Remote Control Light, retail $14.99 (www2.pulsetv.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Journey's Edge (URL not known)
Last updated 04-18-08

This is a handy-dandy light that can be hung somewhere magnetic (iron, mild steel, nickel, cobalt, or gadolinium) or on virtually any nonmagnetic surface with its included steel bracket (supplying the screws is up to you though). But what sets this light apart from the other "stick-up" lights I've seen isn't the magnet backing, it isn't those AAA cells, and it isn't the 5mm white LEDs under a prismatic dome...it's that this light can be turned on & off using a handy - if not somewhat large IR (infrared) remote control.

It has five white LEDs behind a transparent prismatic dome; the light feeds from 4 AAA cells and the infrared remote switch uses two AAA cells.


The light itself requires 4 AAA cells and the remote control requires 2 AAA cells. So feed them first, and then you can go get the kitty cat food out of that dark cupboard or throw some wash in the washer in the dark wash room.

Slide the switch on the lamp itself all the way to the right (this activates remote control mode).
You may now press & then release the button on the remote control to turn the unit on & off.

Alternately, you can slide the switch on the lamp itself all the way to the left to turn it on without the remote. Slide this switch to the center position to turn the unit completely off - even the remote control switch will be disabled when you do this.

This light has fairly powerful magnets on its base, allowing you to "stick" it directly to magnetic (iron, mild steel, nickel, cobalt, or gadolinium) surfaces; barring that, you can screw the included steel bracket wherever you want to mount the light, and then "stick" the light to the bracket using its magnets. You will have to supply the screws yourself, as they aren't furnished with this product.

To change the batteries, remove the light from its bracket or from the magnetic surface it's on. Turn it upside-down, and unclip the battery door (it's on a hinge so it cannot fall off and become lost).

Remove the four old used-up AAA cells, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert four new AAA cells in the chamber, orienting them so their flat ends (-) negatives face the springs for them in each compartment.

Swing the battery door down until it snaps into place.

Current usage measures 1.4mA (quiescent) and 111.1mA (lamps on) on my DMM's 400mA scale.

To change the batteries in the remote control, slide the battery door away in the direction of the arrow embossed on it. Set it aside.

Remove the two old used-up AAA cells, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert two new AAA cells in the battery chamber, orienting them so their flat ends (-) negatives face the springs for them in each compartment.

Slide the battery door back on, and be done with it.

The Remote Control Light is designed to be stuck somewhere and not really screwed with (except to change the batteries), not a flashlight meant to be thrashed and abused, so I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannonada (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout, with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; and the cannonada is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that I might inflict upon a flashlight.

So this section of their web page will be rather bare, when compared to this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

The remote control does not have to be aimed at the light in order to function; it can be pretty much aimed anywhere; the NIR radiation output by it will reflect off most surfaces (walls, ceilings, etc.) and trigger the switching that way.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 14,220mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
This light has a wider than usual viewing angles.
If I've said this once, I've said it 1,000,000,000 times:
Wider viewing angles always, always, ALWAYS equal lower mcd values.

Photograph of the remote control switch unit itself.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this light.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in its IR switch.
Looks like it peaks at ~920 in the NIR (near-infrared) region of the spectrum.

Photograph of an oscilloscope screen, showing the waveform of the remote's IR LED.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the product being turned on & off with the remote.
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That sound you might hear is a commercial on the boob tube.
This product is not sound-sensitive; the sound may be ignored or muted if desired.

Test unit was ordered on the PulseTV website on 02-14-08 and was received on the afternoon of 02-22-08.

UPDATE: 04-18-08
I used this light frequently between 04-14-08 and 04-17-08 after our electric power service was disconnected because my sister forgot about the bill.



    PRODUCT TYPE: Remote-controlled light
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED, NIR LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 6 (5 white in the light, 1 NIR in the remote)
    BEAM TYPE: Medium flood w/artifacts
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide-type on/off/RC on light; momentary pushbutton on/off on remote
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LEDs protected by prismatic plastic dome
    BATTERY: 6xAAA cells (2 cells for remote, 4 cells for light)
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 1.4mA (quiescent) and 111.1mA (lamps on)
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Metal mounting bracket
    WARRANTY: 90 days


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