Most flood lights
are motion activated,
which makes them perfect for use as a security light, although many
also come with a standard on/off switch for those who don’t wish to use
the motion sensor. The majority of these lights use LED lights that
last much longer than traditional light bulbs. However, some people
don’t like the unnatural bluish colored light that LEDs emit, so
traditional Halogen bulbs - which emit a brighter, more natural light -
are still available in some products.
Installation of solar
flood lights is usually very simple, as most come products will come
with mounting brackets and hardware. The mounting brackets will need to
be screwed or bolted onto the surface where you wish to locate the
light. This is a very simple process if you are placing the light on a
wood surface: all you’ll need to do is screw the mounting bracket to
the wood using the screws that were included with your light.
If you’re mounting the
unit in brick, you’ll need to drill a hole in the brick and then insert
a masonry anchor. Then you can screw the screws into the anchors and
you’re light should be secure. Most flood lights will come
with concrete or masonry anchors, as well as the screws and brackets.
MAXSA Innovations 40218
Motion-Activated Dual Head LED Security Spotlight
Maxsa is one of the leading
solar outdoor lighting, and specifically solar security lights and
spotlights. They produce a very popular line of motion-activated
security lights, and the 40218
Dual Head LED Security Spotlight is one
of their best products. This light uses LEDs which will last for years,
and it emits one of the brightest lights of all the products on the
The product has a dual
head design, meaning that there are two different lights which can be
positioned differently to ensure the light covers a larger area. This
light comes equipped with a solar panel that is separate from the
light, so it can be mounted anywhere to receive maximum exposure to the
Another big advantage of
this product is that it has three
different settings that can be adjusted to set the motion
sensitivity, when you want the light to start working, and how long the
light should stay on after motion is detected.
One of the only drawbacks
to this product is that it only has a motion detection range of twenty
five feet, which is less than many other products.
This makes it
adequate for installation lower to the ground, but if you install it at
the top of a ten foot garage, you’ll only have fifteen actual feet of
motion detection. However, this is still a top product, and usually
costs around $50 which makes it a bargain considering the fact that
it’s a dual head light.
MAXSA Innovations 40110
Solar-Powered 30-Watt Motion-Activated Halogen Security Floodlight
If you’re looking for a
good quality solar floodlight, but don’t like the unnatural blue
colored light emitted by LEDs, then you might want to check out the
30-watt Halogen Security Floodlight.
While this light does
not produce quite as much light as the MAXSA LED spotlights, the
halogen bulb does emit a much more natural and warmer colored
This product has all of
the other benefits of the Maxsa 40218, except that this light is a
light, although Maxsa does produce dual head halogen
Like all Maxsa solar
outdoor lights, the solar panel easily
charges the batteries enough to allow the light to function all night.
However, the price for this light is a bit more expensive than the LED
versions due to the price of the halogen unit, and you’ll have to
replace the bulbs in this light, while it’s unnecessary in the LED
Mr. Beams MB360 Wireless
If you’re looking for a
cheaper, smaller light, then the Mr.
Beams MB360 might be the perfect product for you. This
light emits almost as much light as the larger lights on the market,
while costing less than $30, making it ideal for anyone on a budget.
Another added advantage is that this product is wireless so the solar
panel doesn’t have to be directly connected to the light, although this
also means that there are more things which could fail.
This light also has a
thirty foot motion detection radius, which is higher than that of the
Maxsa products, although still not the highest in the industry. The
MB360 can also illuminate an area up to 350 square feet, which is quite
impressive given the small size of the light. Overall, this a decent
product with very few flaws, especially given the low price of this
Concept SL-200 24 LED
Solar Flood Light
Another very popular
product is the Concept
SL-200, although this product doesn’t emit
nearly as much light as many other products available. This is a true
floodlight and varies slightly from the Concept SL-100 which is a much
brighter security light.
The SL-200 comes equipped
with an on/off
switch and no motion
sensors, although it does have a remote control so
you can turn it on and off remotely.
One of the biggest
advantages of this product is that the solar panel and batteries can
easily provide enough energy for this light to run continually for
hours, which makes it one of the longest lasting lights on
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