SolarCentre Astron64 Solar Security Light
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- DIY Week Security Product of the Year winner 2012. Totally DIY Best Security Product 2013
- Commercial grade solar security light with 150W mains-equivalent brightness. Designed to work in UK winter
- Completely solar powered, no mains required. Can deliver 200 activations of 30 seconds once fully charged
- Highest level of waterproofing out of any solar security light (IP56 rated)
- Digital motion sensor with time and lux settings offers greater accuracy and can be mounted either 20cm or 1.2m away from light
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The Astron64 is the brightest, most reliable, most versatile and most waterproof solar security light we have ever made. The Astron64 is as bright as a mains-powered security light and can deliver an astonishing 200 activations of 30 seconds once fully charged. This commercial grade solar security light has a remote PIR motion sensor which can be mounted between 20cm and 1.2m from the light.
How does it work?
During the day the Astron64 Solar Security Light's 2.5 watt solar panel charges its internal 2500mAh Lithium Ion battery giving it the power it needs to light after dark.
After dark the Astron64 will activate as soon as it detects motion. The time the Astron64 stays lit for is adjustable from 5 seconds to 1 minute. At dawn the Astron64 stops activating and starts charging again ready for the night ahead.
How do I install it?
Find the best location for your solar panel within 5 metres of where you plan to have the floodlight. The location needs to be as south facing as possible and free from light obstructions such as buildings, trees, fences, bushes or the shadows that these create.
1. Connect the u-shaped solar panel mounts to the solar panel
2. Position solar panel in desired location and mark holes in u-mounts
3. Drill holes, apply screw plugs and screw panel into place
4. Remove bracket from light and position in desired location
5. Mark holes in bracket, drill holes and insert screw plugs
6. Screw bracket into place and reconnect light to it
7. Position PIR motion sensor and mark holes using supplied template
8. Drill holes and screw PIR motion sensor into place
9. Connect PIR cable to light
10. Connect solar panel cable to light and turn on
What is a ‘remote motion sensor’?
Many customers have asked us to make a solar security light that has a separate PIR motion sensor rather than a PIR attached to the light head. A remote motion sensor gives much greater freedom when setting up your lighting and detection areas. The Astron motion sensor comes with 20cm of cable which enables it to be neatly mounted close to the light. Also in the box is a 1m extension cable so you can locate the PIR motion sensor up to 1.2m away from the light unit should you wish.
How waterproof is it?
The Astron64 Solar Security Light is IP56 rated.
Waterproofing is rated by the IP (International Protection) system which consists of the letters IP followed by two digits. The first digit after IP ranks a products protection against solid objects. The second digit after the IP rates a products ability to protect against liquids.
The Astron Solar Floodlight is IP56 rated making it our most waterproof light yet. IP56 means the Astron is protected against dust - limited ingress (no harmful deposit) and protected against strong jets of water e.g. for use on shipdecks - limited ingress permitted.
1 x Astron64 Solar Security Light
1 x PIR motion detector (20cm of cable attached)
1 x 1m PIR motion sensor extension cable
1 x 2.5 Watt Solar Panel
5m of cable attached to solar panel
2 x Solar panel u-mounts
Fittings for solar panel, light and PIR motion sensor
Top Customer Reviews
I was surprised none of my fellow reviewers took issue with the solar cell mount. Because in my opinion, that one took out all the fun out of installing this lamp.
While the lamp itself seems to be of high quality (and nicely designed), I dare to call the solar panel and its mount "cheap". It's provided with two brackets, that hold the panel at a 45 degree angle. And that's it. If you want to swivel it, you have to swivel the whole panel which looks just wrong. Mounting the brackets to the panel is painful, since the solar panel is essentially an aluminium picture frame with four holes at the back. It's left to the buyer to figure out how to get the nuts behind the frame and the screws inserted into the brackets. It took me about half an hour to get the four screws in. The manufacturer saves a few pennies at the cost of their customers.
The other disappointment was the cable between lamp and solar pannel. While the PIR detector has an additional cable, that allows for some adjustment in the distance between lamp and detector, there is only one length of cable for the solar pannel (8m I believe). If you want to shorten it, you need a soldering iron.
Once installed, the painful installation is quickly forgotten, though, The PIR detector works well, I found an acceptable setting for timer, brightness and sensitivity relatively quickly.
The wife is happy because the lamp looks nice and visitors appreciate no longer having to find their way in the dark.
Would buy again, but hope manufacturer has improved solar panel mount by then.
Also very easy to put up and with no electricity bills...thrilled with it and think I'll be ordering another one
However while the back garden is catered for the path at the side of my house is particularly dark due to the proximity of 20ft conifers along the boundary. I've positioned the Astron 64 high up on the gable end and its providing a superb light when walking down the side of my house, and not once have I seen a drop in light intensity, (the solar panel is mounted on a west facing wall so doesn't get sun until the afternoon), though to be honest I didn't expect any drop in performance based on my experience with the Evo security lights I have already.
This light is well made and easy to install even for a beginner, if I could change one thing about it would be to have it in black rather than white but this would never be a deal breaker just a preference. Powering mains security lights is becoming a luxury with the cost of electricity however the Astron 64 is a worthy replacement light.
The light itself is VERY high quality and a superb build. I am sure it will last a long time, but if you are powerful floodlight, I am afraid this is NOT the one.
We also have a small 120w halogen security light and it is SO much brighter I cannot even describe the difference.
I would still buy this unit if you have a small area to light, but we wanted the whole of our driveway and garden and this just doesn't have the power as advertised.
I ordered the Astron64 to cover areas in my garden that are very difficult to cover well with conventional mains security lights. The problem with mains security lights is that intruders are able to bypass them altogether by hugging the wall on which they are mounted and walk under them. The Astron64 with an Evo56 mounted opposite entry points, covers entry into the garden and blind areas. This not only provides an instant visual alert in event of an intrusion but lights the dark alley way very well when the bins need taking out.
The Astron64 arrived very quickly today, well before the expected ETA given and I was advised by text message 24 hours and then 3 hours before delivery. On unboxing, this product immediately sets itself apart from other solar lights with it's metal construction. It feels very sturdy and solidly built. It took just under 30 minutes to install the the Astron64 and I'm sure I will enjoy many years of solid service.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased this product back in Nov 2013 and worked seamlessly until last week...I don't understand why. Tried resetting the sensor without luck. Read morePublished 10 months ago by kostas
I bought two of these in 2013. One stopped working in less than 12 months and I assumed it was a faulty battery (was installed at height and not easy to check). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sheila
Very very good solar light with high output, a lot of people find the mount itself a bugger to fit the light on and I had encounter the same problem at the first one I bought as... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Yiu W.
I was very surprised with how bright this unit is, had a minor problem at the beginning when delivered as the rocker switch in the bottom of the light unit didn't work which... Read morePublished on 31 May 2015 by Gazibe
Hit and miss product. For the price you would expect it to at least work most of the time. Sensor seems faultyPublished on 24 May 2015 by Amazon Customer
Worked really well, Brighter than expected. Battery life is long considering solar re chargePublished on 8 Mar. 2015 by Eifion Roberts