Uniques new Centaurus 12

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by TXNSLighting, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you guys my experience with this fixture.

    I got it in the mail a few weeks ago and have it hooked up in my back yard. I love this fixture. All the weak points from the previous paths are corrected. The new brass knuckles at the connections points are solid. It has great weight and is all around a well built fixture.

    The light output is extremely great as well. The new screw in lens to make sure the hat is level is fantastic and much more secure. I recommend you all check this fixture out.

    Heres some pics, Ill get some after dark in a bit.

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  2. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    The rest of them:

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  3. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    Night shots:

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  4. indylights

    indylights LawnSite Member
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    It looks like it gives of decent light, but in my opinion, it looks pretty low end. Stake and stem look very cheap, hat is warped, and do not like the finish at all. Just my two cents.

    Scott Maloney
    Sunflower Landscapes
     
  5. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    How do you figure it looks low end? All your comments cant be further from the truth.
     
  6. indylights

    indylights LawnSite Member
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    Not trying to be rude, but re-read my post. I said why I think it looks low end. Just my opinion.

    Scott Maloney
    Sunflower Landscapes
     
  7. Let There Be Light

    Let There Be Light LawnSite Member
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    Guys, IMHO, I have nothing against any good manufacturer as "the style" is in the eye of the beholder (client). We engineer the line runs and artistically install it. Having said that, from an installers point of view, plastic stakes suck and plastic lens' suck. And that is why we charge more for the installation of fixtures with plastic stakes. Bottom line, it takes longer. It's important to me that pathway fixtures standup and stay vertical.
     
  8. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    For the record the hat isnt warped, I believe its the camera playing tricks....we check all of these products maticulously (sp?) during assembly. The Lens is Borosilicate Glass and not Poly Carbonate or plastic. The fixture as can all of our lights can be ordered with a Zero-G Docking Post aka Perma Post but our Stabalizer Stake seems to work very well as we rarely ever have RMA requests and usually they are related to abuse. Stability really increases when it is buried to the base which Ryan hasnt done yet. The stems are brass and the base has an oversized machined fitting that overlaps the stem by an inch give or take increasing rigidness and stability. Although some may not like our products rest assured that when you buy a Unique Odyssey Product you not only get a product that is Warrantied for LIFE you get a product that we designed to never get back! We want it to last!!

    At the same time to each his own........

    Thans for reviewing the Centaurus 12 Ryan. Glad you enjoy it!
     
  9. indylights

    indylights LawnSite Member
    Posts: 166

    Joey,

    Unless you personally handled that product, you don't know "for the record" that the hat isn't warped. In the picture it looks warped, but maybe it is the camera. In my opinion, visually, it looks exactly like all the cheap China knockoff crap we all complain about. And for the record, as I have stated previously, I use your products. But like you said to each his own, and in my own opinion, this is not Unique's best offering. Everyone else may love it, so my opinion probably doesn't mean much.

    P.S. For my fellow contractors. I attended the IA show in San Antonio. Some major distributors have gone or are in the process of going under, I'm sure sticking their manufacturers with some hefty IOU's in the process. Should be another fun sorting out season in the low voltage world.

    Scott Maloney
    Sunflower Landscapes
     
  10. thomkirby

    thomkirby LawnSite Member
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    From a client's view...
    The hat in the second picture shows to be slightly off and most likely the hat is not fully seated. Something that liquid soap might help when seating in the seal. Third picture is what is showing the distortion of the 'warp'. Part of this most likely is the camera lens distortion, most common in close up photos (aka fish eye shots tend to distort image closest to lens).
    As to looks, it appears to be very simple design. Marketing hype would call this a clean line or traditional design with solid quality components. Sorry Joey but that is my first reaction. Now would I as the customer like it? Yep, looking for something just like that to throw wide beam of light at the driveway culvert apron. So it is still fine but if this is how it showed up I would reject it and make somebody make it look straight.

    My two cents..

    Kirby
     

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