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Best Solar Powered Grow Lights

How to Choose the Best Solar Powered Grow Lights

Many indoor growers are looking for ways to reduce their costs and environmental impact. I’ve dreamed of using solar power lamps indoors in my own solar grow room and the radical idea of vertical farming excites me. Solar powered grow lights allow you to control light cycles, determining and influencing the growth phase of your plants while minimizing or eliminating the use of mainline power.

Many crops can be grown indoors, but cannabis and micro greens are considered some of the most profitable crops by farmers. In this guide we will focus on how to choose the best indoor solar powered lighting.

Voted 2016 and 2017 best LED grow light by High Times magazine. This light is able to replace an entire 300-400W HPS/MH system. G8 LED have updated their 2019 light giving it a PPFD of 970 μMol/m2/s at 12”. The light covers an area of 3x2 ft during both vegetative and bloom cycles with a canopy penetration depth of up to 60”. You can add optional 90W red flowering lamps for maximum yield. This light has a power draw of only 140 watts making it a great solar option.

A mix of 320 three and five watt light emitting diodes(LEDs) individually intensified by secondary optical lenses allow this light a max PPFD of 720.25 μMol/m2/s at 36”, making it one of the most intense LEDs on the market. It’s extra large footprint allows you to light a 5x5 ft area and has the power to replace your 1000W HPS/MH system with a power draw of only 630 watts. The remote control included with the light allows you to control light cycles and spectrum giving you convenient access to the controls without jeopardizing fragile crops. This is a professional grade light and requires a large initial investment.

This LED comprised of 90 high intensity five watt diodes is capable of replacing a 300W HPS/MH system. It provides vegetative light coverage of a 2.5x2.5 ft area at a height of 24” and bloom coverage of a 2x2 ft area at a height of 18”. This light is quite powerful delivering 1165 μMol/m2/s at 18”. The light has a power draw of 200w at 120V. The only concern I would have with this light is with running temperature. Five watt diodes run considerably hotter than three watt diodes and you may need to add extra ventilation to prevent heat damaged plants in a small grow room.

This complete digital HPS/MH light system allows you to run both 250w and 400w HPS or MH bulbs. The digital ballast removes the need for multiple ballasts, simplifying your setup. When using 400 watt bulbs the light draws approximately 425w but delivers intense light able to penetrate plant canopies. Highly reflective aluminum insert helps to concentrate light energy. This is a good alternative to LED lighting and will provide powerful lighting for the price.

How to Choose the Best Solar Grow Lights

Around 80% of Americans live in urban areas. As more people collect in large cities looking for work, we must come up with creative solutions for growing food and commodity crops within those cities and surrounding areas. Vertical farming and container farms are becoming more prevalent and the desire to grow ones own food indoors is increasing as our environment and food production needs change. Gone are the days of cheap fossil fuel and careless burning of energy resources. We need solutions and solar is a viable option.

We will be discussing solar grow lights and the variables you should consider before making a purchase. Energy usage, light spectrum, light intensity, generated heat, and size of your grow will all need to be balanced to achieve success with indoor solar powered lighting. With several light options to choose from we will go over types of lights, what to look for in a light, and additional things you should consider purchasing for your solar powered grow room.

Types of Solar Grower Lights

There are three main categories of light systems you can use for your Indoor solar greenhouse lights.

Fluorescent

This bulbs can be good for smaller grows, house plants, seedlings, or supplementary light. There are three bulb styles to choose from(T12, T8, and T5). The T denotes tube while the number indicates how many eighths of an inch the tubes diameter is. T12 lights, which are being phased out, generate electricity through electromagnetic induction, a less efficient method compared to the electronic circuitry In newer model lights.

The main difference between T8 and T5 lights is size. T5 lights are 40 percent smaller but can contain just as much or more light energy than T8 fluorescents. T5 lights are the most expensive option but will give you the best results. These lights are pretty energy efficient but won’t work for larger grows or large flowering plants.

LED

This lights are compact, safe, use less electricity, have a greater light intensity, and generate less heat compared to more traditional lighting options. NASA was a pioneer in LED use as a way to grow plants in space and induce alertness in astronauts. We are able to control the light spectrum emitted from the LED by altering the material they are made of, enabling creation of light in the photosynthetic spectrum while reducing other wave lengths.

This reduces power needed and heat produced while still exceeding performance of other light systems. Another large benefit of LEDs over more powerful HID bulbs are the ability to use a varying light spectrum to encourage the growth you want. LED style lighting would be my first choice for a solar powered grow. LEDs are an expensive initial investment but will pay themselves off in the long term. With the right expectations and planning, off grid LED lighting can be possible

High intensity discharge, or HID

This grow lights are extremely powerful but are expensive to run, hot, and power hungry. They are great for plants that need high intensity light to flower and fruit and are best for commercial growers who have a larger budget and aren’t as concerned with energy usage.

They come in two varieties that are usually used in conjunction with one another. High pressure sodium(HPS) bulbs produce low spectrum(red) light used in the flowering of plants. Metal halide(MH) bulbs, with their high spectrum(blue) light are used for vegetative growth. Both vegetative and bloom spectrum lighting must be used for the best results. Keep in mind you need to purchase two sets of bulbs and possibly two different ballasts, depending on model chosen, when using this system.

Vegetative vs Bloom

When growing with indoor grow lamps farmers must vary light spectrum and day length to get the desired growth from their plants. The growth before flowering is considered the vegetative stage and is controlled by day length.. For example, with cannabis, lights should be lit for around 18 hours in a more blue spectrum light to encourage vegetative growth.

The second phase is considered the bloom phase, where the plant will produce flowers and fruit. This stage of growth requires longer nights compared to the vegetative stage, usually a 12/12 hour split, with a light geared more toward the red spectrum.

Light Spectrum

Light from the sun contains the entire spectrum from ultraviolet(UV) to infrared. Plant biologists consider 400nm(red)- 700nm(blue) wavelength light available to plants for photosynthesis. Grow lights that cover this full spectrum will give you the best growing results. Some light models have an available switch that can set the light to either vegetative or bloom growth.  

This is a useful feature as it reduces the need for additional lights while improving grow quality. Look for spectroradiometric data from manufacturers that measures energy in watts per wavelength. Utilizing data will allow you to compare wave lengths of light available to your plants.

Light Intensity

Different plants need different light intensities. Even single plants require different intensities during different growth stages. Light intensity given off by grow lights is measured in watts. A more specific measurement is Photosynthetic photon flux density, or PPFD, measured in μMol/m2/s.

This measurement tells you the PAR(photosynthetically available radiation) usable for plant growth, or the number of available light particles hitting a square meter area in one second. Full sun provides approximately 2000 μMol/m2/s. Intensity can be varied by purchasing a more powerful light or moving the light closer to your plants.

Duration (Light Cycles)

As plants progress through their growing cycle we can influence biological processes such as the growth rate and the setting of buds/fruit by altering light cycles. A light cycle is simply how much light time and dark time the plant gets daily. When a plant is exposed to light radiation it is able to chemically convert this energy, along with carbon dioxide and water, into oxygen and glucose.

This energy is stored in the plants and used for cellular respiration. Cellular respiration occurs during dark hours. The plant chemically converts its stored glucose into carbon dioxide, water, and ATP energy molecules used for plant growth and reproduction.

Energy Usage

The amount of energy required to grow plants is immense and you must consider this when choosing which light system to use. Power needs will change as the plants progress through their growth cycle and the farmer starts altering day length and light spectrum.

LED lights will use the least amount of energy, while HID lighting will use the most. Fluorescent lighting is also efficient and can be good for small grows and supplementary light. I suggest using a LED grow lights system as they are energy efficient and can deliver a great product, saving you money in the long run.

Short vs Long Day Plants

Different varieties of plants have differing light needs. Short day plants only produce flowers when day length is less than about 12 hours. These include many spring and fall flowering plants like poinsettias and chrysanthemums. Long day plants on the other hand, require more than 12 hours of sunlight to enter bloom.

Summer crops like lettuce, spinach, potatoes, and California poppies bloom when the days are long. Other plants like tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, and some strawberries are considered day-neutral. These plants form flowers regardless of day length. Keeping day lengths in mind can help you choose crops that use less light, saving energy.

Installation and Additional Purchase Considerations

When installing your new grow lights you will need a way to hang the lights above your plants. You will also need a way to raise the fixtures as the plant grows in height. This can be done with a pulley system or a chain hung from the ceiling, allowing you to hang the light from different chain links as the plant grows.

You should consider purchasing a timer to control light cycles along with some form of ventilation to keep air moving. For a full solar light setup you’ll need a solar panel to collect energy from the sun, a MPPT(maximum power point tracking) controller to optimize amperage to the battery, a deep cycle battery to store energy and prevent damage from excessive discharge, a power inverter to convert DC to AC current, and of course your grow light. Greenhouse LED grow lights can be used to supplement sunshine for needy plants during short and cloudy winter days

Best Solar Powered Grow Lights Reviews

This 8 band LED grow light is perfect for small spaces and has an increased light density giving you some great crop yields for the modest energy draw of 140w, making this a viable solar grow light and giving you a 50-60% energy savings compared to HID lights of the same intensity. Using an optimized 8 band light spectrum cuts down on unneeded wavelengths which in turn reduces power draw and heat output. This option is best for two plants but can be used on up to four and is able to replace a 300-400w HPS/MH system.

G8LED 240 Watt LED Veg/Flower Grow Light

This is a full spectrum light good for both vegetative/flowering stages and covers an area of six square feet. G8 decided not to include a veg/bloom switch on this fixture. Turning off the red diodes in your grow light during the vegetative cycle will reduce active diode density within the light, reducing its power and effectiveness. The company instead offers specialized red spectrum bloom lights to be used in conjunction with this light. The 90w Red Flower Booster lights will increase flowering size and density when used with the main light during bloom.

Specs

  • 16”x9”x3”
  • 8 lbs
  • 110V @ 1.2 Amp | 220V @ 0.60 Amp
  • Max draw 140W
  • 6sq. ft. coverage
Pros
  • Low power draw
  • Simple operation with no veg/bloom switch
  • Operational in 110V or 240V modes
  • Generates little heat
  • 90 day money back guarantee
Cons
  • May need to purchase 90w Red Flower Booster light set for optimal flower development
  • 3w diodes are not as intense as 5w diodes and may have problems penetrating thick canopies
  • Fans run a little loud
  • Not able to daisy chain

A mix of 320 three and five watt diodes deliver a massive 720.25 PPFD at a height of 36”. This allows great penetration of the canopy, supplying the whole plant with the energy it needs. The LEDs are  intensified by secondary optical lenses making it an equivalent replacement of a 1000w HPS/MH system. The 12 band light spectrum is fully customizable and can be adapted to vegetative/bloom cycles or even towards the plant genus of your choice. The light has an internal timer which can be controlled by remote, eliminating additional bulky equipment. The timer also includes a “Mother Earth” function which mimics outdoor lighting by slowly activating the light in the morning and dimming the light gradually in the evening.

Kind LED Indoor LED Grow Light K5 Series XL1000 Best LED Grow Light Winner 2017 with Remote and Timer for Plants and Flowers 650W with 12 Band Full Spectrum with UV IR UL Listed | 3 Years of Warranty

These stages can be customized to your desired duration and light spectrum. The included remote allows you to fiddle with light settings without putting fragile plants at risk of accidental damage. This light is for professional home growers or those with a large expendable budget. It is one of the best on the market but comes with a steep initial investment. The manufacturer, Powergrow Systems, also offer a large selection of seeds, fertilizers, and other hydroponic accessories worth checking out (Source).

Specs

  • 33”x27”x9”
  • 42 lbs
  • 100-240 volt compatible
  • Max draw of approximately 630w
  • Three year warranty
Pros
  • Highest available PPFD in market
  • Customizable 12 band spectrum
  • Internal timer and 8 stage timing function
  • Remote controlled
  • 5x5ft grow footprint
  • Cool running and quiet
Cons
  • ​Expensive
  • ​Requires more powerful solar setup

This light is a good entry level deal for someone looking to start experimenting with indoor growing. The full spectrum light consists of 90 five watt diodes and a veg/bloom switch to fine tune light wavelengths. This light should have the ability to replace a 300w HID light. UL certification ensures a safe operating unit which is important when dealing with lights and flammable material. The light is also available in 300 and 600 watt versions, depending on your needs.

VIPARSPECTRA UL Certified Reflector-Series 450W LED Grow Light Full Spectrum for Indoor Plants Veg and Flower, Has Daisy Chain Function

The light supports a 2.5’x2.5’ vegetative growth footprint at 24” and a 2’x2’ flowering footprint at 18”. The daisy chain feature allows you to conveniently connect lights as your operation grows in size. With an operational lifespan of 100,000 hours you shouldn’t have to worry about maintenance for many years.

Specs

  • 15.8”x8.4”x2.4”
  • 8.4 lbs
  • 120V @ 1.67 Amp | 220V @ 0.90 Amp
  • Max draw approximately 200w
  • 3 year warranty
Pros
  • 3 year warranty with 30 day satisfaction guarantee
  • Powerful 5w diodes
  • Bloom/Veg switch
  • Fire resistant design, UL certified
  • Daisy chain compatibility
Cons
  • 5w diodes run hotter increasing cooling demand
  • Powerful fans can waste valuable energy

I have included this Sun Systems grow lights HID fixture as an alternative to the other LED lights recommended. This complete 400w system has a built in digital ballast that allows you to run the light at 250 or 400 watts, with either HPS or MH bulbs. This HID light will penetrate the canopy surface delivering light to lower leaves, improving the energy the plant is able to absorb. Highly reflective aluminum insert concentrates the light where you need it most.

Sun System Grow Lights  - Digital 400 Complete System - 400W | 120/240V - Plug and Play Grow Lamp For Hydroponics and Greenhouse Use

The power coated steel housing is attractive, durable, and fire resistant. The light utilizes a E29 mogul base. When purchasing a 400w MH bulb you must get the BT28(reduced jacket) lamp in order for it to fit. The LEC315 ballast is low frequency and is under the FCC threshold for measurable interference.

Specs

  • 24.5”x15”x8.8”
  • 15.25 lbs
  • 400w/120V @3.3 Amp | 250w/120v @ 2.1 Amp
  • Max power draw of 425w
  • 2 year warranty
Pros
  • Powerful HID lights
  • Can run 250 or 400 watt bulbs
  • Digital ballast supports HPS and MH bulbs
  • Effectively covers 3’x3’ growing area
  • Cheaper than LED options of same intensity
  • Modest heat generation compared to some HID fixtures
Cons
  • Draws more power than LED fixtures
  • Must purchase bulbs separately
  • Bulbs need replacement after heavy use
  • Must have some form of ventilation

Conclusion

The benefits of indoor solar powered grow lighting will become more pronounced as technology prices drop and our outdoor environment becomes less suitable for crop production. When choosing a solar grow light you have a few considerations to make. A solar setup can save money in the long run but is a large initial investment and you must plan it out accordingly. We have discussed what makes a solar grow lamp desirable and what to look for in a light. I choose the G8 240w LED grow light for its mix of power and energy efficiency. With a max power draw of 140w, this light is compatible with a smaller solar setup.

Simple, full spectrum, operation with no veg/bloom switch simplifies the growing process while still delivering good results. You are able to purchase specific 90w red flower boosting lights that draw minimal power if flower density is your main priority. I recommend this light to beginner indoor gardeners looking for a relatively cheap and effective light that can be used on your solar powered grow grid. Growing plants can be an exciting and profitable venture if planned out correctly. Use the information in this guide to help you determine what grow light best fits your dream solar grow.

Best Solar Powered Driveway Lights

How to Choose the Best Solar Powered Driveway Lights

If you want to keep your driveway lit at night, without driving up your energy bill, what you need is the very best set of solar powered driveway lights. The best lights out there will be easy to install, lightweight and affordable, and hold their charge long enough to light a driveway of any length all night long.

This post will talk about some of the most important features of solar powered driveway lights, and then show you three of the top products on the market right now.

A versatile and affordable set of driveway lights in a 2 pack or 4 pack, mount in the ground and durable for long term outdoor use.

Durable, long-lasting solar powered lights with motion sensors. Mount on a wall or high pole.

Affordable outdoor lights that can be mounted in the ground or on a wall. Great for all-night lighting of small spaces.

How to Choose the Best Solar Powered Driveway Lights

Before you take a look at some of the best driveway lights or solar parking lot lights on the market right now, lets talk about all of the features that make a set of solar powered driveway lights great. The best lights for you will depend on your individual needs and priorities, but these are a few important features that you will want to look out for.

Brightness

One of the most crucial features of any outdoor light is how bright it is. The brightness of outdoor lights is measured in lumens, a count of visible light particles. The higher the number of lumens a light has, the brighter it will be. As a reference point, the average lightbulb for a kitchen or bathroom will have around 800 lumens. Most outdoor lights range from as low as 200 lumens, to as high as 5,000 lumens.

For driveway lights or solar street lights, you will not need to look for the same brightness as with an outdoor floodlight or security light. Driveway lights are generally meant to guide you through your driveway, not to light your way. So for lights that are just going to serve as solar powered driveway markers, a lower brightness of 200-300 lumens will work just fine. A lower lumen count also means that the light will be able to hold its charge for longer.

That said, if you are interested in a brighter light with a farther reach, you should look for lights with a higher lumen count – just remember that they may not hold their charge as long.

Weatherproofing and Durability

You can’t just place any old lightbulb outside to line your driveway. The best solar driveway lights will be able to withstand any weather conditions outdoors, and last for a long time without needing replacement.

For the best weatherproofing, you should look for LED driveway lighting with a high IP rating. IP, or Ingress Protection, ratings are used to define how well-sealed a container is. An IP rating over 65 will mean that the casing around the light is not just waterproof, but dustproof as well. Anything higher than that will be secure even when submerged in deep water. The higher the IP rating of your lights, the longer they will be able to withstand rainy or stormy weather conditions.

On top of that, you should look for lights that are made with a tough, corrosion-resistant metal. Rust can kill an outdoor light faster than anything – make sure your lights either have a corrosion resistant coating or are made out of a metal like aluminum or stainless steel that prevents rust naturally.

Mounting and Placement

There are a few different ways to mount outdoor lights. Many floodlights or motion sensor lights, for security purposes, are designed to be mounted on the side of a building. For most driveways, the best light placement will be lights with stakes that can be stuck into the ground lining your driveway.

However, for clearer, brighter lighting, it might help to have lights mounted higher up. Some solar powered LED street lights are made to be mounted on high poles or fences, like parking lot pole lighting. If you have a fence lining your driveway, you may want to go with the higher light placement, to give your driveway a brighter illumination and a clearer view for the driver.

Charge and Runtime

One of the most important features of solar powered driveway lighting is how long the lights can hold their charge. Solar powered lights will charge themselves during the day – they usually need around 7 hours of direct sunlight to get a full charge.

To get the best use out of your solar driveway lights, make sure you choose a model that will shine for 8 hours or longer on a full charge. This can be tricky with brighter lights – some lights have a motion sensor to turn their brightness up when a person or car goes by, allowing them to conserve energy the rest of the time.

For driveway lights, we recommend valuing a long runtime over brightness. It is more important that your lights will stay on all night, then that they are extra bright.

Range

The range of your solar lights determines how much space one light will be able to illuminate. Most lower-powered LED driveway lights have a range of 2-3 feet. Brighter lights will have a range of up to 10 feet.

For a longer driveway, you will probably want to look for lights with a bigger range, so that they can be placed further apart and cover a greater distance. For a shorter driveway, you should have no problem with a 2 foot light range or even smaller. Remember that the brightness of your lights might affect their runtime, as well as the cost. Lights with a longer range and long runtime will be pricier than those with a shorter range.

Special Features: Dimming, Motion Sensor and Dusk-to-Dawn Lighting

The simplest LED outdoor lights out there will function just like any regular light – able to be turned on and off with the press of a button, usually by a remote control. There are some special features of outdoor lights, though, that can make them more effective.

Motion sensors can be really helpful for lighting your way when you are walking or driving by at night. Lights with motion sensors will generally revert to a dimmer setting, or just turn off completely, until motion triggers the sensor, and then they will shine a bright spotlight over a certain area. These lights can be helpful if you often have to walk up and down your driveway while it is dark out.

Another great feature that you might want to look out for is dusk-to-dawn lighting. Lights equipped with dusk-to-dawn sensors will automatically turn themselves on or off when the light outside changes. They will turn on when the sun goes down, and off again when it comes up. That way, you don’t have to worry about remembering to switch the driveway lights on and off manually every day. This can be a great feature for a parking lot light fixture.

Best Solar Powered Driveway Lights Reviews

These lights from Nekteck have made their way to the top of our list for their affordability, versatility and long term durability. With these lights mounted around your driveway, you should have consistent, all night lighting for years.

Nekteck Solar Lights Outdoor, 2-in-1 Solar Spotlights Powered 4 LED Adjustable Wall Light Landscape Lighting, Bright and Dark Sensing, Auto On/Off for Yard, Pathway, Walkway, Garden, Driveway, 2 Pack

The lights are mounted on stakes that can be planted into the ground. Each light has a solar panel mounted on a swivel, so that it can be angled to catch the most sunlight during the daytime. They have two brightness modes and dusk-to-dawn sensors to automatically switch themselves on and off when the light outside changes. On a full charge, they are guaranteed to run for 6-10 hours, depending on the brightness setting.

One of the best things about these lights is that they are so low maintenance. Once they have been placed in the ground, they will hold up to all kinds of weather, and automatically turn themselves on and off according to the daylight. There is nothing you need to do until the battery eventually wears down.

The lights are sold in a warm, yellow light or bright white light option. They come in a two pack or a four pack. They would be great for a driveway, but work just as well to light a walkway, garden, swimming pool or any outdoor space.

Pros
  • Low maintenance
  • Automatic dusk-to-dawn lighting
  • Comes in two brightness modes
  • Weatherproof and reliable for long term use
Cons
  • Available in 2 pack and 4 pack – may be expensive to buy enough to line a long driveway
  • No motion sensor
  • Can only be placed low to the ground

These Urpower lights look a little different from other options on our list, and they are a little pricier, but they come with plenty of special features and are bright enough to illuminate your whole driveway all night long.

URPOWER Solar Lights Wireless Waterproof Motion Sensor Outdoor Light for Patio, Deck, Yard, Garden with Motion Activated Auto On/Off (4-Pack)

The lights, available in either a 4 pack or 2 pack, are designed to be mounted on a wall or fence. They have a solar panel on top, angled to catch as much sunlight as possible during the day, and sit at a downward slant to light up the space below them. These are motion sensor lights, which means they will turn on when they detect motion. If you are using them to light your driveway, they will switch on as soon as you turn onto the driveway. The motion sensing feature helps to preserve the lights’ charge, but it means that it will not be able to provide continuous, all night driveway lighting.

One of the best things about these outdoor lights is that they are super durable. Each light has an IP64 rating, which makes it safe during even the worst rainstorms. The solar panel is guaranteed to last for up to 5 years of continuous use. They are also easy to mount, with a single screw hold.

Pros
  • Motion sensor
  • Bright, 12 LED light
  • Easy to mount
  • Durable and waterproof – lasts for 5 years or longer
Cons
  • No stake mounting – must be mounted on a wall, fence or high pole
  • A little more expensive than other options
  • Only a motion sensor light – does not provide dusk-to-dawn lighting

Last on our list is a powerful little driveway light for a super affordable price. This light could be great if you just need a marker at your drive or in your garden. It is mounted on a stake and can be easily place in the ground anywhere, or mounted on a wall or fence with screw-in mountings.

Hoont 2-in-1 Bright Outdoor LED Solar Spotlight/Solar Powered Light for Patio, Entrance, Landscape, Garden, Driveway, Lawn, Etc./Great for Accents, Security Lighting, Etc. [UPGRADED VERSION]

The light is topped with a solar panel on a swivel, that can be angled to catch the most sunlight. The LED bulb itself can be angled to, to increase the range wherever you mount the light. It is 200 lumens, which is not quite bright enough to illuminate a large space, but plenty to light a pathway or part of a driveway. Best of all, this light has an automatic dusk-to-dawn sensor and will turn itself off and on with changes in the daylight. On a full charge, it can run for up to 16 hours.

The one downside to this affordable little light is that it is sold as a single. To light a full driveway, you will need to buy several, which will drive the price up.

Pros
  • Weatherproof and durable
  • Can be mounted in the ground or on a wall
  • Dusk-to-dawn sensor
Cons
  • No motion sensor
  • Sold as a single light – will need to buy multiple to light a whole driveway.

Conclusion

All three of these products are great solar powered driveway lights, but in our opinion, there is one clear winner. The Nekteck 2 pack or 4 pack of outdoor spotlights is the best choice for lighting up your whole driveway at a low energy cost. These lights will automatically turn themselves on and off, and they will last for years, through any kind of weather options.

If you are looking for a little more brightness, a motion sensor or different mounting options, you might want to try one of the other products on our list.

We hope this review has been helpful in getting you to pick the very best solar powered driveway lights for you!

Best Solar Garden Lights

How to Choose the Best Solar Garden Lights

Using solar garden lights is an energy-efficient way to bring your garden space to life on lovely summer nights. Gardens are already eclectic places of plants and architecture, so the right lighting can either bring a garden together or make it feel hopelessly disconnected. Use the right solar garden lighting to bring your garden together at night.

The solar garden lamps by Gigalumi are a beautiful bronze and glass construction, making your garden look elegant in the daytime when they’re off and during the night when they’re shining bright. The warm white light perfectly plays with the greenery of your garden and the bronze metal on the light fixture. Waterproof and freeze-resistant construction. One-year replacement time means that they’re built to last, perfect for gardens with lots of activity!

These are the brightest solar garden lights on this list, standing over three feet tall and casting a warm yellow-orange glow. Lovely torch design brings tropical vibes to your garden space. You’ll pay for the quality though, about double for your solar garden lighting compared to the other lights on this list. They’re quality though, the 12-months warranty is a vote of confidence by the seller!

For a cheaper solar light that blends in to your garden during the day, Tonulax’s Lily Solar Flowers might be perfect. The bendable stem and wire frame construction allows you to pose your lily solar flowers and blend them seamlessly into your garden landscape. I love the fabric and colors on these, and the glow at night is almost magical!

If you’ve looked at the other options on the list and have found them too tame, then the solar bubble lights might be the perfect lights for you. A 2-foot tall beam of colored bubbles juts into the air above your garden landscape, lighting it up and showing it off. The pillars change colors over time, and I love the vibrant aesthetics. It might be a challenge to use these without making your yard look tacky, but if you can do it, it will bring a whole new flair to your garden.

How to Choose the Best Solar Garden Lights

You know your garden best. Consider aesthetics, size, and durability when selecting the right garden light. Walk around your garden and imagine each of the placements of the solar lights--and use objects of similar size to simulate the placement. We can often make the lights out to be bigger or taller than they are in our imaginations!

Aesthetics

The first major consideration. Durability and price are irrelevant if you don’t like the way that the garden lights look, and you’re probably motivated by looks in your purchase more than anything. If you love the way one of these lights on this list looks, I’d ignore all the other specs. They’re all good lights.

Gigalumi’s bronze lights and Brebant’s torches are the classiest look, while the Tonulax’s lilies and CGN’s bubble towers have the most pizzaz. Gardens are often eclectic spaces. The tendency might be to purchase the classy or pizzaz oriented lights based on matching what you already have, but I’d recommend using the solar lights to set up a contrast. If your garden is already classy, score some lights with pizzazz to set a talking-point. If your garden is already fun, bring the whole scene together with the classy solar lights.

Durability and Warranty

All of these lights are waterproof. The Gigalumi’s have a metal and glass design which makes them more durable than the Brebant’s plastic. Tonulax lilies have glass as well, while the bubble lights are plastic.

Gigalumi, Brebant, and Tonulax all offer a one-year replacement warranty, while CGN’s bubbles, the lone solar light out, only offer 180 days.

Price

Actually, all of these solar lights are similarly priced. A couple packages (the lillies and bubbles) come with only 2 lights each, and so are technically cheaper, around $20 a pop. The Gigalumi are around $50 for 6 lights. The Brebant torches are the most expensive.

Size

Size is a factor in most solar light considerations, but especially in garden lights. Gardens usually cram a lot of plants and designs into smaller spaces, and you might buy a 1-foot tall solar light for the back planter that doesn’t even peek over the tomato plants in front of it. Check the sizing, and measure the location before selecting your lights. The Gigalumi lights on this list are lovely, but only a foot tall. If you’re placing lights in the back of the garden, they might not be right for you. The solar torches and bubble lights are both over 2-feet tall, ideal for the back. Use the Gigalumi and solar lilies for the front.

Best Solar Garden Lights Reviews

The beautiful bronze and glass Gigalumi solar lights are the classiest, most basic light on this list. These high power solar garden lights cast warm white light over paths, happy growing plants, and night time strolls. The glass pattern casts a lovely fragmented light which illuminates without harshly casting.

GIGALUMI 6 Pcs Solar Lights Outdoor, Bronze Finshed, Glass Lamp, Waterproof Led Solar Lights for Lawn、Patio、Yard、Garden、Pathway、Walkway and Driveway.

The bronze finish makes them look great before sunset as well! Honestly, these are my favorite lights if you’re going to throw some backyard summer parties. They look lovely in the daytime and classy in the night.

Pros
  • Bronze and glass makes them extremely durable, with a waterproof and freeze-resistant design.
  • Nice warm light complimented by finished bronze and glass. Definitely the most fashionable daytime aesthetic on this list.
  • One-year replacement warranty.
  • Price is very reasonable for getting the full six lights. Comes out to less than $10 per light.
Cons
  • Anytime you buy glass solar lights, there’s a danger for kids and pets with broken glass.
  • Only a foot tall, and might get lost behind plants if you’re looking to put solar lights back in your garden. Works great on the edges though!
  • Late blooming lights. Whereas the others come on more quickly, these wait until it’s fully dark to switch on.
  • Not super bright, mainly an ambient glow.

Breban’ts LED solar garden lights are sturdy three foot torches with a warm, welcoming fire glow. If the great warranty, nice height, and beautiful realistic aesthetics are enough to overcome the price point for you, then these are the best solar lights on this list.

Great charge time means that they’ll always come on at night, especially during the summer. Only complaints are the weaker plastic construction, and the charge time during winter.

Pros
  • 12-months warranty
  • The best aesthetics on this list with a warm, yellow-orange glow.
  • 3-foot size puts them above low garden plants for full illumination.
  • They really do look like torches! When people see them from a distance who aren’t familiar with the product, they tend to think the torches are real.
  • In the summer they’ll charge enough to still be on in the morning when you wake up!
Cons
  • ​Price. You’ll pay around double for the solar torches.
  • ​In the winter, the charge time can be cut in half. May only light up for around 5 hours.
  • ​Plastic construction is a little disappointing. Not as strong as it could have been.

If you’re looking for a cheaper garden light to blend in and accent the space instead of illuminate it, the lily solar flowers are perfect. They blend in during the day and give a subtle glow at night. The lily design keeps your garden space feeling natural! I love the posable design. Comes with one purple and one red flower, and the lights inside slowly change colors.

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Great refund policy, durable glass design, and weatherproof construction means that if durability is a concern, these flowers give you the peace of mind knowing your garden will be well lit for a while! Check out how they look here.

Pros
  • Realistic enough to blend into your garden during the day. Posable stems and petals help you position the flower light perfectly.
  • Cheaper than the other lights, only around $20 for a 2-pack.
  • 6-month refund and 12-month return policies.
  • Work great in rain and humidity!
Cons
  • With the glass construction and the tendency to blend in, I’ve found that shattering glass and sharp edges can be a concern. Place them out of the way!
  • The flower design isn’t ideal for putting them right next to a path or as stand-alone units, because they look somewhat tacky when you do this. If you buy these, blend them into the garden plants.

If you’ve got a yard that needs a little bit of pop, then these solar panel garden lights may be just the fix. I love the long tube of color and brightness. The changing colors is a nice touch too. The right solar powered garden lighting really depends on the garden, so I’d be careful when ordering these.

2pcs Garden Solar Lights Outdoor Solar Acrylic Bubble RGB Color Changing Solar Powered for Garden Patio Backyard Pathway Decoration

They might look really tacky if you don’t have the yard for it. Use them to accent an otherwise classy garden design--not to make a scattered garden design look classy. Still, if you’ve got a lovely garden with stone and greenery, then these lights might be perfect to nuance the style.

Pros
  • A flair and style you won’t find in many other lights.
  • Charge really well, even with a bit of shade or clouds.
  • The brightest solar light on this list with the huge, glowing tube!
  • Decent price for the 2 lights.
Cons
  • 2-foot beam of color has to be used well or it will look really tacky and gaudy in your garden.
  • While other lights on this list feature a one-year replacement policy, these only give you 180 days for a full-refund return.
  • While the light itself is 2-feet tall, the lit up part (the bubbles) are only about a foot.

Conclusion

My pick for solar garden lights are the Gigalumi. The bronze and glass construction is classy, and they will bring your garden together with a nice warm white ambience. The price is reasonable, less than $10 per light, and the warranty and durability scores are solid.

The only drawbacks are a less than perfect brightness and a small size. The Gigalumi aren’t the “illuminate my whole garden lights.” If you want illumination, the torches or bubble lights give you more brightness. But for class and durability, I’d recommend the Gigalumi garden lights.

Best Solar Lamp Post Cap Lights

How to Choose the Best Solar Lamp Post Cap Lights

Many homeowners have posts, whether made from wood or synthetic materials, as part of their landscaping. When the sun goes down, solar post lights attached to these posts may provide a nice visual element to make the home appear brighter and more welcoming. Plus, the solar panels included with these light fixtures will make your landscape lighting more energy efficient. The best solar post cap lights combine an attractive design with top-notch functionality. Read about our top choices in this product category below.

Sold in a pack of eight, these aluminum solar post cap lights can be installed onto wood or PVC posts. These lights have dimensions of 6.1” by 6.1” by 4.4” and feature four crystalline solar panels. The solar panels charge up the included 1.2V AA 800mhAh Ni-MH battery. The charged battery with then power the LED lights, which give off a white lights measuring 10 Lumens in brightness. Additionally, these post cap lights have an aluminum frame with a matte finish for an attractive design. The paneling is made from heavy faceted glass for durability.

These solar cap lights feature a unique copper-colored exterior with a weather-resistant frame. The four crystalline solar panels work to charge two included Ni-CD batteries, which in turn light up the LED bulbs at a brightness of 2.4 Lumens. These post caps are designed for use with nominal 4” by 4” inch wooden posts. The fixture itself measures 6” by 6” by 5.1”, and two caps are included in this package. The dimensions of the base of this light measure 3.63" by 3.63".

This 12-pack of white LED post caps feature automatic on/off sensors. Each light fits onto a 5” by 5” post and has an updated solar panel at the top of the light. These lights are weatherproof and are protected against damage from the elements. They use white LED lights that can last for as many as 100,000 hours before needing replacement. Plus, high-grade plastic was used to construct these post caps. The rechargeable AA battery used to operate these lights is included and pre-installed. 

How to Choose the Best Solar Post Cap Lighting

The best solar lamp post lights will be an asset to the overall look of your home. Great-quality products are durable and function efficiently with an aesthetically-pleasing design. Here, you’ll find the specifics on what goes into leading solar LED post lights.

Waterproof

As with any electrical device installed outdoors, resistance to rain and snow are a must for solar post caps. Without some degree of water resistance, outdoor lighting may quickly become damaged when exposed to the elements.

The IP rating system, or “Ingress Protection” rating, is a standardized method for the degree of protection against liquids, dust, etc. that a device includes. An example of an IP rating is IP23. The first number, in this case 2, corresponds to the solid protection rating. The second number, in this case 3, refers to the liquid protection rating.

When determining how waterproof solar power lamp post lighting is, look at the second number in the IP rating. A number 4 means that the product is safe from water spray coming from all directions. A number 6 means that the product is product is safe from high pressure jets coming from all directions. A number 8 is the highest liquid IP rating and means that the product is safe from immersion in water (to a level expressed by the product maker) (Source).

Size

Post caps need to be the correct size to fit the measurements of the poles that you’re looking to install them onto. Otherwise, the lights won’t fit and you won’t be able to install them.

The typical range of post size that solar pole lights fit onto is 3” by 3” to 6” by 6”. 4” by 4” are standard dimensions for wooden posts on porches and patios, so many post lights accommodate this size.

Number of Lights in Pack

Depending on the number of posts that you have in your yard, the number of post cap lights sold in a pack in a crucial detail to consider. Purchasing outdoor lights in bulk, with more units in a single pack, may be an affordable alternative to buying lights individually. Buying a multi-pack of lights will also ensure that all of the lights are the same and will match perfectly for a cohesive look.

Post Compatibility

Post cap lights vary in the type of poles that they may be installed onto. This is a critical factor to take into account because if you purchase a light fixture that’s not designed for the type of pole in your yard, you may not be able to install it properly (if at all).

There are three main materials used to construct patio, porch, and landscaping poles: wood, vinyl, and PCV. Many post cap lights are designed to be installed onto wood posts, because this is the most common type of pole found on residential properties.

If your home features PVC or vinyl posts, there’s no need to worry: there are still plenty of post cap light options available to you. Just be sure, as aforementioned, to take exact measurements of the poles on your property and compare them to the dimensions of the solar post caps that you’re considering.

Design

As with any component of your outdoor decor, you may want to ensure that your post cap lights appear cohesive. Many homeowners may consider matching the color of their posts to the color of their post cap lights so that the two coordinate. So, if you have wooden posts, consider light fixtures in black or brown colors. For vinyl and PVC posts, white and light-colored caps may be a more fitting option.

Homeowners with white picket fences may be concerned about matching shades of white when purchasing post caps. In this situation, the distinction between ivory and “bright white” can become crucial.

Post cap lights may have glass panes surrounding the bulb. This detail not only adds a touch of elegance to the overall design, but also may reduce the harshness of the light emitted by an LED bulb.

Run Time From Charge

Solar lights from different manufacturers can be different in the number of hours of light provided from a single day of charge. The amount of light that a solar fixture can provide largely depends on the amount of sunlight an area receives over the course of a day, but the quality of the light can make a difference, too.

Solar post lights are almost always “self-contained”, meaning that the solar panels are located directly on the fixture itself. So, the panel will draw energy from the sun wherever the post cap is installed. The light manufacturers almost always advertise the number of hours of light you can expect to receive from a single day’s charge. During the winter, you may expect the light to operate at 30% to 50% of its full capacity, due to the lessened amount of sunlight (Source).

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Whether you’re installing these caps over your poles measuring under 6” by 6” or inside of your poles measuring over 6” by 6”, the manufacturer provides the screws that you need. The installation process is straightforward and may only take a few minutes to complete.

GreenLighting Black Aluminum Solar Post Cap Light 4x4 Wood & 6x6 PVC (2 Pack)

These solar fence lights have an aluminum frame and glass panels on the sides. The glass is sturdy and protects the bulb without hampering its brightness. Also, for those with tall posts overlooking their yard, these post caps have a structure that can cast light downward. This may conveniently illuminate your property for aesthetic and security purposes.

These post caps aren’t designed for use with plastic or vinyl posts. So, they may only be a fitting option for installation on wooden or PVC posts.

Depending on the size of post that you’re working with, these post caps may not fit as tightly or as securely as one would like. Also, the screws used for installation may not be as sturdy as some homeowners prefer.

Pros
  • Installs easily with included screws
  • Sides are made of glass to project bulb brightness
  • Can cast light downward
Cons
  • Can’t be used with plastic or vinyl posts
  • Fit is not as tight as possible
  • Screws are lightweight and flimsy

With ideal conditions, these solar post cap lights can stay illuminated for the entire night. That means that they’ll function best in locations that get six to eight hours of sunlight during the day. When lit, these fixture cast a soft light. It’s just enough to accent your landscaping without being harsh or hard on the eyes.

One of the most unique aspects of these outdoor light fixtures is their copper coloring. In contrast to the typical black or white frames, this copper-toned frame may add a high-end touch to your porch, patio, or yard.

(2 Pack) Greenlighting High End Solar LED Post Cap Light for 4 x 4 Wood Posts (Copper)

This product isn’t compatible with plastic, vinyl, or PVC posts, which may limit homeowners looking to purchase them. Also, the plastic base may not be as durable as metals or other types of materials. As a result, in the case of one of these lights falling on the ground, damage might occur.

This solar post light kit comes with two fixtures. Other available post cap options come with a higher number of fixtures. So, homeowners may have to buy multiple packs to fulfill their needs.

Pros
  • Soft, not harsh, lighting
  • Can stay lit all night long with sufficient sunlight
  • Copper color has an upscale look
Cons
  • Can’t be used with plastic, vinyl, or PVC posts
  • The plastic base isn’t as durable as other materials
  • Pack only contains two lights

Simple but affordable, the iGlow Solar Post Cap Light 12-Pack might be a great option for budget-conscious shoppers. This product is sold in a 12-pack, which helps you save money on each individual light. Also, these solar lights may be a great choice for homeowners with a white fence. The pure white frame may perfectly match the white posts; a stellar feature in this product category.

iGlow 12 Pack White Outdoor Garden 5 x 5 Solar LED Post Deck Cap Square Fence Light Landscape Lamp Lawn PVC Vinyl Wood

All types of homeowners may enjoy these solar outdoor lights because they can be installed on posts made of wood, vinyl, or PVC. This can give users flexibility when it comes to installation. That being said, the structure only fits on posts with dimensions of 5” by 5”.

For decorative purposes, this product may not be the best choice. The design is quite simple and plain, with few stylistic details. The white color, while potentially ideal for white fencing, may become visibly dirty faster than a black or dark-colored post cap. It’s also constructed from plastic, which might not be the most durable option that you can find on the market.

Pros
  • Match white fence posts
  • Comes in economic 12-pack
  • Can be used on wood, vinyl, or PCV posts
Cons
  • Only fit posts measuring 5” by 5”
  • Made of plastic
  • Plain in design

Conclusion

Solar post cap lights are a useful product. After considering the top product options in this category, we’ve determined the GreenLighting Black Aluminum Solar Post Cap Light to be the best bet for most consumers. The sleek design, coupled with an affordable price and effective solar system, make these post caps a reliable option.

The LED bulb emits a natural-looking white light at 10 Lumens that may serve the needs of many different types of homeowners, and the aluminum frame may prove more durable than plastic. Additionally, everything you need to set these lights up is included, simplifying the chore of installation. All in all, we’ve chosen this solar powered lamp post product as our winner because it may have the most fitting combination of features to suit many homeowners.

Best Solar Powered Mole Repeller

How to Choose the Best Solar Powered Mole Repeller

At first glance, moles look like animals you’d keep as pets. They look all cuddly and cute but if you have a garden, you know how dangerous these animals can be; they leave hills of soil on your yard and eat up plant roots in your garden. Smoke bombs, traps and poison can get rid of moles and other rodents but they can harm your children and your pets. This is where you need a solar sonic mole repeller.

This best solar powered mole repeller review was created to help you choose the best repeller for your yard.

This is a unit pack for those with a large area that needs to be protected from rodents. It is designed sturdy, waterproof and with a long lasting battery for effective mole repelling. Even better, it is offered at a great price.

The XMSTORE repellent comes with a great design; a large solar panel with a powerful battery and a strong spike and panel head construction. Though its price is a little higher than that of others on this list, it performs great on all fields.

If you are looking for a sleek mole repellent, this might be your best choice. It is a small unit that features a strong design and produces high frequency sonic waves.

How to Choose the Best Solar Rodent Repeller

There are so many solar powered repeller brands today. While this gives consumers a wider selection of products to choose from, it might be a challenging task choosing the best especially if you are buying repellers for the first time. Consider the following factors to pick the right solar sonic repeller.

Protection Range

Solar powered mole repellers keep away moles from your garden by producing vibrations and sonic wave sounds underground. The size of the area these repellers can protect is determined by the sonic wavelengths they produce; wavelengths can be determined by the frequency of waves produced. Most units will produce between 400 and 1000 Hz. Repellers with a high pulse frequency will repel moles over a long distance.

Size of Your Garden

The size of your garden and the frequency of the repellers you choose will determine how many sonic repellers you buy. A single solar powered mole repellent unit will cover a radius of about 49 feet. This means that you should place these units at least 98 feet apart to achieve the best repellent results. To get the best results, therefore, you need to know the size of your land and the range of protection of the repellent. Most units will show the area a repellent will cover on their product descriptions.

Repeller Construction

Solar powered mole repellers are always exposed to the weather elements; a part of the unit has to be staked underground and another part is left above ground exposed to rain and snow and other elements. The units can get damaged by rain and strong sun. To ensure that your unit lasts for long, choose one that is waterproof, anti-corrosive and made of an anti-UV material. Most units are made of strong ABS plastic, others of aluminum alloy and some with weak plastic. Avoid units made of light plastic as they do not offer value for money.

Charge Time and Run Time

How long does the solar panel take to charge the battery to full power? Most units take between 3 and 5 hours of exposure to full sunlight to charge fully. Some units are fitted with strong Li-Ion or Ni-MH batteries to last for up to four days after a single full charge. Such units are great if you live in an area that is always rainy. When shopping, pick a unit with a highly efficient panel and a high capacity battery.

Price and Warranty

When you are buying a solar vole repeller, you have to consider the price. Units designed with a large solar panel with a high capacity battery and a high frequency will be more expensive. Smaller units with weak plastic construction will cost less but will not last long. Choose a unit that will perform efficiently and last long.

A good unit should come with at least a 2-year warranty. Such a warranty shows that the manufacturer trusts in their products. Again, you are covered for at least two years.

Additional Features

Besides repelling moles, mole deterrent units are fitted with lights to decorate or illuminate your yard or garden. The lights are fitted just beneath the solar panel. You can choose between lights of diverse colors depending on the mood you want to create in your garden.

Some lights are fitted to go on and off automatically at dusk and dawn respectively but others have to be manually switched on and off. Repellent units with weak batteries should not have very bright lights as this will drain the battery power.

Why Choose Solar Powered Repellents?

There are different other ways of repelling or eliminating moles besides using solar powered sonic repellents.

Safe and Eco-Friendly

Some people have used bleach, broken glass, razor blades and petroleum products. While some of these methods may work, they are detrimental to your children and pets. These chemicals can affect the health of your children and pets if inhaled.

With solar mole repellent units, once your stake them on the ground your work is done. Unlike chemicals which you have to prepare and burrow in the ground, the solar repellents are self-powered and do not need a lot of maintenance as long as they are well exposed to the sun.

Chemicals might eliminate moles but they may also eliminate beneficial microorganisms in your soil.

Cost-Effective in the Long Run

Solar powered mole repellents might be relatively expensive to install but in the long run, they are cheaper than other means of repelling moles. Once installed, the units will last for years. With just a little maintenance, you can have the solar mole repellents for more than five years. This is unlike other methods of chasing away moles such as natural oil-based repellents which have to be burrowed into the ground every after a few weeks.

Do Solar Mole Repellers Affect Pets?

Solar powered mole repellents work by producing ultrasonic sounds that are irritating to moles and other rodents. When moles hear these ultrasonic sounds, they perceive them as danger and they burrow away from your garden.

Dogs can hear some frequencies produced by the repellents. Before buying a solar powered repellent, be sure it does not affect dogs. Again, before installing the repellers, notify your neighbors of your decision seeing that the moles will run to their gardens.

Best Solar Powered Mole Repeller Reviews

The Vekibee 6-Pack Sonic Solar Mole Repellent is s designed to repel moles, voles and gophers and even squirrels making it an all-in-one unit. The frequencies of the sounds produced does not affect humans and pets.

Sold as a pack of 6 units, the Vekibee repellers sport a large solar panel powerful enough to charge the battery to full power in only four hours of maximum exposure to sunlight. The Li-Ion battery can last for up to five days after a single charge making it ideal in areas that rain a lot.

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The solar panel is housed in a strengthened ABS plastic that protects it from weather elements. This panel is attached to a corrosive resistant aluminum spike that makes the unit long lasting. The whole unit is designed weatherproof; it can survive water splash from any direction. However, the solar panel has to be 4 inches above ground.

While the unit does not come ready to use, you can connect it in minutes. Connect the cord from the spike to the solar head, then screw the head to the spike and stake it to the ground.

Pros
  • Charges to full power in 4 hours of maximum exposure
  • Battery can run for 5 days on a single full charge
  • Made of ABS plastic and corrosion resistant aluminum to last long
  • The vibrations are safe for humans and all pets
  • Easy to set up
  • Covers a wide range; up to 48 feet radius
Cons
  • Takes about three weeks to repel rodents after first installation

This mole repellant comes ready to use with all the parts connected together. All you have to do is stake it on the ground and switch it on. It will produce a buzz sound to show that the repellant is already at work. Its strong construction ensures that it lasts for long.

XMSTORE Upgrade Mole Repellent, 3rd Generation Ultrasonic Animal Repellent Solar Powered Gopher and Vole Chaser Humane Rodent Repellent

With a large solar panel, the XMSTORE mole repeller is able to charge the battery to full power in less than 5 hours of exposure to maximum sunlight. This battery can last for up to four days with a single charge. The unit is waterproofed to survive harsh environmental conditions in your garden. It is designed to wade away moles, voles and gophers among other rodents. Its design allows it to be used in paddy fields, farm and yard.

The XMSTORE Mole repeller produces third generation ultrasonic repellant that is not only able to repel rodents but also snakes. This sonic sound is radiated over a long distance. You can buy the unit as a two pack or three pack based on the size of your garden. Whichever pack you buy, the manufacturer offers a 12-months warranty with free service during the warranty period.

Pros
  • Comes ready to use
  • Produces high frequency sounds to cover a wide area
  • Safe for pests and humans
  • Made of high quality ABS plastic and aluminum materials to last long
  • Sports a large solar panel to charge fast
  • Generous 12-month manufacturer’s warranty
Cons
  • Relatively pricier

The Lubatis 2-pack mole, vole and gophers repellent is designed sleek to add beauty to your yard/garden and repel rodents. It produces high-frequency sonic sounds to cover an area of up to 6500 square feet; you should stake the units 45 feet apart for them to be effective.

Lubatis 2 Pack Solar Powered Mole Repellent - Sonic Mole Repeller Gopher and Vole Chaser Spike Deterrent Mole Control to Get Rid of Moles, Voles and Gophers

Each unit comes with a small solar panel that takes 8 hours to charge the AAA batteries fully in 8 hours. The batteries in turn run the repeller for up to five days. The solar panel is covered with strong ABS plastic which is attached to a corrosive resistant aluminum spike for durability. The whole unit is IP44 waterproofed to survive the weather. You can stake the whole spike underground to leave the panel head above ground alone and it would still work great. However, ensure it does not soak in water for long.

Each unit comes with a very sharp spike making it easier for you to stake it on soft ground. You can use it in any field including paddy fields, yard and garden. Besides rodents, this repellent can be used to chase away squirrels, snakes, chipmunks and rats. The ultrasonic sound it produces does not affect human or pets.

Pros
  • Comes ready to use
  • Fitted with a powerful Ni-CD battery to last for 5 days
  • Does not affect humans and pets
  • Produces 2 seconds of sonic waves every 30 seconds
  • Designed waterproof and sturdy to last long
  • Great price-quality ratio
Cons
  • Small solar panel takes longer to charge

Conclusion

There are many more brands and models of repellents besides the three on our best solar powered mole repeller review above. When shopping you need to choose a unit that performs efficiently, lasts long and falls within your budget.

Based on our research, the Vekibee 6-Pack Sonic Solar Mole Repellent is the top solar powered repellent. It is designed strong and sturdy with an aluminum/ABS plastic combo. It produces a sonic wave that covers a wide area and its price is relatively great. If you have a large field, this unit might be your best option. Again, you can buy the units as 6-pack or 8-pack to meet your needs.

When making your decision, your budget will play an important role in the unit you choose. However, do not compromise on quality just to buy an inexpensive unit.

Best Solar Powered Motion Security Light

How to Choose the Best Solar Powered Motion Security Light

Solar security lights provide security and peace of mind. Solar powered motion sensing lights turn on when people or large animals move in their field of vision. The lights turn off when motion is detected. Solar LED motion light is a powerful deterrent against burglars. The solar lights are a great way to ensure the security of your home and family.

This is an ideal security lighting solution for your front door, garage, deck, lawn, patio, yard, and outdoor landscape. The waterproof security light is available in a pack of four. LITOM is our choice as the best overall solar powered motion security light available in the market. The innovation of technology and design provide the best lighting experience to customers. In terms of features, it offers the best value for money.

It lights up and enhances the security of your home, garage, shed, and pathways. The solar-powered motion security light is a good upgrade option. The weatherproof design is easy to install. The solar panel facilitates maximum absorption of sunlight and this provides a high brightness output.

This solar motion sensor lights have the highest weatherproof rating among solar lights. This enables them to withstand extreme heat and cold. The solar lights can be used to illuminate the outdoors, garage, patio, and pathways. The solid performance of this motion security light makes the BAXIA our value option choice.

It is an economical alternative option for enhancing the security of your home. Aootek is perfect for someone on a budget. The highly efficient solar panel works automatically without electricity. The motion security light is easy to install, and this makes it a popular choice.

When it comes to buying the best solar powered security lights there are plenty of options available. This can be overwhelming for any person buying security lights for the first time. We have spent many hours researching different sources of information. This has helped us come up with this useful buying guide.

How to Choose the Best Solar Security Lights

When choosing motion sensor solar lights there are many things that you need to consider. Paying attention to these things will help you make an informed choice.

Range Capacity

Installing motion sensor lights are a good option if you want to enhance the security of your home. The LED motion sensor should be able to detect motion as far as possible. If you want the security to be effective, the motion sensor should also be able to detect movement in as many directions as possible.

The distance range of security light is an important factor that you should consider when buying the best solar security lights. The motion sensor range of good quality solar security lights is 10 feet – 40 feet.

A 360° detection angle is highly recommended. This will help in covering the entire area. Most solar lights have a detection angle of 180°- 270°. The range capacity you want will depend on the area you want to cover.

Battery Capacity

The capacity of the lithium-ion battery is another important factor that you should take into consideration when choosing solar powered motion sensors. The capacity of the battery will impact the amount of time the solar LED light will work. The solar lights will work more if the battery has a higher capacity.

Light Intensity

The amount of light generated is another factor to be considered. The range of illumination will depend on the lumens. Lumens are used to measure the actual amount of light produced by the bulb. More lumens will mean more light.

If you want bright light for the driveway or backyard, you will need a LED bulb with a higher lumen. This will help project the light further.

Type of Bulb

The different types of bulbs include LED, incandescent, and fluorescent. LED bulbs are energy efficient and can last 20,000 – 50,000 hours. Incandescent and fluorescent bulbs consume high energy and need to be replaced at frequent intervals. Even though LED bulbs cost more, you will be able to save energy and money in the long run.

Motion Sensor Types

Passive Infrared

The solar motion sensor light activates when it detects body heat. The sensor detects the heat as infrared energy. The sensor warms up and creates a movement detecting grid.

The grid also keeps track of the surrounding area. When the sensors sense a moving object from multiple grid zones, they activate by switching on the light.

Microwave

The microwave motion light sensors work by thrusting microwave pulses. This enables the sensors to cover a larger area than an infrared sensor. The only downside to these sensor types is that they are susceptible to electrical interference.

Dual Technology

The dual technology sensors are a combination of passive infrared sensors and microwave sensors. The advanced technology reduces the occurrence of false alarms. This is because both active and passive components need to be activated and triggered at the same time for the light to switch on.

Best Solar Security Lights Reviews

LITOM Original Solar Lights Outdoor, 3 Optional Modes Wireless Motion Sensor Light with 270° Wide Angle, IP65 Waterproof, Easy-to-Install Security Lights for Front Door, Yard, Garage, Deck-4 Pack

LITOM original is the first solar-powered light with a wide range design in the world. This increases the area of illumination and angle by 50%. The illumination area of one light reaches 200 square feet. When four lights are used simultaneously, the illumination area increases to 800 square feet.

Pros
  • The highly-efficient solar panel charges 25% faster than normal solar panels. This allows the battery to be fully charged all the time.
  • The high-quality waterproof IP65 material ensures that the solar motion flood light works properly in heat, snow, and rain. Made of PP and ABS material the LED solar security lighting has strong durability for daily use. The LED lights have a lifespan of more than 30,000 hours.
  • The feature that makes it truly unique is the enhanced PIR motion sensor. The motion sensor light will be able to detect any kind of movement up to 8m or 26ft. The sensor detects movement at a 120° detection angle. 
  • The wide-angle lighting design feature improves illumination to 270°. This increases the coverage area of LED lights three times compared to other solar lights. 
  • The three convenient modes enable you to use it in different usage scenarios.
Cons
  • The lights are small. This prevents it from covering a large outdoor area. You will need to install multiple units to cover the entire yard or driveway.
  • The light intensity decreases with time.
  • The motion sensor turns off quickly after activation. The light stays on only for about 20 seconds.

Sunforce 82183 - 180 LED Solar Motion Light, triple head, 1200 Lumens

Sunforce solar motion security light produces an impressive 1200 lumens. This enables it to outperform many of the solar light options available in the market. The best solar motion light is equipped with sensors that accurately identify motion. This provides an added level of security to your home and family.

Pros
  • The three headlamps ensure maximum lighting coverage. The solar light illuminates upwards, downwards or horizontally.
  • The solar panel charges the 3 AA rechargeable batteries during the day. This enables the motion light to operate efficiently at night.
  • The weatherproof design allows you to install the solar panel anywhere in the house.
  • The best feature of this solar powered motion security light is that it enables you to adjust the time that the light stays on when motion is detected.
  • The motion sensor detects movement up to 30 feet. It has a 180° sensing range.
Cons
  • ​The battery life is short.
  • ​You will not be able to switch off the solar motion light during the day.

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The solar powered motion sensor light is charged by sunlight during the day. The solar charged batteries work efficiently at night or darkness when motion is detected. The solar security lights are designed with no dim mode. This extends the life span and work time of the solar lights.

Pros
  • The 28 powerful LEDs provide excellent illumination. This can turn any dark space into a bright space. Well-designed lamp shade covers the LED. This enhances the performance life of the LED. The motion angle is 120°.
  • The wide motion angle covers a distance of 10 feet. The lights turn off automatically after 30 seconds if no motion is detected.
  • The solar outdoor lights are waterproof (IP65) and durable. This makes them heat and water resistant. They are an ideal security light for the fence, outside wall, drive, yard, deck, garden, patio, and pathways.
Cons
  • No dimming mode is available.
  • The motion sensor quality is inconsistent at times.
  • It takes 1 – 2 days for the solar lights to charge fully in direct sunlight.

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The best solar powered motion security light has a highly efficient solar panel. It absorbs sunlight and converts it into power for the light. The monocrystalline silicon in the solar panel converts 20.5% sunlight into electrical energy. This ensures long-lasting standby time.

Pros
  • The unique wide-angle design of the LED chips ensures a larger cover of luminosity. The corner LEDs provide extra light. This makes solar light efficient.
  • The greater PIR sensor detects motion up to 26 feet. The motion angle is 120°.
  • The lithium-ion 2200 mah rechargeable batteries provide brighter light.
  • The three optional modes are perfect for your diverse needs. Auto on at dusk and auto off at sunrise. Bright and dim light when motion is detected. Bright and off when motion detected. 
Cons
  • The solar panels are only charged in direct sunlight.

Conclusion

Take time to consider the best solar outside security lights that suit your home. Solar power outdoor security lights are easy to install and are proven to be highly effective in deterring crime. When you keep your property well lit, you will be able to minimize the potential hiding spots for burglars.

LITOM Original Wireless Motion Sensor Light is our top recommendation when it comes to solar security lights. Sunforce (82183) Triple Head, LED Solar Motion Light are a good upgrade option. BAXIA TECHNOLOGY (BX-SL-101) Outdoor Solar Lights is a good value option. Aootek Upgraded New Solar Lights provides good quality solar lighting for security on a budget.

Best Solar Hanging Lights

How to Choose the Best Hanging Solar Lights

Solar lights for your property don’t have to appear utilitarian. Decorative solar lights combine form and function, contributing aesthetic value to your property while simultaneously working to provide energy-efficient lighting.

Homeowners seeking to reduce their environmental impact with alternative energy sources can find attractive solar lighting for their garden. Plenty of product options are available today; here, we’ll review the best decorative solar yard lights to help you make the right choice for your home.

With the appearance of torches with real flames, these solar powered decorative lanterns provide the visual of dancing flames without the fire hazard. It comes in a pack of two and runs solely on solar power, with an automatic turn-on function at night. The LED bulbs create a soft, welcoming ambience. Also, on a full 8-hour charge, the solar power can power these torches for 10 hours in the summer and five hours in the winter.

The Foxlux LED Outdoor String Lights have a 3000mAh large-capacity solar panel to efficiently collect energy from the sun. After six hours of sunlight, these string lights have a full charge and will stay illuminated for six hours. These string lights, featuring 15 hanging sockets, are weatherproof and create a comforting yet elegant ambience in your garden or patio.

This affordable solar power garden décor product is in the shape of lily flowers. The partial fabric construction gives these decorations the look of real flowers, while the included solar panel provides energy-efficient lighting. The flowers and leaves are secured with iron wire, so you can adjust their positioning to fit your garden. The small bulbs are concealed within the fabric flowers so that they emit a subtle yet striking glow at night.

How to Choose Decorative Solar Lights

Decorative solar lights all include a variety of features. These features vary depending on the product; because of this an outdoor solar light fixture that’s right for your neighbor may not be the right choice for you.

Below, you’ll find the main considerations to take into account when shopping for solar lawn decorations.

Charge Length

The amount of time that a solar light fixture can stay illuminated is variable and depends on a few factors, including the amount of sunlight that the solar panel receives during the day. However, some solar lights have the capacity to stay on for longer than others. Solar lights that stay on for longer than others may have a larger solar panel or may be constructed from more durable materials.

Environmental factors can impact the charge length of your solar lights as well. Rain and snow can greatly deter the functionality of a solar panel. Rain can cause corrosion to the electrical connections in the light (Source). If snow builds up on the surface of a solar panel, it can hinder its ability to capture energy from the sun.

Bulb Type and Brightness

Most solar garden décor uses LED bulbs. LED bulbs are an energy-efficient alternative to regular incandescent bulbs and use less energy to produce the same amount of light. The combination of solar power and LED bulbs makes for a highly efficient, eco-friendly lighting system.

As you shop for decorative solar yard lights, look at the number of lumens that the bulbs provide. This number will tell you how brightly the bulb will burn and, therefore, whether it will provide the look that you’re aiming for in your garden (Source). An 6-8-watt LED bulb (equal to a 60-watt incandescent bulb) will produce 750-900 lumens, while a 25-28-watt LED bulb (equal to a 150-watt incandescent bulb) will produce 2,600-2,800 lumens (Source). Bulbs with fewer lumens produce dimmer light than those with higher lumens.

As with any light fixture, the brightness of the bulb is an important factor to consider. LED decorative lights need to be bright in order to illuminate your home’s landscaping at night. This may make your home and garden appear more welcoming, as well as contribute to the overall look of the neighborhood in which you live. Plus, garden lighting may be beneficial for outdoor gatherings that take place late in the day and at night.

Decorative Design

Decorative solar lights are different from your average solar light because they add an aesthetic element to your yard, garden, or patio. As such, you should carefully consider the style of light fixture that will coordinate with your existing outdoor decor. For example, solar bird lights might look beautiful in a grassy, flower-filled landscape, while a rustic porch setup may benefit from a solar torch design.

Colored lights can add a dreamy, fantasy-like effect to your yard. Or, bright-colored lights may make your home pop and stand out in your neighborhood. Colored decorative solar lights may also be a good choice for households with children; the kids can enjoy setting up and admiring the light display in your yard.

Installation

The question of how and where to install your outdoor decorative lights should be answered when you research product options. Landscaping designs vary from homeowner to homeowner; some people may prefer to stake their lights into the ground, while others may want to hang them on the porch.

The area in which you install your decorative solar lights determines their visibility, as well as the value that they’ll bring to your home. String lights may look great around your patio to create an intimate atmosphere. Post or stake lighting on the perimeter of your driveway may help welcome guests to your home and make your home appear more inviting ( Source).

Ease of installation is a positive feature of outdoor lighting. Luckily, most solar lights are wire-free; this simplifies the installation process. Stake lighting and solar flower lights may be installed easily by sticking them into the grass or soil. String lights are most commonly hung using hooks or even zip ties. The product options included in this article can all be installed without the help of a professional.

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Due to the size of the solar panels on these torches, you can still get as many as four hours of light when they’re installed partially out of direct sunlight. This may give you more freedom to install the torches wherever looks the best, not just the area that receives the most sunlight. Plus, the ability to reinstall these lights gives you the flexibility to update your landscape or change the lights’ positioning according to the seasons.

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In addition to their functional benefits, the warm amber glow that these torches emit is unusual. It will give your yard a welcoming homey ambiance; perfect for summer get-togethers and outdoor parties. That being said, just like a tiki torch, these solar lights emit a flickering glow. While this makes for a fun atmosphere, it may not be the best option if you’re looking to effectively and completely illuminate and area at night.

After a long period of use, the battery capacity of these torches can lessen. In this situation, you’ll need to turn off the light for three to five days with sunlight so that the batteries get a chance to recharge. This might be inconvenient, especially if you need to use the lights on an everyday basis. Also, depending on your landscaping, the torches may not be visible enough to have a visual impact. The manufacturer doesn’t offer extenders to boost the height.

Pros
  • Can be easily moved and reinstalled
  • Light casts a unique amber color
  • Has a sizable solar panel that can charge in partial shade
Cons
  • The brand doesn’t sell extra extenders for those who want the torches to be higher
  • The battery capacity may decrease over time and require a reset
  • The light flickers and isn’t continuous

These solar string lights feature 16 S14 LED plastic bulbs that are both shatterproof and waterproof. So, the risk of damage in high winds, rain, snow, and other kinds of weather is significantly reduced. One spare bulb is also included so that you don’t need to purchase a replacement in the case of damage. Plus, these solar string lights feature an on/off switch on the solar panel. This gives you the power to use these lights only when needed, preserving energy in the process.

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Hanging string lights can be difficult to hang outside. To install these solar string lights, you screw in the individual light bulbs, use the cord to connect the solar panel, position the solar panel, and then hang the string lights. This process may be faster and simpler than the installation for other solar powered garden decorations.

The extensions included with this light give you multiple options for installation. You have the choice to mount the lights on the wall, which may be a great option for some homeowners. This feature is worth mentioning because wall mounting is a feature that’s often just found in solar outdoor

Sconces. However, due to the fact that these bulbs are made of plastic, not glass, they need to be screwed in more tightly than you may think. So, you may want to take extra care when completing this step of the installation process.

Depending on the size of your patio or porch, these string lights may not cover the entire area that you want them to. You may need to purchase a second set to cover the whole area, which may be pricey. This higher-priced item may not be the best choice for budget-conscious shoppers.

Pros
  • Bulbs are shatterproof for added durability
  • Easy installation that you can do yourself
  • Switch on the solar panel allows you to use the lights only when needed
  • Extensions for wall mounting are included
Cons
  • The bulbs need to be screwed in extra-tightly
  • The 15 bulbs may not be enough to cover entire patio

With a beautiful lily flower design, the color-changing effect of these flower solar lights brings an unusual visual element to your garden. Many other outdoor lights stay the same color, but these flowers will shift from red to blue to green.

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Oftentimes, outdoor lights may often not draw your eye until they turn on at night. These flower lights add a decorative element to your yard during the day as well as at night because the fabric flower petals are colorful and realistic.

As a backup source of energy, these solar flower lights use rechargeable batteries. It’s simple to replace them through the small access door. The solar panel is larger in size than previous models and the fixture is IP65 waterproof rated.

The red, blue, and green hues of these solar lights may seem artificial to some, especially when installed directly next to genuine flowers. Also, fabric may not be the most durable fabric in the outdoors, but it’s the material used for the petals of these flowers.

Pros
  • The lights change color
  • The fabric flowers are decorative during the day and at night
  • Included access door to change the batteries
  • Large solar panel that can charge in cloudy weather
Cons
  • The light colors may appear unnatural
  • The fabric leaves aren’t very durable

Conclusion

When all is said and done, we turn to the  as the winner of this roundup. As far as price, quality, and design go, these torches surpass our other two contenders. Using a large solar panel and LEDs, the torches can stay illuminated for as many as 10 hours in the summer.

The torches emit soft lighting from the realistic dancing flames, a style that may be ideal for outdoor parties and gatherings. When you consider the facts, the TomCare Waterproof Flickering Flame Torches are superior decorative solar outdoor lights.

Best Solar Dock Lights

How to Choose the Best Solar Powered Dock Lights

A great set of solar dock lights provide ambiance and safety lighting for your dock without wires, electricity, or clunky batteries. The ideal low voltage dock lights will be solar powered, waterproof to withstand the elements, and bright enough to light up your dock for night time security and visibility. Let’s take a look at some great options for solar dock lights:

The Siedinlar LED dock lights are durable, waterproof, and provide a 360 degrees ambient lighting. The whole disc lights up at night, with a six to eight hour charge powering it through twelve to fifteen hours of light. If you want to tow boats and run around without fear of breaking lights, these might be the ones for you--they’re built to withstand 5 tons of pressure!

The Aootek solar marine lights have a durable construction and wide beam for excellent dock visibility and safety lighting. The light is cast at a 120 degree angle, and is more of a light beam than a gentle glow. The lights can be set to traditional on-off (coming on when the sun sets), but can also dim and brighten when motion is detected or even turn on and off when motion is detected. If you need dock lighting that improves safety and security, the Aootek offer great boat dock solar lights.

Dollar for dollar, the Kasun Solar Deck Lights are the cheapest way to light up the most amount of dock space. These nautical solar lights should be placed well above the water, however, as the lowest price tag also means the least waterproof option. Sufficient for rain or moisture, but don’t let them get intentionally immersed. These lights are the least bright of all the options, but still provide enough light to set an ambiance in a dock space and outline the area. Rechargeable triple-A batteries can be replaced if they run out!

While there isn’t great submersible solar dock lighting on the market (there are a couple products, but they just aren’t good enough for me to recommend them to you), the best underwater dock lights are the waterproof Jackyled lights. These aren’t fully submersible, but they’re waterproof enough to withstand heavy rains and violent splashes without giving out. If you’re trying to strap lights next to the water or have a dock that gets a lot of splashing, these might be the perfect dock lights for you.

How to Choose Solar Dock Lights

The best solar dock lighting will have the right aesthetics, give your dock security, feature great lighting, be waterproof, and be durable. If solar dock lights have these five features they might be the right ones for your dock!

Aesthetics

Find lights that fit your dock needs, and look gorgeous when the sun goes down, like the ones in this time lapse video here (source). No matter how good the durability and lighting, if the lights don’t look good on your dock, they aren’t worth the price point. Make sure you consider how slight variations in color of lighting will look on your dock and purchase lights that will make the place look nice. Cheap looking light fixtures and cheap looking lighting is worse than no lighting at all!

The Jackyled lights have four different color options, the basic white, and a blue, green, and yellow. If you already have solar lighting on your property then the color options can help distinguish your dock. The Kasun lights have a nice, dimmer white color. The Aootek is more a spotlight or security light than an ambient glow. The Siedinlar lights have a lovely 360-degree white glow.

Price

Quality solar dock lights come at a quality cost. Jackyled and Siedinlar lights run about 10 dollars a pop. Kasun are about half that much, and Aootek can be 15 to 20 dollars per light. Obviously, the Aootek have the biggest lighting range and the Kasun give you the most lights for your dollar. If you need a lot of space covered, the cheaper lights will get you there quicker. But if you need a lot of light in a little space, the Aootek is very reasonable for all of its other perks.

Security

Depending on the exposure of your dock and the proximity of your house, you might be looking for solar dock lights to add some security and visibility to your dock. If that’s the case, the Aootek are your best option, with motion-sensing tech and the brightest, widest angle. The Siedinlar also offer a great security option, with the reasonable price for a 360-degree shine.

Lighting and Light-modes

The best dock lighting depends on what you want to do with it. Aootek offers security and visibility, and is the only light on this list that has motion sensing technology. Jackyled’s color options give you the choice to branch out with some blue or green lights to distinguish your dock from the rest of the property.

Waterproof and Water-resistance

Dock lights will be exposed to water and may even duck under water at times, so waterproof and water-resistant construction will be key. While most solar lights, by virtue of their solar charge, aren’t meant to be submerged, you do have some options for lights that can withstand heavy rain and waves washing over the dock. All of the lights on this list are technically specified as waterproof, but some are better than others. The Aootek and Kasun are the least waterproof of the bunch, ready for rain but not so much waves. The Siedinlar can take heavy water, but the Jackyled are the best for water resistance. If you want to tag lights onto the posts of the dock, those are your best bet.

Durability

You don’t want to replace your lights. You want to set them up and walk away. Kasun and Siedinlar have replaceable rechargeable batteries, so the death of the battery power doesn’t mean you have to invest in new dock lights. Unfortunately, the Jackyled’s tight waterproof construction means you can’t easily get at the battery to replace it.

The Siedinlar have a 1-year warranty included with the product, making them the most durable and replaceable option.

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The Siedinlar dock lights give off a bright-white glow to mark the edges of the dock. With a great charge time and long-lasting light, you probably won’t have to worry about a dark dock, even on cloudy days. Where some lights have a directed shine, these give off a 360-degree glow. The toughness, 5-ton pressure cap, and drillable holes make these lights a durable choice!

Pros
  • Replaceable rechargeable batteries ensure that even when the basic battery life runs out, you can replace the charge of your dock lights without replacing the whole light!
  • Easy screw-down installation. All you have to do is mark a couple holes, and drill down to stabilize the lights.
  • Bright white light can be seen while on a boat out in the water.
  • Great waterproof construction ensures that water splashing up on the dock won’t ruin the light.
  • Lasts about seven hours in the winter time, when sunlight is low.
  • If you don’t want to screw them in, you can also tape them down!
Cons
  • Return period is only thirty days, if you have any problems with the lights.
  • Have a lower charge on cloudier days.

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For marine docking light that gives you options, the Aootek is the best. A high efficiency solar panel converts a great rate of sunlight to ensure that the lights always come on, and a 120 degree range provides an excellent field of visibility. A number of lighting modes, like traditional on-off and motion-sensing, provide you with the options you might need for security for your dock. These waterproof solar lights are more expensive than some of the other options, but are well worth the investment.

Pros
  • High-efficiency solar panel has a great sunlight conversion rate for bright lights even on cloudy days, and a long lasting charge.
  • Lighting modes allow you to set the lights to motion-sensing, saving battery and functioning as added security for your dock.
  • Wide illumination angle makes it great for security.
  • Waterproof construction allows you to put it on your dock without fearing it will break from the water.
  • Durable even in freezing conditions. They will last even in sub-zero temperatures.
Cons
  • More expensive than the other lights on this list.

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The Kasun dock post lights are the cheapest solar light per unit on this list. They’re waterproof, but they aren’t to be “intentionally” emerged into water. It’s waterproof but shouldn’t be dunked. These lights are the least durable and least waterproof of the bunch, fine for high up on the dock but shouldn’t be put close to the water. They’re also the dimest option on the list, giving off a nice ambient light but not illuminating the dock.

Pros
  • These dock piling lights fit easily onto 4” by 4” posts.
  • Cheapest option on this list, light up your dock without breaking the bank.
  • Bright white light cuts through the darkness.
  • Rechargeable batteries can be replaced if any of them stop working.
  • Can withstand heat without warping or melting, ideal for a summertime dock location.
Cons
  • Dimmest option on the list, but still bright enough to light a dock.
  • Least waterproof option. They can handle rain and moisture, but keep them away from the big waves and rising tides.

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The closest lights you’ll get to submersible dock lights, the Jackyled Solar lights are 100% waterproof and can withstand fog, moisture, and heavy rain. The waterproof, durable construction can withstand vehicles and crashing waves. A single pack is enough to light a 40 foot dock with a nice outline. A two-year return policy ensures that you’ll get the right amount of light for your money!

Pros
  • The closest thing to submersible solar dock lights. 100% waterproof construction makes them ideal for deck lighting that will take some splashing.
  • Bright enought to illuminate a 40 foot dock.
  • LED lighting can be seen from around 500 yards away.
  • Excellent for freshwater environments, waterproofed and sealed wonderfully.
Cons
  • Lights have a two-directional shine, which can look a bit weird.
  • Saltwater can corrode the outside a little bit.
  • The tightly sealed battery compartment which makes it waterproof doesn’t allow you to replace the batteries. Once these lights go, they’re gone.

Conclusion

I love the Siedinlar Solar Deck Lights for their 360 degree lighting construction, durability, waterproof frame, and overall brightness. While the Aootek have a great 120 wide-angle light with a number of options, the design is a bit clunkier. The Siedinlar look great on the dock, with classy and professional lighting. They also have replaceable batteries and a 1 year warranty.

Best Decorative Solar Lights

How to Choose the Best Decorative Solar Lights

Solar lights for your property don’t have to appear utilitarian. Decorative solar lights combine form and function, contributing aesthetic value to your property while simultaneously working to provide energy-efficient lighting.

Homeowners seeking to reduce their environmental impact with alternative energy sources can find attractive solar lighting for their garden. Plenty of product options are available today; here, we’ll review the best decorative solar yard lights to help you make the right choice for your home.

With the appearance of torches with real flames, these solar powered decorative lanterns provide the visual of dancing flames without the fire hazard. It comes in a pack of two and runs solely on solar power, with an automatic turn-on function at night. The LED bulbs create a soft, welcoming ambience. Also, on a full 8-hour charge, the solar power can power these torches for 10 hours in the summer and five hours in the winter.

The Foxlux LED Outdoor String Lights have a 3000mAh large-capacity solar panel to efficiently collect energy from the sun. After six hours of sunlight, these string lights have a full charge and will stay illuminated for six hours. These string lights, featuring 15 hanging sockets, are weatherproof and create a comforting yet elegant ambience in your garden or patio.

This affordable solar power garden décor product is in the shape of lily flowers. The partial fabric construction gives these decorations the look of real flowers, while the included solar panel provides energy-efficient lighting. The flowers and leaves are secured with iron wire, so you can adjust their positioning to fit your garden. The small bulbs are concealed within the fabric flowers so that they emit a subtle yet striking glow at night.

How to Choose Decorative Solar Lights

Decorative solar lights all include a variety of features. These features vary depending on the product; because of this an outdoor solar light fixture that’s right for your neighbor may not be the right choice for you.

Below, you’ll find the main considerations to take into account when shopping for solar lawn decorations.

Charge Length

The amount of time that a solar light fixture can stay illuminated is variable and depends on a few factors, including the amount of sunlight that the solar panel receives during the day. However, some solar lights have the capacity to stay on for longer than others. Solar lights that stay on for longer than others may have a larger solar panel or may be constructed from more durable materials.

Environmental factors can impact the charge length of your solar lights as well. Rain and snow can greatly deter the functionality of a solar panel. Rain can cause corrosion to the electrical connections in the light (Source). If snow builds up on the surface of a solar panel, it can hinder its ability to capture energy from the sun.

Bulb Type and Brightness

Most solar garden décor uses LED bulbs. LED bulbs are an energy-efficient alternative to regular incandescent bulbs and use less energy to produce the same amount of light. The combination of solar power and LED bulbs makes for a highly efficient, eco-friendly lighting system.

As you shop for decorative solar yard lights, look at the number of lumens that the bulbs provide. This number will tell you how brightly the bulb will burn and, therefore, whether it will provide the look that you’re aiming for in your garden (Source). An 6-8-watt LED bulb (equal to a 60-watt incandescent bulb) will produce 750-900 lumens, while a 25-28-watt LED bulb (equal to a 150-watt incandescent bulb) will produce 2,600-2,800 lumens (Source). Bulbs with fewer lumens produce dimmer light than those with higher lumens.

As with any light fixture, the brightness of the bulb is an important factor to consider. LED decorative lights need to be bright in order to illuminate your home’s landscaping at night. This may make your home and garden appear more welcoming, as well as contribute to the overall look of the neighborhood in which you live. Plus, garden lighting may be beneficial for outdoor gatherings that take place late in the day and at night.

Decorative Design

Decorative solar lights are different from your average solar light because they add an aesthetic element to your yard, garden, or patio. As such, you should carefully consider the style of light fixture that will coordinate with your existing outdoor decor. For example, solar bird lights might look beautiful in a grassy, flower-filled landscape, while a rustic porch setup may benefit from a solar torch design.

Colored lights can add a dreamy, fantasy-like effect to your yard. Or, bright-colored lights may make your home pop and stand out in your neighborhood. Colored decorative solar lights may also be a good choice for households with children; the kids can enjoy setting up and admiring the light display in your yard.

Installation

The question of how and where to install your outdoor decorative lights should be answered when you research product options. Landscaping designs vary from homeowner to homeowner; some people may prefer to stake their lights into the ground, while others may want to hang them on the porch.

The area in which you install your decorative solar lights determines their visibility, as well as the value that they’ll bring to your home. String lights may look great around your patio to create an intimate atmosphere. Post or stake lighting on the perimeter of your driveway may help welcome guests to your home and make your home appear more inviting ( Source).

Ease of installation is a positive feature of outdoor lighting. Luckily, most solar lights are wire-free; this simplifies the installation process. Stake lighting and solar flower lights may be installed easily by sticking them into the grass or soil. String lights are most commonly hung using hooks or even zip ties. The product options included in this article can all be installed without the help of a professional.

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Due to the size of the solar panels on these torches, you can still get as many as four hours of light when they’re installed partially out of direct sunlight. This may give you more freedom to install the torches wherever looks the best, not just the area that receives the most sunlight. Plus, the ability to reinstall these lights gives you the flexibility to update your landscape or change the lights’ positioning according to the seasons.

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In addition to their functional benefits, the warm amber glow that these torches emit is unusual. It will give your yard a welcoming homey ambiance; perfect for summer get-togethers and outdoor parties. That being said, just like a tiki torch, these solar lights emit a flickering glow. While this makes for a fun atmosphere, it may not be the best option if you’re looking to effectively and completely illuminate and area at night.

After a long period of use, the battery capacity of these torches can lessen. In this situation, you’ll need to turn off the light for three to five days with sunlight so that the batteries get a chance to recharge. This might be inconvenient, especially if you need to use the lights on an everyday basis. Also, depending on your landscaping, the torches may not be visible enough to have a visual impact. The manufacturer doesn’t offer extenders to boost the height.

Pros
  • Can be easily moved and reinstalled
  • Light casts a unique amber color
  • Has a sizable solar panel that can charge in partial shade
Cons
  • The brand doesn’t sell extra extenders for those who want the torches to be higher
  • The battery capacity may decrease over time and require a reset
  • The light flickers and isn’t continuous

These solar string lights feature 16 S14 LED plastic bulbs that are both shatterproof and waterproof. So, the risk of damage in high winds, rain, snow, and other kinds of weather is significantly reduced. One spare bulb is also included so that you don’t need to purchase a replacement in the case of damage. Plus, these solar string lights feature an on/off switch on the solar panel. This gives you the power to use these lights only when needed, preserving energy in the process.

Foxlux Solar String Lights - 48FT LED Outdoor String Light - Shatterproof, Waterproof Pergola Lights - 15 Hanging Sockets, Light Sensor, S14 Edison Bulbs - Ambience for Patio, Backyard, Garden, Bistro

Hanging string lights can be difficult to hang outside. To install these solar string lights, you screw in the individual light bulbs, use the cord to connect the solar panel, position the solar panel, and then hang the string lights. This process may be faster and simpler than the installation for other solar powered garden decorations.

The extensions included with this light give you multiple options for installation. You have the choice to mount the lights on the wall, which may be a great option for some homeowners. This feature is worth mentioning because wall mounting is a feature that’s often just found in solar outdoor

Sconces. However, due to the fact that these bulbs are made of plastic, not glass, they need to be screwed in more tightly than you may think. So, you may want to take extra care when completing this step of the installation process.

Depending on the size of your patio or porch, these string lights may not cover the entire area that you want them to. You may need to purchase a second set to cover the whole area, which may be pricey. This higher-priced item may not be the best choice for budget-conscious shoppers.

Pros
  • Bulbs are shatterproof for added durability
  • Easy installation that you can do yourself
  • Switch on the solar panel allows you to use the lights only when needed
  • Extensions for wall mounting are included
Cons
  • The bulbs need to be screwed in extra-tightly
  • The 15 bulbs may not be enough to cover entire patio

With a beautiful lily flower design, the color-changing effect of these flower solar lights brings an unusual visual element to your garden. Many other outdoor lights stay the same color, but these flowers will shift from red to blue to green.

Solar Lights Outdoor - New Upgraded Solar Garden Lights, Multi-Color Changing Lily Solar Flower Lights for Patio,Yard Decoration, Bigger Flower and Wider Solar Panel (2 Pack,Purple and Red)

Oftentimes, outdoor lights may often not draw your eye until they turn on at night. These flower lights add a decorative element to your yard during the day as well as at night because the fabric flower petals are colorful and realistic.

As a backup source of energy, these solar flower lights use rechargeable batteries. It’s simple to replace them through the small access door. The solar panel is larger in size than previous models and the fixture is IP65 waterproof rated.

The red, blue, and green hues of these solar lights may seem artificial to some, especially when installed directly next to genuine flowers. Also, fabric may not be the most durable fabric in the outdoors, but it’s the material used for the petals of these flowers.

Pros
  • The lights change color
  • The fabric flowers are decorative during the day and at night
  • Included access door to change the batteries
  • Large solar panel that can charge in cloudy weather
Cons
  • The light colors may appear unnatural
  • The fabric leaves aren’t very durable

Conclusion

When all is said and done, we turn to the  as the winner of this roundup. As far as price, quality, and design go, these torches surpass our other two contenders. Using a large solar panel and LEDs, the torches can stay illuminated for as many as 10 hours in the summer.

The torches emit soft lighting from the realistic dancing flames, a style that may be ideal for outdoor parties and gatherings. When you consider the facts, the TomCare Waterproof Flickering Flame Torches are superior decorative solar outdoor lights.

Best Solar Powered Shed Lights

How to Choose the Best Solar Powered Shed Lights

Solar shed lights are an ideal choice if you want to light up your shed. These lights utilize the power of the sun to illuminate the shed, garage, deck, and patio. No electrical wiring, no external source of power and no power bills. A good quality solar light will help you save energy costs each month.

This is an ideal lighting solution for your shed and outdoor landscape. The rechargeable shed light is available with 10 bright LED bulbs. The super bright LED lights provide many years of service. The Designers Edge solar shed lights are our choice as the best overall solar powered shed lights available in the market. In terms of features, it offers the best value for money.

It provides good light for a shed without electricity. The solar-powered shed lights are a good upgrade option. The shed lights are perfect for your home and garage. The solar panel can be set anywhere you want. Create a safe and secure place with these solar-powered lights.

This is an ideal choice to illuminate the indoors and outdoors. The solid performance of this shed light makes the Feifeier our value option choice. There is no need for any wires and there are no power bills.

This is an economical alternative option to light your shed. Nature Power is perfect for someone on a budget. It is easy to install, and this makes it a popular choice.

When it comes to buying the best solar shed lights there are plenty of options available. This can be overwhelming for any person buying tree lights for the first time. We have spent many hours researching different sources of information. This has helped us come up with this useful buying guide.

Things to Consider When Buying Best Solar Shed Lights

Safety and Durability of the Solar Lights

Safety is always a top priority when buying solar shed lights. Always check the track record and credibility of the manufacturer before buying solar lights for sheds.

If the LED lights get easily damaged it can be dangerous for everyone around. Always ensure that the lights that you choose are long-lasting and of good quality.

Type of Light Required

One of the important factors that you need to consider when making the choice of shed light is the type of light required in the shed. The type of light you will need will depend on the work you plan to do in the shed.

If you want light in the shed only to keep it well lit, you will require a medium type of light. If you plan to use the shed for any work, you will require bright light. When calculating how much light you will require, you will need to look at lumens.

The total amount of visible light that is produced is measured in lumens. When the number of lumens is higher, more light is produced. The recommended lumens of brightness for shed light is 150 – 300 lumens.

Type of Solar Panel 

Choose the type of solar panel that best suits the weather in your region. If your region gets many cloudy days, you should consider a larger photovoltaic panel. This will help you get the most of sunlight.

The panel can be wired to a battery storage system. This will power the solar lights. The size of the battery will depend on the number of lumens you will need for the shed lighting system.

Size of the Shed

The size of the shed is another important factor that you need to consider. If the shed is large, you will need a bigger light. For small areas, you can opt for solar light kits that are appropriate.

Hours of Charge and Operation 

The number of hours needed to completely recharge the batteries is to be taken into consideration when choosing shed lights. Some products require bright sunlight to recharge fully whereas others will be able to recharge even in cloudy weather conditions.

Most shed lights automatically switch on at dusk and switch off at dawn. The hours of operation will depend on the capacity of the batteries. The new generation of batteries are able to hold a charge longer.

Different Types of Shed Solar Lights 

The two basic types of shed solar lights are the separated solar panel and the integrated solar panel. Both these solar panels use the sun to produce energy but produce light differently.

Separated Solar Panel

Separate solar panels have two or more individual components. The waterproof panel that converts sun’s energy into electricity is connected by a detachable cable to a LED light fixture.

The light fixture houses the controller and rechargeable batteries. The fixture has an on/off switch and light sensor. Some may have a motion detector and a brightness switch.

The individual components make this an ideal system for illuminating a shed. The solar panel is mounted outside to maximize solar energy conversion. The LED fixture can be installed outside if all the components are waterproof.

Integrated Solar Panel

An integrated solar panel includes a controller, rechargeable batteries, LED array, and a panel. The solar panel is waterproof. An on and off switch, brightness switch, a motion detector with sensitivity adjustment, and a light sensor are some of the components that help control illumination.

Solar Motion Lights

Motion sensors detect any kind of movement. This is done by projecting an infrared light. When someone or something enters the scanned area, the sensor is tripped. This activates the light and it illuminates the area that is used. The sensors optimize the potential of LED Lights.

Best Solar Powered Shed Lights Reviews

The solar panel lighting for sheds gives you the convenience and flexibility to light any needed area in your home. The solar lighting for sheds gives the brightest, clearest illumination in an area to provide a secure and safe area to work in.

Designers Edge L-949 Rechargeable Solar Shed Lights with 10 Bright LED Bulbs and 16-Foot Extension Cord

The long-lasting solar light provides 100,000 hours of bright LED light. The LED bulbs provide many years of service without you having to replace the bulbs.

Pros
  • The L-149 LED shed lighting has two operation modes. 10 LEDs for full brightness and 5 LEDs for half brightness. The 10 LEDs work for two hours and 5 LEDs for 4 hours. This makes it an ideal choice for your garage, home or workplace.
  • The solar panel is available with a user-friendly 16-foot extension cord. The extension panel enables the solar panel to be placed where you get maximum sunlight.
  • Mount the solar lights on a pole or wall. The lights can be mounted 16 feet away from the solar panel with the help of the extension cord.
Cons
  • If you have a large shed, then 30 lumens will not be enough to illuminate the entire place.
  • The mounting base has limited flexibility.

Solar Lights,Kyson Solar Powered Led Shed Light with Remote Control and Pull Cord for Indoor Outdoor Use

The solar light for sheds works both indoors and outdoors. You can use these solar lights to light up your home and garden. The solar-powered LED light is ideal for lighting up the outdoor space for security. It can also be used as an accent light to illuminate the garage, trees or your home.

Pros
  • The solar light has four bright LED bulbs. The natural white glow is perfect for illuminating the patio, porch, and pathways.
  • The versatile design comes both with a pull string and remote control. They can be used to turn the light on and off. The on/off pull string is long-lasting and easy to use.
  • A full charge is achieved within 6 – 8 hours. The fully recharged battery provides 12 hours of continuous lighting.
  • The stainless-steel design and construction of the solar light makes it sturdy. The sleek design works well in different settings.
  • The extension cable is included with the solar light. You will also be able to get a 9.8 feet extension cable.
Cons
  • In spite of the bright illumination, the solar light kits for sheds are not the biggest in size. They are not an ideal choice for large sheds.

FEIFEIER Solar Power LED Bulb Lamp Solar Shed Light/Solar Barn Light (2 Led Bulbs)

The natural white colored solar shed light is ideal for illuminating the shed, garage, balcony, deck, porch, and pathways. The installation of this product is easy. All that you need to do is to keep the solar panel for shed light in an area where it will receive bright sunlight. The solar-powered lights work well both indoors and outdoors.

Pros
  • The solar light automatically turns on at dusk and turns off at dawn. The sturdy manual switch makes it easy to turn the power on and off.
  • The 2000 mAh lithium, 6 volts battery charges automatically when the solar panel is placed in bright sunlight. The shed light works up to 10 hours on a full recharge.
  • The rugged construction and design of the solar light enables it to work efficiently even in tough weather conditions.
  • The lengthy extension cable allows you to place the solar panel where there is maximum sunlight.
Cons
  • Only 2 LED bulbs are included, and they are not adequate to light up a large shed area.
  • The brightness level cannot be adjusted.

Nature Power 21030 Hanging Solar Powered LED Shed Light with Remote Control, Black Finish

The hanging solar powered LED shed light is an ideal source for illuminating the shed, garage, patio, porch, and pathways. The hanging light has an adjustable wire and chain. The solar light is easy and fast to install. No electrical access is required.

Pros
  • The key chain remote control enables you to turn on the light before you enter the shed or garage. The remote control can be used to set the brightness of the LED lights. You can select a high brightness setting for two hours and low brightness setting for eight hours.
  • The solar light requires no wiring. The solar panel should be placed in bright sunlight so that it gets recharged fully. The continuous runtime is eight hours when the battery is fully recharged.
  • The adjustable length of the chain and wire is 7 – 32 inches. This allows you to place the solar light on a high or low ceiling.
Cons
  • The solar panel should be kept in bright sunlight for it to be fully charged. The battery is not charged properly in cloudy weather conditions.

Conclusion

Buying solar shed lights are a smart choice for your shed and garage. These lights require less energy and enable you to save money. Solar shed light reviews will help you make an informed choice.

Designers Edge (L-949) Solar Shed Lights is our top recommendation when it comes to solar power shed lights. Kyson Solar Lights, Solar Powered Led Shed Light are a good upgrade option. FEIFEIER Solar Power LED Bulb Lamp is a good value option as they are 100% solar powered and don’t require any external power source. Nature Power (21030) Solar Powered LED Shed Light provides bright solar lighting for sheds on a budget.

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