Looks can be deceiving and so is this product
Customer review by jhowell6
I received this product promptly as set forth in the order information. This order was well packaged and had no shipping damage.
I opened the product and installed it on a lamp that is about 5 foot away from my chair. I can't walk and need to be able to remotely control the light from where I sit.
I had the product installed between the lamp and an extension cord that had the product outlet positioned on the floor just below the table that the lamp sits on.. I removed the plastic tab from the battery compartment and tried to use the Remote Control to turn the lamp on, Nothing happened.
The product information says I should have a 10 foot range of use.
My experience was that the distance between the Outlet and the Remote Control has to be less than 5 feet for the product to function reliably. Also if any metal objects such as a chair leg or stool that are close to line of sight with the product would not let the unit function.
The range of use and the sensitivity of this product were very disappointing to me especially since this is supposed to be a radio controlled product and not an infrared device.
To be fair I have not had a chance to purchase another battery for the transmitter unit to see if the enclosed battery that came with the unit is the problem. If a new battery solves the problem I will update this review a a latter date. Current data is June 5, 2013.
I do like the LED's indicators on the Outlet and the Remote Control they are very informative about when the unit is functioning. That is; if the lamps bulb should go out there would be no question as to whether the Outlet is not working or the bulb is blown out. Also an LED on the transmitting unit tells when the unit is sending or not. Basically giving you a good feeling about its battery life.
In my situation I can still use the product if I place the Outlet on the side of the table closest to me and if I stretch the Remote Control unit as close to the Outlet as possible it will work. That distance is about 3 feet or 3 and a half feet.
As for now, may the buyer of this product beware. Purchase at your own risk
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Ownership:1 week or less
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