The best solar spotlights will be a great addition to your outdoor living space. They not only offer great lighting without adding to your power bills but also add to the aesthetics of your outdoor space. They highlight statues, water fountains, business signs and any other area or item that needs to be highlighted at night.
Below, we have researched on the best solar landscape spotlights to help you choose what meets your budget and your needs.
The NekTeck 2-in-1 Outdoor Solar Spotlights offers a perfect balance between great features, ease of use and price. After charging for four hours, this solar powered spotlight can last for up to 10 hours.
The MINI 50X Twin Solar LED Spotlight was designed for modern homes thanks to its enhanced magnifying lens and its high power CREE LED for maximum brightness. It is great if you are looking for solar spot lights for trees.
The LITOM 12 is an inexpensive solar powered spotlight that sports great features. For starters, it allows you to regulate the brightness to minimize power use when bright light is not needed.
Solar energy is classified as the most effective source of inexhaustible energy. This way, you have a good reason to go for a solar spot light.
Most of the solar spotlights today are designed the same as traditional spotlights but with self-sufficient lighting units based on the photovoltaic effect. The photovoltaic effect refers to the ability of certain surfaces to absorb light photons and release electrons. These released electrons are then transformed into an electric current which is later used as electricity.
To be self-sufficient, a solar spotlight sports a one, and in most cases several, LED lights, a rechargeable battery and a solar panel made of different layers of a material that is capable of trapping light photons.
During the day, the solar panel absorbs light photons which are converted to electricity and stored in the cell battery. At night, the stored electricity is used to light the spotlight. The cell battery stored power will be depleted and more is stored the following day.
Solar LED spotlights are versatile; they come in handy for homeowners as well as business people. You can use them to light an area at night and enhance security and you can still use them to beautify your landscape. Unlike traditional spotlights, solar spotlights are able to enhance visibility and beautify in an environmental friendly and budget-friendly way.
When your outdoor living space is well illuminated, burglars will feel deterred from breaking into your home. The inhabitants of a home are also protected from dangerous slips or falls at night. If you own a business that operates at night, solar spotlights will help your customers find their way around your business and also highlight different aspects of your business such as the business sign.
Since the brightest solar spotlights are very compact, it is easier to use them in your garden at night to enhance its beauty.
Solar spotlights are more expensive to install than traditional spotlights. However, in the long run, solar spotlights are more cost-effective. The solar lights are eco-friendly; this might not sound like it will make an impact but when several people decide to use solar LED lights, the world will be a better place.
Unlike the traditional counterparts, solar spotlights are easier to install and maintain. The lights do not need wires, no fuse and no circuits. Even better, the lights do not need constant maintenance. As long as the sun shines, the solar lights will be up every night. If you can afford the initial installation cost, a solar light might be a better choice.
There are hundreds of solar spotlights in the market today. While most of them advertise lumens and battery power, the best solar spotlights offer a good balance between brightness, battery charge time and run time and price. Some of the factors you should consider include:
An outdoor solar spotlight may not be as bright as a traditional spotlight although they are reasonably bright. This way, you will have to estimate the area that needs light and buy enough spotlights to fill the area. When shopping, look for spotlights that offer high brightness (in terms of lumens) and longer battery run time.
Solar spotlights use LED lights. These lights produce bright white light. If you need a different hue, you will have to go for spotlights with tinted covers. Choose lights with ‘amber’ or ‘soft white’ as they give you the best hues.
If you live in an area that does not get bright sunlight during the day, buy spotlights with panels that are detachable from the lights. This way, you can take the panel to the most lit part of your garden for maximum charging.
Most of the solar spotlights are designed with hardened plastic but a few are made of aluminum. Aluminum units are long lasting but a little pricier. When taken care of, the plastic units can also last for years.
A good solar spotlight comes complete with all needed attachments such as wall plugs, screws and ground stakes. This makes the lights easy to install. Again, the lights should be easy to install.
Additional features such as brightness regulation, automatic on/off function, larger battery capacity and being water and heat proof are an added advantage. Even with all these features, the solar spotlight should still fall within your budget. When budgeting, consider the number of spotlights you will need to fully illuminate your garden at night.
The solar spotlights below were chosen based on their balance of features, durability and price.
The NekTeck 2-in-1 Outdoor Solar Spotlights takes the first position thanks to its simple but functional design. It is fitted with four built-in bright LED lights for maximum brightness.The lights are encased in a reflective housing that further enhances the brightness. On a day's charge, the lights can run for up to 10 hours. Though you can manually turn them on/off, the lights run automatically from dust to dawn.
The light is designed to light driveways, walkways, garden, trees and any other area in your outdoor space that needs lighting. It can also be used when camping thanks to its rugged construction and the fact that you can install it by sticking it on the ground.
The Mini 50x is sold as a solar spotlight for modern homes. It sports twin 3W LED capable of lighting an entire yard. You can dim the lights if need be.
Behind the LED lights are heat sinks that ensure the lights do not overheat. This saves battery power and makes the lights function more optimally. The strong metal stakes allow you to mount the lights on a wall or on the ground with much ease.
The Litom solar spotlight is great when you need a solar powered spotlight that lasts for longer. It features 12 LED lights making it brighter than most other lights. It also offers a wider 120 degree adjustment angle allows you to illuminate specific areas in a home.
The light can be used for your garden, walkways, driveways, garage and front porch among others. Thanks to its waterproof casing and its compactness, the unit also comes in handy for camping. It can also be used to alarm burglars with an intent to break into your home. You can buy it as a 2-pack or four-pack unit.
With so many solar spotlight brands in the market, picking the best requires you to take your time and shop around. While most of the best solar spotlights are sold as the brightest and longest lasting, these are not the only two factors to consider. Some units are fitted with more than 10 LED lights which makes them last a lot less at night as the lights consume more power. If these are to last as long as those with 4 LEDs, they need a bigger battery which means a heavier unit.
The NekTeck 2-in-1 Outdoor Solar Spotlights poses as the best LED spotlight based on our review. The spotlight offers great brightness, the battery runs for up to 10 hours, it has a wide 90-degree adjustment angle and is easy to install. Besides, the unit is long lasting and comes at a relatively great price.
When shopping, look out for a unit that offers bright light and can run throughout the night. The unit should fit into your budget and should last long. Again, only go for units that are ready-to-use and only need mounting.