Solar flood lights come in a wide range of technologies and capabilities and that is because each floodlight type is designed for a different purpose. This time we will look at those solar floodlights that are made to work dusk till dawn or simply all night. Lights that are included in this category are those that have enough battery power to store electricity to run those LED diodes for at least 8 hours but sometimes 12 and more. These Floodlights all have solar panels that collect sunlight and transform it into electricity and in this way you have a completely self sustaining light source that recharges during the day and shines all night long. Because of this long lighting time these solar floodlights usually require larger batteries as well as larger solar panels to recharge those internal/external batteries. All this leads to a slightly larger than average size but considering that you will have a light that will be able to shine all day, that size increase is not that big of an inconvenience. So here are the Top 10 best solar powered dusk till dawn floodlights:
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Here are some longer reviews for each of these TOP dusk till dawn floodlights:
MicroSolar 120 LED FL4-B floodlight
MicroSolar 120 LED FL4-B solar floodlight is a powerful but cheap dusk till dawn floodlight that will put out around 550 lumens with only 5 watt power requirements. That means this solar light has an efficency of around 110 lumens per watt of electricity drawn. But because this light has a 10 Watt Polycrystalline solar panel it does not require any electricity from your grid. This means that after the initial investment this light will require no maintenance costs as well as no electricity costs for at least two years. Two years is the minimum time that the Lithium Ion battery will work when used on a day to day basis. This battery has a capacity of 4000 mAh and that means it will be able to power this light for at least 8 hours but in an ideal conditions this time can extend to 12 hours or more. The whole fixture as well as the solar panel are made from aluminum with a white coated finish and have an IP 65 waterproof and dustproof rating and because of that strong metal body both those parts are very resilient and will not be damaged in heavy hail storms or other strong environmental conditions. The bulb head has 120 LED diodes that each produce around 4.5 lumens and they are all daylight diodes that produce white light that has the color temperature of 5000K. This bulb head has the dimensions of 10 inches x 7 inches x 2.8 inches (250 cm x 185 cm x 70 cm) and together with the solar panel the whole package weighs around 10 pounds (4.5 kg) but despite that it is very easy to mount it anywhere where you need a constant illumination at night. And the solar panel can be put 16.4 feet (5 meters) from the light fixture itself and this panel also acts as a light cell and activates the charging and deactivates the bulb head only after there is enaught light shined on the panel.
MicroSolar 180 LED FL5-B floodlight
Microsolar FL5-B solar floodlight is the bigger sister of the previous light as this fixture has twice the lumen output and battery as well as twice as strong solar panel. Basically if you like the MicroSolar 120 LED FL4-B light and need a bit stronger light then this is definitely the light to have as it will give you the equivalent light of a regular 75 W incandescent Edison light bulb. And because this is a solar light the lumens that come out of it will be completely free and will be powered from that internal 8000 mAh Lithium ion battery. This battery as well as other Lithium batteries have the expected lifespan of at least 2 years of continuous use so you will not need to invest in this light for a long time. MicroSolar has made the Polycrystalline solar panel to give out 20W of power at maximum sunlight and that is enough to recharge that battery every single day. This light is also made entirely from aluminum and has that IP65 waterproof rating so it will work for years to come without any damage from the weather or from the continuous solar rays. FL5-B light has 180 diodes that each produce around 5.5 lumens so these diodes are stronger than in FL4-B model but because of this they are also a little bit more inefficient and the whole light has the lumen to watt efficiency of 100 lumen per watt. But that is not that crucial because the electricity you get from that 20W solar panel is free and that panel will be able to recharge that internal battery every single day even if the sky is not completely clear of clouds.
Solar Goes Green SGG-F156-2R floodlight
GG-F156 is a solar powered dusk till dawn battery operated floodlight that is capable of producing 760 lumens for up to 12 hours. This floodlight has the dimensions of 14 inches x 15 inches x 12 inches (35 cm x 38 cm x 30 cm) so it is not the smallest floodlight but this is only because it uses a Lead acid battery. This Lead battery has a 7 Ah capacity and 12 V power output and this is enough to sustain a continuous light production for up to 12 hours. The only downside to this battery is that it is not Lithium battery and it will have lower charge-discharge cycle capacity and it is heavier than a lithium equivalent. Like other floodlights in this list this has an external solar panel that is a poly-crystalline 20 Watt panel that will recharge that battery every single day so you have a continuous lighting every night. This solar panel is made from aluminum and it has a tempered glass cover but the best part is that you will be able to mount it on the ground or on any rooftop. The bulb head is connected with this solar panel with a 9 feet (2.7 meter) waterproof cable and that means you can place the solar panel anywhere in that 9 feet diameter and choose the sunniest spot available. The bulb head itself has 156 LED diodes that produce 760 lumens and that means ever single diode is capable of producing 4.8 lumens. The bulb head is also made from aluminum and the front is covered with tempered glass to protect those diode from harsh weather conditions. This solar floodlight differs from other in this list with a remote control that lets you manually override that continuous light and switch it on or off as well as switch to that motion sensor. And yes, this light also comes with a motions sensor so it can be also a security light not just a dusk till dawn fixture and that is a great advantage.
MicroSolar 54 LED FL3 floodlight
FL3 solar powered floodlight is a light that produces 240 lumens with a 120 lumen per watt efficiency and is capable of working all night long. This dusk till dawn floodlight has the dimensions of 12.2 inches x 8 inches x 6.5 inches (31 cm x 20 cm x 16.5 cm) so it is a bit smaller than other competitors but that is because it has only 54 LED diodes and only 240 lumen output. As I mentioned before this light has a lumen to watt ratio of 120 so those diodes are very efficient and each of those 54 LED’s produce around 4.4 lumens. because of this efficiency this light will be able to sustain those 240 lumens for up to 12 hours on a battery that has a capacity of only 2000 mAh. This battery is a Lithium ion one that will last for more than 2 years with a constant charge and discharge mode and because it is a small box it is mounted behind the solar panel not on the light as it is with other similar floodlights. This solar panel can be placed 16.4 feet (5 m) from the bulb head and it is made from aluminum so it is lightweight but very resilient. This panel has the electricity output of 5W. The bulb head is made from black plastic and that can be a drawback as plastic is not as strong as aluminum but the light still has a waterproof rating of IP65 so it will sustain heavy weather with ease. This bulb head houses those 54 LED diodes and it has a very ingenious mounting mechanism that allows you to position it in any angle after it has been mounted in place. The light that comes out of this floodlight has a color of 5000K so it is a white daylight bulb and it has a color rendering index of 75 so it will not skew any colors.
XEPA PS01W 2 LED floodlight
This PS01W2 floodlight has a light output of 600 lumens and it gives off that light from only 2 LED diodes. This floodlight has the dimensions of 8.3 inches x 4.5 inches x 7.5 inches (21 cm x 11 cm x 19 cm) and it weighs 3.4 pounds (1.5 kg). The whole light is made from white plastic so that is not a very promising but this also gives additional benefits as it reduces the weight and it is much easier to hang this light on your rooftop or anywhere else where you need free light all night long. Because this light only gives off 240 lumens it can achieve it from two LED diodes that each have 2-5 W power input and creates 120 lumens but because the power input is not a single number it is hard to estimate the total efficiency of those diodes. XEPA has made a light that can last from dusk till dawn or about 14 hours in continuous lighting mode and that is achieved from two Lithium batteries that are included in the package. If we concentrate more on the bulb head itself we can see that those two bulbs can be rotated independently and they are both made from cast aluminum and covered with tempered glass so they disperse the light that comes off from those diodes much better than clear glass lenses. This bulb head also protects those two batteries from the harsh weather and it also holds a light meter and a motion sensor. Because of this you will be able to set the light up to only trigger when motion is detected and thus increasing the lighting time from 14 hours to almost indefinitely if you need to trigger it only couple of times each night.
Reusable Revolutions 108 LED
This 108 LED solar powered floodlight is a light that is made with the end user in mind as it has an all-aluminum housing and it can give you about 605 lumens. This floodlight has the dimensions of 11 inches x 8.6 inches x 3.5 inches (28 cm x 20 cm x 7.6 cm) for the bulb head and 17.7 inches x 14 inches x 1 inch (45 cm x 35.5 cm x 2.5 cm) for the solar panel and that means that both these parts are compact and will fit easily into any environment. If we look at the bulb head it has a metal body that has a IP65 weatherproof rating and that also applies to the glass cover that protects those diodes. There are 108 diodes inside this fixture that produce 605 lumens and that means every single diode gives off 5.6 lumens but all together they draw only 5 W of electricity. That also means that this light has an overall lumen to watt ratio of 121 lm/w and that is a very high number comparing it to other floodlights. Because of this factor there is a Lead acid battery incorporated into the head fixture that has the capacity of 7 Ah but because it uses the Lead technology it is heavier than the Lithium equivalent batteries. The bulb head is connected to the solar panel with a 10 feet (3m) waterproof cable that allows you to position both in the most convenient locations. The solar panel is a 10W mono-crystalline panel that is capable of recharging the battery in a single day of full sunlight. This panel is also waterproof but when the electricity it generated enters the battery a switch is triggered to stop shining those diodes. The battery that I mentioned before also has a valve operation that allows it to consolidate energy when it is running low so the light gets darker not completely shuts off.
Maxsa 40330 12 LED floodlight
Maxsa Innovations has created a solar floodlight that is capable of giving off 80 lumens at full power and stay lit for more than 10 hours in power saving setting. This metal floodlight has the dimensions of 8 inches x 7 inches x 5 inches (20 cm x 17 cm x 12 cm) and it weighs only 2 pounds (900 grams). This means that this solar floodlight fixture is very light and compact and because it has a metal body it also has a weatherproof rating of IP44 but that is a lower level than other similar lights in this dusk till dawn floodlight comparison. This light has an all-metal black body and 12 bright LED diodes that produce up to 80 lumens. This means that each diode is capable of giving out around 6.6 lumens but because there are no mentions of the power input value we cannot conclude what is the lumen per watt radio or the efficiency of those diodes. In the body there are slots for 3 rechargeable NiMh regular AA batteries that when fully charged will give a lighting time of 5 hours in full capacity mode or 10 hours in the economical mode. Basically the economical mode is simply the power input reduction in half and in that mode this floodlight gives off not 80 lumens but 40 lumens and thus covers a much smaller distance. This bulb head is attached to a solar panel with 10 feet (3 m) of waterproof cable and that gives room for mounting both parts in the most convenient positions. The solar panel has the dimensions of 5.9 inches x 5.9 inches (15 cm x 15 cm) and it is a regular Polycrystalline solar panel capable of giving out 6 V of power that is enough to recharge those 3 AA batteries. The fact that this light has three AA batteries is really convenient as you can simply replace them when they run out of those charge and recharge cycles. The mounting of this light is also straight forward and you will be able to adjust both the solar panel and the light itself after the initial mounting phase.
Solar Goes Green SGG-F156-3R floodlight
SGG-F156-3 solar powered floodlight is another addition from Solar Goes Green company and again this light has 156 LED diodes that produce 780 lumens and works from a Lead acid battery. The bulb head has the dimensions of 7 inches x 6 inches x 5.5 inches (17.7 cm x 15.2 cm x 14 cm) but the solar panel has the dimensions of 17.7 inches x 14.1 inches x 1 inch (45 cm x 35 cm x 2.5 cm) and they are both separate entities connected with waterproof wires. What differentiates this light from other similar dusk till dawn floodlights is the fact that this has a separate battery that is connected to the solar panel and also connected to the bulb head with 9 feet (2.7 m) of waterproof cables. This floodlight is designed to work 10 to 12 hours of continuous lighting with full battery and that is a true dusk till dawn performance. The battery on this fixture is a 7 Ah Lead acid battery that as I mentioned before is separate from those other two components. Because of this you will be able to easily exchange it with a new one after those charge and discharge cycles run out and they will eventually run out as Lead battery’s usually have about 500 recharge cycles. The bulb head is made from die- cast aluminum and produces 780 lumens from 156 diodes and that means each and every one of those produce exactly 5 lumens. And to be sure this light is weatherproof Solar Goes Green has created a tempered glass lense that protects those diodes from debris and harsh weather. If we move on to the solar panel than this is a Polycrystalline 20 W panel that also has an aluminum housing and this panel is capable of giving off 18 Volts of power in peak sunlight. This light also differs from other fixtures in this list as it is mainly ground mounted and the fixture and solar panel both have ground-stakes to plug them into the ground.
Solar Illuminations 144 LED floodlight
Solar Illuminations 144 LED 16-45W solar powered light is the most powerful light on this list as it produces 1152 lumens and is able to sustain full light output for up to 12 hours. This Light is made entirely from aluminum and that makes it IP65 weather resistant and will allow it to work for years to come. Because raw aluminum is not corrosion resistant this light is coated with black pain finish and that gives it a great look as well as makes it stronger and resilient. The bulb head has the dimensions of 11 inches x 12 inches x 6 inches (27 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm) and it contains 144 CREE diodes that each produce 8 lumens and a combined power output of 1152 lumens. This floodlight is special as it has two Lead acid batteries that combined have 17 Ah capacity and that means it will be enough to power those 144 diodes for more than 12 hours or a typical dusk till dawn period. Solar Illuminations has created this floodlight to fill the needs for many households in rural areas where there is no electricity and because of that it is made very sturdy and with those harsh weather conditions in mind. Because it has two batteries not a single power source you can easily take one of them out and replace it with new one if it runs out of those charge and discharge cycles and that can be a great benefit if a continuous lighting is crucial at night. This fixture also has a detachable solar panel that is capable of producing up to 30W of power and that means it will be able to recharge those batteries in less than 5 hours of full sunlight and even in cloudy conditions both those batteries will be full! When you purchase this set you also get various different mounting peripherals like brackets and holders so you will be able to position this light in any environment on the ground or on a flagpole as well as on a rooftop. This light also has a 1 year limited warranty and manufacturer states that diodes and the whole fixture except the batteries will be able to work for up to 100000 hours or 20 years with a 12 on 12 off lighting.
Reusable Revolutions 28 LED floodlight
Reusable Revolutions has created a 28 LED solar powered Dusk till Dawn floodlight that is capable of running for up to 10 hours on a 4 Ah internal rechargeable battery. The bulb head itself is made from black plastic and it has a dimensions of 5.5 inches x 3.75 inches x 3.25 inches (14 cm x 9.3 cm x 8.2 cm) but the solar panel has the dimensions of 7 inches x 4 inches x 2.5 inches (17.7 cm x 10 cm x 6.3 cm) so both those parts are compact and will fit nicely in any enviroment. The bulb head holds those 28 LED diodes and when attached to a wall it can be maneuvered in place with those back hinges. This fixture is powered by the battery that is behind the solar panel and a waterproof wire connects both fixtures in a 9 feet (2.7m) distance. The solar panel has a total power output of 4.5 V and 2.5 W so it will be able to recharge that 4 Ah battery on the back every single day even if there is some clouds blocking the sunlight. This panel is also enclosed in a plastic casing so it will not be as strong as other similar panels but because of that it will be lighter and much more convenient to mount in any location you like. This solar panel also works as a light meter and when there is too little sunlight it sends the signal to the light to start illuminating but when the sun rises again in the morning it triggers the light to stop at once.