on 22 February 2011
Ordered this lamp just 36 hours ago and it arrived this lunchtime. It was well packed in bubble wrap and each of the lamps were individually boxed.
The quality of the aluminium parts were of a good standard and all the parts fitted together like a glove. It was a pleasure to assemble a product that contained no plastic. The wiring loom was pre-wired, though I would have liked another 3 inches as it was a bit tight making the top joints.
The fitting instructions were simple and they even supplied the expansion bolts to fix it into concrete.
The total assembly and completion took just 40 minutes from start to finish, and that included drilling out the bolt holes.
The paint quality was top notch, being a matt black. All the three light fittings have proper glass installed and are completely waterproof.
In conclusion, this is a high quality product at a budget price. Products priced at over twice the price do not match up to this.
on 15 May 2014
The item arrived in good time, (48 hrs) from order. It was in its original box and was well packaged, one of the lamps heads were damaged, and I e-mailed the company, and then phoned them about the issue. Customer services were very apologetic and arranged another replacement lamp head to be sent out, and arrived by tracked carrier the following morning before 10:00. The Lamp was very easy to assemble, and straight forward as long as the process was followed.
The lamp has x3 fixing bolts in an L shaped that fix into the ground. I fitted the lamp on to a Flag stone, and drilled, x3 fixing holes for the lamp and a central hole for the cable. The easiest way is to screw the securing bolts from under the flag, into the earthing triangle on the surface of the flag stone, making sure that you have enough bolt through to secure the base of the Lamp, 1/4 to 1/2 inch of bolt, and you can use the base of the lamp as a template. dig under the flag stone, the area of the base of the lamp post, approx. 10cm in depth, after putting through the feed cable, in sleeving, fed from a garden switch, 20ft away, (for protection and wire replacement if ever needed) this is filled with sand and cement, and the flag stone put back down, levelled up, and left over night to cure/ dry.
TIP: Whilst the base is drying overnight spray the bolts and screw head with matt black spray, this will give the lamp a better overall finish. The best way is to prick holes in card board and push the screw into the cardboard leaving the head showing..
The following day, start with the lamp heads, fixing via a connector in the top of the lamp, one lamp to the feed wire, and the other two to the empty side, when fixed this is pushed into the top of the lamp standard, and secured with grommet screws. The feed wire is fed down the post, which is in two pieces, the first piece is again grommet screws, and fixed together in the middle with a pinching assembly, which will let you set the lamp at a lower height if required.. I fixed the base secure first, and lay the lamp at the side of the base, exposed the electrical connector in the base to connect the wires to the external feed, and the wire from the lamp standard, stood the lamp post on the base and secured with x3 screw bolts.
To set the base and drill the holes took approx 1 hour, and the following day took approx. 30-40 minutes to complete..
The lamp has a very good appearance set in the garden and looks very solid. I have used low energy bulbs (13w) and it lights an area of approx. 70 ft very easily.
I am impressed with the quality of the lamp, Customer service of the supplier, the ease of assembly, and excellent value for money, you only need minimal DIY skills to fit this lamp.
on 28 March 2014
One page of what might loosely be referred to as "instructions". Diagrams are very poor in detail so that it is impossible for the average DIY'er to assemble. This problem is further compounded by the fact that the anchor screws are several sizes too big for the intended holes in the base. I could have enlarged the holes at the risk of compromising the integrity of the base I suppose. Could have been a good product, but these two issues alone mean it is absolutely useless.
I was considering getting my trusty electrician in on the job, and then complete the setting in concrete myself. So I set to on examining the base plate and found the second problem, which was the icing on the cake. Yet another time wasting purchase that must needlessly be returned. This is becoming an uncomfortably familiar event!! The whole unpleasantness thankfully made easier by amazons collect from the home, relatively hastle free solution.
on 17 April 2014
Unfortunately, due to inadequate attention by the purchaser, a plastic unit was ordered instead of the cast aluminium unit I wanted.
However, the Amazon returns policy has so far proved helpful and the lamp is on its way back to the supplier. I shall be ordering the aluminium lamp later today This will be the third lamp I have ordered and I've been very pleased with quality and service.
on 13 January 2014
The single sheet instructions for this lamp post defy description & interpretation! Luckily most of the assembly is common sense and we'd booked an electrician to complete the assembly and installation. Installation is not for the faint-hearted (setting in concrete), especially when some of the base screws don't want to go through the allotted holes. The lamp post is of reasonable quality for the price but our major gripe is that the product is not, and could not be, 2.1m high. Our finished lamp post is just about 1.9m which, luckily for the supplier, isn't an issue for us but it could have been - so beware!
on 10 May 2014
Arrived as arranged, a bit of a fiddle to connect up wiring I discarded the top connectors supplied and used ordinary block connectors, apart from that finished result is as expected the overall lamp post comes out a bit low but I had read other reviews that said the same. So not surprised. Overall a good value product if the wiring was easier I would have given the extra star