Mr Beams Indoor Wireless Battery-Powered LED Universal Motion Sensor Nightlight (Pack of 3) – Let There Be Light!

Mr Beams MB723 Indoor Wireless Battery-Powered LED Universal Motion Sensor Nightlight (Pack of 3)  Front View

Mr. Beams MB723 Wireless Battery-Powered Motion-Sensing LED Stick-Anywhere Nightlight, 3-Pack

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I don´t know about you, but when somebody says nightlight I get a vision of a teddy bear shaped light in a small child´s room giving off a gentle, soothing light to ward off the ghosts and monsters… Well, come to think of it I know a few adults who have them too.

Mr Beams MB723 Indoor Wireless Battery-Powered LED Universal Motion Sensor Nightlight (Pack of 3)  Possible Uses

This weeks gadget, the LED Universal Motion Sensor Nightlights, though not as cute is definitely a lot more flexible. At the heart of this clever little device is a battery powered (4 AA batteries, not included) LED light controlled by a wide angle motion sensor. If the unit picks up movement within 15 feet of the unit and within a 180 degree radius it switches on the bright LED light giving a 10 square foot coverage. If no further movement is detected the light will automatically switch off after 30 seconds. The unit only works in conditions of very low light/darkness to avoid flattening the batteries during daylight when no additional light is required.

Mr Beams MB723 Indoor Wireless Battery-Powered LED Universal Motion Sensor Nightlight (Pack of 3)  Possible Uses Child SafetyThe bright LED should never need replacing and power consumption is so low you should get around 2400 activations per battery set.

The LED Universal Motion Sensor Nightlights can be attached anywhere – hallways, stairways, steps, bathrooms, bedrooms – wherever automated light is needed for safety reasons, where a small child can´t reach a light switch for example or to avoid waking the rest of the household with a conventional light.

The unit isn´t restricted to indoor only use – the IP44 rated weatherproof design means the LED Universal Motion Sensor Nightlights can be used outside too. Installation couldn´t be easier using the included double-sided tape, or for more permanent installations the brackets and attaching screws. And being battery operated means there is no need for a mains supply.

Verdict

The LED Universal Motion Sensor Nightlights have a compact profile, are easy to install and provide an automated night light source in all those difficult locations, inside or out. Modern, reliable electronics and a bright, low power consuming LED mean this handy little gadget should be good for many years reliable service.

See How To Install The LED Universal Motion Sensor Nightlights

Customer Review of the LED Universal Motion Sensor Nightlights

“They are well constructed, and will not shatter or stop working if dropped – I dropped two of them. If you have previously had first-generation garden solar lights on spikes, you will be aware that they cast a weak pool of light. These are much better, and produce enough light to allow the user to navigate safely along a wall or on steps.

They are designed to be mounted on a flat surface, and this is easily acheived by screwing a mounting plate to the surface, then hanging the light from it. I have mounted them in quite sheltered spots, and I would have some concerns about their ability to survive a good wind-blown rainstorm as there is no weather-sealing round the battery cover (I was wrong about this – see follow-up). So far, though, outside in a reasonably sheltered spot has been OK.

The battery cover has screws large enough to undo with a thumbnail, and the four AA batteries are easy to fit – no fiddling.

In use, they work as advertised. By day, or when other sources of light are available, no light comes on, but when it gets dark, the light is triggered by the passive IR detector, and remains on for about half a minute. The triggering is pretty sensitive – one mounted near an open outside back door triggered when the door moved in the wind, so, when choosing a mounting location, you might need to take notice of things that move readily (e.g. plants) which might trigger the light when it is not needed.

As you probably know, LEDs are very economical, so you would expect the batteries in these lights to last for months, given that they are only triggered for half a minute every so often. However, I found that when I used fully charged rechargeables (NiMH) in them they worked as described for about a week, then kept triggering themselves immediately they switched off after having been on. Under these conditions, the batteries got depleted very quickly. (Note, this seems to have been true of the first batch I got from another supplier – I;ve had no such problems with a more recent batch I bought)

I believe the explanation is that rechargeable batteries lose charge gradually, and they supply a voltage that gradually decreases once they have begun to discharge. This lowered voltage, past a certain point, seems unable to inhibit the circuitry from turning on again. This means that I am having to recharge my rechargeables much more often than I anticipated. (But see my follow up comments)

In summary, a good quality product, which is easy to instal and works as advertised, but if you use rechargeables, you may have to top them up every week or two.

TWO YEAR FOLLOW UP: These have now been installed for over two years. I have 13 of these installed, 3 indoors, and the rest outside. Over that time, I’ve had to replace 3 of them – which isn’t too bad for electronic devices exposed to the elements. My earlier fears about their durability has been unfounded. They have been very reliable indeed. Also, with the modern generation of low-self-discharge rechargeable batteries, I only have to recharge them every three months or so, and they are in a high-traffic area, what with the cats and badgers making free with the garden steps each night.

THREE YEAR FOLLOW UP: I’ve been forced to eat my words about durability, and battery consumption, and I also incorrectly claimed that they are not weather-sealed. They have an O-ring which keeps out moisture and creepy-crawlies. I have just recharged the batteries in all of these. They have just been subjected to violent windy rainy weather, and even the ones in the most exposed positions have survived and none have let in water. It’s well known that LEDs lose efficiency gradually over time, but these are still going strong, and still easily bright enough to light our steps. It is now noticeable that the ones we have inside the house have remained sparkling white, as they were when we bought them, but the ones mounted outside have yellowed a bit in the sunlight. I’ve revised the star rating from four to five as there is really nothing to criticise.”

Mr. Beams MB723 Wireless Battery-Powered Motion-Sensing LED Stick-Anywhere Nightlight, 3-Pack

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