Keeping your property well-lit throughout the night is a priority for most homeowners. And it’s not always all about security either. Whilst of course it is useful to have lighting installed which will help to deter potential intruders or trespassers, it’s also simply an issue of good, safe-practice. Keeping your property well-lit ensures that innocent passers-by can walk in the safety of light, whilst you can return home at any hour, comforted by the knowledge that your way will be lit by the lighting on your property.
Unfortunately, keeping a property lit throughout the night an quickly prove expensive, and even cost-saving measures such as installing motion-detecting lighting can be outweighed by the dent outdoor lighting can make in your monthly electricity bills. Thankfully, there is an affordable solution.
Solar power technology has advanced rapidly over the past few years, and today it is relied upon to power any number of appliances and processes, in an endless variety of circumstances – from solar powered pool pumps, to electric fences, gates, backpacks, watches, you name it! The point being, solar energy is dependable, versatile, and – once installed – won’t cost you another penny.
Solar flood lights are the best choice if you’re looking to keep your property well-lit, but don’t fancy increasing your energy bills. Once installed, solar flood lights and solar lights charge throughout the day (many even in poor weather or low light), and then switch on automatically at night, either to shine throughout, or to shine only when motion is detected. Better yet, their settings are often widely customisable, and all are easy to install (especially since without complex wiring, they can simply be affixed to a wall or pole straight out of the box, and will start working immediately!). We’ve dedicated this article to reviewing and rating the very best solar flood lights on the renewable energy market today.
Having reviewed the market, we’ve chosen the very best of the best when it comes to solar powered flood lights. Let’s take a look.
If budget is the name of the game, then look no further. These JOMARTO outdoor solar powered flood lights come as a two pack, meaning you get even more bang for your buck. With polycrystalline panels converting sunlight into motion-sensor home lighting of around 800 lumens in strength, these lights are designed to stay constantly on at a low light, increasing in brightness to their full potential only when motion is detected. IP65 waterproof, too, you can install these lights straight out the box for next to nothing.
When it comes to solar flood lights, there are some truly great products on the market. However, if you’re looking for the best of the best, then we recommend you stop right here. The NIORSUN solar flood light is a super versatile, incredibly strong light, which can operate either as street, park, or carpark lighting when pole-mounted, or as home lighting when wall-mounted. With the biggest and most impressive solar panel on our list – at 400 watts – it also produces the brightest light – 10,000 lumens – and can run for 14 hours when fully charged. It comes with a range of lighting and motion sensor options, as well as a remote control and 24 months (2 years) guaranteed after-sale servicing.
When buying solar powered, renewable energy products, one of the most important considerations for you to make (as we’ll discuss later in this article) is the amount of sunlight your property gets. If you live in a sunny, warm area, relatively close to the equator then you probably don’t need to worry. However, if your home/property is prone to long intervals of low or no light, or you can’t depend on steady sunlight, then this can be a problem. Thankfully, the solar powered flood light from UPONUN comes with the solar panel detached from the flood lights. What this means is that you can place the solar panel up to 15 feet from the lights, angling it wherever necessary to optimise its exposure to sunlight, and thus ensuring you get the most out of your solar lights. If getting enough sunlight in your area is an issue, we highly recommend you take a look at this product.
How do Solar Powered Motion Sensor Security Lights Work?
Solar powered security lights work by accumulating solar energy via either a separate solar panel or more rarely by a smaller PV module integrated directly into the hardware. The panel accumulates solar energy and converts it into usable electricity. This translates to a more eco-friendly security light that can be used off grid, even in more isolated settings such as cabins, barns or warehouses as all they need as a power source is the sun.
Solar security lights that use motion sensors light up an area only when a disturbance is sensed. This acts as a deterrent for both intruders and animals. They also consume less energy (which in any case is cost-free solar power) and last for much longer.
Though solar security lights utilize different types of motion sensor technology, PIR motion sensors are by far the most common. PIR stands for “passive infrared sensor” meaning they use infrared technology to create a grid around the device that detects both changes in heat and movement.
Solar security cameras with PIR motion sensors are used for security purposes and as a source of light in unoccupied areas but also simply to brighten pathways or staircases, helping with nighttime parking and in general providing extra light to outdoor sections of your home.
All this can be accomplished without the use of extra wiring, as modern variants of solar security lights can illuminate very large areas without resorting to conventional electricity. Progress in solar technology means there are floodlights currently on the market that can reach an 800 lumen output or even more, enough to completely brighten up an area of up to 70 feet.
Solar security lights operate according to two features: Continuous lighting and motion sensor lighting. The first mode has the advantage of providing light for the whole night (on a full charge certain models can last for up to 12 hours). These lights are usually dimmer and need more charging time and optimal weather conditions to function effectively. Motion sensor lights will only activate when movement is detected and usually stay on for a 60 second intervals up to 150 times a night.
All models of solar security light have the added advantage of being tremendously easy to install. No wiring or hiring of an installer is needed. Just affix both the light and (usually separate) panel practically anywhere (with the use of fixtures, hooks, screws or magnets that come with the unit). Maintenance is also very straightforward, all that is needed is periodic cleaning of the panel and checking the functionality of the security light after inclement weather.
Pros and Cons of Solar Powered Motion Sensor Security Lights
We have already seen the almost countless advantages of solar powered security lights that use motion sensors, let’s list their main positive features while also underlining some of their limitations.
- Solar security lights are both good for the environment and highly cost-effective. Being completely reliant on solar energy means no extra electricity bills while the absence of wiring and ease of installation and placement cuts costs on hiring specialists
- Maintenance is also a breeze. A periodic cleanup to get rid of dust, pollen or any debris that is blocking the panel is all that is needed
- No wiring means no risk of electrocution or overheating, meaning they are much safer than traditional lights
- Many solar security lights use advanced darkness sensors that make the device turn on and off automatically, saving energy
- Their reliance on solar power also means they are impervious to power outages and blackouts
- Models with powerful lights and effective PIR technology are a surefire deterrent for burglars, animals and basically any intruder
- Solar security lights are often made of highly resistant materials that can brave rain, humidity, heatwaves, storms and other adverse weather or temperature conditions to a decent degree
- Although many models reach a more than adequate brightness, solar alternatives still cannot match traditional security lights
- Reliance on the sun means that prolonged bad weather or cloudiness can impact their performance
- Ironically the pollution caused by the use of fossil fuels hinders efficiency and effective brightness of certain solar security light models
Best Solar Security Lights Reviewed
Having awarded our top 3 products on the solar flood light market, let’s take a more in-depth, pros and cons look at all of the finest products out there.
APONUO Solar Security Lights Outdoor 800LM
- Brand: APONUO
- 3 Convenient Operational Modes
- Super Bright
- Dusk to Dawn
- Outdoor and Indoor
This is a great starter pack for any renewable energy newbies, looking to set up their first solar outdoor lighting system, or indeed their first solar system in general. It comes with everything you need to set up your solar powered motion activated lighting, right out of the box, and it’s reliable, too. The solar panel comes separate to the lights on this model, with 16.4 feet of cable to run between the panel and lights. This gives you plenty of room to play with, and means you can light two separate areas on your property quite easily, both charged and powered by the optimally-positioned monocrystalline panel, which with its 18 watts can charge even in low light, providing more than enough power to the two 800 lumen lights.
Waterproof to IP67, the APONUO pack comes with a remote control, allowing you to quickly and easily switch between its three lighting modes: manual, auto (turns on at dusk, off at dawn), or timing mode (allowing you to set specific operational hours). If your property suffers from irregular sunlight, or the chosen area for your lighting is in shade during the day, then we highly recommend you look into this product, since its separate solar panel allows you to circumvent normal charging issues.
- Comes with two flood lights which you can place in separate locations
- Detachable solar panel maximises sunlight exposure
- Highly weatherproof and durable
- Comes with remote control and 3 lighting modes
- Slightly weaker solar panel than some competing products
- Requires wiring since solar panel not attached to lights
- More expensive than majority of competing products
KERNOWO Rotatable Solar Security Light w/ Motion Sensor
- Brand: KERNOWO
- Color: Black
- Super bright solar security spot light
- Adjustable wide lighting area
- Wireless motion sensor lights with two modes
- IP65 waterproof with high efficiency solar panel
You get two solar security lights in this pack, each with three heads able to be rotated round 360 degrees, or side to side by 120 degrees. As such, they can light a much wider circumference of area than many of their competitors. With 210 LED lights per head, these outdoor lights can produce up to an impressive 2500 lumens after a full charge of their 7 watt solar panels (requiring about 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Built of ABS material, the KERNOWO flood lights are made to last, and to prove it, they are IP65 waterproof. You can set these lights to two distinct lighting modes: either the lights only activate (to 100% brightness) when their motion detectors detect motion, or they are kept on throughout the night at 20% luminosity, increasing to 100% brightness at the detection of motion. Affordable, and with 24-months manufacturer guarantee, this is a highly commendable solar flood light.
- Highly-flexible heads on each light
- Comes in an affordable two-pack
- Two light modes
- Bright lights with many LEDS per head
- Fairly weak solar panel, requires a lot of charging per day
- No remote control
Joylight 200W Solar Street Lights Outdoor Lamp
- Brand: Joylight
- Color: Black
- Aluminum alloy housing, solid and sturdy constructed
- Long life lithium iron phosphate battery
- Dusk on dawn off light sensor
- Anti-broken remote control
- IP67 waterproof
If you’re interested in lighting more than just your property, or you want to install your solar flood lights somewhere other than on the walls of your building, then we highly recommend you take a look at the Joylight street solar flood light. Looking like a conventional street light, you’ll be surprised to learn that the Joylight comes with a strong enough solar panel to light any area as brightly as a conventional, grid-linked street light would, too. And more than that, it’s arguably far more versatile than conventional street lights.
You can mount Joylight solar flood lights on a wall or on a pole, and can monitor and manipulate their operational hours and lighting with just a few clicks of a remote control (included). With its powerful 200 watt polycrystalline solar panel in aluminium casing (IP67 waterproof), this solar flood light can produce light up to 8000 lumens, thanks to its 96 LEDs. You can set it to be operational only during certain hours, to shine throughout the night, or operate it manually. It’s a little expensive, but a wise choice for the buyer looking to do something more than just light their home.
- Super bright, strong light
- Several lighting modes
- Waterproof and durable
- Versatile installation options
- Polycrystalline panel not great at charging in low light
- Little expensive
- No motion detection setting
ATUPEN 210 LED 1500LM Motion Sensor Lights
- Brand: ATUPEN
- Color: Black
- Super Bright Solar Motion Sensor Lights
- Wide Angle Illumination & PIR Motion Inductor
- Longer lasted Battery& Higher Charging Efficiency
- IP65 waterproof rating ensures
The solar flood lights from ATUPEN follow the fairly standard template of the best solar flood lights in their price bracket. Here we have a solar flood light with flexible, rotatable heads, ensuring you can cover up to 270 degrees of area with their bright, 210 LED lights, which shine at up to 1500 lumens of brightness.
Operated either by button or remote, the ATUPEN kit includes a powerful monocrystalline solar panel, ensuring that even in low light, your lights’ batteries will charge efficiently and effectively, delivering a safe and reliable source of light to your property throughout the night. What we like most about this product is its intuitive lighting modes (which you get to set). It can either turn on to full brightness when motion is detected (up to 26 feet away), and then off; or it can be kept on at a dim light throughout the night, increasing to full brightness only when motion is detected; or (and this is our favourite bit), it can be set to shine at full brightness for the first 4-5 hours of night, before automatically switching to mode 1 (off until motion detected) for the remainder of the night – perfect if you’re often out at night, but home before the wee hours.
- Intuitive and unique lighting modes
- Strong, versatile monocrystalline solar panel (good even in low light)
- Comes with remote control
- Rotatable heads give up to 270 degrees of coverage depending on placement
- Few, if any
UPONUN Solar Security Flood Lights Dual Head 60LED
- Brand: UPONUN
- TWO lamps available
- Smart Remote Control
- Can be turned on/off at 24hrs
- Durable & IP67 Protection
We awarded the UPONUN solar dusk to dawn light our ‘Most Versatile in Low Light’ award, thanks to its strong, detachable solar panel, which can be placed anywhere within 16.4 feet of its two ultra-bright, waterproof lights. What this means for the consumer is that you don’t have to worry half as much about placement of the lights, since wherever you choose to place them, you’ll doubtlessly find an area within 16.4 feet (whether on the roof or round another corner of the house) where you can install the solar panel, in order to maximise the sunlight-capturing potential of its cells.
Besides being versatile and well-suited to low light areas, though, the UPONUN solar security flood lights are powerful and reliable, too. The UPONUN brand guarantees customer satisfaction, which you can see by the customer reviews on this product. Their solar security light can be adjusted in any number of ways, to deliver either cool or warm white light from 10% brightness up to 100% brightness (and anything in between). These lights are built to remember your settings, and can be set to come on at certain times, or operated manually with a long distance remote. IP67 waterproof, these lights are built to last.
- Remote control operational up to 65ft
- Detachable solar panel optimises its exposure to sun and thus the charging of your lights
- Durable and versatile
- Reliable brand
- No motion detection setting
- More expensive than competing products
Otdair Solar Security Lights
- Brand: Otdair
- 70 LED Bright 360° Rotable Spotlights
- 2200mAH Eco-friendly Solar Power
- Long Time Working Time
- IP65 Weatherproof Easy to Install
This outdoor light from Otdair missed out on clinching our ‘Best Budget’ category award by only a few cents. It is one of the most affordable options on the market, for those looking to light their home with solar power, and not a bad place to start if you’re new to renewable energy home products. With 70 LEDs in the light, and an 8 watt solar panel pumping out up to 550 lumens of light, it may not be the strongest solar flood light on the market, but for the price you’re paying, it’s agreeable all the same.
When the sensor on these solar flood lights is triggered by motion (detectable up to 33 feet away), the lights come on for 90 seconds (or for as long as motion lasts), before turning off again. Easy to install and waterproof up to IP65, these lights are the ideal choice if all you’re looking for is a security light at an affordable price.
- Motion detection up to 33 feet
- Easy to install
- Fairly weak light and solar panel
- Only one light mode – motion detection
- Heads not rotatable – limits effective lighting area
NIORSUN 400W Motion Sensor Dusk to Dawn Solar Light
- Brand: NIORSUN
- Color: Black
- Super bright LED solar street light outdoor
- Light Senor & Motion Sensor Modes
- Remote Control
- Charge 20% faster than others
We awarded the NIORSUN solar street light our ‘Best Deluxe’ category award, and for good reason. With a 400 watt solar panel charging and powering a 864 LED light, producing in turn up to a whopping 10,000 lumens throughout the night, this solar flood light is the strongest on the entire market.
The NIORSUN can produce continuous dusk to dawn light for 14 hours on a full charge, but can also be instructed (via the handy remote control) to operate in any number of ways. From full motion sense, to full, continuous light, or any combination in between, the NIORSUN solar flood light fixture can be mounted on a pole or wall, enabling the user to light just about any part of their property. With 24-months warranty, and a detachable solar panel with a 16 foot cable allowing you to place the panel in optimal position for sunlight, the NIORSUN 400 watt solar flood light is undeniably the best on the market.
- Super bright and strong
- Versatile installation and lighting mode options
- Continuous lighting for 14 hours on full charge
- Remote control
- Detachable solar panel
- More expensive than competing products
- No other cons that we can find!
GLORIOUS-LITE Solar Security Light Outdoor
- Brand: GLORIOUS-LITE
- Color: White
- Solar Powered & Energy Saving
- Upgraded Motion Sensor
- Flexible Adjustable Design
- IP65 Waterproof Rating
The GLORIOUS-LITE solar flood light is built like many others in its price bracket. It comes with three heads of up to 1600 lumens in brightness, powered by a separate solar panel with a 15 foot cable (allowing you to optimise the positioning, to maximise the charge your flood lights will get from sunlight). The heads are adjustable and flexible enabling the owner to cover more ground with one light than they might otherwise have been able to.
What really sets this light apart from the crowd, though, is that you can adjust (via two dials) both the range of motion detection, and the length of time the light stays on once triggered by motion. Whilst any other solar flood lights comes with adjustable settings, none can be adjusted in terms of motion or triggered lighting time, making the GLORIOUS-LITE quite unique. Affordable and waterproof (IP65), too, this is a really great item, particularly if you live in low-light areas, or want the option to adjust range of motion detection.
- Adjustable settings which no other similar solar light has
- Detachable/separate solar panel maximises potential for sunlight exposure and thus charging
- Waterproof and durable
- Requires some basic wiring
- No other lighting modes than motion detection
- No remote control
JOMARTO Solar Motion Lights Outdoor
- Brand: JOMARTO
- Color: Black
- Power by Solar
- Flexible Adjustable Design
- Smartest Sensor Mode
- Equipped with IP65 Waterproof Function
Last, but most certainly not least, we come to the winner of our ‘Best Budget’ category – the two-piece solar flood light pack from JOMARTO. Each of these flood lights is equipped with a modest 112 LEDs, fed by power from polycrystalline solar panels attached to the top of them. Each head of the lights is adjustable, allowing you to effectively cover a larger area with light than you would otherwise be able to.
JOMARTO’s solar flood lights come equipped with three lighting modes: always on (at 35% brightness), on at 35% brightness until motion is detected (then powered to 100% brightness for 30 seconds), or off until motion is detected (then 100% brightness for 30 seconds). IP65 waterproof and built to last, there are few extra frills with the JOMARTO light heads. Nonetheless, at this price (and for 2 pieces in the one pack), first-time solar energy buyers will not be disappointed.
- Two lights in one extraordinarily affordable pack
- Three lighting modes
- Waterproof and durable
- Polycrystalline panel not particularly effective in low light
- Not as bright or strong as other products on market
- No remote control
When looking to purchase a solar flood light, there are a few things you should consider first.
Where do you want to shed light? This is a pretty obvious consideration, sure, but it can be a little more complex when you take into consideration the varied range of solar flood lights available on today’s market. Some are suited more for mounting on a pole, others exclusively for wall-mounting, whilst still more offer either option. Deciding first where and how you want to mount your light will significantly decrease the time you spend looking for your perfect solar flood light.
Depending on what you’re looking to purchase solar flood lights for, you’ll either want motion detection in the lights as standard, or not be too fussed. Motion detection technology means that your solar flood lights will automatically turn on (usually to 100% brightness for 20-90 seconds) whenever motion is detected. However, not all solar flood lights comes with this setting built-in. As such, it’s important to decide before you shop whether this is a requirement of yours or not.
Probably the most important consideration to make when buying anything solar-powered is to work out where on your property gets the most sunlight, or indeed how much sunlight the area you wish to install lights is likely to get on a daily basis. the best solar flood lights will come with monocrystalline solar cell solar panels, which allow them to charge even in low light. Others come with solar panels that are separate to the lights, allowing them to be positioned wherever your property gets most sunlight. The cheaper products on the market, however, tend to have polycrystalline (weaker) solar panels fixed in permanent positions. If you live in a low light or poor weather area, it’s worth investing in monocrystalline, or a solar panel you can move about as the seasons change.
And of course, we come to budget. A necessary consideration in almost every shopping scenario. Now, you might well be thinking that a solar powered flood light must surely be too expensive for you. Thankfully, however, this is just not the case, and even a $30-40 investment can last you years, saving you far more than the initial cost in your electricity bills. Still, it is worth considering budget, for whilst the cheapest solar flood lights on the market do a good job, they tend not to be as powerful or as versatile as the more expensive models. Given that you’re buying outdoor lighting to keep your property safe, secure, and reliably lit, it’s important not to scrimp, when a few extra dollars could be the difference between meeting your every requirement, and settling for less than best.
We’ve taken a look at our top picks in a few different categories, and we’ve explored in more thorough detail a well-researched range of the best solar flood lights on the market today. Now it’s time to pick the best of the best. For us, it has to be NIORSUN’s 400W Motion Sensor Dusk to Dawn Solar Light. Whilst it is the most expensive product on our list, in most situations it will recoup your initial investment quickly and efficiently. You really just can’t beat the immense strength of its solar panel, the brightness of its LED lights, the versatility of its various applications, nor the variety of lighting modes which you can easily engage with its state-of-the-art remote.
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The answer to this question depends, of course, on the product. However, by and large we have to say: yes! Solar power, though you may initially be unfamiliar with it, simply works, and works well. Solar technology has come a long way in recent years, and you don’t have to break the bank to buy a solar flood light to meet your every need.
Solar flood lights generally come with a warranty of 1-2 years, but even outside this you can be sure that they’ll last you a long time. Every single product on this list is waterproof to at least IP65, and most are built of extremely durable materials. Since their purpose is fairly straightforward and low-demand, you can expect most solar flood lights to at least last long enough to recoup what you paid for them, in savings to your energy bills.
Yes! However, we highly recommend you invest a little more in a solar flood light with a monocrystalline solar panel, rather than a polycrystalline one. Furthermore, we recommend you ensure that wherever you install your lights, their attached panel(s) is going to receive at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.
One of the main reasons consumers invest in a flood light is that a solar flood light works wonders for the security of your property. Well-lit properties deter potential trespassers and burglars, whilst motion detection can help with this even more, thanks to the shock factor of suddenly being surrounded by light. Moreover, lighting your property thusly can help secure you and your loved ones, too. Coming home late at night, in the dark, can be scary and potentially dangerous. Knowing that you’ll arrive home to a reliable source of light can help mitigate both the fear and danger.
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