When we tested outdoor solar lights, we divided lights into two categories: path lights and accent/deck lights.
For solar path lights, we looked for lights that had at least five lumens and evaluated them for overall quality. We also surveyed our readers to find their favorites. After all this research, we decided Sunnest’s Solar Lights are our top pick. This 12-pack of lights performed the best.
What We Liked
• Easy to assembly. It just a few seconds per light to get this done.
• Nice star shaped light pattern.
• 8-10 hours of light at night. We got about 7 hours in our tests, but it was a bit cloudy during the day. The maker says you need 6-8 hours of sunlight to fully charge the lights.
• Dusk to dawn sensor. These lights turn off automatically when there is daylight. That is, unless they run out of juice first!
• Steel post.
• Water and heat resistant.
• Replaceable battery. These lights are powered by rechargeable AAA batteries (one per light)—which you can replace if need be.
What Needs Work
• Plastic stake can easily break if the ground is hard. You have to water the soil before staking these to your garden.
• Metal can easily bend.
• More for ambient lighting. These lights are about 5 lumens—good enough to light up a path, but not very bright. We thought they were just the right amount of light to illuminate a garden path . . . but we can see how some folks wish they were brighter.