Outdoor Security Solar Flood and Spot Lights
Solar lighting has made great strides in the past few decades. What used to provide dim light for pathways or accent lighting for the garden can now be used to address moderate flood and spot lighting needs.
A simple, small spotlight with attached solar cell can generate a soft spot with a 3 watt LED. This isn't much, but it can be used for smaller spot lighting needs. Other solar lights provide much more illumination.
A more powerful solar cell can be attached to a spotlight by weatherproof cables, generating enough light to spotlight a flag 15 feet up. Add a second light to the system and you can use solar powered lighting to crosslight a statue. A third light will allow you to flood light a row of shrubs. These lights contain LEDs that shine at the equivalent of 12.5 watts each. These lights can also be used to illuminate decks and small signs.
The solar cell that attaches to them can power them for up to 15 hours. They can come with both ground stakes and surface mounting brackets to give you versatility and ease in your installations.
An even more powerful solar light kit can be had if you're willing to pay upwards of $300. This gets you a state of the art solar cell capable of capturing ten times the light of standard solar assemblies. This translates into bright light that can be used to illuminate chimneys, storage sheds, moderately sized signs, and significant lengths of fence or shrubbery.
For far less money-say $20 to $25 per light-you can still get a solar garden light to produce good lighting in the garden or around a deck or patio. Look for lights that have three LEDs rather than a single one. The single LED variety can produce dim and unsatisfying light. The three LED sort produce sufficient light for many needs and can last longer than their one LED counterparts.
You can even get a solar spot light that's housed in an artificial rock with a solar cell on its top. This is an ideal application for spotlighting in the garden where you don't want a light to look obvious and out of place. By day it's simply another rock, but at night it provides illumination so you can see your flowers and plants.
You can also get a solar spot light attached to a motion sensor for a little added security around the home.
All solar spot lights should come on at dusk and shine far into the night, turning off the next morning to begin gathering energy from the sun once more.