GE 11242 LED Motion Sensing Night Light with Auto On/Off (043180112422)

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GE 11242 Motion Sensing Night Light - Nice, basic unit.

Jan 12, 2012 (Updated Sep 6, 2013)
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Pros:Nice, bright lights.

Cons:Narrow field of vision.  No manual overrides, no settings.

The Bottom Line: It's nice to have a hallway light up when you approach.


Ours is a very well-lit house.  This is thanks to my husband who seems to be obsessed with the notion that every corner of the house must have a nightlight so that there are no dark spots.  But not all nightlights are created equal.  No, we have many different types.  In one long hallway we have the GE Motion Sensing LED light, model 11242.

I have to say that as nightlights go, this one is very attractive.  It is white in the middle and the sides are made from a very shiny chrome.   It is 4.5” tall and nearly 3” wide.  There are two LED light bulbs, one near the top and one near the bottom.  In the middle is a curved motion-sensing “eye”. 

The purpose of this light is to come on, automatically, as long as two conditions are met.  It has to be a low-light condition, and it has to detect motion.  The first part works very well.  The light “knows” if it’s sitting in a low-light or high-light condition.  If it’s reasonably light in the surrounding area, this light will not come on.  This is a good feature, because there is simply no reason to come on, if the area is already well-lit.  On the other hand, if it’s fairly dark (think dusk through dawn), then the light will come on.  This part of the light works very well.  The light never comes on during the day, and it always comes on at night.

As far as the motion sensing goes, this part works fine as long as the motion is within a very narrow field.  By this I mean that the light can sense motion well, but only if the motion is straight ahead of the light, or at a slight angle.  In other words, its eye’s range of vision is not nearly wide enough, in my opinion.  I blame a design flaw.  Despite the curvature of the light’s front plate, it’s simply not curved enough.  In my case, the light is on the wall, in the middle of a long, narrow hallway.  You can enter the hallway and get all the way until you are within 3 feet of the light, before it will come on.  A better design would have allowed the field of vision to be much wider - closer to 180 degrees than what we have now.  On the other hand, when you approach the light straight on, it reacts very nicely to motion up to 15 or so feet away.  (The specs claim it will work up to 20 feet, but in our case, it seems to be just a bit less than that).

Once the light comes on, it stays on for just under two minutes.  There is no way to adjust this setting; other lights allow you to choose how long the light stays on.  There is also no manual switch on this light.  You can’t simply press a button to turn it on or off.  It only works as a motion sensor.

When the light does come on, it is bright and strong, lighting the hallway nicely.  This would be a decent light for a bathroom, a kid’s room, or just a dark corner of the house.  But plan its location well, given its narrow field of vision.

I would call this a nice, basic light.  It’s inexpensive (around $15), and does its job reasonably well.  But it doesn’t have many (or any) options.  And its narrow field of vision limits its usefulness.


Other motion-sensor ideas for your home:

Capstone Wireless Motion Sensor Light

Ideaworks Motion Activated Cordless Light 7 LED Bulbs

Leviton Motion Sensing Switch


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