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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…

a ring floodlight cam affixed to a garage by a house

Photo: Ring

1. Ring Floodlight Cam, £249.99

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.

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…

a ring floodlight cam affixed to a garage by a house

Photo: Ring

1. Ring Floodlight Cam, £249.99

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.

Image: Ring

2. Steinel LED Floodlight, £116.99

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.

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 Hue White Ambiance Welcome LED Smart Outdoor Floodlight

Equipped with Hue technology and a powerful LED, the Welcome 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 20 LED Solar Powered Security Lights, £30.99

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.

4 pack of MPOW solar security lights

Photo: MPOW

5. Mr Beams MB393 Ultra Bright Spotlight, £71.96

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.

A 3 pack of black Mr Beams spotlights

Photo: Mr Beams

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