Three Things to Consider Before Buying Solar Powered Security Lights

A bright, energy efficient, motion-activated spotlight can deter would-be thieves.

Motion-activated lights outside of a house.
A motion-activated light can help you see dark, hidden areas criminals could use to access your home.Aootek

Short of a house-wide alarm system or trained guard dog, the best security system to protect your home, shop, or remote camp is a simple motion-activated light. Mounted over a door or under an eave, a sudden LED spotlight will cast doubt in the mind of any would-be intruder. Thanks to rapidly developing solar-energy technology, now you can enjoy that peace of mind without the hassle of complicated wiring. Here are some of the features to look for in a solar-powered security light.

LED Lights

Aootek 120 Led Solar outdoor motion sensor lights
LED bulbs last longer and are more energy efficient than traditional light bulbs.Aootek

LED technology is more efficient and brighter than traditional bulbs. They convert the greatest amount of energy to light and waste less energy as heat. LEDs also last longer than florescent or incandescent bulbs and focus light more intensely rather than scattering it in all directions.

Detection Range

URPOWER Solar Lights Wireless Waterproof Motion Sensor
Security lights are useless if they don’t turn on after detecting motion.URPOWER

The range at which a motion activated light can detect movement varies widely with make and model. A light with maximum detection distance of 10 feet is suitable for above a doorway, whereas lights mounted on eaves or vertical structures such as walls, posts, or trees often need to patrol a wider angle at greater distances. Some solar lights can be activated from as far away as 70 feet or more.

Adjustable Lamps

AmeriTop Super Bright LED Solar Motion Sensor Lights with Wide Angle Illumination
Before you finish installing a light, make sure it’s directed to the area you need to illuminate.AmeriTop

A unit with adjustable light heads gives you the greatest flexibility to cover the precise area of concern. Articulated lanterns increase your coverage options and decrease the number of other lights you need to buy.