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138 of 140 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2010
The light has adjustment for both duration of time on and light sensitivity, although this does mean it takes time to set up. The PIR sensitivity is very good. The recommended fitting height is 1.8 to 2m but I have mine at 2.3m (i.e. over the door) and they still work fine. The casing is really designed for a short bulb but will take larger ones. I am using large 20W energy saving bulbs which do partially extend up into the top but this doesn't detract significantly from their effectiveness. The unit has a switched live (LS) terminal as well as live, neutral and earth. This enables the light to be wired to have an over-ride switch to turn it on - although this isn't shown in the installation instructions. Overall the light is good value considering the low price.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2013
Overall this is a nice unit, particularly for the price. It is made from a light metal (probably aluminium) that has been lightly coated with a black paint-cum-lacquer; the paint layer has a crusted, rather old-world appearance. There is no bulb but the unit can take both (old) tungsten or low energy bulbs.

Unfortunately it uses the large screw type fitting (compared to the bayonet fitting) that isn't common in the UK, although with a little searching around you'll find suitable bulbs. Also, as reported by others there are four connections in the unit not three. But this is actually a great feature since the unit can now work with one switch (ie, standard on/off mode) or with two different switches (ie, either switch turning on or off the unit). Also (at least in my box) there was a piece of paper show how to wire up the unit in either configuration.

The real downside of this unit for me were the length of the screws -- particular those that hold the wiring box close (the box that is against the wall in the picture). There is only about 1mm of screw showing out of the end. I search the house and found a suitable longer screw that has worked well for me, but it isn't an exact match since the original screws have an hexagonal head to recess them and without this my screws proud. For me and my installation this was okay but it might be different for others. This really shouldn't have been a problem and I'm surprised by the manufacturer, clearly they haven't bothered installing their devices to see if they work in the real world.

Overall then a reasonable good product that was let down by some poor design. It's cheap enough to get and buy screws if you need.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2015
I purchased two of these with the intention to install one at the front of our house and another at the rear. As it happens, I only needed one when I subsequently (careless of me) realised that the existing light facing our rear garden was already a fully functioning sensor light.

Anyway, less than a month into installing this Byron Elro PIR lamp it stopped functioning. I've used the right wattage lamps and installed it using a qualified electrician. I felt quite glad that I had purchased two, and invited my electrician over to check into the matter. As it turns out, the lamp holder had developed a defect during this short time. He installed the 2nd one and went on his way. 3 weeks into that installation the second lamp has stopped functioning. I doubt I am unlucky with two identical units. And, knowing that there are no wiring issues at my home I would quite confidently put it down to the two units being faulty. A rather poor record for a company manufacturing these units. Will not buy any more, and contacting Amazon as we speak to formalise a complaint. Hope someone finds this useful.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2011
After spending £200 for an electrician to fit this and another light, I was really annoyed to find that the light would only turn on and off at the switch. Being a clever girl and knowing that 'professional' work men NEVER READ INSTRUCTIONS, I decided to take a look for myself. If you do read the instructions, you will see that there are 2 ways to wire the light, one of which gives a manual over-ride. Luckily I didn't have to pay for another electrician because my clever brother came round and switched the wires and now the light goes on and off and works perfectly well. Be clever, make your electrician read the instructions and you will be happy with this light!
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2011
I never thought I would be writing a good review on this product. For 3 weeks now I have been cursing it and was close to returning it with poor feedback, but I have finally got it working and I am now happy. This is a good product at a good price, but it has the worst instructions I have ever seen. I even got through to Byron in the end and spoke to one of their teckies. There were two main problems..... 1. The secret black hood at the front that hides the PIR adjustments took me days to discover. I found the answer eventually on one of Amazon's reviews. 2. The wiring. There are 4 terminals and only 3 wires! The first time I wired it up all my lights and power tripped out. I then wired it a different way and the light stayed on permanently - i.e. no PIR. Anyway, after a frustrating 3 weeks it is now working well. Byron / Elro - please, please, please get your instructions sorted out - I am not the only person to have mentioned this.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2010
This PIR security light does what it says on the box.Instruction were black and white photos.Some of which were a bit dark and obscure.Took a while to work out where the sensitivity and time delay controls were hidden.But i guess it means it doesnt have to be in a million languages.All in all not a bad light.PS DOESN'T come with a bulb.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2010
I bought the item to replace the existing outside light in front of the house. With my basic electrical knowledge I managed to replace the old light (another make) with this one. It was fairly simple to instal as well as to set up the timing and light sensitivity. It works very well unlike the one I had before (which was unpredictable). I am , so far, happy with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2014
nice looking lamp , aluminum construction not plastic like alot of these are , real glass not perspex , looks as nice as the diy store ones costing £25 or more

the fixings are poor as mentioned elsewhere , need to be a bit longer really

no cut outs or provisions for running the wire down the outside of the wall..easily sorted with a file

simple to wire up assuming you have some basic diy skills , the instructions are close to useless and dont really tell you anything

takes up to a 100 watt bulb unlike some ...although its a harder to find screw fixing

the pir seems to work as intended , has 2 controls , timer for how long you want the lamp on , and lux which is if you want it to come in the day or night ..THERES NO PROVISION FOR DECREASING THE RANGE id say its around 8-10 meters , i tried decreasing its view with a peice of black tape but this fooled it into thinking it was always night time and then lit up 24/7

overall good value for what it cost me , expect some minor frustration with the fixings but its no big deal , a range ajustment would make this much better

OH and it says 2 year warrenty , theres no conctact details or info for who to speak to during these 2 years , so warrenty might be close to useless unless amazon will change it in those 2 years
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2014
This lantern is very inexpensive(well, it is as I write this review) and is as well finished and performs just as satisfactorily as some more expensive models. However, one thing to look out for when fitting is the bolts that hold the metal lamp bracket to the plastic wall mounting. These bolts are not captive (so remember to push them in through the rear of the mounting before screwing it to the wall!)and slot into circular moulded holes on the rear of the mounting. But the holes are deeper than the bolt heads so when you offer up the lamp assembly it pushes the bolts back as far as they'll go and there isn't enough thread sticking out at the front of the lamp bracket to allow you to screw on the retaining nuts. So remember to pack something behind the bolt heads for maximum protrusion before mounting the mounting or you'll have to take it off and start again!
One good thing. The finial unscrews so if, like me, you want to fit the lamp under a porch overhang you can remove the finial and gain a couple of inches elevation. A bolt and washer will seal the resultant hole in the top.
Anyway, my lamp works well so far, even though setting up the 'when will it light up level' and light duration controls (very vaguely marked) meant standing out in the cold with a stopwatch for a while.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2012
I guess it's a case of 'you get what you pay for'...

At first, my only reservation was the over-sensitivity of this lantern's motion detector. It came on at passing traffic (over 10 metres away), tree leaves blowing in the wind and other unknown sources. However, it has lately been most erratic; switches on for no apparent reason then flashes on and off several times. As it can be seen from the lounge, it's most distracting/annoying. It was a cheap purchase (compared to other outlets) but I'd still expect it to work properly. Exploring whether it's eligible for replacement within 12 month warranty...
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