The 9 Best Solar-Powered Outdoor Lights for Illuminating Your Home

Because outdoor lights shouldn't be limited to the holiday season.

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Maggift

No need to manually flip a switch — these lights turn on and off with the sun.

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SURSUN
SURSUN Solar Powered Outdoor Pathway Lights
$33.99

Best for Seeing the Sidewalk

At less than $2 per light, this 16-piece solar light kit is an affordable and reliable solution for helping to brighten up those annoyingly dark sidewalks. 

In addition to being easy to install, the lights are weather-resistant and made from corrosion-resistant stainless steel. They're quite bright, and you can expect 10 hours of illumination. As an added bonus, they're backed by a 1-year warranty.

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Hampton Bay
Hampton Bay Solar Rock Outdoor Spot Light
$31.98

Best for a Natural Look

These rock-textured outdoor lights perfectly blend in with your yard, keeping your landscaping completely uniform. There are two brightness settings you can choose from, and you can even adjust the lens to face certain plants or parts of your lawn. 

More: Smart Bulbs to Illuminate Your Space

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Maggift
Maggift 26 Inch Hanging Outdoor Solar Lights (Pack of Two)
$18.99

Best for Elevated Illumination

Stake these hanging solar lights into the ground and allow them to fully illuminate your home walkway for up to 10 hours when completely charged. Built-in photocells automatically turn them off and on at dawn and dusk, so the sun does all the work for you. This solar light set comes in a pack of two.

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TomCare
TomCare Outdoor Solar Lights (Set of Two)
TomCare $38.99

Best Flickering Solar Light

This unique solar light resembles a torch, and it has a flickering "flame" that dances to create a charming ambiance. Because it's solar, it doesn't require manual lighting or come with the risk of burning out due to the rain or the wind. It's completely waterproof, and it's equipped with a large battery that'll last up to 12 hours. You get two torch lights with this kit.

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Sterno Home
Sterno Home Paradise Outdoor Solar LED Lantern
$27.21

Best for Ambient Light

Whether you're looking to illuminate your porch or brighten up a camping trip, this solar-powered lantern envelops a wide area in a soft ambient light. Plus, a tough, thick plastic exterior makes it ready for the elements.

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Smart Solar Rafael Estate Outdoor Solar Mission Lantern

$19.79 BUY NOW

Best Decoration

As long as the sensor is unobstructed, this solar light (that looks like a candle) automatically turns on and off at dusk and dawn. It can be placed directly on a surface, or hung up to illuminate and decorate your patio or deck.

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iThird
iThird Outdoor Solar Deck Lights (Pack of Four)
$26.99

Best for Stairs

Walking up and down steps is difficult enough as it is — but when the sun goes down, you're basically asking for a sprained ankle.

These solar lights don't require any wiring, and they screw onto most surfaces. They're a great option for stairs, but they can also be mounted to decks, garages, sheds, or the side of your house. We were happy to see that screws are included, and the lights automatically power on at night and turn off in the morning. They're weather-resistant, made from stainless steel, and come in a four-pack.

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OxyLED
OxyLED MD2216 Outdoor Motion Sensor Solar Powered Light
$11.99

Best for Mounting

Place these flat-back lights on either side of your front door, or along the fence posts of your yard. Just as you'd hang a picture, all you need to set these lights up is a drill and the included screws. They'll charge through the day and turn on automatically at night, with no need for you to flip a switch. They're even motion-activated. The lights mostly keep dim, but when motion is sensed, they get even brighter.

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Addlon Outdoor Solar String Lights

$9.99 BUY NOW

Best for Outdoor Parties

Whether you're having an outdoor party or you're just trying to be more eco-friendly around the holidays, these solar-powered string lights will stay illuminated for up to 15 hours outside. Simply charge the panel outside for 6 to 8 hours and watch them glow.

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