Mr. Beams Remote Control LED Spotlight
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Check out the product page for the MB371 model
So that’s how it works. I got one of these in a BOC long ago, and couldn’t figure out how to work it. I figured it was broken, and tossed it out.
If I buy more than one, will they all respond to the same remote or will I have to turn them all on individually using separate remotes?
The video on the product page shows that you can sync multiple lights to the same remote.
These are one of Mr. Beams’ better products. They are very easy to mount - one screw does it. Vertical or horizontal, spin around 360 degrees, tilt up and down. Since it only comes on when it’s dark and when there is motion, the batteries last forever. I haven’t changed the batteries yet on the ones I put up two years ago. The one that illuminates the front door is great for unlocking the door at night from the outside, without fumbling around to find the lock. And of course by the corners of the garage is a very handy location. Probably having the added feature of the remote control makes them useful in even more places.
Just make sure you don’t use those silver colored batteries with a name beginning with the letter “E”. They are very bad for leaking when left in for a long time. Often a leaking alkaline battery will ruin whatever device it’s placed in. Use the gold colored ones with a name beginning with a “D”. I have never seen one of those leak.
That’s funny because I had the exact opposite experience with some batteries in a childs toy that was recently handed down to my son. 3 of the toys had silver batteries and no leaking, the fourth had black and copper colored batteries and the mess was so bad that I put the battery cover back on and moved along. (I previous preferred the black branded ones)
It says… MB371 or MB370
How do we get to choose??
Is the brown one model and the white another model??
Sorry if I’ve missed reading something.
Which is which???
Edit: Nevermind. Same options, model #'s for different colors.
A lot of mixed reviews on Amazon though.
That video on the front page is very helpful to understanding how these work. Clever remote features.
…now I need to figure out how to rewire the power for 12 volts (guessing it is 3 x 1.5 = 4.5 or approx 5 volts so shouldn’t be too difficult) for an off-grid solar power environment (no love for D-cells).
Which should I get, this one or the other one, in an event,
That is a 3 pack, but this one has a remote… Ah, decisions.
Chatted with a rep on Mr. Beams website. Decided to give these a try as she was adamant they would work to light a sports court we have without the need to run more electricity. She said two would work (2250 square feet for the court) even though the description says 400 ft sq per light. Given the price, bought three and we will see how it works. Changing the batteries could be an issue but we are designing a way to raise and lower the lights versus breaking out the big ladder. If nothing else, I will be able to detail for everyone the next time these are offered.
A quick solution for raising and lowering the lights, especially if you already have poles of some sort around the court…
Mount these on the end of secondary poles (or simply 2x4s. Install hinges on the other end of the secondary poles. Secure the other end of those hinges to the base or whatever convenient height of the existing poles, such that when the hinges are closed (secondary poles folded upward), your new lights rise to whatever height you’ve provided in the length of the secondary poles. Install a pulley at the top of the existing poles and run a rope/cable thru that pully with one rope end secured to the top (light end) of the new secondary pole and route the other end of the rope down the back of the existing pole. Install a turnbuckle at a convenient height on the existing pole for securing the rope. Raise and lower the new secondary hinged light pole by pulling or releasing the rope.
If there are no existing poles then install poles (below a frost line, if any) into the ground and use them. Note these new poles probably don’t have to extend out of the ground much more than 3-5 feet. The “secondary” poles provide the light height. The ground mounted poles are only an anchor for the secondary poles to rest against.