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LAP IQ Photocell Night Sensor

LAP IQ Photocell Night Sensor
Average Customer Rating:
2.571 out of 5
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(21 Reviews) 21
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Rating Breakdown 21 reviews
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7 of 21(33%)reviewers would recommend this product.
Customer Reviews for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
Review 1 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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LAP sensor
15 Oct 2014
By
, S England
"First class. I know have thee of these (front porch, side porch, decorative garden lights) and they're brilliant."
Review 2 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Works great!!
1 Oct 2013
By
, Hull
"Cheap and effective solution to control the lighing in my back garden. Wiring instructions were clear and set up was straight forward and it works really well; switching on the lights at dusk and then off again at dawn."
Review 3 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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awesome
3 Aug 2012
By
, Chislehurst, Kent
"I have installed them before, for other people and they are fantastic. so much better looking to other photocell sensors on the market. really discrete looking."
Review 4 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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Does what it says
2 Sep 2009
By
, South Devon
"Installed one of these 3 years ago. Never turned it off since and still works perfectly. Runs 3 bricklights and a standard lamp by our driveway, all fitted with CFL lamps. Provides security, and a welcome in the dark winter evenings."
Review 5 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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well made just the job
26 Jan 2009
By
, COLCHESTER
"If you want an adjustable dusk to dawn sensor this is a well designed bit of kit. Its easy to fix and cable access to make the terminatations is good. Just one thing, not an issue for me but be aware if its fitted where it might be tampered with. Although the use of a screwdriver to prise it open is stated I found the snap shut lid can be open with finger pressure. Have only just fitted it so dont know just how reliable it will prove to be, on the basis of 'if it looks right it probably is,' I'm hopeful."
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Review 6 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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Great piece of kit
1 Aug 2013
By
, Glasgow
"Easily fitted, I use this product for two hours of LED lighting in the evening. It comes on at dusk and that is it, ideal for my needs.
It can be hard to see the settings when altering the unit in situ, but it easily resolved by taking a photo on my phone, enlarging it top see the current setting and then making the changes to the unit."
Review 7 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? Yes
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Simple installation
10 Jun 2013
By
, Midlands
"Went for this despite mixed reviews on durability. Nice package & cheaper than some equivalents.
IP44 rating seems on the low side however.
Straight forward installation and so far has worked out of the box, switching 5w energy saving bulb in bulkhead light.
"
Review 8 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? No
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Nice design but unreliable
23 Mar 2009
By
, Algarve
"This appeared to be a very nice design and I recommended it to many of my friends.
Unfortunately it has not lived up to expectations because 2 out of the 3 purchased have failed after less than 1 year.
The problem seems to be the failure of the relay because it does not switch on even in "manual"
"
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Review 9 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? No
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Failed again
9 Dec 2013
By
, sittingbourne
"I took the first one back after 11 months and got a replacement. The second one has now started to act up. It switches on at dusk fine but then it switches off. Manually switching the light switch off/on finally gets it to remain on. If I wanted to swtich the light on mnully I would not have bothered with the switch."
Review 10 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? No
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Night Sensor.
7 Sep 2013
By
, Lincolnshire
"Worked just fine for about 10 months then packed up. I have a like-for-like replacement ready to fit though so will give this model another chance. Did the job, just dissapointed with short life span."
Review 11 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? No
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Broken in less than 2 years
5 Jul 2013
By
, Oxford
"Switching only 5W, broken within two years - not very good.
Also, you can't delay it coming on - eg 'come on 2hrs after dusk'. You can only set it to come on somewhere between slightly dark to very dark."
Review 12 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? No
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Poor reliabilty
10 Aug 2012
By
, Essex
"First failed after about 8 months of only using a few times, no guarantee card or anything to return, Good features if they kept working. Replaced with same as it fits easily where old one was, hoping this one lasts a bit longer or will be looking for a different device."
Review 13 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? No
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Reliability poor
18 Mar 2011
By
, Derby
"Bought this photocell to switch on 6 low power half lantern lights on a stair well. It worked fine for nearly two years then failed for some reason. It is switching the lights on but not sensing the dark properly i.e. it is permanently in test mode. And no combination of adjustment of the pots will make it work correctly."
Review 14 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? No
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great idea just unreliable
7 Apr 2014
By
, Kent
"I bought this for drive lighting despite having read the reliability issues mentioned below.
Initially worked great but then failed so I bought a replacement second unit thinking it may have been a one off. This also failed last week and so I have now replaced with a standard photocell from Screwfix and put the circuit on a timer.
It is as if the internal processor fails as the red LED lights up but no power goes out to your lights. BTW the red LED is a negative if the unit is not tucked away out of sight."
Review 15 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? No
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Standalone night sensor
11 Feb 2014
By
, Chorley
"Looking at the reveiws this sensor looks good? I bought the stand alone sensor in October 2013 and have had problems from day One! I have had to reset it Three times. Yes it looks good but that's it! I have to waste my time taking it down and returning it to Screwfix and swap it for the more reliable photocell light sensor. Would not recommend to anyone."
Review 16 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? No
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Not Impressed
4 Jan 2014
By
, Middlesbrough
"Bought this to control 3 external lights. The manual override works fine but that defeats the object. Made the mistake of sighting the unit fairly close to the lights themselves which causes the sensor to detect the lights and turn off. However as this is supposed to have an 8hrs timer this shouldn't be a problem - sensor turns the lights on waits 8 hrs then turns them off. But the 8hr timer doesn't work rendering the whole thing useless."
Review 17 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? No
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Unreliable
16 Nov 2013
By
, Canterbury
"I installed this photocell to be able to switch a single 70 watt Metal Halide floodlight on at dusk and to switch off after 4 hours (which this device can do). To start with I found the test and set up instruction do not make sense and are contradictory, but after some head scratching managed to sort them out, all went well for the first night and the device worked as expected, but on the second night it failed (the red indicator comes on but there is no power to the load). Given that its quite fiddly to wire plus time and about £4 in fuel to return the unit to ScrewFix (20Miles), if I were paying for the labour cost which would be at at least another £50, this makes this switch very expensive, it will probably take 2-3 three years to recover the extra cost over just using a dusk to dawn photocell (I have used several of these photocells and have never had any problems). On my short experience of this device and comments from other reviews I cannot recommend."
Review 18 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Dubious relaibility
22 Dec 2012
By
, Surrey
"Both examples were properly installed, not overloaded, well adjusted and well sited.
Initially both units worked properly and I was well pleased.
1 Unit has continued to work trouble free for 3 years switching 5 CFLs - so far so good.
2nd unit in different location is on to third unit after less than 6 months, switching just 1 CFL.
The failed units developed different internal electronic faults, however the relay itself still OK ( I extracted it and tested that !) so it can't be anything to do with the load !!
Regrettably I have to agree with many other reviewers - thumbs down !!"
Review 19 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? No
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Unreliable
10 Sep 2011
By
, WSM
"This is the 3rd one of these I have purchased of which all have failed with 12-18 months. Company does not respond to complaints would not recommend"
Review 20 for LAP Standalone Night Sensor Photocell
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Would you recommend this product? No
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Don't Bother
29 Sep 2010
By
, West Suusex
"I bought two of these and they both failed either within a year or just after. Even the one changed under warrenty has now failed again after about 18 months. They just now refuse to switch when it gets dark. Will be looking at other makes as I've given up on this brand. Rubbish."
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