Who says you can’t buy the least expensive item on the wall and still get good results? Not me. I suppose these lights weren’t the “least” expensive, but pretty darn close.
When it comes to lighting, the price usually starts pretty reasonably, then gets a little higher and finally gets just stupid. I am not sure I have ever purchased an expensive light fixture, but strangely enough, every one I have bought looked great. Go figure. (the same is true with shower heads and door knobs, but I already covered that)
I had a project sitting on my to-do list for a while. The project was to switch out the current lighting fixtures we had on the sides of the front door and replace them with motion detecting lighting fixtures. We had motion sensing wall lights on the old house and I really liked them. They are great for seeing what you are doing when trying to get inside. It’s funny that I waited this long on this project. I guess it slipped me by. The impending darkness reminded me.
A few days ago, we were shopping at the Costco up in Enfield. We were pulling out of the parking lot when I remembered that there was a Home Depot a few stores down. I thought it would be better to visit this Home Depot while we were already out, instead of making a special trip. I made a right and off we went.
When we got inside, we made our way to the lighting aisle. We were confronted with a wall full of blinking lights. The lights were blinking because it was full of the motion sensing fixtures that I was looking for. The scene was pretty funny…as we walked down the aisle, the lights seems to follow us. They were only on “test” mode, so they shut right off. After a while, I think I got a little distracted because every time I would walk over to check something out, a light would blink on right in my eyes.
The two of us went back and forth for a little while discussing which fixtures were our favorites. We ended up getting the ones I liked because as I said towards the top of this post, they were less expensive than most of the other fixtures. Again, there were those teensy weensy little fixtures that were really cheap, but not really what we were looking for.
Hampton Bay Exterior Motion Sensor Wall Lantern Light
Hampton Bay Exterior Motion Sensor Wall Lantern Light box
When we got back, I started getting these things installed. I turned off the breaker and pulled the old fixtures off the wall. I hooked up the new fixtures and turned the breaker on. I set the switches on the fixture to the most sensitive heat and the longest stay on time and waited for dark.
A few hours later when it was nice and dark outside, I went back out to walk in front of the lights. They turned on and made me a happy boy. I went back inside to do some more work. Then, about a half hour later, I took a look outside the window. I noticed that they lights were still on. Not good.
I went back outside and changed the settings. I think the wind was messing with the sensors. The package says something about heat, but I guess motion sets the lights off too…moving heat. Not sure how branches count as heat, but I’m not a lighting engineer.
I changed the switch settings to medium sensitivity and the lowest stay on time. From there on, everything worked great.
So great…I got two more fixtures today to replace the garage fixtures with.
October 3, 2009 at 9:47 pm
These home improvement posts make me happy.
(Not the majorly boring ones all about your grass or which mulch products are the best.)
But these – the ones I can relate to.
And especially this one because it is an affordable home improvement project that I can not only relate to but actually need to do.
Our motion light between the garage doors is shot. I thought I needed to call an electrician… but maybe not!?
Warren Pae says:
July 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm
I bought this light in May working fine till now – after we had a storm last week the light just blinks off and on. Tried reset and still not working just blinks.
Dennis M. Grogan says:
December 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm
The Photoelectric switch on my motion detecting front porch lantern has failed! The light will not shut off unless I use the power switch inside the house. The information on the inside of the lantern states: a small seal reads, Hampton Bay 12746- . Then it has : Power:120 vac, 60 hz . F12746 Cor:561-352 2420 And then a long number, 0 46335 82190 3 . Then on the bottom it states, Photoelectric Switch MA-200-A Merritway E209765 . How do I get a replacement? Thank You, D.M. Grogan
THOMAS TESNY says:
June 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm
have recieved a hampton #7762 in working order ?, not new, possible to get a instruction manual to set it up on my deck. w/wiring diagram..thank you
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