The 8 Best Outdoor Floodlights of 2020

Great picks for your backyard, driveway, or garden

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Our Top Picks
"One of the few floodlights that works with LED, CFL, or incandescent light bulbs, this pick has two different light settings."
"With up to a 70-foot range, this motion-sensor floodlight stays on for whatever period of time you like."
"Though the LED lightbulb isn't replaceable, you can expect to get about eleven years of use out of this pick."
"A smart choice for smaller backyards, this light provides 400 square feet of coverage and is powered by four D batteries."
"Adjustable hinges and dimmer switch-friendly lights help you customize these floodlights to suit your needs better."
"Both solar powered and wireless, this floodlight is great for illuminating any obscure areas of your property."
"This security camera-enhanced floodlight lets you have a two-way conversation with whoever triggered the motion sensor."
"This solar-powered light is wireless, which often translates to easier and faster installation for you."

Best Overall: Heath-Zenith Motion Activated Outdoor Security Flood Light

This pick takes the title of best outdoor floodlight in part because it’s so versatile. With the switch of a button, you can set it to work via its built-in motion sensor or have it turn on automatically at dusk and remain on until dawn. Either way, you’ll know it’s working thanks to the flashing red light indicator.

It’s one of the few outdoor floodlights that works with LED, CFL, or incandescent light bulbs. Even when it’s set in the dusk-to-dawn option, the light gets brighter when it senses motion for the ultimate in safety. The only downside? You’ll need to buy a mounting box separately to install it.

Best Motion Sensor: Defiant 180 Degree White LED Motion Outdoor Security Light

One of the top selling points of this LED motion sensor floodlight is that it can be mounted horizontally or vertically on walls or on eaves, which makes it perfect for the tight nooks and crannies of the exterior of your home.

Once installed—which you can easily DIY in three steps—the hardwired light offers 180 degrees of motion detection with up to a 70-foot range. When motion is detected, the 2050-lumen LED light turns on and it stays on for a preset period of time, which you can set yourself.

Best LED: Lithonia Lighting LED Outdoor Security Flood Light

Reviewers call this light that measures 6.31 x 4.44 x 5.88 inches “small but mighty.” It automatically turns on at dusk and remains on through dawn, lighting up your yard with 1770 lumens. That’s a plus for some, but if you’re looking for a light that you can control, this isn’t it.

The integrated LED lights are not replaceable, but last for up to 50,000 hours—translation: you can expect the lights to last for at least eleven years, if not longer. The light needs to be hardwired, but reviewers note that it’s easy to install. We also love the deep bronze finish, which is a nice step up from basic black.

Best Wireless: Mr. Beams Outdoor UltraBright 400 Lumen Battery Powered Motion Activated Integrated LED Spotlight

This battery-operated floodlight detects motion up to 25 feet away and provides 400 square feet of 400 lumen coverage, making it a smart choice for smaller backyards or for homes that are within close range of their neighbors.

The waterproof light automatically turns off 25 seconds after motion has been detected, so you won't have a light on for hours if you have a lot of animals crossing your backyard. All you need to install your light is a screwdriver and four D batteries (which are not included)—on average you can expect the batteries to hold up for about a year before they need to be replaced.

Best Decorative: Charlton Home Oakhill Outdoor Security Flood Light

The bell-shaped shades and round backplate on this floodlight are crafted of diecast aluminum with a matte black, metallic finish that offers you a stylish way to illuminate your patio. It provides a sizable 40-foot range of light at up to 120 degrees, so it’s equally practical.

Each shade is on an adjustable hinge, so you can direct the light exactly where you need it. It works on a wall or soffit mount, needs to be hardwired, and can be controlled via an existing on/off switch. It even works with a dimmer switch if you'd like more control over how much light you're putting out.

Best Solar: Westinghouse 2000 Lumen Triple Head Solar Security Light

This floodlight isn’t only solar powered, it’s also wireless—making it the perfect choice for illuminating any obscure areas of your home or property, including garages and sheds. Once the passive infrared sensor detects motion, it activates 80 high-intensity LEDS, flooding the area with 2000 lumens of light (that's very bright).

Thanks to amorphous solar panels, this light will charge in either the sun or the shade, but does work best when placed in direct sunlight. It also features an on/off switch and three different timer settings that allow you to choose how long the light stays on for once its been triggered. 

Best with Camera: Ring Floodlight Security Camera

The Alexa-enabled Ring Floodlight is a floodlight...and then some. In addition to acting as a motion-activated light, this pick sends motion-activated alerts to your phone, tablet, or PC and allows you to have a two-way conversation with whomever tripped the alarm, even when you’re nowhere close to home. You can also activate a siren remotely to scare off would-be interlopers (or raccoons rummaging around in your garbage can).

The Ring Floodlight camera uses 1080HD video with infrared night vision, and you can either watch the feed live or subscribe to Ring Protect Basic for a nominal monthly fee to have footage stored for 60 days. The system does need to be installed via hardwire with a weatherproof electrical box, so it's not a quick turnover. If the camera should be stolen, Amazon guarantees it will replace it for free.

Best Budget: LITOM Original Solar Lights

This top-rated solar floodlight offers a wide angle design that can cover up to 270 degrees, meaning the motion sensor can detect movement up to 26 feet at a 120 degree angle—that’s up to 3 times as much as other solar lights. The brand also claims that it charges 25 percent faster than other solar lights—so you don't have to worry if you install it in a spot that's occasionally shaded over.

The light can be used in three modes: dusk to dawn, dusk to dawn with increased light when motion is sensed, or as a motion-sensor light only—the light will turn off automatically after 20 seconds. Because these are solar, they are also wireless, which is another plus if you'd prefer easy installation for your home.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This roundup was edited by Anne Fritz, who has written indoor and outdoor lighting stories for The Spruce. She uses the Defiant 180 Degree White LED Motion Outdoor Security Light (our pick for Best Motion Sensor) to illuminate the driveway of her home in Easton, CT. As her neighborhood has no street lights, she relies on it to light her way home.

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