Capstone Wireless Motion Sensor - Simple solution to a dark problem
Sep 6, 2013 (Updated Sep 6, 2013)
Review by Mona Ladyconsumer
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Wireless, easy to install, works great
Cons:None for me
The Bottom Line: When an annoying problem has a simple, inexpensive, and effective solution, this home-owner smiles.
Our house and yard are very well lit. Thanks to my husband, who's a bit obsessed with lighting, there are no dark spots. If there ever were to be a dark spot, hubby is quickly on the case to remedy the situation.
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His latest project involves the vestibule by the front door. We have a standard motion-sensor light hooked up, but it's in an awkward spot. As a result the motion is not always detected and the light, even when it does come on, doesn't really hit the correct spot. But instead of making a whole big electrical project out of it, we turned to a battery-operated, wireless solution.
The Capstone Wireless Motion Sensor Light comes in a two-pack. Each plastic light has a black background, a silver frame holding 12 bright LED lights, and a white motion-sensing "eye". 8" tall by 4" wide, the light is a compact size, thus easy to place in small places. Attach the light using the hanging hooks on the back (screws included) or you could use double-stick tape or Velcro.
Set the light where you want it, then you can adjust the silver frame so that it aims straight ahead, or angles downward. It can also swivel left and right, although not when it's flat against a wall. But if it's angled away from the wall, then feel free to adjust it side to side. By angling the silver frame, you're adjusting where the light goes. The point is to light up the hallway, the walkway, the closet, or the entranceway, without beaming directly into people's eyes.
The motion-sensing "eye" is mounted on the bottom portion of the light, so it moves independently of the portion where the bulbs are. The object here is to move it so that it "sees" people coming. In our case, we aim it straight out from the house's front door. The detection range is listed as 120 degrees and 25 ft. We find the actual range to be somewhat closer than that - around 18 feet or so.
You can choose to have the lights stay on for 20, 60, or 90 seconds after motion is detected. And the light can be set to On, Off, or Auto mode. In Auto mode, the lights come on when motion is detected, but only in low-light conditions. So, during the day, the lights don't come on. I like this feature.
The lights take 3 AA batteries (included). Changing them is a snap - no tools required. And, since the compartment is in the front of the light, you don't even have to take it down from the wall. And - another great feature - the low-battery indicator light. This means that you'll be alerted when the batteries are getting low. No finding out accidentally while fumbling in the dark!
Overall the Capstone Wireless Motion Sensor Light is a terrific product. Inexpensive (about $30), simple to install, and provides a valuable service. Ours has worked perfectly since we installed it. It never fails to light the way when people come towards the door. Sure, sometimes it lights up when the wind blows something across its field of vision. But that's a problem with any of our motion-sensing devices and it's really not a huge deal. I'm thrilled to have such a simple solution to our dark vestibule.
Other motion-sensor ideas for your home:
GE 11242 Motion Sensing Light
Ideaworks Cordless Motion Activated Light
Leviton Motion Sensing Switch
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