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The Best Outdoor Security Lights for Your Home 2023

Lighting - by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 1/9/2023

Person walking up the side of a house and a lit security light

Arriving home after dark can be an uncomfortable feeling. If you find yourself concerned about dark or recessed areas on your property, a few motion sensor lights can make a world of difference. Outdoor security lights provide valuable peace of mind by illuminating walkways to help you avoid trips and falls and scare away potential intruders.

What Should I Look for In a Security Light?

When shopping for exterior security lighting, you have plenty of options. Here's a list of some of the features you should look for in a security light:

Motion sensors - Lights equipped with motion sensors will turn on for a short period of time whenever movement is detected. This helps protect your property by alerting you to potential intruders. They also save you the hassle of having to turn lights on and off manually and help prolong the life of the bulbs inside.

Weatherproofing - Since these lights are going to be living outside, it's important to make sure that the model you select is rugged enough to stand up to rain, snow and cold.

Solar Powered - A solar-powered light saves you the hassle of having to change out batteries or hire an electrician to hardwire lights around your yard. With a solar security light, you can set it up wherever you want and the light will run on its own.

How Many Lumens Do I Need for Outdoor Security Lighting?

Lumens measure a light's brightness, with a higher number of lumens corresponding to a brighter light. When selecting security lights, finding a model with the proper brightness is key. Too little light and you won't be able to see properly. Using a light that's too bright though can be distracting and potentially irritate your neighbors. A good rule of thumb is to select lights with a brightness between 700 and 1300 lumens. Keep in mind that you can also achieve this brightness by using several different lights together.

Where Should You Install Security Lights?

Security lights can be installed anywhere you want to deter unwanted activity or provide additional lighting. A few recommended areas include driveways, porches and near windows with ground access. Oftentimes, outdoor floodlights are mounted to a surface or wall box in eaves, under soffits, above doorways or garages and on exterior walls. Most security lights feature movable heads, which enable them to be adjusted to accommodate a variety of mounting positions.

Find Security Lights at Batteries Plus

Not sure where to find security lights for your home? Here's a selection of options available at Batteries Plus:

Bell + Howell Solar Outdoor Wall Light

  • Motion sensor activated - detection distance of 19-26 ft.
  • Weather resistant
  • Solar-powered
  • Brightness of 330 lumens
  • 2 light modes: eco-night & bright light
  • Easily mounts to a variety of surfaces in seconds

Bell + Howell Bionic Solar Security Spotlight

  • Motion sensor activated - detects movement from up to 25 ft. away
  • Turns on automatically and shuts off after 30 seconds, once movement stops
  • Light covers an area of 600 sq. ft.
  • Weather resistant - built to work in any weather or season; rain, frost & snow resistant
  • Solar-powered
  • Contains 8 high-powered LED bulbs
  • Brightness of 250 lumens

Bell + Howell Bionic Floodlight

  • Features three adjustable light-up LED panels
  • Motion sensor activated - detects movement from up to 25 ft. away
  • Turns on automatically and shuts off after several seconds, once movement stops
  • Light covers an area of 1,000 sq. ft.
  • Waterproof & heat resistant - built to work all-year round & works in rain, snow & ice
  • Solar-powered
  • Contains 108 industrial-grade LED bulbs
  • Brightness of 250 lumens
  • Features regular & strobe lighting modes
  • Easily mounts to a variety of surfaces or can be placed in the ground using the included stake

Shop Batteries Plus for All Your Lighting Essentials

Batteries Plus offers a wide variety of lighting solutions for homes, vehicles and industrial use. Need a replacement headlight bulb for your car/truck, ATV, motorcycle, snowmobile or utility vehicle? You'll find exactly what you need online or at your nearest Batteries Plus location. We also offer additional lighting options like flashlights, smart bulbs and more.

If you want to learn more about lighting, we have plenty of additional information in our online blog. Some related topics include "How to Prepare Your Outdoor Lights for Winter" and "What Kind of Light Bulb Lasts the Longest?"

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