Our search for the best solar deck lights ended up being a lot of fun. We spent a couple of weeks out on the Whole People deck each evening testing out various options. Of course, there was wine involved!
Aside from the obvious environtmental benefits one thing about the availability of solar charging in the modern era is the ability to light up your deck at night without over lighting it with a floodlight.
We’ve been out and tested a bunch of different lights to help you narrow down the choices for your deck and we’ve come up with the best options for outdoor use, steps, waterproofing, post lights and all-round use.
Check them out, we think you’ll love them.
Our Top 5 Best Solar Deck Lights For 2020
The Best Outdoor Deck Lighting | Brightech Ambience Pro Waterproof Outdoor String Lights
If your deck is exposed to the elements at all, it’s probably best to use waterproof lights wherever it’s possible that they might be rained on.
These Brightech lights are happy to shrug off a storm (even resisting 50-mile an hour winds). They’re really well-built and we wouldn’t expect to need the 3-year warranty they come with.
You can find Brightech Ambience Pro Waterproof Outdoor String Lights on Amazon.
The Best Stair Lights | XLUX Solar Lights For Steps
These lights are designed to avoid you developing a trip hazard on your stairs as a trade-off for illumination. They’re quite corporate looking, which may not always be a bad thing.
We liked the fact they came in smaller packs of 2 as well as larger packs of 6 for increased value for money.
We don’t like to buy more lights than we need and the XLUX lights were very easy to install and use. They’re not that bright though and you shouldn’t expect to use them as your main deck lights – they’re not up to the job.
You can find XLUX Solar Lights For Steps on Amazon.
The Best Motion Activated Lights | URPOWER Waterproof Solar Lights
We like these motion-sensitive lights a lot and the 50,000 hour battery lifespan should be more than good enough for lights that only come on when someone is moving.
We think 5-10 years is a reasonable expectation of their lifespan.
They also pack a reasonable punch when it comes to brightness and we’d suggest buying fewer lights than you think you need and then testing them before buying more.
URPOWER has an excellent reputation for customer service too.
You can find URPOWER Waterproof Solar Lights on Amazon.
The Best Solar Post Lights | Davinci Lighting Solar Post Lights
You pop these lights on top of the posts on our deck and they’re more for decoration than serious illumination.
They should stay lit for up to 8 hours over night and they are said to have a 100,000 hour battery life.
We thought that they were very easy to install and we’d recommend them for most deck owners unless you have smooth railings, in which case they may not stick to them.
You can find Davinci Lighting Solar Post Lights on Amazon.
The Best Deck Lights Of Them All | OTHWAY Solar Fence Posts Lights
We found that these lights were incredibly easy to stick to posts and walls. They’re very bright and we found that they lit up a huge area for each light.
They have built in day/night sensors which ensures they only turn on when there’s not enough light to see without illumination. That keeps the cost of use down which is good and the lithium batteries they are supplied with are very hardy too.
They come with a 12 month warranty but we doubt that you’ll need it – these are lights built to last.
You can find OTHWAY Solar Fence Posts Lights on Amazon.
For more ideas for solar power around the home and natural living don’t miss our Guide to Sustainable Living.