mrBEAMS 360 LED Spotlight Review
A week ago I installed two of the mrBEAMS 360 LED spotlights.
The ones I put in were white, but you can get them in dark brown too.
These exterior spotlights are:
- powered by three D batteries
- activated by motion
- stay on for just 30 seconds unless they continue to sense motion
- can talk to other lights wirelessly so many can come on if just one is activated
These lights were a breeze to install. I had them up and working in just minutes.
When I first installed the batteries in my kitchen after unpacking them, I thought they were broken as the lights didn't activate.
I soon figured out that the on/off switch only works when daylight disappears and it's twilight or dark. This is a good feature to preserve the battery power.
I set the dip switches so both lights would be on the same network and sure enough, when you walked near one, both lights came on.
I was slightly flummoxed by the inferior instructions. The way they show to install the batteries is WRONG.
The illustration clearly shows to put the positive terminal of the batteries UP. You have to put one of them down and you better get it right since the case is a triangle. It's not as easy as it appears. Realize the spring always goes on the negative side of the battery.
The light broadcast by the lights is not bad. With both of them on, it does produce plenty of light to illuminate my entire apron area in front of my garage doors so I can walk safely from my truck to my house. I'd say the square footage of the area is about 900 square feet.
I love the wireless capability so you can put these on different networks.
You can also have many of them and not turn on the connection mode at all. Leave the dip switches off and each light works independently. This might be a great way to illuminate a long walkway so long as you make sure you have the motion detection cones overlapping. That might take some adjustment.