A while back we received a home power outage lighting system from a company called Mr. Beams.
It has taken us until now to take a look into this simple, wireless product which can automatically provide lighting where used in your home when the power goes out.
My initial take: I like it. I like it a lot.
Home Power Outage Lighting Product
Imagine your daughter is in the bathroom after the sun goes down when the power goes out (which recently happened to us twice) causing total darkness. Or, you are walking down the stairs at night and suddenly no power, no lighting for you to safely walk back up stairs or continue walking downstairs.
It is these situations for which this product from Mr. Beams was designed.
The product we received free for this review retails at the moment for $120 on the Mr. Beams web site. It included one Power Outage Detector, two Ceiling Lights and two Stair & Path lights shown in their original shipping boxes below.
How doe they work?
Quite simply you plug the Remote Control unit into any electrical outlet in your home. When the power goes out it sends a signal to the Ceiling Light and Stair Light units installed elsewhere in the home which turns them on automatically, providing you with light.
The Remote Control unit, connected to the Ceiling and Stair Light units wirelessly, also contains an LED light bulb allowing you to remove it from the electrical outlet and use it as a flashlight.
The product literature indicates that “Mr. Beams lights can provide more than 40 hours of light on one set of batteries during a power outage”. It also indicates that “One Power Outage Detector can activate and control dozens of Mr. Beam wireless lights positions within 70 feet.”
Power Outage Detector Assembly
This product looks a little like a TV remote control unit.
It comes with its own battery pack which will recharge itself as the unit is plugged into the electrical outlet.
While I was able to assemble it, I did have two issues.
My first challenge was to insert the end of the wire leading from the rechargeable battery pack into the unit. For some reason it took me 10 minutes or so to properly perform this task.
The second issue was in closing the battery door on the back. For some reason I could not place the wire from the battery pack completely in a position so I could completely close the battery door.
Yes, I was able to insert the screw which holds the battery door onto the unit; yet a small gap remained as shown in the picture below.
However, this has not impacted the performance of the Power Outage Detector.
You can see that the LED light within this unit is pretty powerful which allows you to use it as both a flashlight as well as, when plugged into the wall outlet, an extra area light when the power goes out.
Stair & Path Light Assembly and Placement
I had no issues assembling the Mr. Beam Stair and Path Light unit.
You need to provide 4 AA batteries. The back cover removes and is returned very simply through the two screws provided.
What I like about this unit is that you can place it anywhere.
It comes with both a pair of drywall anchors & screws as well as two sided tape to mount the unit practically anywhere you like.
What I decided to do was to test the tape by using it to place the unit up high right beside the door frame of my daughter’s bathroom (remember I mentioned that she was in this room twice during recent blackouts in our area.
First you install the backing of Stair & Path Light unit onto the wall as you can see in the above picture.
This is followed by attaching the unit to the backing using the openings contained therein. Once installed, it is very inconspicuous. Can you see it installed in the picture below?
The installation was very easy to do (yes, even I could do it myself).
Next time, we will take a look at the Ceiling Light and how I am using it just a little differently than intended.
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