Helping to prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.

Adsense18

Home & Garden Security

solar floodlight

What is the Astron Solar Floodlight?

The Astron Solar Floodlight is one of the best garden solar security lights.  It is a high-end 40 LED solar floodlight which gives you up to 12 hours of light each night. Unlike solar security lights, which only turn on when they detect motion, the Astron is designed to stay on constantly and is operated by remote control. 

The Astron Solar Floodlight is 100Watt equivalent

Due to this security light running on solar power, no installation costs are needed and there are no running costs!

Who should use a Astron Solar Floodlight?

If you need a outdoor security light that is portable and powerful the Astron Solar floodlight could be for you

How is the Astron Solar Floodlight controlled?

The Astron solar floodlight is designed to stay on continuously through the hours of darkness.  The light can be turned on or off by using a remote control that comes with the unit. 

If the Astron solar floodlight is set to automatic, the light will come on after dark each night.   

How long can the Astron Solar Floodlight stay on for?

The astron solar floodlight can stay on for 12 hours, if the battery is fully charged.  In winter when there is less sunlight to charge the battery, the Astron solar light will stay on for 5 - 6 hours.

Where can I use the Astron Solar Floodlight?

The Astron Solar Floodlight can be used in various locations as it is portable.  It needs to be within 5m of the solar panel, the solar panel needs a good light source.  The Astron solar floodlight is great to use for security lighting in a garden or yard. 

How does the Astron Solar Floodlight work?

In manual mode the light can be switched on or off using the remote control.  This means if the light is mounted on a wall you don't need to climb ladders to switch on or off. 

In automatic mode the astron solar floodlight is off until light is not detected, then the light turns on, lighting up an area the size of 30sqm.  When light is detected on the solar panel, the solar floodlight turns off.

How long does the Astron Solar Floodlight take to charge?

During late Spring, Summer and in early Autumn the Astron will fully charge on most days giving it enough charge to light for 12 hours. 

In winter the Astron will charge up enough to light for 6 hours on all but the worst winter weather days.

How do I install my Astron Solar Floodlight?

  • Find the best location for your solar panel - within 5 metres of where you plan to have the Astron Solar Floodlight. 
  • The solar panel location needs to be as south facing as possible and free as possible from light obstructions
  • Connect the u-shaped solar panel mounts to the solar panel
  • Position the solar panel in the desired location and mark holes in the u-mounts
  • Drill holes, apply screw plugs and screw panel into place
  • Remove bracket from light and position in desired location
  • Mark holes in bracket, drill holes and insert screw plugs
  • Screw bracket into place and reconnect light to it
  • Connect solar panel cable to light and turn on 

How waterproof is the Astron Solar Floodlight?

The Astron Solar Floodlight is IP56 rated.

Waterproofing is rated by the IP (International Protection) system which consists of the letters IP followed by two digits.  The first digit ranks a products protection against solid objects.  The second digit rates a products ability to protect against liquids.

The Astron Solar Floodlight is IP56 rated.  This means it is protected against dust (no harmful deposit) and against strong jets of water, e.g. for use on shipdecks. 

Read Amazon customer reviews for the Astron Solar Floodlight here to help make sure this is the prouct for you.

What are the dimensions of the Astron Solar floodlight?

Light. 
Height.   21.5cm. 
Width    16.5cm. 
Depth    5.5cm

Solar Panel
Height   35cm
Width    28.5cm
Depth    2.5cm

Technical information for the Astron Solar Floodlight

  • Commercial grade solar floodlight
  • Remote controlled (50m range)
  • IP56 waterproofing
  • 40 bright white LEDs
  • 10 watt solar panel
  • Internal 12v 3Ah NiMH battery - 36Wh capacity
  • Can light for 12 hours when fully charged
  • Will light for 6 hours after an average days charge
  • Robust aluminium housing
  • Glass lens
  • 5m of cable between solar panel and floodlight
  • 12 month warranty
  • Boxed weight 3.5kg

If you are unsure if this is the correct product for you, please consider the this article for the Astron 64 Solar Security Light

What is the Astron64 solar security light?

Simply put the Astron64 Solar Security Light is one of the most powerful solar security lights as well as the brightest, most versatile and most reliable.

How does the Astron64 solar security light work?

The Astron64 is powered by a 2.5W solar panel and has 64 suprebright LEDs.  This very bright, reliable and waterproof light can deliver a huge 100 activations of 1 minute when fully charged!  The Astron64 also has a remote PIR for even greater value for money. 

During the day the Astron64 Solar Security Light's 2.5 watt solar panel charges its internal 2500mAh Lithium Ion battery giving it the power it needs to light after dark.

After dark the Astron64 will activate as soon as it detects motion. The time the Astron64 stays lit for is adjustable from 5 seconds to 1 minute. At dawn the Astron64 stops activating and starts charging.

What is remote PIR?

The Astron64 has a remote PIR motion sensor, PIR means the light only comes on when it detects motion.  Because the PIR is remote from the light this allows for greater freedom of positioning.  The Astron motion sensor comes with 20cm of cable which enables it to be neatly mounted close to the light. Also in the box is a 1m PIR extension cable so you can locate the PIR motion sensor up to 1.2m away from the light unit should you wish.   

How waterproof is the Astron64 solar security light?

The Astron64 Solar Security Light is IP56 rated.

Waterproofing is rated by the IP (International Protection) system which consists of the letters IP followed by two digits. The first digit after IP ranks a products protection against solid objects. The second digit after the IP rates a products ability to protect against liquids.

The Astron Solar Floodlight is IP56 rated making it the most waterproof light sold on mycrimeprevention.co.uk. IP56 means the Astron is protected against dust - limited ingress (no harmful deposit) and protected against strong jets of water e.g. for use on shipdecks - limited ingress permitted. 

How do I install the Astron64 solar security light?

Find the best location for your solar panel within 5 metres of where you plan to have the floodlight. The location needs to be as south facing as possible and free from light obstructions such as buildings, trees, fences, bushes or the shadows that these create.

1.      Connect the u-shaped solar panel mounts to the solar panel
2.      Position solar panel in desired location and mark holes in u-mounts
3.      Drill holes, apply screw plugs and screw panel into place
4.      Remove bracket from light and position in desired location
5.      Mark holes in bracket, drill holes and insert screw plugs
6.      Screw bracket into place and reconnect light to it
7.      Position PIR motion sensor and mark holes using supplied template
8.      Drill holes and screw PIR motion sensor into place
9.      Connect PIR cable to light
10.    Connect solar panel cable to light and turn on 

Technical information about the Astorn64 solar security light

  • Commercial grade solar security light
  • Works reliably in UK winter
  • Can deliver a huge 100 activations of 1 minute when fully charged
  • 64 superbright LEDs
  • 2.5Wsolar panel
  • IP56 Waterproofing
  • 2500mAh Lithium Ion battery
  • Has a remote PIR motion sensor that can be mounted 20cm - 1.2m from the light
  • Adjustable activation time
  • Adjustable LUX threshold
  • Solar panel can be mounted 5m from light

 

See the bottom of the page for the main difference between the Astron64 solar security light and the Astron solar floodlight. 

What dimensions is the Astron64 solar security light?

Light
Height: 21.5cm
Width: 16.5cm
Depth:  5.5cm

Solar Panel
Height: 13.7cm
Width: 19cm
Depth: 2.6cm

 

What are the difference between the Astron64 and Astron solar floodlight?

There are 4 key differences between the two lights.

1. Function
The Astron64 is a motion sensor activated light which only comes on when it detects motion. The Astron Solar Floodlight stays on constantly for up to 12 hours a night and is operated by remote control.

2. Battery capacity
Because the Astron64 Solar Security Light only comes on when it detects motion, it doesn’t need a battery as big as the battery in the Astron Solar Floodlight. The battery in the Astron Solar Floodlight is 4 times larger than the battery in the Astron64.

3. Solar panel power
Because the Astron64 only comes on when it detects motion, it doesn’t need a solar panel as big as the solar panel that comes with the Astron Solar Floodlight. The solar panel that comes with the Astron Solar Floodlight is 4 times larger than the solar panel that comes with the Astron64.

4. Brightness

The Astron64 has 64 LED bulbs wheras the Astron Solar Floodlight has 45 LED bulbs. The Astron64 is 30% brighter than the Astron Solar Floodlight, but it can not operate for anywhere near as long.

Read customer reviews from Amazon for the Astron64 Solar Security Light

Many people ask the question do I need anti snap locks.  There has been a lot of press coverage about the Anti Snap Euro Cylinder, this short article explains what you need to look for in these door locks, what to avoid and how to fit them.

Snapped Door Locks

Victims of this crime wake up to find property stolen and snapped door locks lying on the ground.  Cylinder snapping (as it is sometimes called) is simple to do, force is applied to cylinders and it breaks in two. Vulnerable systems are fitted to millions of properties, usually UPVC or double glazed doors. If you haven't fitted a new mechanism in the last two or three years you may be at risk from being a victim of lock snapping.  Don't worry it is easy to fit a replacement, just see the video below.

Is an Anti Snap Euro Cylinder Needed in my Area?

Lock snapping started in West Yorkshire, but is spreading with cases reported in at least 17 other Police Forces. Worryingly many Police areas don't keep records on cases.  A list of areas affected can be found here - does lock snapping happen, however as stated many forces do not keep records of this issue.

How to Prevent Lock Snapping

Some Crime Prevention guides are quite long and highlight a number of different crime prevention techniques that can be used to prevent a particular crime type. Preventing cylinder snapping is not such a long process.

  1. Be aware of the problem. You've done this.
  2. Buy and fit the right locking product. The next step.
Buy an Anti Snap Lock, by clicking on the link below.
 

What To Look for in a Door Lock

  1. The lock must state "anti snap", not just "anti bump" and "anti pick"
  2. It should be SS312 diamond approved.
  3. It must come in the correct size for your door - we will show you how to check

Yale Anti Snap Euro Cylinder

The Yale Cylinder is anti pick and anti bump. There are numerous sizes for this product, covering all door shapes.

How Are They Fitted?

Summary

There are 3 main criteria when choosing, stick to these and you will be fine. Effective options are quite low, about £30.00 - if it is much cheaper it wont be Sold Secure Diamond rated). The average home is valued at £181,000 so why have a cheap door lock that can be snapped in seconds?

Related Articles

Further information on locks that can protect you from lock snapping can be found here

 

 

 

Many people ask the question, have I got an anti snap lock?  The area has been receiving a lot of publicity over recent months, here is a quick guide with video to show how you check if replacements are needed, how to fit them without  a locksmith and where to find the cheapest and best.

Do I Have Anti Snap Locks

This video showing how to fit anti snap locks also shows what they look like, right at the start of the video you can see the distinctive section that breaks away to protect your home.  It is easy to remove your current locks to see if you have this section.  If you have not replaced mechanisms since 2008 you probably will have a vulnerable system.

UPDATE:  One of the best home security products now has a £15 off COUPON CODE 

See the video here.  Do you know what Forensic Home Security is? 

Where to Buy an Anti Snap Lock

Many websites sell systems, however not all are equal. Please ensure, like these systems they meet certain criteria

Yale Anti-Snap Locks - Bright Nickel

1.The lock must state "anti snap", not just "anti bump" and "anti pick"

2.It should be SS312 approved

3.It must come in the correct size for your door

Choosing the correct size is easy, as shown in the video above and they can easily be fitted to any door without the need for a locksmith.

Do I need an Anti Snap Lock

If you need to fit new locks, for example if you have just moved home, or have lost a key or broke up with a partner then a cheap replacement door lock may look appealing. The contents of your home are probably worth many thousands of pounds, consider upgrading your locks at this point in case snapping becomes an issue in your area.

If you live in one of the many police areas affected by this burglary problem and need to change your door locks then from a crime prevention perspective it would be prudent to fit a Anti Snap Euro Lock.

Those of us lucky enough to live in areas not yet affected may have more cause not to upgrade our locks.

Summary

Many people may still prefer to buy cheap cylinder locks for doors, however it is easy to check if you are vulnerable to this burglary method and as the video shows you don't need a locksmith to prevent crime from taking place.  Take 5 minutes to check your locks and then if needed purchase Yale anti snap locks which are available for about £25.  This threat is new and many people have not heard about it, please inform others of this crime issue. 

Related articles

 

prevent locksnapping

 

Where has lock snapping taken place

 

antisnap locks_thumb

 

Lock snapping in numbers

 

 

The question is often asked does lock snapping happen and if so where does lock snapping happen and and does lock snapping happen in my area.  This article will tell you where has lock snapping taken place and how you can tell if you have anti snap locks.

Where Does Lock Snapping Happen

Lock snapping was first reported in West Yorkshire, but is spreading with cases reported in at least 17 other Police Forces. Worryingly many Police areas don't keep records on lock snapping cases.  We know that lock snapping has been recorded in 18 police areas, but there may be more areas

Where Has Lock Snapping Taken Place

West Yorkshire has received the most publicity with programmes featuring on BBC1.  There have also been reported cases in Bedfordshire, Cumbria, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Dyfed-Powys, Gwent, Leicestershire, Manchester, Merseyside, Northumbria, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottingham, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Surrey, West Mercia and Warwickshire.

Lock snapping is simple to do, force is applied to cylinder door locks and it snaps in two. Vulnerable locks are fitted to millions of properties, usually UPVC or double glazed doors.  It is therefore likely that the problem will increase.

Do I Need a Anti Snap Lock?

Many people are unsure if they need to replace their current locking devices.  In simple terms if you haven't replaced or fitted new door locks since 2008 then you may be vulnerable.  Don't be put off, they cost only £30 each and are easy to fit as this video shows.

Buy Yale Anti Snap Euro Locks

Where to Buy an Anti Snap Lock

Many websites sell systems, however not all are equal.  Please ensure, like the systems meet certain criteria, 

Yale Anti-Snap Euro Cylinder 

1.The lock must state "anti snap", not just "anti bump" and "anti pick"

2.It should be SS312 approved

3.It must come in the correct size for your door

Choosing the correct size is easy, as shown in the video above and they can easily be fitted to any door without the need for a locksmith.

SS312

SS312 is Sold Secure's diamond rated approval. Sold Secure is a testing organisation run by the Master Locksmiths Association, they test a range of locks to ensure they meet required standards.  Only locks that have SS312 approval should be purchased, make sure SS312 is stated in the product description.

Summary

AntiSnap Locks are currently needed in some areas more than others, however that can quickly change as more criminals become aware of this burglary technique. SS312 approved locks are quite low cost (about £30), so why take the risk of NOT fitting them to your home?

 

See our guide to Locksnapping in numbers

 

 

antisnap locks_thumb

 

 

Contact Form

contact form test