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I like to have my garage and walkway well lit when I come home at night, so years ago I installed a motion sensor fixture on my garage. I’ve never been happy with it because the motion sensor is so unreliable. Either it doesn’t catch motion or it stays on all night. So I was really excited to try out the new This isn’t one of those cheap plastic units. The body is made from die-cast aluminum, so it’s built to last. The individual LED lights are extremely well made and easy to aim. Plus, it comes fully assembled, so installation is easy.
The Revolve LED Motion Activated Floodlight is available as a triple-LED or twin-LED model. The motion sensor in the triple-LED unit covers a 270-degree area, while the sensor in the twin-LED model covers a 180-degree area. Both models detect motion out to 50 ft. The fixture is available in either white or bronze to match your home’s d?cor. Plus, you can choose between a warmer (3,500 degrees K) light color and bluer daylight (5,000 degrees K) color. I opted for the white triple-LED unit. That way it can light up a portion of my neighbor’s parking pad, my garage door and the alley. The best installation spot was in the corner of my garage eave.
After I flipped off the circuit breaker and doubled-checked that the power was off with my voltage sniffer, the installation took only about 20 minutes. I wired the connectorized pigtail to the existing wiring in the electrical box. Then I attached the mounting plate to the recessed electrical box and ran the grounding wire to the green screw on the plate. To finish the installation, I just plugged the light into the pigtail connector and pushed the unit up toward the rotating receiver arm. The arm has two large dimples that correspond to two large depressions on the back of the light. Once the dimples and depressions mate, the unit self-aligns. At that point, all I had to do was turn in the mounting screws. It’s a great design that eliminates having to hunt for the threaded screw holes.
Once the light was fully mounted, I made a final adjustment to align the body of the light with my eave. Then I caulked the gap between the light and the soffit. Next I used the aiming tool (included in the box) to shine each LED light exactly where I wanted the light. Then I put the unit in test mode and set the motion detector’s sensitivity and light-on time. The instructions say to wait 48 hours before making any more motion sensor adjustments so the sensor can acclimate to your surroundings and reach full sensitivity.
The unit has a built-in light sensor so the lights work only at night. However, I can switch the unit into dusk-to-dawn mode at any time (where the lights turn on at dusk and stay on all night until dawn). To activate that feature, I just have to flip the power off and on two times within three seconds. To switch back to motion sensor mode, I turn the power off for a few seconds, then back on.
The triple-LED Revolve sells for about $100 at home centers and is backed by a five-year warranty. Both the twin- and triple-LED units are Energy Star rated and use about 27 watts and 32 watts, respectively. That’s significantly better than my old incandescent floodlights. Even if I choose the dusk-to-dawn mode, the electricity will cost less than $1.75 per month during the winter months (12 hours of darkness at 0.14 per kWh).
UPDATE: I liked the Revolve LED the minute I installed it, but I like it even more after using it for several weeks. The LED lights are much brighter than my old floodlights, so they do a better job of lighting up the area around my garage. I also like the fact that I’ll never have to climb a ladder to change the bulbs. The motion sensor works flawlessly. Finally, I like the contemporary low-profile design and the crystal-like lenses. It’s simply more attractive than the old ’50s-era floodlights.
— Rick Muscoplat, Contributing Editor
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