Best Outdoor Security Light 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Security lights are a great way to illuminate your outside area when you need something brighter than decorative lighting offers, or you want to save energy so it is only used when needed.

The majority feature sensors which detect movement, which is great is you either want to illuminate the path when you get home from work or if you want to be alerted to any movement which could be suspicious. They may also come in handy if you have pets who need to use the garden after it has gone dark.

Then there are some which can act as floodlights and illuminate huge areas, which is great if you have a big garden or driveway and need something really bright. Others can target light just to your front door path or patio, which can welcome you home or alert you when guests arrive.

You can choose from battery, mains or solar powered outdoor security lights. The former is the most popular as it gives the best flexibility in terms of positioning, but the best for your needs depends on loads of factors. Here are the best outdoor security lights we found, and there will be something for every requirement.

The Best Security Lights – Our Top Picks

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Mr. Beams Battery Motion Sensing LED Spotlight
  • IP Rating: IP66
  • Lumens: 500
  • Dimensions: 27.1 x 10 x 9.2 cm
  • Bulb Type: LED
  • Batteries: D
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John Lewis & Partners Seleno PIR Sensor Security LED Outdoor Light
  • IP Rating: IP44
  • Lumens: 600
  • Kelvin: 6400K
  • Dimensions: H17.5 x W11.5 x D9.8cm
  • Bulb Type: LED
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Siro LED Outdoor Sensor Light
  • IP Rating: IP44
  • Lumens: 735
  • Kelvin: 4000K
  • Dimensions: H19.5 x W11 x D14cm
  • Bulb Type: LED
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Best Battery Outdoor Security Lights

Mr. Beams Battery Motion Sensing LED Spotlight

Thanks to a dual head spotlight, this is a great light for anyone who needs to cover big spaces.

Each pivots 180 degrees up and down, and 135 degrees left and right, so you really can fine-tune the positioning to suit the area.

It can detect movement up to 30 feet away (around 9 metres) which makes it one of the best security lights for doing the job, and it will shut down 20 seconds after motion stops to prolong battery life.

Installation takes a matter of minutes, as there are no wires to bother with. You just need to screw the bracket to the wall, fence post, tree or shed, then slide the camera on and it is good to go. Battery life is also great, and should give you 1 year of light with an average use of 8-10 activations a day.

The IP rating is also one of the highest of those we reviewed, so it is totally dust tight and protected against extreme water, such as rain. 500 lumens of light is bright enough to make an impact and deter any one or any animal who shouldn’t be in your garden.

We do need to mention that they are best for people who will be installing them at height though, as the light is easily removable from the bracket.

We like

  • Good light output
  • Generous battery life
  • Sensor works very well

We dislike

  • No way of securing them to the bracket

Final Verdict

A choice of colours and pack sizes, and a brilliantly adaptable positioning and sensor ability. It is worth paying that little bit more for this quality and freedom

+ Specifications

  • IP Rating: IP66
  • Lumens: 500
  • Dimensions: 27.1 x 10 x 9.2 cm
  • Bulb Type: LED
  • Batteries: D

Mr. Beams MB360XT Wireless Battery Operated

Available in a pack of one, two or four, these little lights are the answer if you need to dot a fair few of them around the garden.

The first thing that struck us about the lights is that they are very small and compact. The sensor is situated just under the light, which saves space on the fitting as so many usually have a separate block for this. So, they are some of the best for anyone who is either stuck for space or just wants something non-obtrusive.

They are also available in brown or white, so you can blend them into the background and area too. Because they use a sensor, the batteries should last for a really generous amount of time. 8-10 activations a day could last for around a year altogether, and you’ll be able to tell when the battery is going as it will start to go dim – so you won’t be left in the lurch all of a sudden.

Because there are no wires, it also means installation is simple and can be done easily, so it can be up and running in less than five minutes.

We like

  • Light can cover an area of 55 square metres
  • Quick and simple to fit

We dislike

  • Hasn’t been tested for intrusion (but is good for moisture)

Final Verdict

Nice and bright, and a surprisingly strong light for the size of the item

+ Specifications

  • IP Rating: IPX6
  • Lumens: 200lm
  • Kelvin: 5000 K
  • Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 16.5 cm
  • Bulb Type: LED
  • Batteries: D

B&Q Lethe Black 1W Battery External PIR

First of all, the design of this light is very different to any others on the market, so it is perfect for anyone who wants to get something which doesn’t look like your conventional security light.

The PIR sensor has a 180° detection angle, so it will be able to pick up things from all sides. There is also a detection range of 8m, so there is a good chance it is going to suit your garden space well.

It isn’t the brightest out of all reviewed, but as it covers such a large area, this can be forgiven. There is still enough light to make an impact, and for a battery-powered option, it is actually pretty great.

A couple of drilled holes will let you fit them, so there are no wires or switches to work around. Just be aware that because the detection range is so long, it might not be perfect for every area – you don’t want to install it at your front door and be picking up every time your neighbour across the road leaves the house.

We like

  • Two lights to extend area covered
  • Easy to fit
  • Great sensor ability

We dislike

  • Made from light plastic so could become damaged in bad weather if in the open

Final Verdict

Nice level of adaptability and the lights can be moved a bit to target the areas which need illuminated the most

+ Specifications

  • IP Rating: IP44 Dimensions: H 19.7 x W17.8cm
  • Bulb Type: LED
  • Battery Type: LR14/size C x 3

Best Wired Security Lights

John Lewis & Partners Seleno PIR Sensor Security LED Outdoor Light

Offering a modern take on the traditional floodlight, the Seleno is a product which can offer practical lighting with a non-obtrusive look.

The light it gives out is both bright and white, so perfect for alarming intruders or alerting you to when the cat’s back home and ready for a nap. The body is quite compact too, so you don’t have to worry too much about it fitting in the ideal spot. Whether it is a fence post, to the wall or on the shed, it won’t stick out like a sore thumb either.

You get a five-year guarantee, so if you are a little put off by the other reviews stating that it stopped working after a few months, you’ll be covered for a replacement.

We like

  • Bright light
  • Nice size

We dislike

  • A bit fiddly to fit

Final Verdict

Nice and bright, and you can rotate it to target exactly where you need the light

+ Specifications

  • IP Rating: IP44
  • Lumens: 600
  • Kelvin: 6400K
  • Dimensions: H17.5 x W11.5 x D9.8cm
  • Bulb Type: LED

Blooma Weyburn Black Mains Floodlight

First off, this floodlight is a brilliant price. At under £30, it is less than half of a lot of its direct competitors, so great if you’re on a budget or know you’ll need to buy a few to give a sufficient amount of light.

It can detect movement up to 10m away so will alert you to any suspicious activity in good time. As it is IP44 rated, it will be relatively protected against the elements and both the sensor and light will be able to work through the conditions, so your home isn’t left unprotected at any time. We will mention, however, that a few reviewers have said that over time water has found its way into the unit, so we’d suggest trying to keep it relatively sheltered.

It also happens to be one of the less intrusive builds of those we have reviewed. Slim, with a sensor which sits flat to any surface, it will also please those bothered about aesthetics.

We like

  • Easy to fit
  • Nice design
  • Great level of brightness

We dislike

  • Not quite as weather-proof as it suggests

Final Verdict

A brilliant price, and also does a very fine job. We were very happy with the results

+ Specifications

  • IP Rating: IP44
  • Lumens: 1600lm
  • Dimensions: H19.5 x W12.8cm
  • Bulb Type: LED

Siro LED Outdoor Sensor Light

Security lights don’t have to be big ugly blocks which make your garden look awfully unsightly, especially if you just want something which gives a warm glow if anyone comes to the door after dark.

The light can be directed where required, from upwards, downwards or to either side, as the head is completely adjustable with a 350° tilt and 180° rotation. So, you can target the light right to where it needs to be.

It is a fabulous answer if you want a light which isn’t overly intrusive, looks the part and actually gives out a surprisingly good amount of light for its style and size. The price means you won’t be able to deck out your back garden with them, but one or two by the doors is a good idea.

We like

  • Stylish
  • Rotating head

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

This isn’t the most ‘scary’ light for intruders in terms of keeping your home safe on this list, but if you want a light which illuminates the front path when you get home then it’ll do the trick

+ Specifications

  • IP Rating: IP44
  • Lumens: 735
  • Kelvin: 4000K
  • Dimensions: H19.5 x W11 x D14cm
  • Bulb Type: LED

Philips myGarden Robin LED/PIR

Philips are very strong contender for the best outdoor lighting around, thanks to the high quality build and bulbs. This offering from them also ticking all the boxes in terms of style.

It is the perfect answer if you want a powerful light which can act as a proper security alarm light, yet looks brilliantly stylish.

The light it throws out is warm and inviting, which means that it is also perfect if you want to use it at the front door to welcome anyone who has been invited as well as deter any unwanted guests.

Installation is a little fiddly as the screws and bolts are a bit small so they don’t stick out, but once it is done, it sticks firmly to the wall well. It is on the slightly pricier side as you’re also paying for the decorative aspect, but this is worth it if you want the look.

We like

  • 5-year guarantee
  • Great design
  • Not too bright but not too dull

We dislike

  • Definitely a two many job to fit

Final Verdict

Good style, good amount of light and it remains watertight. With quality LED bulbs, it is going to last for years so will be worth the extra money long-term

+ Specifications

  • IP Rating: IP44
  • Lumens: 430
  • Dimensions: H26 x W22.8 x D17.4cm
  • Bulb Type: LED

Nordlux Maxi PIR Sensor Security LED Light

Another which is great for anyone who wants style and substance rather than having to choose one of the two, this is a high-shine light which is a visual spectacle.

Coated in stainless steel, it is a look which is going to suit any garden. Because of this material, it is also quite simple to keep clean with just a wipe with a damp cloth.

The light is cast in a very limited angle, mostly pointing downwards, so it is one for those who want to illuminate a smaller area as opposed to shine a light across a huge open space.

It was one of the easiest to fit out of all those reviewed. Instructions are brief and not the most helpful but it is all pretty self-explanatory.

We like

  • Great for modern look
  • Stainless steel stays clean

We dislike

  • Light is cast in a limited place - best for welcoming you home rather than securing the whole property

Final Verdict

Overall, perfectly stylish and features a good sensor. It is also slightly better at repelling rain than others with a higher than normal IP rating

+ Specifications

  • IP Rating: IP54
  • Lumens: 200
  • Dimensions: H23 x W7.6 x D13cm
  • Bulb Type: LED

Best Outdoor Solar Security Lighting

Mpow Solar Light

Highly water and intrusion-proof, and featuring a large solar panel to capture plenty of light, this light from MPow is a fantastic option if you’re on a budget, have a large area to cover, want something easy to fit or all of the above.

As it has 30 LED’s, the light output is great for a solar powered light. In fact, it rivals a lot of the battery models we tested which definitely came as a shock. You can choose between sensor mode, sim light sensor mode and medium light stay on mode too, so it is adaptable for your needs. Just flick a switch to select the one you need.

The 90° adjustable tilt means you can place it high up and have it targeting a small area, or low and beaming out to cover an area up to 30m sq./323ft, and can detect movement 8m/26ft away.

There is a power switch, so you can prevent it from turning on for a period, say you’re going away on holiday or the nights are getting lighter so you don’t need it.

We like

  • Cost
  • Adjustable positioning
  • Outside ABS shell for solid build

We dislike

  • Switch to change mode is on the side closest to wall so you may have to unscrew it to change setting

Final Verdict

Really took us by surprise how good this was for a solar power. If you want something cost-free to run and affordable to buy then it is well worth a shot

+ Specifications

  • IP Rating: IP65
  • Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 7.1 cm
  • Bulb Type: LED

Blooma Summerside Black Solar Powered Floodlight

Good quality and giving out loads of light, this is an affordable and sturdy light if solar power is the way you want to go.

The PIR aspect is really handy, as it limits the usage of the light just to the essential times so saves stored energy. It is a compact shape so doesn’t need much surface space to fit to, and the actual light can be directed to a particular area thanks to the tilting mechanism.

It is just under £15, so if you’re going to have to buy a few or want to try something affordable to see if it really does make a difference, then it is a great starter security light.

We like

  • Price
  • Easy to fit
  • Nice large solar panel to capture the most light possible

We dislike

  • Feels a bit plasticky

Final Verdict

Not the strongest or most starry, but a great price and gives out a bright, effective shine

+ Specifications

  • IP Rating: IP44
  • Lumens: 150lm
  • Dimensions: H130 x W120cm
  • Bulb Type: LED

Help and Resources

Outdoor Home Security Light Buying Guide

What To Consider When Buying An Outdoor Security Light

  • Area To Cover – While you can pack the area with a light every metre or so, it makes much more sense to have one big powerful light which can do the job. Likewise, if you only have a small yard, you don’t want a light like you’d see at Glastonbury which will disturb the neighbour’s beauty sleep
  • Lumens – This is the level of brightness the light offers. If you want something stunningly bright which you’ll be alerted to, then go for a high number. Just want a soft light to gently startle cats or foxes? Keep the number low
  • Power Source – Solar security lights aren’t widely available, as they are generally a little unreliable and too dependent on the sunlight to do a good job at keeping your home safe, but there’s still a few around if you do want this. The most common power modes are battery and wired; the former is great if you want something which is flexible in terms of positioning, and the latter is best if you don’t want to have to bother with changing batteries/the unreliability they can give
  • Adjustable Head – Not every area is going to require the same amount of attention. You may have a path you want to target the light on, or a large grass area where you want a spread of light. Look for a tiltable light if you want to make the illumination more streamlined

PIR

Standing for Passive Infrared Sensor, if you see a light with PIR capability it basically means it can sense when someone or something is in the area.

All objects with a temperature above absolute zero emit heat energy in the form of radiation, and infrared sensors can pick up this energy. In response, the security light will turn on.

IP Rating

This is the two numbers which tell you how good the light is at being protected from the elements. Both water and general dirt can negatively impact the working of lighting, so you want to ensure that it is relatively protected, especially if it will be exposed.

The first number tells you how protected it is from intrusion, and the second from rain and water.

Intrusion:

  • 0: No special protection
  • 1: Protection from a large part of the body, such as a hand and from solid objects greater than 50mm in diameter. Deliberate access still possible
  • 2: Protection against fingers or other objects over L80mm and D12mm
  • 3: Protection from entry by tools, wires etc. with D2.5mm or more
  • 4: Protection against solid bodies larger than 1mm (e.g. small tools)
  • 5: Protected against dust which could be harmful
  • 6: Totally dust-tight

Moisture:

  • 0: No protection
  • 1: Protection against condensation
  • 2: Protection against water droplets deflected up to 15 degrees from vertical
  • 3: Protection against spray up to 60 degrees from vertical
  • 4: Protection against water spray from all directions
  • 5: Protection against low-pressure water jets (all directions)
  • 6: Protection against string water jets and waves
  • 7: Protection against temporary immersion
  • 8: Protection against prolonged effects of immersion under pressure

Do bear in mind that the rating is not always a guarantee of protection though, so you’ll have to check it over periodically and ensure it is tightened up and isn’t letting water in. It is also best to try and keep it relatively sheltered for those ‘just in case’ moments.

FAQ’s

Can I Just Buy A Light And Motion Sensor Separately?

Got your eye on a light which isn’t PIR? You should be able to add motion sensor lights to an existing home security system, and connect them up wirelessly or with cables. A smart lighting system may be the best in this case so they can connect with each other without any issues and you can control them through a phone or tablet.

What Type Of Battery Will The Light Take?

Outdoor lights can take a variety of battery types. One may take a few standard AA batteries, but in general they take the larger sizes which offer more power and a longer life.

Always check on the specifications, and ensure you are familiar with the type of battery and where you can purchase them.