Solar Garden Lights Reviews

Mpow Solar Lig​​​​​hts​​​​​​​​​

  • Three different operating modes
  • Both eco-friendly and energy- saving
  • Simple installation
  • 120-degree wide angle sensor

With three different light modes from which to choose, the Mpow Solar Lights allow for flexibility and this extends to the installation. With the medium light mode, it charges throughout the day and turns on during medium light. Elsewhere, the dim light will activate at this time while the sensor mode will only have the light switch on for around 20 seconds when motion is detected; this mode can detect movements within around eleven metres at 120 degrees.

In terms of charging, this will completely depend on the intensity of the sunlight, your location, seasons, the weather, and various other factors. During the winter, the light won’t be quite as bright and the working time will be shorter since it can’t charge as much during the day. Overall, there are four LED solar motion sensor lights (24 smaller LED lights) and light reflection is improved thanks to the electroplating light board.

 With installation, the advised height is between 1.7 and 2 metres since this allows for best results. Considering you can buy one, two, or four of these LED sets, it’s certainly a popular option on the market

Set of 10 Solar Garden Lights

  • Quick and easy installation
  • Allows you to save energy
  • Weather-proof for long-lasting results
  • LEDs offer a life of up to 20,000 hours
  • Manufacturer offers a 100% money-back guarantee

Without having to worry about wires and all sorts of other logistics, these solar garden lights can be installed in a matter of seconds and this is why we like them so much. Automatically, the lights will generate power throughout the day before then turning on at night and off in the morning. Depending on your garden and the look you desire, you’ll receive two posts per light for tall and short installation. Ultimately, this means the lights can be used in the garden, pathway, patio, front driveway, and even down an alleyway (assuming sunlight can reach them!).

Often, products like this bring about concerns regarding the weather but the manufacturer claims their strength in the rain and even snow. Rather than the shiny silver you often see with these types of lights, GardenBliss has consciously decided to go for a black plastic so it fits in with the rest of the garden naturally and this is a great idea!

InnoGear Solar Spotlight

  • Waterproof, heatproof, upgraded frosted solar panel
  • Two different brightness working modes
  • Tough and durable thanks to clever design 
  • 200-lumen output

According to InnoGear, these solar garden lights should last up to six hours in High Light Mode and up to a potential 14 hours during Low Light Mode which is impressive (to say the least!). With a charging time of around eight hours, the lights will come on automatically as soon as it starts to get dark. In total, the output will reach 200 lumens with a color temperature of 6500k.

With InnoGear, we have a trusted company which is always good news and they’ve decided to couple the design with an 18650 lithium battery 3.7V 2200mAh. Why should you choose this product over any other? In truth, we believe the design to be the best feature. Not only do they look simple and fit into any garden with ease, the tightly-sealed inner loop will keep the lights working even during a torrential downpour. Although they can be installed with screws onto the wall, they can also be stuck into the ground which is the easiest installation of all!

Weihao Solar Lights

  • Beautiful stylish design
  • 96 LED lights with each one flickering to imitate a flame
  • Waterproof (IP65)
  • Lithium ion battery 3.7V 2200mAh

If you’re looking for style with your solar lights, look no further than this addition from Weihao. With a simple design that allows you to place the light into the ground, the light itself is incased in a flower shaped hub with holes to allow a flame-like appearance. In total, 96 LED lights sit inside the casing and the flickering effect creates an atmosphere that would be welcome when camping, hosting a barbecue, or even just for your backyard.

In terms of performance, Weihao believe 50,000 hours to be achievable with the LED lights which is impressive considering it takes less than a minute to install in your chosen position. All things considered, this one investment should last around five years and there are all sorts of security measures in place to prevent overcharging and short-circuiting.

If it’s style you need, these solar lights certainly provide one of the best options but they also provide value for money in the long life but also in durability since they cope with harsh weathers.

Frostfire Digital 80 LED Solar Light

  • Contains 80 LED lights
  • Both heatproof and waterproof
  • Offers three-metre activation zone as a motion detector
  • Life of around five years (50,000 hours)

As a single light with 80 LED lights, this isn't one for decoration but perhaps something you might use as a shed light or even a security light outside. With a powerful solar panel, it’s motion-activated which means it will always turn on when motion is detected within the specific radius. Whenever the motion stops, the light turns off and you can save the energy for another time.

When you buy this product, you’ll receive screws and plugs for easy installation and you can actually adjust the amount of time the light stays on after detecting motion. While some will choose five seconds, others will go right to the other end of the scale to ten minutes. If you’re pottering around outside or lighting fireworks, for example, having the light on ten minutes will prevent it turning off every few seconds.

If you prefer to have the light turn on at a certain level of darkness, there is also a ‘Lux’ setting so it really is a flexible product.

Solar Lights Motion Sensor Security Outdoor Lighting

  • Contains 80 LED lights
  • Both heatproof and waterproof
  • Offers three-metre activation zone as a motion detector
  • Life of around five years (50,000 hours)

As a single light with 80 LED lights, this isn't one for decoration but perhaps something you might use as a shed light or even a security light outside. With a powerful solar panel, it’s motion-activated which means it will always turn on when motion is detected within the specific radius. Whenever the motion stops, the light turns off and you can save the energy for another time.

When you buy this product, you’ll receive screws and plugs for easy installation and you can actually adjust the amount of time the light stays on after detecting motion. While some will choose five seconds, others will go right to the other end of the scale to ten minutes. If you’re pottering around outside or lighting fireworks, for example, having the light on ten minutes will prevent it turning off every few seconds.

If you prefer to have the light turn on at a certain level of darkness, there is also a ‘Lux’ setting so it really is a flexible product.

  • Oscar Extreme Solar Post Lights

  • Stylish silver post lights
  • Installation takes minutes
  • Run time reaches eight hours
  • Money-back guarantee if you aren't satisfied

Finally, we return to the stylish side of the market and a product that will add a touch of class to your garden. If you prefer the natural black plastic in the garden, the other options will be slightly better but these post lights give a Dickensian feel which can add warmth and character. Boasting a cylindrical design, the manufacturers claim ‘twice as much illumination’ as products from competitors. However, it comes with a two-tone effect thanks to the frosted effect above and stainless-steel appearance on the bottom.

If you need the spikes, they can be useful when installing into the ground; otherwise, they actually tuck themselves neatly into the unit which is perfect if you plan on using them as post lights. If you aren't happy with the product or if it happens to stop working, the company offers a two-year warranty as well as a money-back guarantee which is always beneficial as a customer!


The Journey of Solar Garden Lights in Recent Years

For the longest time, solar lights never really made it into the home. Whether this was down to a lack of understanding from us all or perhaps a different reason, we never saw the value of solar power. However, we’re now living in a time where resources are scarce and we’re doing all we can to save the environment (while also saving money at the same time!). For this reason, recycling is very much on the rise as well as plenty of other energy efficient products…including solar lighting.

As with many other industries, solar lighting has been through a period of transition as technology continues to improve. Every year, we find more efficient methods of achieving the same goal and this has been important. As you’ll see with the sheer number of options available on the market, technology is improving the features that can be offered including the modes and settings available.

While some products will turn on whenever a motion is detected, others will activate when it gets to a certain darkness in the evening (of course, some will even give you the option to choose). With the latter, this is an impressive feature because it means the light always turns on at the right time in the evening regardless of the season. Rather than working on time, it works on available light (or lack of) which means your light will activate at an earlier time in winter compared to summer.

In addition to the new features, the increase in interest from consumers has also allowed more companies to invest in design. These days, you’re likely to find a design that matches your garden in colour, shape, size, and the way in which it installs. If we were to look at installation itself, there are options here too since many can now go straight into the ground with no hassle.

Overall, the niche has become more flexible for consumers and it looks as though this is only going to continue into the future. As scientists continue to discover ways of storing energy, solar garden lights could become more compact and the batteries will become more efficient. Let’s not forget, some products are now offering up to 80,000 hours and this is something no-one would have believed possible not too long ago!

Last update on 2018-08-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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