View Full Version : Retract-A-Light----- Thoughts?

Classic Lighting
02-29-2012, 10:28 PM

Seems gimmicky to me. What's your thoughts?

02-29-2012, 11:51 PM
I can't see the video on my phone. Wonder if its the fold video I saw today... Looks very cheap. Plus in the video I saw the compressor was so loud. Imagine if it leaked down at 3 am.... I think my clients would kill me if they had to listen to that
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02-29-2012, 11:54 PM
And with it extended it looks like one of those cheap malibu lowes lights. Which I wouldn't be caught dead installing........ This isn't to say I won't order a few irrigation head lights just to mess around with the idea
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03-01-2012, 12:40 AM
I would never install those anywhere that gets freezing temps/snow. They would get so much crap in them and probably only last 1 year. if that. Seems pretty gimiky.

Also I don't buy the whole protect from vandalism thing. Lights are on at night....drunk stupid jerks are out at night....they will still break them and now they don't retract back down causing more issues.

And yes they look cheap, like home cheapo ones when they are up.

03-01-2012, 02:35 PM
Hey Guys,

The Retracto Light is not a new concept. Years ago there was a company that made a product called POPLIGHT. The unit was huge, 18 inch hole to install in. It worked with electric motor powered by nicd battery that charged when the lights were on. Path light ( glare bomb) and MR16 were available. The only benefit was to light a statue or something i the middle of a lawn. I had a client that had 3 poplights on the front lawn... finally took them out about 10 years later.

There was also this air powered set up about 8-10 years ago I think. I don't know what happened to it, or if this is the same animal.

The concept is good for places that have a lot of lawn maintenance and a lot of grass bordered pathways that need lighting. BUT... I don't know how durable they are at 20-25 bucks AND LED... maybe the head end unit is big money.

my 2 cents


03-01-2012, 04:16 PM
Found it sold on lowes.com. no thank you. They have the trans/compressor and 6 lights for 200.00. This has homeowner diy written all over it
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INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
03-01-2012, 11:49 PM
Simply horrible. 'nuff said.