Kichler Landscape Lighting 15310AZ 12V Dome Review

Kichler Landscape Lighting Unpacked

Kichler landscape lighting unpacked.

At First Glance

I could not believe they were able to get all six lights into such a small box.  I was not initially impressed with the quality of the product.  The top dome is decent but it is definitely a piece of  stamped sheet metal seemed inferior to the Sea Gull Lighting 91172-148 that I was replacing. The Sea Gull lights are solid bronze and just feel high quality. The stakes supplied by Kichler are actually of better quality than the Sea Gull Lighting stakes as they are much thicker.

I spent the time to confirm all of the specs listed in the features section and they were spot on. I unpacked and assembled all six lights and everything went together smoothly.

Kichler Landscape Lighting Bad Connector

Bad connector, don’t use them.

The Features:

  • Some of the highlights of this DCF885 tool Include:
  • 8-1/2-Inch wide by 21-Inch high
  • Includes one (1) 16.25-watt 12V incandescent T-5 wedge base bulb
  • Supplied with 8-Inch in-ground stake, 24-Inch of usable 18-2 gauge SPT-1-W lead wire and cable connector for easy installation
  • Requires a low voltage transformer (sold separately) for safe illumination
  • UL/CSA listed for wet location

My Thoughts

Kichler Landscape Lighting Bulb Comparison

Light bulb comparison.

Installation. Easy to install. The pieces all fit together well and the slotted stake included with the light is a great design feature. After terminating the cables properly you can slide the light into the stake and thread it down. Very nice. That said, the installation coupler  included does not work well and I recommend you don’t use it. I did a tutorial on how to properly install these lights, take a look. Link to Repair & Installation Article

The Operations. Love the light output. I did not check Kichler light with a  lumen meter but my suspicion is that it’s kicking off 2-3 times more light.  The brighter lights are important since I am using them to light pathways and highlight features in the backyard.

The Light Bulb.  I love the T-5 model 923 light bulbs. They are easy to install, throw off a huge amount of light for the size and outperform the T-3 light bulbs from previous generations of landscape lights.

The Looks. Very Nice. They are painted rather than bare metal so they show some water and dirt spots (which I noticed immediately) but generally they complement the backyard very well.

The NET NET.  I am happy I bought and installed these. I have eighteen (18) total installed and they have enhanced the overall appeal of our yard.  The light design and the amount of light are fantastic. The only two cons I have are the price (a bit too high for the quality of the lighting) and the included inadequate connection device which should be replaced.