Solar lights are becoming more popular as homeowners look for ways to spruce up their exterior space with minimal effort. They even have a few security benefits, including reducing dark areas around your home, giving burglars fewer places to hide.
Solar lights also add a nice touch to spruce up your lawn in a matter of minutes. They’re easy to install and keep clean. Best of all, solar lights are powered by natural daylight and reduce air pollution, without requiring any wires or plugs. We narrowed down the best solar lights, features and factors to consider as you look to add extra security
There are a few key factors to look for when buying solar lights for your home. Some popular features include:
Built-in Motion Sensor: Some solar lights have a motion sensor that detects activity and increases brightness once people are detected. You’ll never have to guess whether something’s happening outside of your home with this feature.
Multiple Colors: Many solar lights come in a variety of colors to illuminate warmer whites or multicolored lights depending on your preference. Most solar lights only offer one color lighting option that depends on the number of lumens.
Various Lighting Modes: The best solar lights let you switch between lighting modes. Common solar light modes include the bright mode to shine brighter than usual for darker areas. There’s also the dim light mode to shine less light. Other light modes are also available, and you can switch between types with the push of a button.
There are different types of solar lights to install around your home exterior. Whether it’s your garden, patio or pathway, solar lights illuminate your home at nighttime with barely any work required on your end. Some lights are designed to blend into your landscape, while some are more bulky and heavy. It all depends on placement and common use. Here are different types of solar lights to choose from.
String Lights: These lights are often hung outside of restaurants, patios or other areas.
Light Fixtures: These are often mounted outside of your home or installed in gardens using a stake.
Disc Lights: Disc lights sit flat in the ground to blend in with grass and other landscaping. They’re easy to mow over.
Spotlights: Spotlights are made of different fixtures and stakes to stick in the ground. Spotlights are the most common type of solar lights that illuminate stairways, patios and backyards well.
The Aootek solar lights can be used three ways: as a security light, an all-night light and smart brightness control to shine at night and brighten once motion is detected. They have a built-in motion sensor to detect activity up to 26 feet away at 120 degrees. These solar lights include a rechargeable battery and solar panel. They’re waterproof and heatproof to withstand extreme weather conditions.
These spotlights come in a variety of four variations of light intensities, including one color light option. The lights also have two brightness level modes for low and high light preferences. The low light mode lasts for 12 hours, while the high light mode lasts 6 hours. These LITOM waterproof solar lights can be placed in the ground or mount to the wall with screws. Each light has 12 LEDs and is designed to stay on in darkness.
These BAXIA Technology solar lights have 28 LEDs with a 120-degree motion detector to detect motion within up to 16 feet away. A full 8-hour charge will keep these waterproof solar lights working all night long. It’s backed by a 180-day limited product guarantee and 1-year warranty.t can also be mounted to a wall or garage.
The SEZAC motion sensor light comes with three working light modes, including a dim long light, strong light and motion sensor light mode. The solar lights can detect motion within up to 16 feet using a 150-degree motion sensor. The lights are waterproof and include rechargeable lithium batteries to keep your lights working when you need it most. They’re easy to install with 3M double-sided tape.
You’ll get six LED Solar Deck solar lights with two-mode lighting and seven color modes. These lights charge during the day to automatically come on at night. It also includes a battery backup to keep your lights working. The lights are easy to install with the included screws and are made of durable plastic. They’re also backed by a 1-year warranty and 60-day money-back guarantee.
You’ll get eight outdoor solar lights to place outside of your garage, sidewalk or patio. Each light uses eight LEDs to illuminate the outside of your home. These lights can illuminate your home at night after up to eight hours of charging without requiring a battery. They’re easy to install into the ground. Made of stainless steel and ABS plastic for durability, these LED lights install easily into the ground.
Stand-out features include
Illuminates all night after eight hours of daytime charging
Easy to install and clean
Disk lights that aren’t easily damaged by landscaping and mowing
This pack of six Solpex lights is perfect for pathway lighting or gardening. They automatically charge during the day and illuminate your home exterior at night. 4-6 hours of charging can light up your home for 6-8 hours at night. These Solpex solar lights are made of plastic and illuminate warm white lighting. They’re weather-resistant and a 60-day money-back guarantee is available for your satisfaction.
Stand-out features include
Gives up to eight hours of charging with six hours of daylight charging
IP44 weatherproof with anti-rust coating
60-day money-back guarantee
8. Brightech Ambience Pro Waterproof Solar LED Outdoor String Lights
This set of 12 solar string lights extend 27 feet to illuminate your yard. They’re designed to stay lit for up to six hours with a full daytime charge. The Brightech Ambience lights are shatterproof and heat-resistant up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Backed by a 3-year limited warranty, these lights are easy to install using a clamp or stake. TwoAA batteries are required.
Stand-out features include
3-year product warranty
Bulbs are shatterproof and resist rain, snow, and up to 50-MPH winds
The MagicPro Motion Sensor Solar Light is equipped with 136 LEDs. Each light only needs 4-5 hours of daylight charging for night illumination and comes with a 120-degree built-in motion sensor to automatically shine when activity is detected. These solar lights are IP65 weatherproof. The MagicPro solar lights are easy to install with a few screws and are backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee.
The Kemeco LED solar light is designed to be a metal light fixture that shines a warm white light and is easy to mount or install in gardens without requiring wiring. It illuminates for up to eight hours but requires batteries and direct sunlight. The Kemeco solar light is backed by a one-year warranty.
Lumens determine your LED solar light’s brightness. The higher the number of lumens, the brighter the light will appear. The average number of lumens in solar lights typically ranges from 100-200.
Think about what type of solar lights you’ll want and where you’ll want to place them. Solar lights require direct sunlight to charge for nighttime illumination. It’s best not to place them in shaded areas or under trees where natural light may be blocked.
Batteries and Panels:
Some solar lights may require batteries or panels to keep your solar lights working properly when there’s not as much natural light. Most panels and batteries are included but may need to be replaced after a certain time.
Most solar lights are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions including humidity, rain and freezing temperatures. However, some lights don’t work well in extreme heat, such as 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Take a look at weather restrictions before buying.
Most are easy to self-install using a stake or a few screws. Check with your local listings for more complex set-ups and assistance.
Will solar lights work in rain and snow?
Yes, most solar lights will use their backup power source to keep your home lit at night during rain and snow.
How long do solar lights last?
Most solar lights last a few years, but it depends on a number of factors including the lighting mode, lumens and battery. Some batteries or panels will need to be replaced for your lights to work longer. Generally, they last at least four years.
How can I clean my solar light?
Most solar lights can be cleaned using a damp cloth to wipe away dust and dirt.
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