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Top 23 Solar Garden Lights of 2019

Solar lights can decorate and illuminate your garden year-round. If you are upgrading your garden lights or want to install new ones solar lighting is the way to go because not only they require no wiring and have no running costs but also they've gone a long way in recent years to favorably compete with grid-based lights in terms of brightness and longevity. Solar garden lights come in various shapes and purposes. Some of them look like a vintage lamp post while others barely look out of the ground. Some lights provide only accent lighting while others emit bright light for illuminating pathways, for example. The choice of a solar light for your garden depends on the effect you want to get. What's common among all the solar lights is the operation principle...

How Do Solar Garden Lights Work?

The solar garden lights, as the majority of other solar light types, operate on the following principle: the sun hits on the solar (PV) panel's surface. PV panel converts the light's energy into DC (Direct Current) and charges the internal batteries. Some people ask 'Well, why do we need batteries if it is solar?' The reason we need batteries is to store the energy for using it later at night when the sun is not available. So, batteries get charged every day to power up the lights on the following night. The best part is that the process is automatic. Just turn on the light and set it to the desired mode. The built-in photoelement detects when it's dark and turns the lights on. The lights will automatically go off at dawn or when the batteries are drained.

Solar Light Types

Solar Tiki Torches

Do you want to create an exotic Carribean atmosphere in your garden? If you answered yes then solar-powered tiki torches are right for you. They resemble real torches with flickering flames but are made of heavy-duty plastic sometimes with a bamboo-colored finish and LED lights inside flicker like a flame. You can't even tell it's not a real flame at a distance!

Solar Lanterns

Solar lanterns can give that magical touch to your garden. You can hang them from the trees, fences, pergolas or just put on the ground. Depending on the mood you want to create in your garden, you may want to buy metal & glass antique-looking solar lanterns that give a flickering light imitating a candle or smaller plastic lanterns that are indistinguishable from fireflies at a distance.

Solar Spotlights

Solar spotlights project a concentrated light on a specific point. In a garden setting, you can use a solar spotlight to uplight a tree or point it to a sign you want to be visible at night. Options with colorful, rotating rainbow spotlights are available if you want to bring about a festive atmosphere in your garden.

Solar Floodlights

In contrast with spotlights, floodlights emit a more scattered but, nevertheless, a bright light so they can illuminate a wide area in your garden.

Solar In-ground Lights

These are small, disk-shaped lights that stick into the ground either flush with its level or a bit higher. Several of solar in-ground lights can be placed alongside both sides of a walkway in your garden to illuminate the path.

Solar String Lights

This is a string of LED lights with a head wire connecting to a solar panel. The panel either sticks into the ground with a spike or attaches to a nearby roof or a tube with clamps. You can wrap a tree in your garden with a string light or decorate a shrub, bush, pergola, gazebo with it. You'd get a wonderful effect when it's dark. Solar string lights usually have many lighting modes like twinkling, fading, flashing and so on. There's a manufacturer who even offers a remote control for changing between the modes and turning on/off the lights. 

The Light Color

The most common colors of outdoor LED lights are soft white, warm white and cool white. The light's color temperature is measured in Kelvins (K). The lower the number the warmer the color, reaching to orange at its lowest end. The warm white (yellowish) spectrum is 2700K - 3000K. The upper part of the spectrum 5000K - 6500K is the called cool white (bluish) or daylight white

Brightness Level

Light brightness is measured in Lumens (Lm). The bigger this number the brighter the light is. Generally, the cooler colors seem brighter but if the cool and warm colors have the same number of Lumens than they are equally bright.

Finish Type

More common type of finish for outdoor solar lights is plastic sometimes labeled as ABS - Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene - a durable type of plastic with an impervious surface. A more durable alternative to ABS plastic is the metallic finish. Metallic solar lights have more pleasing aesthetics and a solid look but a metal casing drives up the costs.

Waterproof Rating

Solar outdoor lights need to be waterproof for a sustained operation. When choosing a solar garden light it is important to pay attention to the waterproof ratings usually marked as "IP6x", x taking values of 4 - 7. "6" means protected from total dust ingress. The 2nd digit pertains to protection from liquids. You can commonly see this rating listed in the specification list. Here's what those ratings mean.

  • IP64 - Protected from water spray from any direction
  • IP65 - Protected from low-pressure water jets from any direction
  • IP66 - Protected from high-pressure water jets from any direction
  • IP67 - Protected from immersion between 5.9" (15 cm) and 39.4" (1 m) in depth

The Solar Panel

The solar panel is, obviously, an indispensable part of a solar garden light. In relation to the light itself, the PV panel can be

  • Integrated into the light's cap. In this case, the light must be set up to face the sun with its top.
  • attached on a swivel. Most solar spotlights use this configuration where the panel can rotate up to 180 degrees to face the sun independent of the spotlight itself. 
  • connected with a wire. In this configuration, the solar panel is completely separate from the solar light connected with it by a wire. The advantage of this design is that the light can be placed wherever it makes the most sense in the garden, even in a shaded area or under a roof. Meanwhile, the panel can be placed on the sunniest spot in the garden and connected to the light with a long enough wire.

The battery

The battery is the second most important component in a solar lighting system. Its capacity is measured in milli-Ampers-hour (mAh). Depending on the power draw of the LED beads 600 mAh battery may be enough for your application but generally, the more capacity a battery has the longer lighting time it allows if fully charged. Another important factor to look at is whether the rechargeable battery is replaceable or not. If it's replaceable then it's a good idea to replace it once a year or so but make sure it's a standard battery otherwise you'll have to order one from your light's supplier.

FAQ

Q: My solar garden light doesn't work. What should I do?

A: First, make sure you have turned the light on and put its solar panel facing the sun for at least 5 hours (the more the better)  during 1 - 2 days. Put it aside from other light sources because it needs to be in dark to kick in. If the problem persists please contact the manufacturer.

Q: Do the lights turn off automatically when the sun comes up?

A: Most outdoor solar lights are equipped with a photo-element which automatically turns on the lights at dusk and off in the morning.

Q: How do you replace a broken plastic stake?

A: First contact the manufacturer, they may offer a free replacement. Otherwise, go to your local hardware store and buy a metal stake from the gardening section. Take the broken stake with you to make sure you buy one with a matching diameter.

Q: My solar light started to last shorter at nights. What's the reason?

A: It is, possibly, not getting adequate sunshine during the day. Please turn it off for 3 - 5 sunny days to boost the batteries.

Solar Tiki Torches 

Aityvert Solar Torch Lights, Flickering Flame, Set of 4

Aityvert Solar Torch Lights
Main Features:
  • Glow effect
  • 2200 mAh rechargeable batteries
  • Charging Time: 8 hours
  • Working Time: 7-8 hours
  • Height with Stakes: 30.7" (78 cm)
  • Auto on/off from dusk to dawn
  • Waterproof rating: IP65
  • Material: ABS plastic
  • Warranty: 1 year

Ailyvert solar torch lights come 4 in a package, each contains 96 LEDs. It runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion 2200 mAh battery. Needs charging for 8 hours under sunshine and works for up to 10 hours in summer (5-6 hours in winter). Each torch light contains a 12.2" (31 cm) plastic extension stake and an 8.27" (27 cm) plastic spike. The overall height with the stake and pipe is 30.7" (78 cm). Autonomously charges the batteries during the day then turns on at dusk, gives off pleasant, flame-like glowing light and turns off with the first rays of the sun, all by itself. IP65 waterproof level means has been tested to withstand low-pressure water jets from any direction. The manufacturer offers a year of warranty period. The package contains 4 solar torches with their extension stakes and spike and a user manual.

Pros Cons
Realistic flicker Short height
Holds a long charge Batteries are not replaceable
Charges even under the indirect sun

TomCare Solar Flickering Torch Lights Upgraded, Set of 4

TomCare Solar Flickering Torch Lights
Main Features:
  • Glow effect
  • 2200 mAh rechargeable batteries
  • Charging Time: 8 hours
  • Working Time: 10 hours
  • Height with Stakes: 43" (109 cm)
  • Auto on/off from dusk to dawn
  • Waterproof rating: IP65
  • Material: ABS plastic
  • Warranty: 1 year

TomCare solar torch light has a similar appearance to the Aityvert torch we've seen above. The main difference is that it has an additional extension stake which makes it higher by 12.3" (31 sm). Powered by 2200 mAh rechargeable batteries, 96-LED torch emits a nice golden orange glowing light. Needs charging for 8 hours to light up your garden for 10 hours a night in sunnier seasons and 5-6 hours a night if days are shorter. The overall height is 43" (109 cm). Operates automatically by sun-charging the batteries in the day then lights up at night and stays lit till the dawn. IP65 waterproof rating means it has been tested to withstand low-pressure water jets from any direction. One year warranty. The package contains 4 solar torch lights with the supplied stakes and pipes for each.

Pros Cons
Charged right out of the box Not accessible batteries
Bright "flames" Support tubes don't connect firmly
Truly look like burning tiki lights

Newhouse Lighting - Solar Flickering Island Torches, Set of 4

Newhouse Lighting - Solar Flickering Torches

Main Features:
  • Glow effect
  • 600 mAh Ni-Cd rechargeable batteries
  • Charging Time: 8 hours
  • Working Time: 5-6 hours
  • Height with Stakes: 60" (152 cm)
  • Auto on/off from dusk to dawn
  • Waterproof rating: IP65
  • Material: Polycarbonate plastic
  • Warranty: 30 days

The package contains 4 Newhouse Lighting solar torches. Each torch contains 3 LEDs with flickering warm yellow lights to mimic a natural flame. Each torch is powered with 2 Ni-Cd batteries which can be replaced by prying out with a flat screwdriver. If replaced with, say, 2200 mAh batteries can last up to 12 hours. Made of a durable polycarbonate construction these tiki torches retain the original look and feel of a bamboo torch. For an adjustable height, each solar torch comes with 3 extension stakes and a spike making it's full height 60" (152 cm). The top unscrews easily for cleaning. Works from dusk to dawn; the daylight sensor turns it on/off automatically.

Pros Cons
Tall enough height Flimsy Stakes
Replaceable rechargeable batteries
Cool flickering effect

TomCare Solar Wall Mounted Night Lights, Set of 4

TomCare Solar Wall-Mounted Lights
Main Features:
  • Glow effect
  • 2000 mAh Li-ion rechargeable batteries
  • Charging Time: NA
  • Working Time: Up to 10 hours
  • Height x Width: 7.4" x 4.2" (18.8 x 10.7 cm)
  • Auto on/off from dusk to dawn
  • Waterproof rating: IP65
  • Material: Plastic
  • Warranty: 12 months

This one by TomCare is different from the other flickering lights we've reviewed so far, it is not planted in the ground but rather mounted on the wall. It has a classic black and white lattice design with the warm yellow light imitating dancing flames. Mount on your garden wall with just 2 screws, use the provided key pin to unlock the light (details in the manual) and it's ready to delight you! Equipped with high-capacity 2000 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, these little lights can stay up for 10 hours if charged properly. Auto turn on/off function makes it a low-maintenance, no-frills ambient lighting solution for your garden. The waterproof rating of IP65 means that the light has been tested to withstand low-pressure water jets from any direction. The manufacturer offers 12 months warranty. The package includes 4 solar lights, 4 key pins,  8 mounting screws and a manual. NOTE: make sure to activate the lights with the little pin that comes with it.

Pros Cons
High-capacity built-in batteries Switching on/off with a pin is not convenient 
Works even with little sunshine
Awesome playful light

OxyLED Solar Torch Lights With Flickering Lights, Set of 4

OxyLED Solar Torch Lights

Main Features:
  • Vivid Dancing "Flame"
  • 2200 mAh Li-ion rechargeable batteries
  • Charging Time: 5 - 8 hours
  • Working Time: 12 hours
  • Height with Stakes: 43" (109 cm)
  • Auto on/off from dusk to dawn
  • Waterproof rating: IP65
  • Material: ABS plastic
  • Warranty: 1 year

OxyLED's solar torch lights consist of 96-LED bead lamps each. They leave an impression of an exceedingly vivid, soft white dancing flame. The cap which contains the solar panel is angled to better orient towards the sun during a day. The plastic case has round-shaped ornaments that create quirky shades when the LEDs flicker. The torch is equipped with 2200 mAh rechargeable batteries enough to keep the "flames" going for 12 hours if charged for 5 - 8 hours. The full height is 43" (109 cm). The automatic on/off feature turns it on when it's dark around and off when the sun comes out. The waterproof rating of IP65 means that it has been successfully put to tests to withstand low-pressure water jets from any direction. Made of rugged plastic; 1 year of manufacturer warranty. The package contains 4 solar garden lights, 4 extension stakes, 4 plastic spikes.

Pros Cons
Tall enough The plastic coating on the solar panel starts to peel off after several months 
Looks elegant One torch out of 4 in the pack is, sometimes, defective

Solar Lanterns for Garden

Maggift Hanging Solar Lantern With Handle, Set of 2

Maggift Hanging Solar Lantern with Handle
Main Features:
  • Light Color: Warm White
  • Waterproof Rating: N/A
  • 400 mAh NI-MH batteries
  • Dusk to dawn auto on/off function
  • Charging Time: 6 - 8 hours
  • Working Time: 8 - 10 hours
  • Material: Metal & Plastic
  • Dimensions: 6" x 6" x 6.7" (15 x 15 x 17 cm)
  • Warranty: 180 days

Maggfit solar garden lantern is deliberately designed with antique effects to create a rustic atmosphere in your garden. It's made of white finish metal and plastic with width and height of 6" x 6.7" (15 x 17 cm). The handle lets you hang from an elevated hook or a tree branch. You can also put it on the ground, table or ledge in your garden. 400 mAh rechargeable batteries store the energy of the daylight and emit soft & subtle warm white light. The built-in photoelement turns the light on and off depending on whether it's night or day. The light keeps on for 8 hours continuously if the battery is fully charged. The purchase is covered by a 180-day warranty. NOTE: please make sure you set the switch to On position before charging. When you turn the lantern on you can cover the solar panel or take it somethere dark to see it lighting up.

Pros Cons
Replaceable rechargeable batteries Charges only under the direct sunshine
Vintage look
Casts an amazing shadow

Hanging Solar Flickering Lanterns for Garden, Set of 6

Outdoor Hanging Solar Flickering Lantern for Garden
Main Features:
  • Light Color: Warm White
  • Soft Candle Flicker Effect
  • Waterproof Rating: IP44
  • 600 mAh NI-MH battery
  • Dusk to dawn auto on/off function
  • Charging Time: 6 - 8 hours
  • Working Time: 6 - 9 hours
  • Material: ABS Plastic, Stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 3.5" x 3.5" x 4.9" (8.9 x 8.9 x 12.5 cm)
  • Warranty: 365 days

These solar lanterns have metallic rings and clamps for hanging. Each lantern contains 1 warm white LED light flickering like a candle. These lanterns are a perfect addition to your garden to make it more romantic. The waterproof rating of IP44  means the lantern is protected from tools and small wires greater than 1 mm and withstands water sprays from any direction. Each lantern contains 1 600 mAh replaceable rechargeable NI-MH battery that powers it at night for 6 - 9 hours if charged by the sun for 6 - 8 hours. The lantern itself is made from ABS plastic, the hanging ring and clamp are made of stainless steel. It has a pretty small size of W x H - 3.5" x 4.9" (8.9 x 12.5 cm). The manufacturer covers 365 days of warranty. The package includes 6 solar lanterns and a user manual. NOTE: Before the first use please remove the protective film from the PV panel, check if the battery is placed properly, turn the switch to "Auto" position, hang it to be charged under the sun.

Pros Cons
Replaceable rechargeable battery Very small
LED flickers like a candle Not particularly waterproof
Metal ring & clasp for hanging

Maggift 26" Hanging Solar Coach Lights, Set of 2

Maggift 26" Hanging Solar Coach Lights

Main Features:
  • Light Color: Cool White
  • Waterproof Rating: Waterproof (no rating)
  • AA NI-MH battery
  • Dusk to dawn auto on/off function
  • Charging Time: 6 - 8 hours
  • Working Time: 8 - 10 hours
  • Material: Plastic + iron
  • Height: 26" (66 cm)
  • Warranty: 180 days

Maggift solar coach lights have a metal stake to push into the ground or you can take the lantern alone and hang it from a tree in your garden using the supplied shepherd hooks. These lights don't have on/off switch you just need to take off the insulation cover before charging under the sun. The overall height of the light with the stake is 26" (66 cm) including the part that goes into the ground and the shepherd's hook. There is one LED in each lantern that gives off cool white light. It takes 6 - 8 hours of charging under the sun to light up for 8 - 10 hours. The lanterns are waterproof but no IP rating is mentioned. The stake with a sharpened edge is made of iron so it's rather tough. 180-days warranty is covered by the manufacturer. NOTE: Please make sure to remove the insulation tab then cover the panel to check if the light turns on. If not, reset the battery and allow for at least 3 days of charging under the sun.

Pros Cons
Metal Stakes No on/off switch
Replaceable rechargeable batteries
Affordable price

CHBKT Solar-powered Mason Jar Hanging Light With Handle

CHBKT Solar Mason Jar Hanging Light

Main Features:
  • Light Color: Warm White
  • Waterproof Rating: IP65
  • AAA rechargeable battery
  • Dusk to dawn auto on/off function
  • Charging Time: 5 - 8 hours
  • Working Time: 8 - 12 hours
  • Material: Thick Glass + Metal Handle
  • Dimensions(W x H): 2.4" x 5.2" (6 x 13.2 cm)
  • Warranty: 12 months

This is solar lantern is different from the others in that it is a thick-glass mason jar filled with 20 pendant warm white LED lights. This creatively made lantern is an adorable decoration for any garden. A metal handle is there to hang the jars from branches, pergolas, gazebos or just put it on a flat surface in your garden. The waterproof rating of IP65 means no moderate rains are scary for these jars. The replaceable rechargeable AAA batteries provide for 8 - 12 hours of lighting if the panel on the lid is exposed to sunshine for 5 - 8 hours. The height of the jar is just 5.2" so you can imagine it's not big at all. The Seller covers a 12-month warranty period. The package includes 4 mason jars, 4 solar lids with string LEDs, 4 handles and rechargeable batteries.

Pros Cons
Replaceable rechargeable batteries No included instructions
Party decoration
Attentive customer service

Maggift Outdoor Hanging Solar Lights, Retro, Set of 2

Maggift Outdoor Hanging Light

Main Features:
  • Light Color: Warm White
  • Waterproof Rating: N/A
  • AA 1000 mAh rechargeable NI-MH battery
  • Dusk to dawn auto on/off function
  • Charging Time: 6 - 8 hours
  • Working Time: 8 - 10 hours
  • Material: Brown Finish Iron + Plastic
  • Dimensions(W x H): 5.5" x 10.6" (14 x 27 cm)
  • Warranty: 180 days

This is another rustic looking solar lantern by Maggift. It's made of a brown finish iron and plastic. There is a 12-Lumens warm white LED lamp inside and the surface is covered with small, various-shaped holes pattern which creates beautiful light and shade effect with the subtle ambient glow. The top is removable for cleaning. Driven by a 1000 mAh rechargeable NI-MH battery the lantern will light up for 8 - 10 hours if charged for 6 - 8 hours. Just make sure you turn the switch to On position before charging and the lantern will take care about turning on when it's dark and off in the morning. The height with the handle is 15.7" (40 cm), without it - 10.6" (27 cm). The seller covers 180 days of a warranty period. The package contains 2 solar lanterns and 2 batteries. NOTE: when you first receive the lantern please switch it on and cover the solar panel to check if it works. If no light appears then reset the battery and allow for 3 days of charging/discharging to calibrate the battery.

Pros Cons
Stunning light pattern No waterproof rating
Just like in the picture
Replaceable battery

Solar Spotlights

InnoGear 3rd Gen Solar Spotlight, Set of 2

InnoGear 3-rd Gen Solar Spotlight

Main Features:
  • Light Color: Cool White
  • Brightness: 200 Lumens
  • Lighting Modes: 4 modes
  • Waterproof Rating: IP65
  • 2200 mAh lithium rechargeable battery
  • Dusk to dawn auto on/off function
  • Charging Time: 8 hours
  • Working Time: 4 - 6 h (high light mode), 8 - 12 h (low light mode)
  • Material: ABS Plastic
  • Solar Panel Dimensions: 6.7" x 3.6" (17 x 9 cm)
  • Warranty: N/A

This is the upgraded version of InnoGear solar spotlight. It has longer stakes and a brighter light (200 Lm instead of 80 Lm). Each of the 4 LEDs has 50-Lumen brightness totaling 200 Lumens. The spotlight has 4 lighting modes: Dim mode - stay dim when turned on, Full Brightness mode - stays on full brightness when turned on, Dim to Bright mode - stays dim until detects a motion then changes to full brightness mode, Off to Bright mode - stays off until detects a motion then changes to full brightness mode. This version of the spotlight has s cool white light color but if you prefer otherwise the same vendor offers the same solar spotlights with warm white and colorful LEDs. InnoGear spotlight has a heavy-duty ABS plastic casing and waterproof level of IP65 which means it was successfully tested under low-pressure water jets from any direction. The 2200 mAh is a big enough capacity for a lithium battery to ensure uninterrupted operation for 4 - 12 hours at night depending on the charge and brightness level. Both the solar panel and the light use a swivel design to rotate 180 degrees vertically for optimal sunlight absorption and lighting. The package includes 2 solar spotlights, 2 screws, 2 pillar hinges and a manual. NOTE: Please make sure to turn on the switch before charging. You can cover the solar panel to see it lighting up.

Pros Cons
Bright and consistent light output Solar panel adjustment confined only to the vertical direction
Good for highlighting the trees
A responsive seller

RobustSolar Aluminum Robust Spotlights, Set of 2

RobustSolar Solar Spotlight

Main Features:
  • Light Color: Warm White
  • Brightness: 150 Lumens
  • Lighting Modes: 3 (High, Medium, Low)
  • Waterproof Rating: Waterproof (no rating)
  • 2500 mAh lithium rechargeable battery
  • Dusk to dawn auto on/off function
  • Charging Time: N/A
  • Working Time: All night
  • Material: Plastic and Aluminum
  • Solar Panel Dimensions: 10.7" x 6.5" (27.2 x 16.5 cm)
  • Warranty: 1 year

RobustSolar aluminum solar spotlight is your choice if reliability and durability are your priorities for solar lighting. The 15-LED adjustable light fixtures are made of aluminum, the spikes for the lights and solar panel are plastic, the lenses are made of glass. By the way, the solar panel has a BIG area and it's separate from the lights. The advantage of an independent panel is that it can be placed on a sunny spot while the lights can be placed anywhere you like. The 16.4 ft (5 m) cable is long enough for the desired/optimal layout of the lights and the panel. If that's not enough you can optionally order another cable of the same length. For example, to uplight a tree in your garden you can place the light near the shady trunk and move the panel away from the shade to somewhere sunny.  The lights have 3 lighting modes: High - 150 Lm, Medium - 100 Lm and Low - 50 Lm. The lithium battery has 2500 mAh high capacity to store the energy generated by the large panel. The auto on/off feature turns the light on at dusk and off at dawn. 1 year of satisfaction warranty. The package includes 2 solar spotlights, a 3W solar panel, 2 batteries, 2 16.7 ft wires.

Pros Cons
Large solar panel Plastic spikes
Aluminum light fixtures
Small but powerful lights

Amir Upgraded Landscape Lighting Solar Spotlight

Amir Solar Spotlight

Main Features:
  • Light Color: Cool White
  • Brightness: 200 Lumens
  • Lighting Modes: 2 (High Bright, Low Bright)
  • Waterproof Rating: IP65
  • 2200 mAh lithium rechargeable battery
  • Dusk to dawn auto on/off function
  • Charging Time: 8 hours
  • Working Time: 8 h (High Bright mode), 14 h (Low Bright mode)
  • Material: Plastic
  • Solar Panel Dimensions: 3.5" x 5.5" (8.9 x 14 cm)
  • Warranty: 1 year

Like the previous spotlight we've reviewed, Amir solar spotlight has a separate solar panel connected to it with a 9.84 ft (3 m) wire. The light and the panel can both be adjusted vertically but the versatility of an independent solar panel lets you also place the spotlight where you want it to be not where the sun is, necessarily, at its brightest. Both the light and the solar panel come with plastic spikes for in-ground installation but they can be used without the spikes by mounting them on the wall. The 4 LEDs emit 200 Lm cool white light in High Bright mode. Another lighting mode is called Low Bright with 100 Lm of brightness. IP65 waterproof rating means the spotlight has been tested resist downpours of moderate strength. The spotlight is equipped with 2200 mAh lithium rechargeable battery for storing the sun's energy in the daytime and automatically turning on the light at night. 8 hours is the full charging time under the sun after which the light stays on at night for 8 hours in High Bright mode and 12 hours in Low Bright mode. 1-year vendor warranty is provided. The package includes 1 solar spotlight, 3 screws with expansion pilar-hinges, 9.84 ft wire, an English manual.

Pros Cons
Charges the batteries even on cloudy days Plastic spikes
Clear instructions
Independent solar panel
Responsive customer service

Deckey Solar Powered RGB LED Landscape Spotlight, Set of 3

Deckey Solar Spotlight

Main Features:
  • Light Color: Red, Green, Blue
  • Brightness: N/A
  • Lighting Modes: Change between RGB colors
  • Waterproof Rating: IP68
  • AA Ni-Cd rechargeable battery
  • Dusk to dawn auto on/off function
  • Charging Time: N/A
  • Working Time: 6 - 8 hours
  • Material: Plastic
  • Solar Panel Dimensions: 7.7" x 6.7" (19.5 x 17 cm)
  • Warranty: 1 year

Deckey solar landscape spotlights are quite versatile! They come 3 pieces in the set with color transitions between red, green and blue colors. The lights have a solid color alteration pattern and a slow fade-through-the-colors pattern. The unique advantage of these lights is that they are submersible. The IP68 waterproof rating means that the lights are dustproof and protected against long-term immersion up to a specified pressure. Works in the bottom of a 12-foot deep pool or pond without problems. The wire between the lights and the panel is 10 ft (3 m) long and 4 ft (1.2 m) between the lights. Each 12-LED light has a lamp holder which supports 90 degrees of light head adjustment. These amphibious spotlights are not bright they provide accent lighting on the ground, wall or under the water. The control box can be fitted into a hole in the ground or mounted on the wall with the supplied screws. In case you decide to submerge them into the water, no mounting is needed, they are heavy enough to sit on the bottom. The auto on/off feature controls turning the lights on/off at dusk/dawn. Up to 8 hours of lighting if fully charged. One year warranty by the seller. The package contains 3 RGB solar spotlights, 1 solar panel, 10 ft (3 m) wire, stakes, and screws.

Pros Cons
Replaceable batteries Cords are a bit short
Can be immersed 12 ft into ponds, pools
Independent solar panel
Decent light output

Solar Floodlights

SunForce 180 LED Solar Motion Light, Floodlight, Triple Head

SunForce Solar Floodlight
Main Features:
  • Light Color: Daylight White
  • Brightness: 1200 Lumens
  • Lighting Modes: Motion Detection (60, 90, 120 secs)
  • Waterproof Rating: Waterproof (no rating)
  • 3 AA 2000 mAh rechargeable batteries
  • Dusk to dawn auto on/off function
  • Charging Time: N/A
  • Working Time: N/A
  • Material: Plastic
  • Solar Panel Dimensions: 7.5" x 7.75" (19 x 19.7 cm)
  • Warranty: 1-year, limited

This is a motion-activated solar floodlight. It's important to note that you cannot set this SunForce floodlight to stay lit all night. It only lights up when motion is detected in over 30 ft (9 m) distance and 180 degrees range. The 3 heads combined have 180-LED daylight white light with 1200 Lumens of total brightness. The side lamp heads can be adjusted independently from each other. They can be rotated both horizontally and vertically to point to the desired direction. The solar panel is separate; connects with the floodlight with a 15 ft (4.5 m) wire. The light has 2 adjustable settings: detection distance and light duration. The detection distance setting can be set to Low, Medium or High. The light duration has 60 sec, 90 sec, 120 sec, and TEST settings. The duration setting sets the duration of lighting after a motion is detected. "TEST" setting is there for testing the configuration day and night. When the light duration is set on the "TEST" mode a motion-detected lighting is triggered without regard if it's dark or light around to test the sensor's positioning. This is a charge-during-the-day-and-work-at-night solar floodlight. One year of limited warranty is provided by the manufacturer. The package includes 1 triple head motion light, solar panel with 15 ft cable, 3 AA rechargeable batteries, mounting hardware, detailed manual.

Pros Cons
Replaceable rechargeable batteries Not particularly waterproof 
Plenty of bright light 
Detailed manual

LTE 60-LED Solar Security Floodlight, 300 Lm

LTE 60-LED Solar Security Floodlight

Main Features:
  • Light Color: Daylight White
  • Brightness: 300 Lumens
  • Lighting Modes: 1 mode
  • Waterproof Rating: IP66
  • 4000 mAh Li-ion replaceable rechargeable battery
  • Dusk to dawn auto on/off function
  • Charging Time: N/A
  • Working Time: 8 - 10 hours
  • Material: Tempered Glass, Metal
  • Solar Panel Dimensions: 7.1" x 6.1" (18 x 15.5 cm)
  • Warranty: N/A

LTE solar floodlight can provide ample landscape lighting for your garden. Equipped with 60 LED beads the floodlight emits 300 Lm daylight white light with 120 degrees wide coverage range. It's dusk-to-dawn automatic operation light with whopping 4000 mAh of rechargeable battery capacity which allows it to shine for 8 - 10 hours at night. IP66 waterproof rating means the floodlight is protected from high-pressure water jets from any direction and it's dustproof. The solar panel comes with a plastic spike for ground installation; connects to the floodlight with a 16.4 ft (5 m) wire. The panel's frame is made of corrosion-free aluminum alloy and the floodlight itself is made of tempered glass and die-cast aluminum. The mounting bracket lets you adjust the lighting direction before fixing it on the ground or on the wall. The package contains the floodlight, solar panel with a plastic spike, 16.4 ft connection wire, a battery.

Pros Cons
Illuminates without making a nuisance Only 1 lighting mode
Metal & glass case, an aluminum panel frame
Replaceable battery

SunBonar 120 LED Solar Floodlight

SunBonar Solar Floodlight

Main Features:
  • Light Color: Warm White (Cool White also available)
  • Brightness: 700 Lumens
  • Lighting Modes: Full Bright mode
  • Waterproof Rating: IP65
  • 6600 mAh Lithium replaceable rechargeable battery
  • Dusk to dawn auto on/off function
  • Charging Time: N/A
  • Working Time: 8 - 10 hours
  • Material: Tempered Glass, Metal, Plastic
  • Solar Panel Dimensions: N/A
  • Warranty: 14 months

This a continuous-illumination solar floodlight, no embedded motion sensor. That's probably what you need if you are going to install it in your garden to light up the trees, shrubs, bushes or anything else. There are 3 installation options: wall/tree, ground, and pole. The floodlight can be mounted on a wall or tree using the supplied plugs and screws. The spikes and screws can be used for an in-ground installation. Finally, the lamp can be fixed with the solar panel using the provided screws (no hoop provided). 600 - 800 Lm bright 120 LEDs emit cool white light ("warm white light" option is also available). The light is automatically turned off in the morning while the sizeable 6600 mAh battery gets charged by the sun during the rest of the day. At night the daylight sensor kicks in and the bright light starts its job for 8 - 10 hours. Then the process repeats itself. The lamp has a stainless steel case and a tempered glass lens. The ground spikes are plastic. The panel's frame is made of corrosion-free aluminum. A 16.4 ft extension cable connects the panel with the lamp. A 14-month worry-free warranty is provided. The package contains a solar floodlight, panel, extension cable, spike, screws and, a manual.

Pros Cons
Independent solar panel Only 1 lighting mode
Metal case
Replaceable battery

Lineway Remote Control Solar Floodlight

Lineway Remote Control Solar Floodlight
Main Features:
  • Remote Control
  • Light Color: Cool White (6500 K)
  • Brightness: 450 Lumens
  • Lighting Modes: 4 modes
  • Waterproof Rating: IP65
  • 4000 mAh Lithium rechargeable battery
  • Charging Time: N/A
  • Working Time: 4.5+ hours on full brightness
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Solar Panel Dimensions: 7.5" x 9" (19 x 23 cm)
  • Warranty: 14 months

The unique feature of Lineway floodlight is that it is controlled by remote. How cool would it be to turn on your garden lights on a distance at your will? You don't even need to point the remote towards the light because it's based on RF technology not infra-red like your TV remote. The operating distance of the remote is 30 - 40 ft (9.1 - 12 m). Using the remote you can change between the 4 lighting modes: dimming (+/-), 30% bright, 60% bright, and 100% bright. When you manually turn the light off the last brightness setting is remembered but if the battery drains then you need to reset your desired lighting mode. You can also set a 30-seconds turn off timer by a button push on the remote. The built-in daylight sensor saves the energy and turns off the light in the morning but it won't turn it on automatically at night; you need to use the remote for that. If you decide to buy several of these spotlights you can pair the same remote with all the lights so no cluttering with remotes. The solar panel mounts independently and connects to the lamp with a 16 ft (4.9 m) cable. When fully charged the spotlight provides 4.5+ hours of continuous bright white light on 160 degrees of dispersion. IP65 waterproof - protected against most weather conditions. The package includes the spotlight, solar panel with 16 ft extension cable, remote control, mounting supplies.

Pros Cons
Remote control Not particularly waterproof
4 lighting modes
Last setting memorization

Solar Ground Light

Sunlit Disk Solar Lights, Set of 4

Sunlit Disk Solar Lights
Main Features:
  • Light Color: Warm White ("Cool Light" option also available)
  • Auto dusk-to-dawn operation
  • Brightness: N/A
  • Waterproof Rating: Withstands heavy rains
  • 600 mAh AAA Ni-Mh rechargeable battery
  • Charging Time: 7 - 9 hours
  • Working Time: 8 - 10 hours
  • Material: Stainless steel & ABS plastic
  • Item Size: N/A
  • Warranty: 30 days return & full refund

These ground solar lights come 4 in a pack. Each light has 8 LED beads and puts out a warm white light ("cool white light" version is also available). These solar lights are created to illuminate a path or walkway in your garden. Imagine looking at your garden at night and seeing a wonderfully lit strip of a land inviting you for a walk. These small lights work ceaselessly at nights then turn off and charge during the day. They do it automatically without any input from you. Just make sure to turn them on before taking out to install. It is also advisable to dig little holes before you insert the spikes. If you flush them with the ground you can mow over them. The lights are dustproof and protected against most weather conditions including heavy rains. If they get charged for 7 - 9 hours in the sun they light up for 8 - 10 hours at dusk. Manufactured using stainless steel and ABS plastic. The package contains 4 ground lights, 4 ground spikes, a manual.

Pros Cons
Charged out-of-the-box  Fragile plastic ground spikes
You can mow right over them
Metal construction

Maggift Solar Ground Lights, Set of 4

Maggift Solar Ground Lights
Main Features:
  • Light Color: Cool White ("Warm Light" option also available)
  • Auto dusk-to-dawn operation
  • Brightness: 56 Lm
  • Waterproof Rating: Waterproof (no rating)
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Charging Time: 6 - 8 hours
  • Working Time: 8 - 10 hours
  • Material: Stainless steel & ABS plastic
  • Item Diameter: 4.72" (12 cm) 
  • Warranty: 1 year

Maggift solar ground lights are a perfect lighting solution for a lawn or a garden. You can choose between cool or warm lights. Each disk-shaped light has 8 LED lamp beads at 56 Lm brightness. The lights are waterproof and last long. To not break the plastic spikes do not force them into the ground by hammering or twisting. First, try to soften the soil with water and dig a small hole afterward. Before inserting the lights into the ground turn the switch to On position. If flushed with the ground can safely be mowed over. For the best results clean the debris and snow from the surface to allow sunlight absorption by the solar panel. Auto on/off feature allows the lights to autonomously turn on at night and off with the sunrise. Disk's diameter is 4.72" (12 cm); the solar lights are made of stainless steel and plastic. The package includes 4 ground lights, 8 brackets, and a user manual.

Pros Cons
Really bright Should be taken out in below 32 deg F (0 deg C) temperatures
Detailed instructions
Fully charged out-of-the-box

Solar String Lights

Brightec Ambience Pro Solar String Lights

Brightec Ambience Pro Solar String Lights

Main Features:
  • Light Color: Warm White (3000 K)
  • Auto dusk-to-dawn operation
  • Lighting Modes: Warm Glow
  • Waterproof Rating: Waterproof (no rating)
  • 2000 mAh rechargeable battery
  • Charging Time: 6  hours
  • Working Time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Material: Plastic shell
  • String Length: 27 ft (8.2 m) 
  • Lead wire length: 8 ft (2.4 m)
  • Warranty: 3 year

Brightec Ambient Pro solar string lights are made of 12 bulbs reminiscent of vintage Edison-style incandescent light bulbs. Under that appearance are energy-efficient bulbs made of industrial-strength plastic shells. The warm white light bulbs are designed to give off soft ambient light superb for rejoicing family dinners and get-togethers with friends. The solar light string functions dusk to dawn by automatically turning its lights on and off. Charged for 6 sunny hours during the day 2000 mAh rechargeable battery powers 5 - 6 hours of enchanting lighting at night. Brightec solar string lights are commercial-grade waterproof, able to withstand extreme temperature fluctuations and heavy downpours. The head wire connecting the first bulb to the solar panel is 8 ft (2.4 m). The panel can either be ground mounted with a spike or use a large clip to attach to a roof structure. The overall length of the light strand including the head wire is 27 ft (8.2 m). The bulbs are 20" (51 cm) apart from each other. The company provides for 3 years of prolonged warranty.

Pros Cons
Solid make Doesn't charge if switched to off position
Cozy light color
Reminiscent look

Qedertek Solar Garden String Lights, Fairy Lights, 4 Packs

Qedertek Solar Garden String Lights

Main Features:
  • Light Color: Cool White (bluish)
  • Auto dusk-to-dawn operation
  • Lighting Modes: 8 modes
  • Waterproof Rating: IP65
  • 1800 mAh built-in NI-MH rechargeable batteries
  • Charging Time: 6 -8 hours
  • Working Time: 8 - 15 hours
  • Material: Plastic 
  • String Length: 72 ft (22 m) 
  • Lead wire length: 6.5 ft (2 m)
  • Warranty: N/A

These string of solar powered fairy lights are created for giving an outdoor environment a touch of magic. The package contains 4 packs of 72 ft cool white lights. Options with 2 packs and 1 pack are also available. These string lights are perfect for wrapping up trees or creating a scalloped effect in your garden. The auto on/off feature ensures dusk-to-dawn autonomous operation. The string light is made for outdoors so it's been tested to be dustproof and protected against low-pressure water jets from any direction. 1800 mAh rechargeable batteries provide for 8+ hours of uninterrupted operation at night if charged for 6 - 8 hours during the day. The length from the solar panel to the first LED lamp is 6.5 ft (2m). The panel needs to be stuck into the ground with a spike. To avoid breaking the spike it is advisable to soften the soil with water first.

Pros Cons
Replaceable battery Doesn't memorize the last setting
Beautiful twinkle
Long strand, 200 LEDs

Qedertek Multi-Color Solar Fairy Lights, 4 packs

Qedertek Multi-Color Solar Garden String Lights

Main Features:
  • Light Color: Multi-Color
  • Auto dusk-to-dawn operation
  • Lighting Modes: 8 modes
  • Waterproof Rating: IP65
  • 1800 mAh built-in NI-MH rechargeable batteries
  • Charging Time: 6 -8 hours
  • Working Time: 8 - 15 hours
  • Material: Plastic
  • String Length: 72 ft (22 m)
  • Lead wire length: 6.5 ft (2 m)
  • Warranty: N/A

These are 4 packs of the same string lights as above so the same description applies only now the lights are multi-colored. These are the best garden decoration lights for a festive atmosphere, party or holiday preparation. Just how wonderful your garden will look for Christmas decorated with these multi-color LED solar lights? The package includes 4 x 200 LED solar string lights, 4 x solar panels, 4 x stakes, a manual.

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