Electricity bills can be quite annoying. You don’t quite know what you’ve done to deserve the exorbitant amounts you see in your bills and you’ve decided to cut down on your power consumption or perhaps you’ve just moved into a beautiful house in the suburbs and you want to make it feel more like home.
That’s where solar lamps come in.
There are countless reasons why you might consider buying outdoor solar lamps, plus an illuminated yard looks much better than a dark backdrop. A beautiful exterior leaves a lasting impression on visitors as well as adding that extra touch of life to your home.
They charge, switch on and turn off automatically with minimal involvement from you and aid in cutting down your electricity bills. So which are the best ones to consider and what sets them out from the crowd?
With that said, let’s get started. Here’s a list of the 15 best indoor and outdoor solar lamps & lanterns and their reviews in 2020.
First up on the list, is the Garden bliss solar light. This simple yet highly effective garden light come in sets of 10 which is great to cover longer pathways.
They might not have the attractive outlook of some other lights you will come across on this list, but more than make up for it with their elegance and effectiveness.
These energy efficient garden lights are 100% waterproof and will last up to 8 hours once fully charged. With these premium garden lights, you need not worry about wiring or any sort of brain-racking logistics as they can be installed in a matter of seconds.
On purchase, you’ll receive a couple of posts per light (8 & 12 inches tall). Depending on the outlook you require of your yard, you can opt for short or long installation. Each light also comes with a rechargeable battery which extends its life to about 2,000 hours.
The Moonray is one in a long line of fantastic products. This device, is a motion activated solar light designed to light your path after dark. The only real Con of this light is that it tends not to charge fully on cloudy days, consequently producing dim lighting at night.
On the bright side, however, the Moonray is waterproof, reliable, wireless and easy to install. It can detect motion up to 3 meters away and automatically lights for 30 seconds after turning on.
This makes it perfect for lighting pathways and entrances and saves you the stress of flicking switches manually. The light’s motion sensors will automatically switch off at dawn and begin to recharge in order to achieve its full 80 lumen capacity at night.
The Maggift LED garden lights are some of the most beautiful lights you can find on the market. They are not known for their brightness (16 lumen) but are hugely popular for the warm, romantic feel they give to your backyard or garden.
They come in sets of 8 and are designed primarily for decoration as their dim lights and leaf designs are perfect for beatifying your yard at night and are just about bright enough to ensure you don’t trip on your way to the front door.
The lights charge to their maximum capacity even on cloudy days and can last for 8 hours once turned on. They are incredibly easy to install as all that is required is you push the stake into soft earth and give it 2-3 days of recharge and discharge to achieve maximum output.
Another decoration-oriented light. The Ohuhu garden lights are truly beautiful at night and give life to your garden, yard or driveway.
They come in sets of 12 and are ready for use right out of the box! They are very easy to install and require no wires or batteries to function. These lights are highly weather resistant and can last for 8 hours once they automatically switch on at night, provided they are fully charged.
They are not as bright as some of the other lights on this list, but they are effective at simply keeping your garden or yard lit while looking quite astonishing.
The stainless steel frame ensures it’s one of the most durable outdoor lights on this list and in the off chance that it gets damaged, the manufacturers offer a 1-year warranty!
Some people prefer hanging lanterns to planted ones and with the SolarDuke hanging lantern, it’s easy to see why. This hummingbird themed lantern comes in a square box and its unique design and simplistic features make it perfect for your backyard.
Its long lasting LED lights have a lifespan of up to 10,000 hours. Its lighting system is also unique, as it automatically interchanges between seven colors all night long and can be a lovely sight especially when you own a few of them. You can also choose any of the seven colors to be the default throughout the evening.
These lights stand at 8.6 inches and its panel features a hummingbird design and as well as illuminating your patio or yard, this light is a great choice for a gift to a loved one.
With Bayka solar lights, we have one of the best lights on this list. Its flickering flame design immediately grabs one’s attention and offers perhaps the best alternative to real flames to spice up your romantic evening.
It may not contain actual flames, but it does bring a certain feeling of warmth and comfort to your patios, yards, and balconies.
It comes with a bi-mode feature which allows you to choose your preferred brightness at night. The first level is 16 lumen, while the second is 28 lumen, allowing you to choose the brightness that matches your mood or the occasion.
Its unique design makes it suitable for numerous outdoor occasions like pool parties, camping and weddings.Once fully charged, its can last up to 12 hours, keeping your environment lit throughout the night.
Pros & Benefits:
Customizable brightness and length
12 hours capacity ensures your yard is lit overnight
The Voona solar light is hugely popular among yard and garden owners and its another solid addition to this list.
Once fully charged the light can last up to 7 hours. They come in a pack of 8, each one giving off 6 lumens and their sun pattern design will beautify your driveway at night. The frame is made of stainless steel which makes it highly durable and weather resistant.
There are three different lighting modes to choose from. The on mode will ensure the lights stay on all day, even while charging, the dusk mode means it comes on automatically after dark, and the motion mode automatically turn on the lights after detecting movement.
All in all, the Voona Solar lights are a solid addition to your landscape and their sun ray designs leave a long- lasting impression on your yard or driveway.
Moonrays solar path lights add a decorative touch to your yard, all while saving you from those pesky electricity bills.
They are very easy to install with no wiring required. These lights come in a set of 8, with each light offering about 2.8 lumens of light covering about 12 inches in a 360-degree display.
The Moonrays solar lights come with rechargeable batteries that charge all day in the sun, and automatically switch on at dusk, providing you with safety and security while also beautifying your property.
Their LED bulbs never need to be replaced and last up to 8 hours at night once fully charged. The stake is made of plastic, so one must be sure to install this light in soft earth to prevent breaking. This product also comes with a 1-year warranty from Moonrays.
Pros & Benefits:
8 set makes it good value for money
8 hours work span ensures it stays bright past midnight
If you are looking to buy a solar outdoor light solely for security purposes, then the Lampat 62 is perfect for you.
These wall lights have motion sensors that can detect movement from 30 feet away. The lamp gives off 26 lumens of light when on standby, but will add about 38 lumens once movement is detected nearby, lighting your path to your front door, as well as alerting you to any movement outside your home.
The solar panel is covered by a plastic case which ensures durability in extreme weather conditions like rain, snow, and extreme heat. The light can last as long as 10 hours while on standby and automatically switches off at dawn to recharge.
The Lampat 62 also comes with an installation kit which contains extra screws, anchors and a handy installation manual.
These are another set of excellent work from Moonrays. Technically, the 95557 & 95548 are the same product. The only difference is that the 95557 cones in a set of two torchlights while the 95548 comes in fours.
They are perfect if you are trying to focus the light on a particular spot at night, like a tree, wall or painting.
They might not have a wide outreach, but each of these torches give off 45 lumens of light and the 1-watt bulb makes it cool to touch and can last for over 100,000 hours in its lifespan. The headlights are adjustable and can turn up to 90 degrees either side.
Each spotlight stands at about 7 inches tall and is made of weather resistant aluminum and will automatically turn on once the sun goes down, even on rainy or cloudy days.
Pros & Benefits:
45 lumens brightness
100,000 hours lifespan
Comes in sets of twos or fours depending on your preference
The Deneve Solar flagpole light is the only flagpole light on this list because its one of the very best there is. Flagpole lights are hugely popular, not just in the U.S but worldwide. They let you show your love for your country, or favorite sports team by illuminating their flag in beautiful lights.
This light is one of the most popular due to its beautiful design and effectiveness. It allows for the ultimate display of love and respect by illuminating your flag with 26 strong LEDs that give off 1300 lumens of light.
These LEDs come with a powerful battery that when fully charged, can light up your flagpole for up to 18 hours, ensuring your flag is lit all through the night. The batteries are also durable and don’t need changing once installed allowing you to display your pride for years to come.
The HGTV pathway lights come in a pack of 8 and are perfect for lighting pathways, pool, and gardens. With a total brightness of 27 lumens (3 lumens per light), they might not light up your entire property but are perfect for beautifying your space.
They come with a stainless steel frame and like most other top class solar lights, they are weather resistant. The HGTV pathway lights can run up to 8 hours once fully charged and their beautiful golden lights provide your home with a warm, natural feel.
They can be mounted easily and automatically switch on at dusk and off at dawn with minimum involvement on your part.
Just like the Bayka solar lights, the EOYIZW solar lights have a flame design. It may not have the bi-mode feature of its Bayka cousin but has a far more light-responsive solar panel. This light can recharge in just under 5 hours and can run for 8-10 hours at night.
Its responsive panel also means it turned on even during the day, given it’s cloudy and you might need a little help getting around your home.
It’s beautiful flame design make it a shoe-in for parties and it is also popular among restaurant owners to make their space that bit more attractive to customers.
It’s a great decoration for your home and can be hung on trees or patios to give your surroundings a semblance of that warm feeling you normally get with natural flames. It’s also portable, durable and highly waterproof, ensuring your property stays beautiful once the sun goes down.
The Anko motion sensor lights are a set of powerful triple headlights. Each light offers about 320-340 lumens of light to make up a combined 1000 lumens. This makes the Anko motion sensor lights ideal for security.
It absorbs energy all through the day and gives off its full 1000 lumens once motion is detected anywhere within a 30 feet radius. The side lamps are also adjustable and can be turned upward, downwards and sideways to achieve a maximum lighting coverage.
It also has a detection range of 180 degrees. The light can remain turned on for a duration of 2-8 minutes at a time and ten hours per night in total.
The Anko motion sensor light also has a strong, weatherproof solar panel that captures light and charges their bulbs in order to achieve maximum security of your1 property by driving away trespassers; people and animals alike.
Pros & Benefits:
Adjustable side lamps ensure a wide detection range
1000 lumen brightness
Motion sensors detect movement from 30 feet away
In the end, picking out the best solar outdoor lights for your home can be quite tricky. They all look the same and offer nothing important besides a few inches of light either side right?- wrong.
Each of these lights have their own unique features which make them perfect for different reasons. Is your primary reason for buying a solar light for security, then you might want to lean towards the Lampat 62 LED lights or the Anko motion sensor lights.
Are you buying solar lights for a special occasion, like a wedding or birthday party, you might want to use the Maggift LED garden lights or the SolarDuke hanging lantern or perhaps it’s a romantic evening with that special someone, then the flame designs of the Bayka solar lights and the Eoyizw solar lights are perfect to spice up your evening.
Other factors like weather, price and brightness must be taken into consideration to ensure you are getting the perfect solar light to match your needs.
If you need to light up your driveway, then lights that comes in large sets may be your preferred option, or you need the neighbors to see your beautiful treehouse at night, then the Moonrays 95557 & 95548 or the Power bee fairy lights might come in handy.
All in all, there is a solar light to match every need. We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of the 15 best indoor and outdoor solar lamps & lanterns and their reviews for 2020. If you see one that’s not on this list and needs to be, let us know in the comments below!