About 5-10 years back, I purchased some solar lights to place on the fence on the sides of my home. Wow, they were a big disappointment, so I stayed with using battery operated lights (see pictures below) for many years. But recently, I decided to give solar lights a try again so I wouldn’t have to keep spending money on C batteries for my battery powered lights every few months and I’m so glad I did. This is my real life Exterior Solar Lights Review: AmeriTop, LECLSTAR, Superior Lighting.
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There are several brands and configurations that you can choose from when buying a solar flood light. The attributes I felt were most important to me are listed below in the following order:
Based on these criteria, I decided to purchase the AmeriTop Outdoor Solar Motion Sensor Flood Light.
I wanted a few attributes from a flood light. First, I wanted a “solar” light so I wouldn’t have to hire an electrician to run a new electrical line to a hard wired flood light fixture. Plus, if it is powered by the sun, then my home’s electricity bill will be cheaper.
Second, I wanted a light where the solar panel was separate from the light fixture because I wanted to place the fixture under the roof eaves so you can’t see it from the street, see pictures below. Since the fixture is under the eaves, a solar flood light with the solar panel attached to the fixture would not have worked for my situation.
Third, I wanted the lights and motion sensor to be adjustable because I wasn’t sure where I was going to place the fixture on my house.
Price is an obvious and important attribute for most families. Most people want the best combination of price, power, and reliability. I felt the AmeriTop solar flood light was priced relatively reasonable given its attributes.
A light’s lumen rating was very important for all of the solar exterior lights I purchased in this review because I didn’t want to go through all of this trouble to purchase and set up the light fixture only to find out that it didn’t adequately light the specific area I wanted illuminated. Lumens measure how much light you are getting from a bulb. More lumens means it’s a brighter light; fewer lumens means it’s a dimmer light.
So, I looked at the lumen ratings for my light bulbs and flash lights so I would have a frame of reference when evaluating a solar exterior light fixture. Note, I noticed that some sellers on Amazon don’t mention their solar light’s lumen number. So, I would look in the question and answer section or in the reviews of the Amazon product page because someone usually discusses the lumen rating. Usually, the lumen rating is low when it is not explicitly provided in a light fixture’s marketing description.
The lumen rating for the AmeriTop Outdoor Solar Motion Sensor Flood Light is 1,600 lumen. This lumen number not the highest, but it is definitely not the lowest. I saw some solar flood lights with lumen ratings as low as 800 lumen or in some cases the seller did not provide the lumen rating at all. Check out the picture of my driveway at night below while the AmeriTop Outdoor Solar Motion Sensor Flood Light was on, it lights up my driveway quite nicely.
According to DSM&T, a national leader in the electrical interconnect market, defines IP rating as the IP Code (or International Protection Rating, aka Ingress Protection Rating) consists of the letters IP followed by two digits and an optional letter. As defined in international standard IEC 60529, it classifies the degrees of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects (including body parts like hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water in electrical enclosures.
The first digit indicates the level of protection that the enclosure provides against access to hazardous parts (e.g., electrical conductors, moving parts) and the ingress of solid foreign objects. 6 indicates fixture is dust tight, that is no ingress of dust; complete protection against contact.
The second digit indicates the protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against harmful ingress of water. 5 indicates that water projected by a nozzle (6.3mm), aka water jet, against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
So, I typically looked for a reference to an IP rating of IP65 or higher. AmeriTop Outdoor Solar Motion Sensor Flood Light Amazon product page states it has an IP65 rating.
I typically I read some of the most recent reviews as I believe the most recent reviews often reflect the most current product quality and reliability. Sometimes a product started off with issues, but over time the manufacturer has improved quality control and sometimes the technology itself has improved. Also, I like to review the customer pictures, especially when evaluating exterior light fixtures. Overall the AmeriTop Outdoor Solar Motion Sensor Flood Light had good reviews and enough customer pictures to make me feel comfortable with buying the product.
My Thoughts about the AmeriTop Outdoor Solar Motion Sensor Flood Light after installing it at my home, so far I like the brightness (1,600 lumens), the motion sensor sensitivity, and adjustability of the light modules and motion sensor. The flood light lights up my driveway and turns on when I walk anywhere on my driveway. Note, you’ll need to read the instructions and experiment with positioning of the motion sensor for optimal performance. I would recommend the light fixture to anyone. Below is a link to purchase:
AmeriTop Outdoor Solar Motion Sensor Flood Light – https://amzn.to/3nXX7j8
The light that started my purchase of outdoor solar lights was the LECLSTAR Outdoor Solar Motion Sensor Light. As I mentioned in the beginning of this article, I was tired of buying C batteries for my outdoor battery powered dim light fixture. And, I figured that over the past 5-10 years solar lighting technology must have improved, and I was correct. Below are the attributes of the LECLSTAR Outdoor Solar Motion Sensor Light that helped me make a decision to purchase this solar light.
When I took them out of the box for the first time, each light felt substantial and heavier than I anticipated…well made. They are very bright and have been working great so far, so I would recommend to anyone looking to light up the dark areas of your yard. Below is a link to buy:
LECLSTAR Outdoor Solar Motion Sensor Light Review (4 Pack) – https://amzn.to/37W2rxN
I had a battery powered light fixture on my gate to my backyard so I could open the combination pad lock when I took the garbage cans out at night, but I was getting tired of replacing the C batteries for my old light fixture every few months. So, I purchased the Superior Lighting LED Solar Wall Light based on the attributes below:
The light fixture appears to be very sturdy and heavier than I anticipated. So far, it’s worked out great and provides lots of light at my backyard gate. I would recommend to anyone. Below is a link to buy:
Superior Lighting LED Solar Wall Light – https://amzn.to/3rA7608
Hopefully you learned something new from my real life Exterior Solar Lights Review: AmeriTop, LECLSTAR, Superior Lighting.