Bright lights: An illuminating look at the best security lights for peace of mind

a ring floodlight cam affixed to a garage by a house

Image: Ring

One of the most effective ways to add security to your home, as well as a feature that can come in handy for al fresco living, the very best outdoor sensor lights can be a real boon as part of your home design.

From super-sensitive lights made to warn off intruders – whether human or animal – to softer lights that combine alertness with good looks, here are our five top picks…

Ring Floodlight Cam, £249.99

Ring floodlight cam mounted on wall and lighted up

Image: Ring

Ring take a ‘bells and whistles’ approach to home security lights, with features galore. Much more than just a motion-activated light, the Ring Floodlight Cam comes with a HD camera, siren and two-way communication so you can talk to visitors.

If you’re away, it will send alerts to your phone or tablet whenever someone enters your grounds, so you can check the on-demand video and, if you desire, trigger a siren. In other words, it does pretty much everything except bark like a dog.

Steinel LED Floodlight, £116.99

Steinel LED floodlight in graphite

Image: Steinel

Steinel have some cheaper entries in this market, but you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to security lights. The Steinel XLED Home 2XL is available in a range of colours to blend in with your exterior, and also available without motion sensor detection. Which, for a security light, is something like buying a frying pan made of chocolate.

It delivers a pretty intense light for a product that prides itself on low energy use.

Auraglow 50W LED Motion Activated Light, £29.99

Auraglow LED light mounted on wall and shining

Image: Auraglow

If you’re looking for a more cost conscious entry, the Auraglow 50W LED Sensor Light does what it needs to at a keen price, good if you have a lot of property to cover. It promises 4000 lumens of brightness for just 50w of power use, and it has a passive infrared sensor so you can tweak its sensitivity.

MPOW 20 LED Solar Powered Security Lights, £30.99

4 pack of MPOW solar security lights

Image: MPOW

There’s a trade-off to be considered when using solar powered lights. On the one hand, there’s no messy installation or wiring to undertake. On the other, you can’t expect world-class performance and, of course, what if there is no sun?

The MPOW Security Lights come in a pack of 4, have an 8 metre detection range for its sensor and they’re also waterproof. Come rain, they still shine.

Mr Beams MB393 Ultra Bright Spotlight, £71.96

A 3 pack of black Mr Beams spotlights

Image: Mr Beams 

If you don’t want to wire, and you don’t want to entrust your security to the solar-powered vagaries of the British weather, then maybe a battery-operated light is for you. The Mr Beams MB393 is a superbly-reviewed mid-price solution that comes as a 3-pack and claims a 1 year battery life, in addition to the welcome bonus of being weatherproof.

It’s simple to install, adjustable and bright enough to put off both foxes and felons.

 

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