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A lot of lights for the money but not really for outdoor use
on 12 December 2012
As an indoor decorative light this item is a lot of lights for not a lot of money. 300 pure white bulbs spaced about 10 cm apart. With 8 different light patterns it works well enough and looks very attractive but I would not consider it in any way suitable for outdoor use except in completely dry weather.
The controller is marked IP44 which means it should be protected against 1mm solid objects and splashing water however this would entirely depend on which way up the controller is hung. From the outside the cable entry points would not appear to be sealed against water ingress at all. It is definitely not waterproof and would almost certainly be at risk in anything but the very lightest of rain. The product description does state that it is not totally waterproof.
There is only about 5 cm between the controller and first LED bulb so if there is a risk of rain you have to choose whether to have the controller outside and unprotected or have part of your lighting hidden away so the controller can be sheltered. This could be overcome by wrapping the controller in a polythene bag tightly fastened The distance between the 3 pin UK style 13 amp mains pug and the controller is around 1 meter. I needed to extend this and so dismantled the mains plug. I was surprised to discover a pathetic attempt to make it more water resistant had been made by squirting in a small amount of mastic sealant through the cable entry hole (although this may in fact have been an attempt to improve the efficiency of the cable grip as the wires are quite thin and would not have been gripped very tightly otherwise.
Of more concern was the fact that this plug was fitted with a standard 13 amp fuse which is way too strong and would not blow quick enough in the event of a fault. THIS SHOULD BE CHANGED IMMEDIATELY BEFORE USING THIS UNIT. Whilst the appliance is not marked with any power rating it is unlikely that each led would draw more than 1 watt x 300 leds = maximum 300 watts in total which means a 3 amp fuse would be more than adequate.
Despite the criticism about the fuse rating (which is easily rectified) this is quite a nice set of lights and, if the fuse were correct, would have been 5*