I have tried a great many garden lights in the past and as technology develops they just keep getting better. This new £12.99 solar light from UNISUN exemplifies this. It as a smaller solar panel but lights longer and more brightly than earlier generation rivals.
The 17 x 7 x 10 cm 200gm light arrived packaged in a plain unbranded box along with a mounting kit (screws and wall plugs) and a small but well-printed User Guide. I include a scan of the User Guide at the end of my unboxing video.
This light is very bright indeed and offers a 270-degree light spread arc due to the use of 98 LEDs in two angled banks. On top is a small PET laminated silicon solar panel offering an impressive 20.5% conversion efficiency. This should be enough to run continuously throughout a summer night and in motion detection mode during the UK winter using the internal 2200mAh battery. Incidentally, the battery is a standard 18650 type which could easily be replaced if needed. The small control button is housed on the front beneath the domed motion detection sensor. The ABS plastic unit is IP65 waterproof which means it should be fine in the worst UK rainstorm but my advice would be to keep it away from overflows and downpipes, just to be sure.
Configuring the device is easy enough. Long press the control button for Motion Detection mode – the light turns on for fifteen seconds when motion is detected. Press again for Motion/Dim mode in which the light is dimly lit at night and turns to full power when motion is detected. Press again for Dim Mode in which the light remains continuously on in Dim mode at night. After each button press, the LEDs flash in confirmation.
This new generation light is very bright indeed for the compact size and is easy enough to mount on any flat surface. Of course, care needs to be taken to mount the device in an area with the maximum amount of sunlight for best results. For the price, this is an excellent buy.
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