Hey guys, Andrew Esquivel here back with anotherreview and today I'm going to be reviewing a garden laser light with Christmas displayscourtesy of a company called 1byOne.
Now right off the bat I just want to apologizefor a review I just did of this a few hours ago and I just want to point out that therewere some really, really untimely coincidences during some parts of the test that led meto believe that there was an issue with the device and there is not.
I want to redo the review properly.
Let's dive on into it.
First off we've got the device itself.
Before we delve into the device I still havesome things that I'd like to point out.
Being that this is an outdoor and indoor devicethere are certain things about it that you should take into account and these thingsare clearly detailed in the cautions and warnings section which is actually relatively extensivecompared to most devices.
Now this device does not have a groundingwire built into it.
That was actually one of the things in theprevious version that kind of caught me off guard.
Normally a lot of my outdoor electronic deviceshave a grounding wire by default this doesn't have that but it doesn't really pull all thatmuch power and it is made of plastic on the outside and the inside, I can't imagine wouldbe an issue for possibly pulling any electrical strikes from the clouds towards it.
There probably actually isn't even a needfor a grounding wire on this its most likely got proper insulation on the inside so whatwould happen is if there was a serious malfunction the device would just burn up and it wouldjust be dead like any other electronic that gets exposed to water.
That being said the construction here is actuallydesigned to encase the electronics.
I'm assuming around here is probably a gasketof some sort that gets screwed in to keep it all nice and tidy because as I said beforeit's designed to be outdoors during the holiday season so that means it could be subjectedto snow or rain depending on which part of the country you live in.
And on the back here you'll see even the wireis got a nice little gasket seal right here going on to it and one thing I will give themcredit for is the gauge of the wire is pretty hefty so that's 1 plus about it that I dolike about the wire.
Moving on, as you'll notice there's two lasersright here it's because this has two different projections one involves green Christmas treesthe other is kind of like a red starry laser show I guess you would say.
Over here we have a photosensitive light detector,so in other words it will detect when the sun is out and about and will turn itselfoff if you have it set to that mode and when the sun goes down it can turn itself backon.
Or if that doesn't tickle your fancy thereis a mode that you can use to go on a timer basis where according to the instruction booklet,it will stay on for 6 hours in the dark and then 18 hours during the daytime providedyou time it properly or you can just do a manual override and just have it on all thetime.
Each option overrides the other two optionsso if you want the ambient light sensor to take control it'll override the manual andthe timer function and vice versa for all the other options.
Now, let's talk really quick about the plasticconstruction here.
The plastic construction is just moderatelythick plastic for the main components.
Down here this is a mounting bracket so youcan have this on any flat surface and you can screw it into a wooden surface if youso choose.
The plastic down here is not what I wouldconsider equivalent grade plastic to up here.
That being said it also comes with a spikethat you would stick in the ground instructions do tell you not to use a mallet of any sortto stick it in the ground so basically if it's going in an area and it's too hard topush in with your own hand don't force it because you may end up breaking it.
Now there is one gripe about this system thatI feel is worth pointing out is, yes, the system like this makes it very easy to befestive for those of us who don't want to take the time to put up a ton of lights andwhatnot and it's great for the purpose of the person who purchases it, buys it and setsit up, but these are also notoriously easy to unplug and just steal.
Now, from what I'm told there are other manufacturersout there that have devised mechanisms that make it more difficult to steal but as youcan see this just pops right off there's nothing that really keeps it in place other than alittle bit of friction and gravity and it would have been nice to see some sort of mechanismthat would at least try and make it a little more difficult for thieves, but, at the endof the day a thief is going to do what a thief is going to do.
Now, the cord itself is another thing i wantto talk to you about really quickly.
If this is going to be used outdoors I'lljust tell you right away this cord is nowhere near long enough to be useful.
It's only 11 feet and it doesn't give youa lot of distance realistically to place this in a potentially good spot.
If you're planning on using this outside investin an outdoor extension cord and you might as well try to look for those plastics thatgo over the end connections in order to waterproof the connection as best you can.
Now that we've gone over the constructionand the basics of the device let's plug it up and see what it looks like.
For this part of the test we're going to keepit inside of the house because it will be easier to show you how the function buttonworks while inside of here compared to outside where it's a little dark and there’s mosquitoeseverywhere.
First off let's dim the lights.
Now that we have the lights turned off we'regoing to go over how to work the device.
There is only one button in the back hereand pressing and holding it does one thing pressing in multiple times cycles throughsome other stuff and we're going to go over that now explain what I'm doing with my handas we go along.
First off I have it manually turned off I'mgoing to turn it on manually again, I press the button once and this is the general patternthat we start with.
It's got a Christmas trees red laser lightsand they spin around.
If I press the button in once really quick,it holds the pattern that it's currently at.
If I press it again, it should do a blinkingsystem.
Now, the blanks are well, not all that great,there are times relatively decently if you're trying to attract people to your store maybeit's not fast enough but if it's just recreational I can imagine it being okay.
Now you'll notice they don't sync perfectlywith each other that could be a little annoying depending on how OCD you are about that sortof thing but let's go ahead and press the button again.
Now it brings us to a continuous motion withjust the red lasers and if I press the button again, it stops the lasers at the positionin which you wanted it and I press the button one more time and you guessed it, it willblink the red lasers in the position in which you stopped it that.
Let's press the button one more time.
Now we have the green Christmas trees andI’m sure you can see this in the center there is the focus light and it's got somesort of refracting kind of system that repeats the pattern outwards and then some sort ofspinning cylindrical system on that refracting system to make it kind of spin around butthey always stand upright that's true for the lasers as well for the red portion.
As you can see it’s just the trees and asyou can imagine we press the button again it stops it in place, press the button onemore time and then it goes through the blinking motions.
Let's press the button once again and we getbrought back to the original system which is what I personally think has got to be thebest out of all of them but, hey whatever tickles your fancy.
But this last mode I believe this is the lastmode or the last mode set where it will actually alter through all the different modes automatically.
So it will continuously change through asmany different options as the device has.
We can sit here and continue to watch it dowhat it does but I think that the point it just cycles through it does the everythingspinning and then stopped and then blinking for each set.
Let's press the button again and as we havethe last button again, that brings us back to the normal function where it's just thisone system all going at the same time where it’s the trees, the lasers in the spinningaffect all at once just continuously no variations, no alterations etc it's just the standardthing.
Like I said I like this one the best so totalthat's about 10 different options; there's three sets for each color and then there'sone last one for the ability to cycle through them all.
That's what it looks like in doors will giveit a shot outdoors and see how it looks on the side of the house.
Alright, it's currently a little damp outsidebecause it did rain relatively recently.
This is the little spike that comes with thedevice they just kind of pushing the ground, it doesn't recommend using a mallet or anything.
Makes me think the plastic is probable toofragile to use a mallet to get in there but if we take a look this is how it looks onthe outside.
As you can see you know the further away fromthe center, the less bright the device is.
It looks nice.
Now then one-by-one did state that in theinstruction booklet that the device is capable of handling itself in a situation where itis raining outside, this being an outdoor device you would imagine that it would haveto put up with the elements anyway.
Now then, there is an exception to this rulethat I just want to state for documentation purposes, it did say never to submerge thedevice in water, not sure why you would but just stating it for the record.
Now what better way to test the device thanduring an actual rainstorm here in Illinois? As you can see we've actually got somewhatsideways rain going on and we may even have a tornado coming about.
So, this should be an interesting test.
As you can see it's raining really hard, let’stry to see if the device will work, manually.
So, pressing the button we do not get anythingon the wall.
Alright now it is time for me to give my finalthoughts on the product but before I do I want to explain what you just saw in the littlesegment of this device outside while it was not functioning.
This is actually with the issue that I wasgoing over in the original review that I had removed because I wanted to make sure thatI get the correct information for you guys.
It was a really unfortunate timing events,you see the wall outlet that I had been using to power this device outside was being usedfor several days and I had had no issues with that wall outlet.
Now, after a few days it started to rain that'swhere I started to record because, hey, it's a great way to test the device while beingsubjected to the elements of the weather.
Now, it just so happened that when I wentout there to check on it the device no longer was working, which seemed awfully convenientthat a device that's outside stopped working when it was raining being an electric device.
I thought well something might be wrong andI wasn't sure if it was the product or if it was the outlet.
We tested the outlet and the outlet wasn'tproducing any power, however, when we re-plug this up to a different outlet the device continuedto work again.
We got us thinking, “Well did this devicesomehow trip something in the electrical lines?” Well long story short, no it didn't and it'snot physically capable of doing so and I’ll explain why in a minute.
You see there are power outlets in the housethat have ground fault circuit interrupters.
now these are these little power outlets thatyou see with the red and black buttons and it's kind of like a mini circuit breaker Iguess you would say for more sensitive detection of anomalies.
But the only way that the GFCI could be trippedis if it detected a current in the ground line.
This does not have a ground line, thereforeit could not have sent any electronic signal through the GFCI and made it shut off.
Now, the GFCI would did indeed shut off butsomething else had caused it to shut off.
See the GFCI is responsible for several outletsthroughout the house; not many but some.
And it just so happened that one of the devicesthat happened to be used around the same time for whatever reason tripped off the interrupterright before I went to check on this thing.
With that being said the device still works,it was able to brave the elements and I just wanted to clear that up.
However, I do want to point out that I donotice one little issue after being used in the rain.
As you saw me cycling through the lights you'llnotice that at some point during the blinking section there is a lag time between the synchronicityof the green and red laser.
That issue has been exasperated ever sincebringing it out of the rain and letting it dry off.
It's not something that I think is going toreally impact anything and I'm not going to dork a star for it because I think that itmight just be some sort of anomaly and I don't think it's anything to be concerned about.
Like I was saying before in the beginningof the video if you feel right here you can actually see it as a rubber gasket that keepsthis completely enclosed and over here this little thing that has the wire coming outof the back has a rubber gasket that encases it as well so it is a completely encased productsand I don't see anything on it that would suggest that the plastic hardware has failedat allowing moisture to get in so as far as i can tell everything's A-ok.
The construction of the device is decent.
I don't think this is a device that's goingto last many, many years just based off of the plastic construction, I could very wellsee something happening where projectile of some sort penetrating the plastic or worseyet the glass right on front here causing an issue that would prevent the device fromworking properly.
If you're in a warmer part of the countryand you have a lawn to take care of just be careful that your lawn mower doesn't accidentallyspurred up some rocks and whatnot that may hit the device if you decide to leave it outwhile tending to your lawn.
Other than that, it's a decent product.
The modes that you have, I mean there's reallyonly a few good ones that I think are actually work using but that's completely subjectiveyou may have a use for having this static display versus the dynamic display and maybeyou like the blinking version.
I personally think the best one is the combinationof everything and just keeping an ethic combo of everything.
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