One of the most overlooked areas when decorating the exterior of your home is the lighting. Solar pillar lights offer an elegant but economical approach to home decor by passively charging in the sun when not in use, saving you money. They also give off a warm glow, which makes any outdoor space feel more inviting to guests and the homeowner.
The foremost reason you might consider using solar pillar lighting is that you won’t need to do any wiring or run any extension cables, and it turns on automatically, making it incredibly easy to use. They also look great on the exterior of a home, along a walkway or even in a garden or pool area. We’ve taken a look at five of the best solar powered lights on the market to help you decide if they’re right for you, and to take the hassle out of looking for outdoor lighting solutions.
Top 5 Solar Pillar Lights
Because they charge in the sun, like solar string lights, these pillar lights won’t add to your electric bill, but some are pretty pricey to begin with. And because they’re outdoors they’re exposed to the elements, making durability VERY important as well. You want to be sure you’re using quality pillar lights if you want them to last. We considered these things while we were reviewing different solar pillar lights so we could bring you the best products available.
Gama Sonic GS-104P Pagoda Lights
First up on the list is the Gama Sonic GS-104P Pagoda Light. Sleek black exterior featuring a design reminiscent of eastern Asia, this is the perfect product for someone looking to accent an exotic garden with outdoor solar pillar lighting. It has 13 LEDs that illuminate 180 lumens all night, or use the low setting for even more battery life. Integrated solar panels charge the battery in direct sunlight, which should last over 1000 charges. Installation is incredibly easy, just find a flat surface that gets sunlight and drill the light into place, no wires needed. Sadly, it’s also the most expensive solar pillar on the list, and also surprisingly heavy at 9.2 pounds each.
Smartlights Tall and Extra Large Solar Pillar
Next is the Tall and Extra Large Solar Pillar from Smartights. This light features a very wide base with a brushed metal exterior and glass panes, perfect for a large flat surface outdoors. An interesting feature of this product that sets it apart from some of the other solar pillar lights available is the ability to wire it to existing electrical setups. This however, is not required as it also has an integrated solar panel that will charge a single rechargeable AA battery while in direct sunlight. It also includes sensors to turn it on and off automatically during the day or night. Something to consider when purchasing this might be its size, as it has a very wide base. Make sure you have space to accommodate it.
GAMA SONIC Acorn Finial Solar Pillar Integrated Light
Coming in third is the Gama Sonic Acorn Finial Solar Pillar. A perfect pillar light for anyone with lighter themed decor, as this product features a speckled, grey resin exterior. Like some of the other solar pillar lights on the list it has no wires, which makes it incredibly simple to install and operate. One unique feature is the acorn shaped top, which is what illuminates at night. It does this using a proprietary GS Solar LED light bulb, which has a 10 year lifespan and looks great. No glass means you don’t need to worry about damaging it and getting broken glass everywhere, great for lighting a backyard or any other area you might have kids or pets. Unfortunately it only illuminates at 100 lumens, meaning it’s one of the dimmest lights on the list. Also, the resin exterior can be a bit weaker than metal meaning the base itself might get damaged, although it will never rust.
Kemeco ST4311AQ LED Cast Aluminum Solar Post Light
Coming up next is the Kemeco LED Solar Post Light Fixture. This is the cheapest solar pillar light on the list, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less effective. Illuminating at 100 lumens, this budget friendly light fixture is best suited to areas that only need low lighting. Featuring a more traditional design in black metal and rippled glass, it looks good just about anywhere. It requires only 3 rechargeable batteries (that are included) and direct sunlight to operate, and as usual, there are no wires. A unique aspect of this light is the 3-inch base, which can be fitted around any 3-inch post in your patio, garden or other outdoor space. It also comes with a pillar base so you can mount it as is. The aluminum frame means it’s incredibly lightweight too. Unfortunately the included base seems rather flimsy, so be careful while installing this pillar light.
Kemeco ST4311AHP 6 LED Cast Aluminum
And finally we have the Kemeco 6 LED Solar Lamp with Planter. The obvious selling point of this light compared to other solar pillar lights is the planter base. The base isn’t large enough to support heavy plants, but small decorative flowers or mosses look fantastic in it. Sitting at 75.9 inches tall it will require a reasonable amount of space if being used under a patio awning or roof. It has an all black, aluminum base and 4 large solar panels on top in a very traditional style. No wiring is required to set it up, it comes on automatically and because it’s aluminum it’s very lightweight. Unfortunately it’s another one of the dimmer lights on the list, illuminating at 100 lumens using 6 LEDs.