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5 best security lights

Stay safe and secure with this selection of outdoor motion-sensor lights

By Jenny Mcfarlane | 8 July 2019

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, Grand Designs magazine picks five of the best…

1. Ring Floodlight Cam

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 (£249.99) 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.

a ring floodlight cam affixed to a garage by a house

Photo: Ring

2. Steinel LED Floodlight

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 (£116.99) is available in a range of colours to blend in with your exterior, and also available without motion sensor detection.

It has a homogeneous and pleasant light for the eyes thanks to the noble LED panel in opal optics and 4000 K neutral-white light colour. It delivers a pretty intense light for a product that prides itself on low energy use.

Steinel LED floodlight in graphite

Photo: Steinel

3. Philips Welcome Outdoor Floodlight

Equipped with Hue technology and a powerful LED, the Welcome Outdoor Floodlight from Philips provides a bright and large illumination for your outdoor spaces. Experience seamless, smart control when you connect it to the Philips Hue Bridge.

To create a more innovative look, this light has been designed to incorporate the LED within it. This LED is not replaceable but has a lifespan of up to 30,000 hours.

Philips Hue Welcome Outdoor Floodlight

Welcome Outdoor Floodlight. Photo: Philips

4. MPOW solar-powered security lights

MPOW solar-powered security lights have a conversion rate of about 35%, allowing a faster charging. They can also be used at night, thanks to the 1200mAH battery. They have an eight-metre detection range and an IP65 rating, meaning they are waterproof. Priced £25.99 for a pack of four.

4 pack of MPOW solar security lights

Photo: MPOW

5. Mr Beams MB393 Ultra Bright Spotlight

Mr Beams MB393 battery-powered spotlights are an ideal quick-fix home security solution. Priced £60.02, they come in a pack of three and have a one-year battery life. They are simple to install, adjustable, bright (300 Lumens) and waterproof.

A 3 pack of black Mr Beams spotlights

Photo: Mr Beams