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Last updated on May 19, 2020

Best Outdoor Security Lights

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Outdoor security lights can deter lurkers and would-be criminals, alert you to unwanted visitors, and simply provide the convenience of a well-lit exterior for nightly trash runs. The best outdoor security lights offer flexible programming with dusk-to-dawn and motion detection modes, adjustable brightness and detection ranges, and limited on times to give you a customized experience.

The 3 Best Security Lights

Best Outdoor Security Lights

 Motion Detection RangeWaterproof RatingWarranty
SANSI180IP-655 years
LeonLite180IP-655 years
HyperikonNot specifiedIP-655 years

*Data accurate as of 04/27/2020

SANSI 45W LED Security Light

Best Overall
SANSI

SANSI 45W LED Security Light

Features

Offering LED lights that give off an astounding 6,000 lumens, the SANSI 45W LED Security Light is one of the brightest outdoor security lights on the market. But if that’s too bright, you can use the adjustable knob on the back of the light to dim it.

Although the SANSI 4W LED Security Light’s motion detector can sense movement up to 50 feet away in a 180-degree range, simply turn the Range knob to the left to decrease the distance monitored by the motion detector. You can also set how long you’d like the light to stay on (from 1 to 10 minutes) after it’s triggered in Auto mode, or use one of its other modes to allow it to stay on from dusk to dawn or for up to six hours.

The SANSI 45W LED Security Light features six 45-watt bulbs on two adjustable arms that you can configure for use in corners, against walls, or pointing straight down toward the ground. It has an IP65 weather rating, a five-year warranty, a 30-day refund or replacement, and free lifetime tech support. 

Compatibility

This outdoor security light doesn’t use Wi-Fi or Z-Wave technology. It’s incompatible with home automation systems.

Installation

The SANSI 45W LED Security Light is a hardwired unit designed for DIY installation. It’s mounted to the wall using the included hard plate

LeonLite 30W 3-Head Motion Activated LED Outdoor Security Light

Best for Long-Distance Detection
LeonLite

LeonLite 30W 3-Head Motion Activated LED Outdoor Security Light

Features

The LeonLite 30W 3-Head Motion Activated LED Outdoor Security Light may be the dimmest floodlight on our list at 2,700 lumens, but it’s still astonishingly bright. It offers three modes: Auto (motion activated), Dusk to Dawn (only on at night), or On-Time (allows this LeonLite Outdoor Security Light to stay on until you manually switch it off again). 

You can adjust the brightness, motion activation sensitivity, and auto timer as needed. After motion activation, you can program the light to stay on from 10 seconds to 5 minutes. Allow the motion sensor to detect movement up to 70 feet away, or adjust for a closer-to-home activation range. Rotate the mounting base, each individual light, and each light hood to shine light exactly where you want it.

The LeonLite 30W 3-Head Motion Activated LED Outdoor Security Light comes with a 5-year warranty. It has a weatherproof rating of IP65 and is waterproof.

Compatibility

This outdoor security light isn’t compatible with any mobile apps or smart home automation systems.

Installation

This is a hardwired unit that comes with mounting hardware and installation instructions. Although you can install it on your own if you don’t feel you can safely do so, call a licensed electrician.

Hyperikon LED 200W Motion Sensor Light

Best for Extreme Brightness
Hyperikon

Hyperikon 200W Motion Sensor Light

Features

Hyperikon’s most powerful outdoor LED floodlight with motion detection is the 200-watt and 20,000 lumens model. If you don’t need bright-as-day lighting, choose the 30-watt and 2,400 lumens model (still quite bright) or simply use the dimmer switch.

Program the Hyperikon LED 200W Motion Sensor Light to stay on for 10 seconds to 5 minutes after being triggered. You can adjust the sophisticated infrared sensor to discern people movement from as little as 6.5 feet away or at a distance of up to 33 feet. The sensor itself features two-axle rotation to ensure it’s pointed exactly toward the area you want to monitor.

The Hyperikon LED 200W Motion Sensor Light has a weatherproof rating of IP65 and is waterproof, heat resistant, impact resistant, and UV protected. It comes with a five-year warranty. 

Compatibility

The Hyperikon LED 200W Motion Sensor Light is an independent, hardwired unit that doesn’t integrate with home automation systems or mobile apps.

Installation

This outdoor security light is hardwired but designed for DIY installation. If you’re not comfortable performing basic electrical work, you may prefer to call an electrician for assistance.

How We Chose the Best Outdoor Security Lights

To choose the best outdoor security lights, we looked for motion detection capabilities, bright lights, a high weatherproof rating, long warranties, and hardwired installation for maintenance-free performance.

FAQ

Do motion sensor lights deter crime?

Bright motion sensor lights may startle a criminal or keep them off your property altogether, but it’s wise to pair outdoor security lights with a security system for maximum protection.

How many lumens do I need for a floodlight?

A floodlight with 1,100 lumens is plenty bright, but when in doubt, buy more lumens. You can always dim a too-bright floodlight, but you can’t make a weak floodlight brighter.

What is a good wattage for outdoor lights?

Anywhere between 40 to 75 watts is sufficient for outdoor lights.

About the Authors

Cathy Habas is a home writer for Reviews.com. Over the last six years, she's covered home security, home improvement, and landscaping for sites like Safety.com, Hunker, and more.