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Mr Beams 300-Lumen Battery Powered LED Spotlight w/ Motion Sensor, Brown $35 + Delivery ($0 w/ Prime) @ Amazon US via AU

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The same white variant retails for $98.80 and individually it costs ~$49. $35 for a pack of 2 is a pretty good value.

battery operated by four D-Cell batteries (not included).

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  • +1 vote

    Sorry for a dumb question… i just bought my first home and am not very handy… can I put this into my exterior brick wall? Buy a plug, the same size screw and bobs my uncle?

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      I bought a single one of these off Amazon a while back and I've mounted it onto my exterior brick wall. I'd just ensure it's underneath a veranda or has some sort of protection. It's a decent light, not super bright, but the two pack is pretty tight

    • +3 votes

      You'll need a hammer drill with masonry drill bit, use some Ramsets or similar screw-in anchors.

      • +2 votes

        Do you think liquid nails works instead of drilling. I’m not handy as well

        • +7 votes

          Probably not. If you've used a drill before, using a hammer drill is the same, just noisier.

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            @PinzVidz: Thanks! I’m just trying to avoid to buy a hammer drill for brick walls. I only got a ryobi drill driver.

            It’s probably time to look out for a hammer drill skins

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          For light stuff like this, yes they will. Its a hack job, and it'll fall down if it gets knocked, but it'll work.

          What I've done in the past is use PVA glue, and then lots of masking tape to hold it in place while the glue sets. After a week, remove the tape, and its good.

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            @outlander: I’ll try it out. Thanks!

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              @unnamed86: If you have an eaves overhang near the front of your house, that may be the best place to mount it. Should hold up a bit of weight, although 4 D batteries is not light.

              • +1 vote

                @ATangk:

                If you have an eaves

                Just an FYI, if it is an older house don't drill the eaves as the material used on many older homes to line the eaves is asbestos sheet.

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                  @Duff5000: I was going off the fact OP wanted to use liquid nails but a good reminder.

            • +1 vote

              @unnamed86: I wouldn't. How are you going to change the batteries without knocking it off?

              Just buy a corded hammer drill off gumtree?

              If you're worried, go get a dud brick for some practice. Or any bit of masonry. Even bunnings has retaining wall blocks for about $10 each (possibly too thin, but have a look and see what they've got). If you're on buynothing, ask if anyone has a brick to have or hammer drill to borrow.

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                @justtoreply:

                How are you going to change the batteries without knocking it off?

                Just remove the head unit at the swivel elbow. Much easier this way.

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            @outlander: Really never heard of that

        • +3 votes

          So I have a number of these, a few that I have liquid-nailed and that works just fine.

          1. The base can be detached from the rest of the assembly - see the pic? The little knob at the bottom of the base? That allows you to detach the armature. Just go ahead and do that to minimise weight while the liquid nails sets. Use some tape or whatever to hold it in place if necessary.

          2. When it has set properly (can't remember the prescribed time offhand, but add half a day in case), you can test by trying to move it by hand - it should not budge at all.

          3. Reattach the light portion after inserting batteries into it. Done.

          Yes I'm gentle when twisting the top bit (near the led bulbs) when I change batteries, but I have had no problems with them ever moving or falling down. Not one, and I have about 8 around the outside of the house.

          Hope that helps.

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          Liquid nails, and most other glues, tend to have difficulty bonding to certain plastics.

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      It's Battery powered.

      • +3 votes

        I think ricee007 meant plug as in plug for screw in brick wall…

  • +8 votes

    Downside is they run on 4 D-sized batteries.

    • +1 vote

      According to their stats, the set of batteries should last about a year. I bought a 12 pack for pretty cheap on Amazon

    • +5 votes

      According to their claims re usage and battery life, if my math is correct, you may get about 16 to 20 hours of lighting out of a set of batteries. Manufacturer's claims always appear to be best case scenario too. So certainly for short duration (seconds to a few minutes), motion-sensing applications rather than lighting up an area for extended timeframes. Otherwise you'd want rechargeable batteries and have a ladder stored close by!!

      • +1 vote

        Given your username, I'll take your word for it :)

        They say "Get 1 year of light on each set of batteries with average use of 8-10 activations a day." and auto shutoff is 20 seconds, so I would assume they are basing it on running 160 to 200 seconds per day.

        Also noticed everywhere but the title claims 400 lumens rather than 300.

        • +1 vote

          Yep, 10 activations a day of 20 seconds each is quite exactly 20 hours a year. Those figures are consistent.

    • +4 votes

      Buy D battery cases, you can fit 3x eneloop AA batteries into one. Haven't bought D battery in ages :P
      https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32856234639.html

  • +2 votes

    Does this stay up with Heavy Duty 3M Tapes on bricks? Never liked drilling.

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      I enjoy drilling a fair bit. But then, if you never drill, you've got to be the tape expert, why ask us?

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        The gorilla tape that was on sale recently? Would probably work its some really sticky stuff.

    • +3 votes

      What’s wrong with drilling?

    • +5 votes

      Considering it uses 4 D-cell batteries probably not. In addition, there's not much of a surface to stick the spotlight to the bricks.

    • +3 votes

      Very unlikely to stay on with just tape. An object like a painting will due to the larger surface area and weight against the wall. Looking at the photo, the weight is concentrated on the head of the light and the centre of gravity will pull away from the wall. It will fail for sure. Secondly as this is kept outdoors, the heat, the humidity will greatly affect the adhesion to the wall.

  • +4 votes

    one of the reviews mention not waterproof.

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    Can we set it to always on? Using one off switch?
    Or only activated by motion sensor?

    • +1 vote

      Don't think so otherwise it'd be drained in less than a week. So yeah only activated by motion sensor and turns off after 20 seconds when detecting motion.

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        Thanks. Was hoping for something to use in a blackout!
        Need one that runs on battery and has on off switch.

  • +4 votes

    Battery powered is a huge turnoff for these.

  • +1 vote

    IMHO the solar powered Blitzwolf BW-OLT1 is a better deal than these battery powered ones.
    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/488072

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      @vita, have you used these blitzwolf ones? How bright is it? Would it provide better brightness compared to these 300 lumens?

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        Website says 350 lumens, but I would take that with a grain of salt.

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        only just pull the trigger today based on Blitzwolf's reputation here, can't make a comment before receiving my order though.

    • +1 vote

      With the Blitzwolf-OLT1, can you adjust how long the light stays on when it is activated by motion?

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        I don't see any switch on its body so no I don't think you can adjust.

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    For all the drilling experts here, I've always been put off by drilling simply because I don't know how far I can go or whether there's power cabling behind the wall.

    How do you guys overcome all that?

    • +1 vote

      First step is don't drill further than the plug/screw you are using. Draw a line or use a bit of tape around the drill bit for the length you need so you know where to stop.

      If there aren't any GPOs, switches or gas points etc nearby it's unlikely there will be cabling or pipes. You can buy a detector to pass over to get an idea of where they are if they are close enough to the surface to be a problem.

    • +3 votes

      Proper way: Use something called a depth stop
      lazy way: Measure the length you need against the drill bit, and wrap a piece of masking tape at the base just before that point.

      If you're drilling into brick, there's unlikely to be a power cord behind it. If there is, they're usually just dangling. To puncture it, you'd have to drill all the way through the brick(bad), into the empty cavity, pin the cable against the backing material with marksmen-like accuracy, and then drill through it. Even then, to do that you'd need to be using an extra long bit to get that far

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    Any Mr Bean LED spotlight?

  • +1 vote

    Bought. Where to get cheap d cells now?

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      Woolies 4 pack for $5 after a quick google

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      See my post above.

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    Good deal, thanks OP, grabbed 2

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    Are these any better than the ones from Bunnings ?

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    Alot cheaper than electrician wiring in lights. Thanks OP.

  • -1 vote

    Is this weatherproof?

    • -1 vote

      Negged because obviously too lazy to READ THREAD.

  • +1 vote

    D size batteries are pretty expensive so if you are like most OzBargainers and have stacks of AA size Eneloops lying around, you might want to get some of these AA to D battery adapters

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      Yep that's what I do but I use the 3x AA version (lasts longer)

  • +4 votes

    Why not buy solar lights instead?

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    ‘D’ cell batteries…won’t somebody please think of the children (and the planet)…

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    Strange not to have a solar panel.

    You can get some very nice bright ones these days and with lithium ion avoid all the issues of the older style solar lights.

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    I was tempted to buy these..then i read the poor reviews and now i am too sceptical to purchase ¬_¬

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    The battery thing just so discouraging..

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      I'm also comtemplating. But maybe I'll get it since its so cheap and with the solar ones there is an extra wire and solar sensor that is attached, and also probably easily broken. ummm. might take the plunge and try it out

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    It looks like sale ended.