Updated 4 Aug 2016

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Serenoa LED Solar Garden Light CPCD002973

Bottom line: This solar stick light has poor light output for a solar light and excellent endurance.

Serenoa LED Solar Garden Light CPCD002973
Consumer score
57
Avg price

$6

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Test results

Overall score
OK
57
Light output
Poor
3.0/10
Construction robust-ness
OK
6.0/10
Water Resistance
Poor
4.0/10
Endurance
Excellent
10.0/10

Good points

  • Excellent endurance.
  • Fairly robust construction.
  • DIY install.

But

  • Poor light output for a solar light.
  • Poor water resistance.

How we test

Our test included ...

Light output: for sensor security lights and garden spotlights we measured the total amount of light (lumens) produced by each unit. For garden lights, including bollards (tall cylinders) or stick lights, we measured the amount of lumens produced in one direction per square metre (lux) at a range of distances up to 1.5m from the lens.

Electrical safety: we looked at the quality of electrical construction and the insulation of live wiring from any external metal parts.

Construction robustness and water resistance: assessed by examining the appearance and construction materials of the units, then hosing them down for 10 minutes before checking for any water in the lens.

Maximum range of motion-detecting PIR (passive infra-red) sensor.

Installation time: for mounting sensor lights on the wall assuming the wiring is already in place.

Endurance: For the solar garden lights we measured their light output at regular intervals throughout the evening after charging on both sunny and cloudy days, then checked if they were still going just before dawn. Solar security lights are assessed after charging on a sunny day then activating them up to 20 times, before running them continuously and measuring how long until they switched off.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$6
Type
Solar stick light

Specifications

Max detection range (m)
n/a
Average light level (lux/lumens)
3.2
Cloudy day endurance
Still going at daylight
Sunny day endurance
Still going at daylight
Height (mm above ground)
310
Mounting
Stake-in
Lamp type
LED
Fitting
Built-in
Power (watts)
Not stated

Features

Connector
n/a
Lamps included
DIY Install
Yes
Sensor adjustable for time
n/a
Sensor adjustable for sensitivity
n/a
Sensor adjustable for max light level
n/a

More info

Availability
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