Review: MrBeams Wireless Anywhere Ceiling Light

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Review: MrBeams Wireless Anywhere Ceiling Light

A short while back, user Klaheta posted here introducing the Mr. Beams Wireless LED lights: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/11478

I was intrigued by the MrBeams product offerings, and discussed this with Klaheta further. Klaheta agreed to send me one of the Ceiling Lights at no cost to myself. I received the light promptly and have been using it in different capacities for a couple of weeks now, and am posting my review here. I am not affiliated with MrBeams in any way; I was simply interested in the MrBeams product line as a potential customer.

MrBeams is a manufacturer of battery-operated, motion-activated, LED lights than can be mounted anywhere. They have an assortment of models available via their website: http://www.mrbeams.com.

I was most interested in their Anywhere Ceiling Light as it seemed most appropriate for my interests. I wanted to mount this light in the shower to supplement the lighting; this unit is battery operated with a warm/neutral-white emitter, and is weatherproof, per the specifications on the MrBeams site. The lights are equipped with a motion detector to activate the light, and a light sensor to prevent activation during daylight in an attempt to conserve battery life.

The light is the same size and looks very much like a Smoke Detector. You have a bubble containing the light sensor and motion sensor to one side of a central reflector/optic for the single LED emitter. Per the MrBeams specs, the emitter is a Nichia in either a warm or neutral tint, and rated at 100 lumens. The light has a mounting plate that can be attached to the desired location with wood screws. The actual light module attaches to this via clips (once again, very much like a smoke detector). A separate plate on the back of the light attaches securely with a silicon o-ring gasket seal that would appear to be effective at keeping moisture out of the light, and that cover is retained by single screw to lock it in place. I haven't subjected this light to the Foy-Approved Shower Test, as it is obviously not sealed sufficiently for complete immersion, but it should be sufficient to keep water out under normal conditions.

This light uses 4x C-sized cells connected in series. I checked the current through this light and found that with fresh, new, Alkaline cells, this light drew a parasitic 60mA while in standby, and 370mA with the emitter activated.

The optic gives the light a very defined and even flood at approximately a 75-degree angle. I based this number on the main pool of light having a diameter of 11' when the light was mounted 7' above the ground. This pool has well defined edges with no spill beyond that. <edited to add> I used my admittedly cheap and reported to be inaccurate light meter to check the actual brightness and noted ~42lux @ 1m. This measurement was confirmed via several follow-up checks to verify the results could be reproduced.

This picture was taken with the white balance and shutter speed set to approximate the true brightness and tint that I observed.

I compared the light to my Sipik SK68 running from a single alkaline aa cell and the Sipik was notably brighter, although it did have a more narrow (and less usable) beam angle.

Overall impressions:

I like the design of the light, and it is the only motion-activated LED light of the type that I have seen available. The size and design does allow it to be mounted anywhere, and once it is mounted you won't have to touch it until time to change the batteries. The MrBeams specifications indicate that a set of C-cells should allow over 3,200 activations. One issue I noted with mine is that the motion sensor appears to be entirely TOO SENSITIVE and it comes on at times when there is no activity or motion that should turn the light on. I was able to observe the light activating with no motion noted outside my bedroom window while I had it mounted on my back porch.

The light would work very well as a doorway/threshold light as the light works very well for helping find the correct key, unlocking the doorway, and general illumination. The motion sensor works very well in this application, coming on immediately as you approach, and remaining illuminated until you are through bringing in groceries or whatever else you are doing.

My intended application, of mounting in a shower, was not as successful. The ambient light in the bathroom made the motion sensor unreliable as it is controlled by a light sensor. This is easily enough circumvented, but I found that the MrBeams light did not make the improvement I had hoped for. At a rated 100 lumens, this light isn't suitable for areas where a bright light is desired.

Ultimately, I found that this light is not suited for my particular application. It is hampered by the low brightness of the chosen emitter, and the narrow beam angle of the optic used. I can't help but think that this light would benefit from a slightly brighter emitter that isdriven a little harder. I realize that doing so would decrease the battery life, but the current brightness is a let-down. If you had a small location that could benefit from a motion-activated light source, where a large amount of light was not needed, and permanent wiring is not available, this would work very well. I think this would be a good light for a pantry, closet, or dark doorway. I have used older showers that would benefit VERY well from a light like this. It would also be very nice for illuminating the interior of a small storage shed without power for illumination.

I feel that this light would be particularly poorly suited as a security light. The narrow beam angle makes it difficult to use a security/porch light for entering your house, as possible intruders could be waiting a few feet away and you would never see them.

MrBeams is currently offering the light for $29.99, with a 20%-off and free shipping offer, making the light $24 delivered. Again, I am not affiliated with MrBeams, and will receive NOTHING if you purchase from them. If you have an application where a light of this sort my be helpful, you may be interested in purchasing from them. For small or enclosed locations, where light is needed but not available, this may fill your need. I will continue using this light in different applications with the help of a few family members and will update this thread with their opinions when done.

<edited to include lux meter reading above>


Keepin’ the “B” in BLF

Don wrote:
It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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Keepin’ the “B” in BLF

Don wrote:
It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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Thanks for posting the review. Interesting product.

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Thanks very much for the review! Sticky’d.

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looks a little paisley, but still, that’s cool, where can I actually buy it?

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Really amazing product and nicely reviewed. I feel these lights use comparatively less amount of energy.

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Finally a post I can add something to as a new member

I needed something to go over my backdoor which is enclosed on one side.

Electrician wanted $350+ to run a wire to the location then I had to buy the light and all I wanted was for motion detector light so my teenage son who prefers the back door to the front door at night could see the door lock. I also wanted something to illuminate the back entrance when I was bringing the garbage out etc and of course for security.

I read about the Mr Beams light and I thought I would give it a try. The area is covered so rarely exposed to rain but otherwise it is outside. Bottom line the light sensor is perfect and has never tripped even on very overcast days and the motion detector goes off in what I think is perfect timing and goes off after say 20 – 30 seconds of no activity. Even in very cold weather it has worked just fine. I seem to remeber I bought it on special for about $15 or so and If I knew then what I know now I would have bought 2 or 3 more.

One question though I might through out is what is the optimal type of battery bto use for this kind of light keeping in mind it takes c cells or does it matter?

I’m thinking about putting a couple more up and they will be in more difficult to reach areas so want the longest lasting battery I could use.

Thanks for the help and I hope this review is useful as a recomendation.

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Might think about using AA to C adapters so you could use nimh AA’s. LSD and no worry on failure causing leaking battery to destroy your light. They do make C size nimh but I think for what this is The adapters would be a better more cost efficient way to go. just my thoughts. Smile

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Thanks for the tip that is a good idea

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I understand the idea of wanting a little light without all the fuss of running AC electrical wiring or paying an electrician. I have a couple spots in my house that had no light and needed light when i enter from outside. I have been using a few of these simple GE motion activated led lights. You can get them at just about any walmart but they are mainly indoor rated. I like them because i can run rechargeable eneloop or duracell ioncore AA batteries in them. The 4 x AA rechargeable duracell last me about 6 months before I have to change batteries. I just swap in a new set of charged AA batteries. Each light has 4-6 smd led’s.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/GE-Motion-Sensing-LED-Wall-Sconce-White/16821195

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We use a bunch of little lights sort of like this — all modified with theatrical gel filters to make them warm/amber instead of blue-white.
Some in the yard for lighting up the storage area when we bicycle home after dark, and the steps.
Some in the hallways and bathrooms to avoid having to turn on house lights at night (and to track the cat, turns out)

I’ve gotten them from dorcydirect.com — not the cheapest but reliable source if you search for their coupons.

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Thought I’d contribute to this thread. I use a lot of small ‘cheap Chinese’ auto detect lights around the house. Some are certainly better than others and generally the Mr. Beams have been a decent product. So I bought 2 figuring with C-cells they would last a long time. Convenient, eh? Most of the rest use AA or AAA and need charging every month.
Wrong!
These suckers positively EAT batteries. The one that is in my basement hallway getting the most activity gets 1-2 weeks max out of any kind of battery I put in it. I tried NiMh, NiCad, top rated alkalines, and AA NiMh (Eneloops) in holders. None improve on the longevity. This thing would ruin you if you fed it Duracells.

It’s so bad I wrote the source I got them from and they sent me another for free. I thought maybe it was a bad unit. It’s the same. I’ve swapped them out so they have gotten similar time in the higher drain spot. No real improvement so the original was not a fluke. It seems to be a family problem.

I’m disappointed. I like the light and it’s great for the applications I put it in. It’s simply a pain to have to yank it and charge batteries every 7-10 days on average. It’s not like this light is being cycled 200x/day. It’s in a downstairs basement hall. It probably sees 10-20 cycles/day on average. That’s pretty pathetic efficiency.

FWIW I wrote them about the product after I got the replacement and was similarly disappointed and have not heard back. I don’t expect replacements, I don’t WANT replacements. I do hope they either scrap these lights or make them right. It’s a decent idea made poorly.

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Hi,May I know where buy it? it looks very like our products Wink

you can check this link to see.it’s light sensor and also motion sensor,can automatically turn on when people get close and can also start to work for a second when light turn off.

Also,we have other smart lights,using mobile to control all the lamps.

Have a good day:)

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> it looks very like our products

Actually, no, it doesn’t.
You don’t show anything similar for sale on your “wet rust lighting” web page.
(Oh, did I misread that name?)
Anyhow — your site is selling no battery lights, and no motion detector lights

daisydai665 (not verified)

Hi Hank,pls check this link,one of the battery type.

led motion

we produce this series,for others,not renew on web yet.
If you like,you can send me email:sales02@wetrustlighting.com for more details.

Welcome to discuss.;)

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May I suggest the Daisydai information be followed up into a separate topic?
Read the advice for commercial sellers (upper left corner of every page)
You can set up a thread about your own products and keep that updated — since you’re selling “Minimum Order:500” and want people to email for price, it’s a very different business.

What’s being talked about here — at the start anyhow — is the MrBeam lights individual people can buy one or two at a time.

daisydai665 (not verified)

Hi Hank,

Thanks for your suggest,I’m new here,I’ll learn how to do it better.

you can also visit my own shop http://hz.aliexpress.com/store/1861135
most of the led lights are free shipping,we are factory producing led lights for more than 10 years,import company purchase bulk orders from us directly.

But these days,B2C type business become popular,so we also start to sell our products with small quantity to meet more customers’needs.

Any opinion,suggestions are welcome.

Best Regards

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Thank you for your detailed review and great idea! Want to have a try to mount the light in my shower and take a warm shower Wink

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Nice review but no photos for me, only that ugly photobucket error gif. Sad

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The link in #21 by “daisydai665 not verified” spam-advertising another seller of lights now takes you to to a puzzle factory, the “ELFPUZ” puzzle store at Ali, and the server for wet rust lighting is not available. And the Photobucket pics are missing.

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We use MrBeams’ amber motion sensor nightlights in a lot of places around the house.
Watch for their discounts: http://mailchi.mp/mrbeams/save-40-this-labor-day-weekend?e=cd96c82df7

I think they’re pricey — they cost twice as much as the exact same product with a white LED.
But useful as the amber color light doesn’t interrupt sleepiness.
https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2007/03/12/light-and-dark/

I’ve given quite a few to elderly neighbors and others who have to get up often at night,