty-five quid a year on power alone, plus fewer replacement bulbs and transformers, I guess we can learn to live with it!


MiniSun BC B22 PIR Presence Motion Sensor Detector LED Light Bulb
MiniSun BC B22 PIR Presence Motion Sensor Detector LED Light Bulb
Offered by The Light Factory
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good light - responsive, 11 Dec. 2014
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Pretty good light - responsive, quiet switching. Only quibble - losing it a star - is that the daylight detection isn't ideal for me. Admittedly today is one of the darkest days of winter, but it is coming on even at midday, when the ambient light is plenty. Not the end of the world - I can always switch it off, old stylee!


4 Compatible HP 364XL Multipack High Capacity Printer Ink Cartridges For Photosmart B109a B109n B109d B109f B110a B110c B110e B111 B210a B210c B211 C410b C309a C309n C309g C310a B209a B209c B010a B8550 B8553 C5324 C5380 C5383 C5390 C6300 C6324 C6380 D5400 D5460 5510 5515 6510 7510, Chipped, Ready for use
4 Compatible HP 364XL Multipack High Capacity Printer Ink Cartridges For Photosmart B109a B109n B109d B109f B110a B110c B110e B111 B210a B210c B211 C410b C309a C309n C309g C310a B209a B209c B010a B8550 B8553 C5324 C5380 C5383 C5390 C6300 C6324 C6380 D5400 D5460 5510 5515 6510 7510, Chipped, Ready for use
Offered by ECS Inks
Price: £6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Work fine. I need to clean the heads occasionally, 31 Oct. 2014
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No complaints. Work fine. I need to clean the heads occasionally, but that's probably because I don't print regularly. Can't see the ink level in the black cartridge, hence the picky docking of a star, but the colour cartridges show levels just fine.


Pure Heroine
Pure Heroine
Price: £4.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New kid, 28 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Pure Heroine (Audio CD)
Unpredictable - slightly goth kid releases mid-paced atmospheric trip-hop album and cleans up at the Brits and Grammy's. A few feathers ruffled along the way - the media-invented 'dissing' of fellow stars simply a pop fan saying what she thinks. 16-year old girl has opinions shock. Charmingly, Taylor Swift, a supposed 'victim' ('flawless' is now an insult?) has befriended Lorde, shopping and parties together. Girls in a bubble.

The music? Well, she's big because she's *good*. Royals+filler wouldn't have me singing her praises, but there are more potential singles on the album (Team already is, 400 lux and Buzzcut Season my pick of the rest.). She has a great voice, a rapper's sense of the rhythm of words (plus tunes, minus the wearying attitude), and a great sense of melody and harmony. A small quibble relates to best song 'Team', which is marred by an obtrusive beat. Tiffany Alvord's U-Toob cover sounds better. But perhaps I'm just an old fogey; I still wind it back for another go-round.


Crimson/Red
Crimson/Red
Price: £10.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than ... not quite up there with ..., 8 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Crimson/Red (Audio CD)
A fickle bunch, we Sprout fans! More glowing reviews for this than LCTWWM ... yet for me, it's not quite up to that standard. Aurally better, since it's more than just demos, but God Watch Over You and Angel of Love from that collection were among the best Sprout songs ever. There is nothing on this perfectly fine collection that hits that spot. But it is good - very good. Paddy on the radio amusingly recounted the tale of how he was gently reminded he'd promised a new album - 'promised' as in contractually obliged! - and flew into the studio in panic. Hearteningly, he shelved another project to do so, so perhaps things are looking up for the thirsty fan. The album suffers a little from some non-ideal sound choices - 'Billy', for example, not enhanced by the clunky harmonica sound on the intro - but that voice, not heard since 2001 but for the acoustic Steve McQueen tracks, is as fine as ever. Not to everone's taste, of course - some of us are *far* too macho to respond to romantic visions - but for others, even those of us old enough to know better, being in love with love still matters (just don't tell the missus, as he wryly notes on the sleeve!).

Just one thing: no lyrics? Again?


When The World Knows Your Name
When The World Knows Your Name
Price: £24.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Instant nostalgia, 31 Oct. 2012
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For some reason I never bought this. Knew and liked the many singles that came off it, but didn't bother with the album itself ... but I caught up with them live in 2012, loved them, finally bought it ... what a treat! Song after song of outstanding class and quality. The first four tracks, singles all, make it more like a Greatest Hits than a standalone album, but they could have hit the top 20 with several more. Standout moment is when Lorraine gets a brief few solo words ... like Wendy in Prefab Sprout, but with more 'oomph', she adds beautiful feminine colour to the songs. And Scotland's Mr Sport, Dougie Vipond, drives the whole confection like a train - a great drummer. Was there ever a better, thumping intro than 'Real Gone Kid'?

So I find myself, at 55, catching up with an album that takes me right back to ... ["1987 ... 1988 ... 1989"], even with songs that I only just heard ... better late than never. Don't miss out.


Let's Change The World With Music
Let's Change The World With Music
Price: £5.50

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet symphonies, 15 Sept. 2009
You almost feel like they owe you something, the artists you love. A way with a melody, a turn of lyric, and you're hooked .... how dare they stop your supply! "I'll grow a long and silver beard, and duty will not track me down" ... It is heartening to see Paddy out again, even doing interviews; the album at 20 in the charts. We had assumed that was it - dare we hope for another trip into the studio, with the gang in tow?

I chanced upon Prefab Sprout following Jordan's release and I doubt I will love an album quite so much. I trawled the back catalogue, caught those new releases when they came, but every one felt like the end. And so it is again. If only ... If only this had come out, Dolby-produced, Conti-driven and Wendy-adorned, when my little girl was 3. My little girl now off to medical school (and named after another artist with a variable work ethic, Kate Bush!). The Beatles famously churned out Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt Pepper in the course of 18 months ....

Do I sound ungrateful? Don't get me wrong: MacAloon's polished-up demos knock spots off ... pretty much anything going on these days. In themselves they give a fascinating insight into the MacAloon working method, but they are fully-realised pieces, and collectively they form, even as they stand, the Sprouts' second-best album, a more worthy follow-up to Jordan than the shimmering beauties of Andromeda Heights. It really is that good. For what we receive, may the Lord make us truly grateful! XTC are quiet, Steely Dan and Joni past their best - I'm still an avid consumer of music, and there are gems aplenty out there, but music of this quality is like hen's teeth. It is all you would expect - melodic, intelligent, soulful, barking. Paddy's love of music mirrors our own; he's a fan too.


Tambourine
Tambourine
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £12.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Touches all the bases, 7 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: Tambourine (Audio CD)
I am not the biggest fan of Country, but for some artists - Gretchen Peters, Beth Neilsen Chapman, Tift Merritt - it is more a pigeonhole of convenience than a Parental Advisory warning of hats, pedal steel and excess twang in guitar and voice.

This, her second, is the standout of Tift's three albums so far. It covers a lot of bases, very successfully - alt.country on Stray Paper, blues on Still Pretending, country rock on Wait it Out, Dusty on U-Turn.... She has a splendid turn of lyric too. I can so empathise with the lady of Still Pretending, with the sadness of a sidelined town on Laid a Highway (probably my favourite), and the poetry of Plainest Thing.

Highly recommended for lovers of the female perspective - or just quality music.


The Script
The Script
Price: £4.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sticking to..., 17 Nov. 2008
This review is from: The Script (Audio CD)
Once in a while a band springs into popular consciousness fully formed and dripping with talent. The Script are one such. Great voice, excellent drumming; songwriting, playing and arranging all of high quality. Other commentators have drawn parallels with John Mayer, Coldplay, Paolo Nutini and Sting, and they are not too wide of the mark. Interestingly, those comparisons are intended to highlight an unease over originality, but a common thread is also that these artists are so adept at what they do, many people find them annoying.

I was unmoved by debut single "We Cry" - they evidently listen to a lot more hip hop/R n B or whatever you'd call it than I do. The album leads off with that song, but then there follows a straight run of 5 hook-laden pop songs that certainly justify the price of admission, from Before the Worst to Rusty Halo (something in the voice in that one reminds me of nothing more than `80's Aussies Men at Work!). The Man Who Can't Be Moved is the song that changed my mind - "self-pitying toss", another reviewer called it, a label encompassing some 80% of pop music. Lyrically, it doesn't bear too close an inspection - the guy is more likely to get a restraining order than a reconciliation. But, it's touching in its way, and as catchy as hell. Weakest track is "If You See Kay" - just an excuse for a naughty acronym.

It all may pall eventually, but for now, it's glued to the cd player.


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