Outdoor Solar Post Lights
When looking for security lighting or just lighting to get to the front door from your car, Outdoor Solar Post Lights will work in most conditions. You must have plenty of sunshine and protect the fixtures from getting run over with the car. Kids playing will sometimes cause a little trouble when they run and trip over one, most of the time they can just be put back in the ground and keep on working.
Let us look at five different types of post solar path lights sets and see if one will work for you.
Pure Garden LED Solar Classic Glass Pathway Lights, Set of 6
This set of six lights will easily light up a short walkway to the house. The Brushed Aluminum tops with the solar panel, battery, LED bulb, and on and off switch will attach to the Glass lens and reflector. This assembly will attach to the stake in the ground.
After simple assembly, you just have to wait for the sun to do its job. After charging the lights will come on at dark and be good for around six hours, depending on the amount of sunshine. No tools required and you will have your fixtures in the ground in less than 10 minutes.
Each fixture will be 15 inches tall and 4.5 inches across at the widest part. You can adjust the height by how far the fixture is put in the ground.
Pure Garden LED Solar Modern Pathway Lights, Set of 24
The Modern Pathway lights will come in a set of 24. You can use this set for longer paths or in a driveway. The fixture will come in three parts, a post, a lens with reflector and cap with solar panel, an on-off switch, and a sensor for turning on the light at dark. After a day of sunlight, the fixture should last around six hours.
This is a very compact fixture at 2 inches across and 14.5 inches tall. The top can be removed to turn on and off or replace the Ni-Cd 600 mAh rechargeable batteries. No wiring or tools required to install these fixtures.
Pure Garden LED Solar Diamond Pathway Lights, Set of 24
This set is similar to the Modern Pathway set. The top is more like a diamond shape. The set will include 24 Silver Aluminum posts, 24 Silver Aluminum stakes, and a Lantern for the top. The lantern top will have an on-off switch, solar panel, LED bulb, reflector, and lens. The solar panel is inside the plastic top.
The top will be 3 inches across and the fixture will be 13.5 inches tall. Will last about six hours on a full charge of the NI-Cd 600 mAh rechargeable batteries.
Westinghouse Solar Explorer Path Light Set, 7-Piece
The set of seven lights are made of Stainless Steel and plastic. The solar panel, LED bulb, and sensor will be in the top, with a plastic lens, reflector combo on top of a post. No on-off switch, just sit in the sun and wait for dark. With a full charge, they may stay lit the whole night.
The NiCd 150 mAh batteries can be replaced if your fixture does not last very long. These fixtures come assembled, just place in the ground and wait for the charge.
Cordless Bright Solar Accent Lights, Set of 8
This set of eight solar-powered plastic fixtures will have easy installation and maintenance. The on-off switch under the cap will power your fixture after getting its first charge from the sun. Has a bright LED light.
These fixtures will be 4.25 inches across and 13.5 inches tall. Each fixture will have a 1.2 volt Ni-Cd rechargeable battery.
When looking for solar lights for your driveway or path to your house, one of these Outdoor Solar Post Lights sets will give you a good sense of security. One set will do a small area, some people get several sets that match to make sure that all of their lights match.
When purchasing a set of Solar Lights, make sure that you have some information on the rechargeable batteries. This is the only thing that should need replacing during the lifetime of your fixtures. Look at my post on Rechargeable Batteries for help in getting the correct replacement battery. Getting run over by the car or the kids kicking a ball will not be easy to fix most of the time for these fixtures as most of them are very fragile.
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That’s a really nice idea I’ve never thought of and it may come in handy as I didn’t change light bulbs in the outdoor lights around my house for ages.
One question, though: how well do they work in low temperatures? Like -20C or even lower? This is pretty important to know considering the climate where I live.
Thank you in advance!
The cold temps do not bother my solar lights, it is the length of the day that will effect the amount of time that the work at night.
Being outside people, with a budget, we have used a lot of items that you talk about.. I love how you get right to the “buy it here” .. topics are endless… but I may suggest that you add a section on maintenance… as I have had everything from wooden swings, and wind-chimes to wicker furniture, cushions and even solar lights fall apart due to lack of maintenance.. also you could include a section on keeping pets and wildlife safe around your outdoor room.. nice job..lots of info! .
I have not made a separate category for maintenance. I do include this in each category and in the bottom of most post. I can separate these into one category and give you the information all in one spot. Thanks for your comments.
Thanks for your great review of the different type of solar lights that are available. They all look to be nice designs but I like the Westinghouse design best as they look to be quite unobtrusive and also from what you say would stay lit the longest. I suppose the main problem with solar lights is they are needed the most in the winter when the days are short and the nights longer. Do the Westinghouse model still light up when there is no sun on winter days?
All solar lights will have this problem in the winter. The short days and long nights will make them not last the whole night. The only good part of this, most people do not need them as much in the winter as they do not go outside as much. When using them to get into the house safely, you may need to switch to low voltage lighting in the winter months.
Very nice ideas there, John. I can already imagine how nice they’d look ‘meeting up’ a home owner after a long day in the office. I also like the different LED varieties that you depict. Nice ideas, really.
Do they keep enough light energy till morning in case you switch them off in the night? Could one have a central one-off two-way switch in the house and at the gate so you could operate them when coming in and going out?
Each set of Solar Lights will have different types of rechargeable batteries and solar panels. The time that they stay on at night will depend on the amount of sunlight, size of batteries and how much power the solar panel puts out. I have given some times in the articles, these will still have some variables.
Hi again, John, and thank you for your reply!
Sorry for writing this as a separate comment, but I just couldn’t find a “reply” button anywhere 🙂
Ooo… these look pretty cute!! It’d be nice to be able to compare the prices through your website though, without having to click through to where I buy them!!
Aside from that – I love the solar diamond ones… very modern looking, and I’m sure they’d look great alongside any garden path… or even to light up any outdoor patio areas!! 🙂
Thnk you for sharing!!
The prices change so rapidly that I could not keep up. That is why I just link to the product.
I have solar lanterns along my front porch and are very useful at night and add some elegance to my house. I have one that flickers though probably because it might not receive as much light as the others since its under a tree. Is there a set that requires less solar energy in order to function? Also, I see these sets are available at Walmart. Are they cheaper to buy online? Thanks for your help.
The size of the solar panel and rechargeable batteries will have some effect on how long the lights last after dark. See my post on trouble shooting why my solar lights do not last as long. If you purchase more than $35 you can get free shipping and will not have to go to the store. Not all products available online are available in stores.
Dear there. This article is so interesting. I personally don’t understand much about the security lights, since I live in a very small village. Yet, at the college where I work, there are security lights. The college is using some kinds of lambs.
I also love the background picture of your site, even though I cannot see it fully due to the content. It seems there are beautiful animals in there. The different solar post lights also look great.
Thanks for the kind words. The background picture is in my backyard. It is an old wooden swing that can seat three people. The animals are statues.
I’ve read some good stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you put to make such a great informative site.
Thanks for the comments, I will keep updating the information and guides on this site fro the people that like to live in their outdoor rooms that are made from the blogs that I write here.
Excellent information thank you for providing us with such informative info. I particularly like the way you right your personality shines through your content and makes it easy to understand, even for me.
I have this very set you talk about and can say first hand they are amazing
Thank you for this article I have a cousin I know will find this post very interesting as she was looking for similar information just the other day, I will share this with her now.
Thanks for sharing my site with others. I have all of these items in different areas of my outdoor space. I just started putting the chairs away for winter.
Interesting post. If i had a house with gardebn, i definetely would consider having one of these.
I love solar energy because i think it’s the future. We all must get solar for the good of our planet. I really liked the solar lamps. They would be really cool looking on a garden. My favourite was Pure Garden LED.
I do have a similar light to the Pure Garden LED. It works very well and requires little maintenance. I have them around my patio area in the back yard. They provide plenty of light to navigate without tripping over or stepping on delicate plants.
Hi John! Thanks to remind me. I had solar garden lights in my present house after being moved to the current house I was completely forgotten about this great and inexpensive but useful decorations. Not big light is coming out of those lamps but I like it as decoration and as path markers.
These are simple lights that make a big difference in your outdoor area. Many people use them for paths or just to highlight an area that need illumination at night.