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Don't Buy It, Until We Try It: Light Angel

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Lighting up steps, porches, patios, and garages is no easy task.  You usually have to fumble in the dark to find the light switch and the placement is never right.  Well, there may be an LED to light your way safely, no wiring required.  In this week's "Don't Buy It, Until We Try It," I tried out Light Angel.

 "If this really works like it says, it will be great.  If your electricity is out to come in your garage and it comes on for you and gives you a little light at least to get into your garage," says Jeff Emmert, tired of the dark.

 To hopefully eliminate fumbling around in the dark to find a light switch, we decided to put the Light Angel to the test.

 Emmert says, "It looks pretty good, but we'll see what happens when we try to put it up."

 We opened it up and checked out the light.

 "Well, it comes with all the instructions, which being guys we don't usually look at the instructions," says Emmert.  "So, I see it also has self adhesive tape.  I don't think this would be that great in cold."

 But, before we could hang the Light Angel, we had to secure the mount on the wall with several nails.

 "Well, we got the wall marked and I'm screwing the back on, which is pretty easy," says Emmert.

Once the mount was secure in place, it was time to install the batteries.

 Emmert says, "It tells you exactly how to put them in, which is nice."

 After mastering the easy set-up, there was just one more thing to do before hanging and securing the Light Angel on the wall.

 "Test it to see if it comes one," says Emmert.  "And, it doesn't seem to come on.  Let's turn off the lights and get it dark in here and see what happens.  Okay, we understand it has to be in the dark before it works.  So far, from what I'm getting, it looks like it's going to be a good product to have in your garage."

That's what we thought before we actually installed it on the wall.

 Emmert says, "Even with natural light, it's not going off."

 So, is the Light Angel a real guardian in the dark?

 "It's good and bright, but as far as it coming off and on when you come in and out, I don't think it's going to work," says Emmert.

 I don't know if it was the cold weather or just a poorly made product, but the Light Angel was a big let down.  While we were able to manually turn the Light Angel on and off, we weren't able to get the motion activation feature to work.  Not exactly the way they advertise on TV.

 So, this week's "Don't Buy It, Until We Try It," earns a thumbs down.

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