Q: Hi, I love your sites and appreciate all the work you do looking onto and recommending products. I was on your site looking for some recommendation about solar sensor lights but I was not able to find any. Or if you don't have any that is my suggestion for your next review.
Sent by Meghan
Editor: There are quite a few different types of solar sensor lights for your garden or property, and you can find a number of them in any hardware store. We can understand that it can be difficult to make up your mind. For the most efficient security lamps, we recommend using one that has over 200 lumens and that uses a halogen bulb. There are some LED models available as well, but you'll need quite a few LEDs so that the sensor light works as a flood light (40 LEDs is not unheard of). If an LED model is bright enough for your needs, then you should use one of those, because the bulbs will last a lot longer and they'll use up a lot less electricity. You can check out the different models in a hardware store to see the difference in illumination.
The Sun-Mate Halogen Security Light is easy to install and you can also replace the bulb yourself. It's got a passive IR motion detector that will detect any motion up to 50 feet away. Once it's triggered, it will switch on its flood light for up to three minutes or as long as there is any movement in the area. The brightness of this flood light is 600 lumens and it costs $80 at Home Depot.
There are a number of alternatives, including LED models, but we think that something like the Sun-Mate is probably the best for single family homes. If you're simply looking for lights for your garden and pathways that are solar-powered, then Hampton Bay has a few different models that look quite promising.
(Top image via Sapiensman, other images via Home Depot)