Solar lighting is a great way to light an outdoor area, without spending more money on electricity. Solar porch lights will also help prevent tripping, if you are having guests over, or if you happen to be more clumsy than the average person.
An added benefit, besides keeping money in your bank account, is that using solar power is a simple way to be environmentally responsible. Plus with all the automatic modes, you can set your lights and forget about it.
These lights can be used just about anywhere. Most of them are water and weather proof. Some ideas for use are front walks, yard paths, decks, garages, and businesses. Some people even use them for pool or hot tub areas.
This product is great for lighting your front walk, pathways, stairs, small driveways, and dark corners. The wide angle allows the 24 high power LEDs, of one unit, to light 200 square feet. The IP rating is 65.
Side note: In this article IP ratings will be mentioned. Ingress Protection ratings are based on an international standard set for determining how well sealed a product is.
For example, you might be asking yourself: how waterproof is this solar powered unit? Can I put it IN the pool, or should I not?
A quick google search for “IP rating” will bring up several websites that can help you determine if that is a good idea. Or not.
Back to the device: Storage of the collected, and converted, energy, powers the special motion sensing feature. If the motion is sensed at night the light brightens for up to 20 seconds.
It’s waterproof, as well as hot and cold weatherproof. Three modes make it easy for you to customize how you use the light. On all night: ‘medium light mode’. Low light & motion sensing: ‘dim light sensor mode’.
You can also choose to have no light on unless the motion sensor is triggered. Surprising whoever, or whatever, triggered it, with a blinding light.
The motion sensing feature on these solar lights help prevent tripping, and burglary. The sensor works within 3-5m (~9-15 feet) with a 120ᵒ sensor range.
Once triggered the light stays on for approximately 30 seconds.They are waterproof and ready for all weather conditions.They have an IP rating of 65.
The life of the unit is extended, because the light only turns on when the motions sensor is triggered. Easy to install with just two screws. It is recommended that they be installed 6.5 to 13 feet high.
These units can detect motion 20-26 feet away, and when triggered the extra bright light will shine a distance of 40-55 feet, for 20 seconds.
To optimize the capturing of solar energy, the panel has the ability to adjust up to 90ᵒ. The light can be rotated 360ᵒ for optimal blinding of guests, intruders, or wild animals.
They are waterproof, and can endure cold (-30ᵒ) and hot (120ᵒ) temperatures. The IP rating is 66. The unit can be partially disassembled, so the light can be carried as a flashlight.
Two settings make for optimal use of the stored energy.
The ‘auto-dim’ setting has dim light shining at night, and if the motion sensor is triggered the bright light comes on for 20 seconds. With the ‘off’ setting there is no light until the motion sensor is triggered.
This is the same brand as the first light reviewed on this list, but this one has more than twice the LEDs, giving it a much brighter light. Motion can be detected at 26 feet away, with a detecting range of 120ᵒ.
The area illuminated is 270ᵒ around the light. This model is also water and weather proof. The solar panel has an IP rating of 65. The light does not have a rating that was noted. There are 3 modes.
The medium light mode comes on at dark and stays on through the night. The Dim Light Sensor mode has dim lighting, unless the motion sensor is triggered.
Once triggered the bright light comes on for about 20 seconds. With the sensor mode, the light is off unless motion is detected.
This motion sensor detects movement at 16 feet away, with a 120ᵒ detection radius. This model boasts 90 LEDs, for very bright light. It emits 200+ lumens of light.
The efficiently converted energy of a fully charged battery provides 6+ hours of light. The solar panel is weather proof, but does not have an IP rating noted. Neither does the light.
Two modes provide just what you need. When in the ‘on’ position continuous light is provided. The ‘auto’ mode turns the light on when the motion sensor is triggered.
The solar panel and light can be mounted in separate locations, for more efficient energy collection. The kit comes with 17’ feet of wire for this purpose. Great for patio, driveway, area outside of a garage or house.
Pros & Benefits:
6 plus hours of light
2 easy modes
Separate mounting of light and solar panel for optimal energy collection
Weather proof (no IP rating noted for light or panel)
These versatile lights can be used in landscaping, by being stuck in the ground of your yard, or garden, with the included stakes. They can also be attached to a wall, fence, deck, etc., with the enclosed screws.
The light can be adjusted 180° for optimal lighting, and the solar panel can be adjusted up to 90°. The lights turn on automatically at night and turn off in the morning. Easy to use with one setting.
They are waterproof and heat proof, making them excellent options for outdoor use. The IP rating is IP65. The built in battery keeps the 200 lumen output running longer.
These lights can be attached directly to a wall, or they come with an extension pole that helps the light reach just a little bit farther.
The extension pole also helpful if the eave sticks out so far that it doesn’t allow the solar panel to effectively see the sun. Thirty-six super bright LEDs give off over 450 lumens.
Waterproof and heat proof. No IP rating listed. This new and improved solar panel allows for faster charging in an area that gets less sun than would be ideal.
These lights would be great for houses or barns with extensive eaves. There are 4 settings for these lights. The first two mentioned are 1/4 and 1/2 brightness lights are on all the time.
The ‘dim light with motion sensor’ setting means the light turns to full brightness when motion is detected. Lastly, the ‘off with motion sensor light’ setting, the light only comes on when motion is detected.
These lights offer 28 powerful LEDs, which turn on when motion is detected. Motion can be detected from 3-5 meters (9-15 feet) away from the lights, with a 120° radius of detection.
The lights stay on for 30 seconds after motion is sensed. The life of the unit is extended due to the one setting: only at night/dark when motion is detected. The solar panel is waterproof with an IP rating of 65.
The rest of the unit is water resistant and heat resistant. This could be used for a garage, driveway, walkway, front door, or back yard. It could also be used for a garden, to scare away potential vegetable thieves.
This unit is the same brand as 1 and 8 in this review. LITOM seems to be a popular, and innovative, brand. This model has 30 LEDs, and an extra wide angle of motion detection.
One of these units can light 215 square feet. LITOM uses the SunPower solar panel, which converts the suns energy into electricity at a rate 25% higher than other panel brands.
The IP rating of this model is 67, making it a great light for areas near water, or that experience heavy rains. When the motion sensor is triggered at night, the light comes on for 30 seconds.
If something, or someone, continues to trigger the light it will stay on longer. The light should last longer as it is only on if there is motion. This light is great for driveways, pathways, yards, gardens or a shop areas.
And according to the pictures, it can also help you identify your house, if you are out with your husband/wife, and baby, and get lost on the way home.
If you enjoy the world of space, and your decor needs to go along with that, these are the solar lights for you! This star ship look-alike comes in white, or black. With 56 LEDs, it’s sure to light up your space.
The light turns on each evening at dark, and then off in the morning. During the night the light is on dim, keeping your collectibles safe.
When motion is sensed, the engineer behind this design has given it all they’ve got, and all the lumens fire brightly at warp speed.
This self contained unit has its shields up against all kinds of environmental debris, and a IP rating of 65. Installation is simple. The shaft can adjust the panel, and the light, up to 80°.
The design of the gutter lights is creative. They give the light itself an advantage over other lights that mount flush to the wall. The sun is more easily absorbed and the light shines out farther.
With 46 LEDs this light is already going to shine brightly, but there are 6 LEDs on two sides, which helps the light illuminate even farther.
The installation is simple. The extension poles and the screws are included. Or if you don’t want it extended, you can mount it directly to the wall.
There are 4 modes which include: 1/4 brightness on all night; 1/2 brightness on all night; a dim light on all night, and full brightness if motion sensor is activated; and finally, no light unless the sensor is triggered.
This light has an IP rating of 65. It could be used in areas with heavier rain, extended out from under a barn eave, or over a pool, or hot tub, for night swimming, using the 1/4 or 1/2 brightness setting.
If you are looking to switch some of your lights to solar power, I hope this list is helpful. There are many options out there. In researching these 18 lights, I’ve learned there are several things that are important questions to keep in mind.
Is it waterproof? What is the IP rating? Is the light adjustable? Is the panel adjustable? Is it easy to install? What are the settings? Is it easy to change the settings? These few questions will help you determine which light is right for you!
With that said, we hope you enjoyed this list of the 18 best solar porch lights with and without motion sensor and their reviews for 2021. See one that’s not on the list and should be? Feel free to write us about it in the comments below!