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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
No streetlight. Just a lone post lantern, and Thomas Lighting and PacLights to the rescue!
This was my second attempt to repair a non-functioning front yard post lantern. The first attempt, I had tried to purchase a replacement from local brick and mortar stores and ended up with a cheap plastic replica of a post lantern that was looking sad from the beginning.
The Thomas Lighting SL90107 arrived in a broken but patched corrugated cardboard container. However, much to my surprise, it was OK! There was no damage to the glass or metal.
This post lantern simply slides on top of a pre-existing 3" outdoor post with the existing wiring in the post. The base has a bendable metal strap attached to the inside of the base that permits hanging from the edge of the metal post while attaching the wires. That was very handy, making installation a one person job.
I installed the lamp at the same time as a new photo-sensor and without any wiring diagram. It would be nice if the item's instruction pages included such a simple diagram, but it only had a text description of which wire goes where for a direct connection to supply power. Fortunately, the photo-sensor had good instructions stamped on its side, next to the wires. [Be certain to throw the circuit breaker in the off position before starting, and test the line with a multimeter.] The black incoming power wire goes to the line wire on the photo-sensor only. The incoming white wire goes to the light fixture and the photo-sensor's white wire. The black power wire on the light fixture goes to the red Load wire on the photo-sensor only. If there is a ground (green) wire coming from the breaker, it goes to the fixture wire (green) only.
I'm very pleased with the results. The lamp immediately looks like it has been there all along. It is of the correct proportions for a 3" post, where the plastic one appeared too small, even though it fit. The wiring job was easy, even though mosquitos were persistently after my blood. I worked from a 6' fiberglass ladder. Three wire nuts are included, but they were too small for the gauge of solid copper wire used to wire my post, so be prepared with larger wire nuts. If done properly, no electrical tape is needed, but best to have it ready, just in case. You'll need a #1 phillips screwdriver, side cutters (for example dykes, or lineman's pliers), wire strippers if you have to clean up the existing wiring, larger wire nuts, a multimeter (for safety) and the ladder.
The first night after installation, I was disappointed when the light didn't come on at dark. The sky was cloudy, so it got way dark. Still, no light. I thought I might have made a mistake, or had a faulty bulb. I was using a PacLights Omni100 17w LED Bulb, as suggested by G. Langlois in another review, for the first time. However, within an hour or so, the light came on. Since this is a function of the photo-sensor, no points off the fixture for it, and it actually may get better and come on sooner as it breaks in.
I'm very happy with this purchase!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
Attractive and Well-Made Post Light
By G. Langlois
Bought this light to replace a solar lamp that I just wasn't having any success with. It arrived in it's own retail-style box, which had been placed inside a plain brown shipping box. Just a bit of added protection, and the light arrived intact with no damage at all.
The light has a matte black, slightly textured finish which is fine for me. The lamp post it goes on has more of a smooth, semi-gloss finish, but I expect it will dull somewhat over time so they should match up closer then.
The light is fairly light in weight, but seems solid in construction. The glass panes were all tight with no rattling, and the dome top has a small lip that fit over the lamp perfectly. A good rain-tight seal to keep out the elements and small bugs. It fit my 3" lamp post very well and the three set-screws have a decent amount of thread to work with. The lamp also included a metal strap in the base allowing you to hang it on the lamp post while you complete your wiring. A nice touch, and it made that process much easier & simpler.
I wired this lamp to a remote-mounted Thomas and Betts HS535 dusk-to-dawn photocell and installed a PacLights Omni100 17w LED Bulb. This lighting system works great, and puts out a great deal of light - in a way, it's almost too bright for a yard light. I wanted more of a bright "accent" light, but I'll probably get use to the extra brightness as time goes on.
My one very minor issue is the top is held down with two small screws that have to be threaded in. I would prefer having threaded studs sticking up from the lamp that you place the top over, then use acorn nuts to hold it down. Not a major concern - just a personal preference. Might change it down the road.
Hopefully this light will give me many years of service. Time will tell.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful. See all 49 customer reviews...
So far, so good!!!
I needed to replace another outdoor lamp post that went bad and I narrowed my choices down to this one. Instructions only showed how to install the wiring to the post but not how to install the wiring to the light sensor so I went online and found instructions (not directly related to this lantern) on how to do it. It lit up very well. If I had to complain about anything it would be the description that says "Clear seedy glass." I didn't pay attention to that as i wanted clear glass and no opening from the bottom where it is an open invitation to more bugs and possibly birds. There is no opening from the bottom but there is the decorative "seedy" in the glass. Just keep that in mind when considering this lantern. It appears to be well-made and sturdy and able to withstand the tests of time. Hope it lasts longer than my last one. So far, so good.