Home tools Buyer's Guides from tech enthusiast who loves technology and clever solutions for better living.
Best led work light rechargeable 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated April 1, 2020
Best led work light rechargeable of 2018
The above tidbits will bring you closer to selecting led work light rechargeable that best serves your needs and as per your budget. I’ve based my selection methodology on customer feedback, the size, functionality, and budget to meet various demands.
There is a wide range of products available on the market today, and below I have reviewed 3 of the very best options. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your comfort, style, or accessibility, we have picks to fit a variety of needs and budgets.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this led work light rechargeable win the first place?
I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable.
Why did this led work light rechargeable come in second place?
Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed.
Why did this led work light rechargeable take third place?
I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials.
led work light rechargeable Buyer’s Guide
To LED or Not to LED
Today we are living in the midst of a shift in technology. Just like the CFL is replacing the incandescent light bulb in the home, the LED is replacing the incandescent light bulb in other applications. While there are still a number of different work lights on the market which use incandescent, fluorescent, or halogen bulbs, they are gradually being replaced by LEDs.
LEDs also last much longer than any other type of light currently available. The average life-expectancy of an LED is 50,000 to 70,000 hours, much more than even CFLs can offer. Additionally, they’re virtually impervious to breakage, traditionally the bane of any work light that’s been dropped on the ground.
Streamlight 44900 Waypoint Spotlight
The Streamlight is clearly designed for usage on boats and similar crafts, since it offers IPXwater resistance and an ability to float if dropped in water.
As far as power is concerned, this is a slightly different option when compared to the other more common lithium battery powered options. This rugged black and yellow colored spotlight is powered by alkaline batteries, the “C” size ones. You need four of them to keep light running for up to 8.hours. There is also an option of using a 12V DC power cord. The batteries are not included with the package.
As for the LED in use, it emits 2lumens at high beam and 20 at low beam. That should be more than enough in a nautical setting, especially when you take into account the highly effective, long range parabolic reflector on this spotlight. The rugger device has a tough polycarbonate body and lens designed to withstand severe impacts and shocks.
Cyclop Sirius 500 Lumen Handheld Spotlight
With a matte all-black finish and a pistol-grip replete with a trigger guard, this spotlight looks very close to a handgun if not for the unduly fat barrel that makes up the LED lights. And there are a lot of them too, with separate LEDs for different ranges.
As its name suggests the Cyclops has high power Cree LEDs taking care of the long range lighting while leaving weaker LEDs to handle the illumination when looking at nearer objects.That obviously implies that this spotlight has modes, off, long distance and short range lighting. The rechargeable battery offers hours of run-time on the more powerful Cree LEDs while the dimmer LEDs can last for around 1hours max on a full charge.
The battery is a 6V lithium polymer SLA with 2.5Ah. For more subtle usage, you even get a detachable red lens. And at 1.5lbs, this is a very lightweight and compact spotlight that is very easy on your hands.
Sirius Cyclops CYC 9WS Thor Watt LED Spotlight
Sirius spotlights tend to have a separate LEDs for high and low beam and this model is no different. It has Luxeon high power LEDs, three of them, for the high beam.
The weaker low beam functionality is handled six Nichia LEDs of a standard configuration. The high beams throws 300 lumens, which is a bit on the lower side when compared to the competition. But the high power LEDs are capable of producing adequate lighting for all but the most demanding users. The spotlight uses rechargeable batteries, and you get a home charging option as well as a car charging option, making this a fantastic choice for a flashlight to keep in your car, especially if going on long trips.
The grip is rubberized and easy to hold, and the gun-like trigger has an always on feature. The spotlight uses up all the battery in hours if used in high beam setting. There is also a discreet detachable red lens.
Requires AA batteries
With almost 750 lumens at high beam, this is one of the more powerful units we have reviewed.
But despite all that power, it weighs in at a measly 1.5lbs. The pistol grip has comfortable grooves that offer extra grip, and there is an excellent trigger lock for always on function. For power saving, you also get a dimmer light switch which reduces the light to 400 lumens.
This spotlight uses an in-built lithium ion battery pack capable of reaching full charge in hours. It will give you close to hour of run-time on high beam, and around hours on the lower setting. It can hold charge for up to 1months and can be charged using either AC or DC power sources.
This pushed our winner hard. Both are really bright, and we had to scrutinise their beam patterns repeatedly before giving the Ring the nod. Light aside, the Laser isn’t quite such a great all-rounder. A single rotating hook, albeit with a fierce magnet, ensures it can be easily positioned.
While Draper’s 43080 is a slightly newer version of the 2436we featured last time, this rather similar Kennedy model appears exactly the same as before. Positioning is catered for by two rear-mounted hooks and magnets, plus a further strong version in the front-to-rear hinged base. But as with the Draper, the beam pattern is very centre heavy with a noticeable drop-off away from the bright centre circle, which means plenty of realignment to get the best of the light on the job. Despite the obvious similarity, it’s also a touch behind the Draper’s light output overall.
Bike lights for commuting and urban use
Safety lights will usually have at least one constant lighting mode, in addition to multiple flashing modes. They also offer higher levels of side visibility; so you can be seen at junctions by pedestrians and other road users.
Lezyne Strip Drive Pair 300/150 is the perfect bike light set, for when you want to be seen on the road.
On the rear, a bright safety light will allow other road users to see you from a good distance. Similar to commuting lights, using the flashing mode, and doubling up on these lights, will make you even more visible.
Exposure Trace Pack – Trace & TraceR with Handlebar and Pos features the TraceR – one of our brightest rear lights.
Bicycle lights for off-road riding
Riding a bike off-road, at night, offers a whole new dimension to your experience! Those familiar trails will feel like adrenaline-inspiring new routes, as they look a whole lot different under the cover of darkness.
As a bare minimum, you want a powerful bar mounted front light, ideally with an output upwards of 1000 lumens. These off-road specific lights will have a wider beam pattern too, so they can illuminate the whole of the trail in front of you.
High powered off-road lights feature the ability to “toggle” down the light level; so you can light up the world on those technical descents, but reign back the power, and conserve battery life, on those long uphill drags.
Exposure Maxx-D Mkis one of the most powerful, and most popular off-road specific front bicycle lights.
Vision X Shockwave Industrial Light
Vision X lights are renowned for their performance, and the Shockwave series is the company’s best line of LED work lights. This light features universal mounting options that include the ability to mount it to an integrated power supply.
The bulbs are very energy efficient, and the light has a low power consumption. The Shockwave 1inch double row light weighs just a little under pounds, and two offset rows of bulbs give you a total of 150 degrees of bright, white illumination. The Shockwave lights are some of the most popular choices today in the realm of great LED work light bars.
Tuff LED Lights Work Lamp
The Tuff LED Work Lamp is another extremely affordable lighting option. Along with being low-cost, this light pod is also incredibly durable, coming with a shake-proof, rustproof, and temperature resistant housing. The inch light is able to produce a total of 2,150 lumens of bright white light, all while being very energy efficient.
The kit comes with all of the hardware necessary to get your light up and running, and the Tuff LED Work Lamp weighs just pounds in total. This light pod is the complete package for a great LED work light, all while being affordable on anyone’s budget.
Bike lights explained
Lights that make you seen can greatly improve your visibility to road users when riding at night. They ensure that car drivers can see you from a distance and be alerted to your presence. Almost all bicycle lights use LED bulbs as they are more reliable and use much less battery power, whilst also offering much higher levels of brightness. Used in flashing mode, they are very good at attracting attention from other road users.
An 84-degree beam angle illuminates everything before you, and it can operated via a wired remote control for easier on-the-fly access should you desire.
A day flash mode and urban auto mode also feature, for when 900 lumens in a bit OTT, while mode memory and a light sensor help keeps thing simple.
We’ve dubbed previous iterations of the Exposure Sirius light the ‘perfect commuter light’, and the fourth generation light found a place in the RCUK100 for that reason.
Also new is an upgraded CNC aluminium bodywork, making an already tough little unit even more durable for commuting or road riding.
The Cateye Volt 800 sits in the middle of the Cateye range, and comes in just under £90.
So, with all that choice, why the 800? Well 800 lumens will be more than enough for the darkest of night rides, for starters, and the robust casing means it feels more than resilient enough for your winter commutes.
Know your mountain bike lights
Power : The higher the lumen count, the brighter the light. Simple. But less scrupulous manufacturers have been known to inflate the numbers to boost the shelf appeal of their lights. Big brands can be trusted or if it has been certified to the ANSI FLstandard, but beyond that the only way to be sure is to get an eyeball test.
Cable : Lengthy cables are a pain in the neck to keep under control, so the best options have short cables for bar mounting with optional extenders used to make the light helmet compatible. Better still look for a cable-free all in one option for the ultimate in convenience.
Beam Pattern : In bar mounted light, spreading the light evenly across and up the trail with no hard lines, shadows or hotspots to distract your eye is, if anything, more important than raw power. We have noticed during years of testing that as soon as you lose peripheral vision and add distractions like bright lines or dead spots, your ability to read the trail suffers and consequently speed does too.
Remote : Remotes are a superb way to encourage power management and extend your battery life. When the power switch is right at your thumb without needing to change or relinquish grip on the bars, it is easy to flick the power up and down according to trail conditions. Wireless remotes are especially useful for helmet mounted units.
Bar Mount : Rubber O-ring bands are our favoured way of attaching the light to the bar; easy to fit, adjust and remove they expand to fit most bar sizes easily and leave nothing behind for day rides. Heavier lights such as all in one units need something more secure, so bolted clamps are necessary to take the weight. Most, but not all, allow for oversized 35mm bars so double check if you need that size.
Fuel Gauge : A must for displaying your remaining power, allowing you to make decisions on power management. Most are simple green/amber/red lights, but more recently lights are filtering through with accurate time countdown displayed.
Charger : A very welcome development has been the increase in USB charging available. Not only does this mean you have one less dedicated charge adaptor cluttering your life, but it also makes charging in the car possible at 2hour races or similar.
The Home Depot Logo
Solar panel is one of the key parts of a solar flood light, it collects sun energy, converts it into electricity and stores into a battery to power a flood light.
Wattage. One of the most important measurements of a solar panel is wattage. It shows how much power the panel produces in an ideal conditions, for example, a watt solar panel will output watt-hours of electricity every hour. The more powerful the lighting is, the higher wattage panel will be required to power the lighting. For example, lower power lights that produce few hundred lumens of light can be run by a 1-watt solar panels, while larger lights will require 10-20 watt solar panels.
Most of the time, larger solar panels will produce more wattage, because there simply is more surface area on the panel to collect sun energy. You will sometimes see that high power outdoor flood lights are equipped not just with one, but with two or more solar panels to be able to produce enough energy to recharge their high capacity batteries.
Size. As mentioned above, the size of the solar panel will depend on how powerful the light is and from what material the panel is made of. Monorcystalline solar panel can produce the same amount of power from a smaller panel than a thin-film solar panel. Before purchasing a solar lighting you should consider not only if the area you wish to install the light has enough sunlight during the day, but also if there is enough physical area to install the solar panel if you are going for a high power flood light.
Fixture & Casings
Outdoor flood lights must be properly weather-proofed to withstand any conditions all year round.
IP ratings. Probably the most important specification you need to watch for when considering the durability of the fixture is IP rating (Ingress Protection). IP rating shows how much protection the fixture has against contact with solid elements (such as a dust) and water.
Mounting hardware. There are different types of solar flood lights from wall mountable units to ground mounted and pole mounted lights. Check out if the flood light you want to purchase comes with the correct mount for the area you want to install the light. Some manufacturers provide an option to purchase various types of mounting hardwares for the fixture separately.
Cable lengths. Another common thing to check is the cable lengths of the fixture, and by cable lengths I mean the length of the cable that connects solar panel to the fixture. Consider the area where you will install the lighting and if the supplied cable length will be long enough. Of course, you can always purchase an extension cable, however, be careful with these, because longer cables can impact the performance of the solar panel.
LED Flood Light
Manufacturers of solar flood lights often don’t specify how many lumens or lux a lamp produces, but they often list how many LEDs a fixture has, so one may think that a fixture with more LEDs will output more light than a fixture with less LEDs. In reality, this isn’t always the case. Of course, if we take two completely identical solar lights and one has 60 LEDs and other has 80 LEDs, the one with 80 LEDs will be brighter, but because each manufacturer uses different components for their lamps including LED diodes (the efficiency of these diodes can vary) and all these components can impact how bright the fixture is going to be, you cannot completely judge the brightness of the flood light just by the number of LED diodes it has.
Moreover, there are many other characteristics of a fixture that impacts its brightness, such as the color temperature and color rendering index of bulbs, light spread, angle and direction and many other specifics.
Color temperature. Color temperature describes a color appearance produced by a lamp, or in other words, the color of light produced by a lamp. It is measured in Kelvins (K). Color temperature is more important in indoor lighting, as it helps to set the mood of a living room, bedroom or office by choosing bulbs with certain color temperatures. Bulbs with lower color temperature will produce warmer, more orange looking color (like a candle, or an incandescent bulb) and bulbs with higher color temperature will produce cooler, bluish color (daylight CFL bulbs or LED diodes).
Sensors, such as motion detectors and photosensors, have a significant role in solar lighting, as they help to conserve battery and switch the light on only when it’s necessary.
Motion sensors. A motion sensor is responsible for detecting motion in a certain range around the flood light and turning the light on when motion has been detected. Three of the most common motion detector types are active sensors (detects motion by sending microwaves and monitoring changes in wave response time), passive infrared sensors or PIR (detects motion by scanning infrared heat changes in the monitored area) and combined sensors. Practically all motion activated solar lights will use PIR sensors to detect motion, because they are easily adjustable and don’t pick up motion of random objects such as tree branches or wind blown objects which is a common situation outdoors.
Flood light motion detector
Most solar flood lights have motion sensors that can pick motion in a 120-180 degree wide angle and in about 15-40 feet long distances.
Dusk to dawn (photosensor). Photosensor or dusk-to-dawn sensor is a must have feature in every solar flood light. It detects when it gets darker outside and automatically turns the light on at a certain level or darkness and in opposite, turns the light off in the morning when it is bright outside, so it doesn’t waist battery illuminating during the daytime. Without this sensor you would need to manually turn the light on when it gets dark and off in the morning. How to know if a solar flood light is equipped with such sensor? If the description of the light says that it is a “dusk-to-dawn light” or “automatically turns on at night”, you can be sure that it is equipped with a photosensor. I would advise to stay away from any solar flood light that doesn’t have either a motion sensor or a photosensor, because that flood light would simply waste energy by illuminating during the day or you would have to turn it on and off manually, which practically eliminates the purpose of solar lighting.
Because solar panels cannot collect energy at night, they store energy during the day into rechargeable batteries to power the light during the night.
On the other hand, high power solar flood lights are powered either by lithium-ion (usually by lithium iron phosphate which has the most advantages for solar lighting from all lithium-ion batteries) or lead acid batteries. Li-phosphate (LiFePO4) is much more popular battery for wide range of solar flood lights than lead acid battery, because it has very high specific energy, meaning that batteries can carry more energy while keeping the size and weight smaller, decent cycle life of up to 2000 cycles and they run completely maintenance free. The only real disadvantage of these batteries is high manufacturing cost, although lithium-ion batteries are getting cheaper for some time now. Lead acid batteries (best known for being used as car batteries) are also a common rechargeable battery option for high power solar flood lights.
While you will see li-phosphate batteries used in practically all range of solar lights from small front door lights to powerful outdoor flood lights, lead acid batteries are only used for really high power lighting. In opposite to li-phosphate, they have very low energy density, so the battery must be made a lot bigger and heavier to provide the same capacity as other rechargeable batteries. The main advantage of lead acid batteries is their cheap price, which helps to cut down the total cost of a solar lighting fixture. In solar and portable lighting special valve regulated Gell Cell and AGM lead acid batteries are used, because they can run practically maintenance free during their lifetime.
To increase the illumination time solar lights are equipped with motion sensors that turn the light on for a given interval (usually up to few minutes) when motion is detected in front of the light and after the preset period the light is turned off which helps to conserve energy and provide illumination only when it’s needed. Sometimes manufacturers even list the “provided illumination time” for the fixture or “how many times the light can be triggered with full charge” for motion activated flood lights.
Woods 016300-Watt SJTW Clamp Lamp
This versatile clamp lamp is suitable for warming chicks, pigs, and other small farm animals. It is also ideal for use in the workshop and garage. Plus it comes equipped with a 10” adjustable reflector as well as a bulb protector that helps improve the longevity of the bulb. In addition, the unit accepts bulbs up to 300 watts, meaning you will find it handy for providing enough illumination in the room. It also has a 6’ cord that offers focused light in areas needed, as well as a built-in hook hanger that ensures convenient hanging. Other features include non-marring clamp grips and sleek design.
Vaincre 15W Outdoor Floodlight
The Vaincre 15W Outdoor Floodlight has 2LEDs, which provide enough light and keep the darkness at bay. It also features switches where one works on 20 LEDs and controls white light, High, Off, and Low, while the other works on LEDs and turns on the red/blue flashing light. As if that’s not enough, the Vaincre 15W Outdoor Floodlight comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and USB output ports. Additionally, it is easy to carry; thanks to its super lightweight design. Use this floodlight for camping, hiking or fishing.
Features And Specs
The Apex provides choices for powering it up. At the present time, the Apex offers power by either 4x AA alkaline, Lithium or NiHM rechargeable batteries. The choice is yours. Additionally, Princeton Tec includes multiple beams in this hard hat light. First, a narrow beam gives you great focussing ability. Secondly, the wide beam mimics daylight conditions. This way, you can use your peripheral vision more inclusively.
To sum up, the Princeton Tec Apex is one of our favorites for the best hard hat light. Moreover, it doubles as potentially the brightest hard hat light available. If you are in the market for a hard hat lamp, give the Apex a serious look.
Next, Nightstick brings us the XPP-5458G hardhat light. The best hard hat lights have a base set of standard features. Nightstick actually improved on that and delivers a hard hat lamp worth noting. In the first place, the XPP-5458G rivals the competition for being the best headlamp for work. Sporting a number of important certifications, Nightstick goes all the way with this hard hat light. This hard hat lamp has been listed as Intrinsically Safe Permissible by a variety of professional organizations. In this case, by Ice, ATEX and Cetus. Moreover, even the Mine Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Dept of Labor provided its approval under certain conditions.
In effect, we know this is one of the best hard hat lights! For exact class and division approvals, check the label. Furthermore, the XPP-5458G is safe above and below ground. Additionally, specific hazardous locations where gasses and dust are present.
Useful dimming function and focusable optic
When in need to preserve your night vision, you will find this headlamp from the best hard hat lights to be really helpful as it features a highly useful dimming function. You can easily personalize runtime or output with it. Different tasks require different brightness levels hence the dimming function. It also features a focus ring for Fresnel lens and virtually unbreakable LED.
Wide application range
This hard hat light features three lighting mode thus allowing for a wide application range. What’s more, you can have it around your head or your hard hat, and your hands will be free to handle just any task. You can choose any of the three lighting modes to get the perfect light for the tasks at hand. Also, the different brightness levels help in regulating the batteries’ run time, so you will be unlikely to be left in darkness if you choose the right mode.
Ultra-bright headlamp and 90-degree tilt mechanism
Brightness is not an issue with this light because it features seven ultra-bright white LEDs for powerful illumination. This makes it highly applicable to various activities, even those requiring flood lighting. Also, no more neck strain when trying to focus the light to the needed spot thanks to the tilting mechanism.
Versatile hard hat light
This light features a total of four brightness setting modes. This means that you get to easily choose the amount of light that you need for various activities. Again, if you want the charge to last longer, mostly if you are not in a position to recharge it, you can select the mode with the least brightness. Also, different environments require different lightings, and the different modes give you the power to choose what you require.
Some activities do not require too much concentration of light and thus can be performed with just any lighting. However, some up close works require more light focus, and this is where the zooming in and out feature come to play. This headlamp enables you to have a bright spotlight that you can project on the specific object or sport thus making your work easier. Again, when you need to light an entire room, you can just zoom out to create a floodlight for that purpose. And, you do all this with a single adjustment.
Best of all, the TP-Link bulbs don’t require any sort of smart hub to function, so there’s no need to buy a starter kit or pay extra for a hub – once you buy a bulb, that’s it, making these an especially good choice for anyone who only wants one or two smart lights, and not a whole house worth.
All of the bulbs other than the cheapest LB100 model also come with energy monitoring, so you can see how much energy you’ve used and plan your usage accordingly.
Connectivity is reliable, with only one brief network drop in our testing time, and our biggest complaint is that at just 800 lumens these aren’t the brightest bulbs around – but they should be enough to suit most uses.
Lightwave is a smart lighting solution that’s a bit different to the others in this round-up, since it requires you to replace your light switches rather than the light bulbs themselves. It is ideal for homes with multiple spotlights that would otherwise be incredibly expensive to individually replace, and also means that when one bulb blows you can just buy a regular replacement. Sadly, it’s UK-only for now.
The Web Link will also manage other smart home devices from the company – you can set up devices that control your hot water and individual room heating, motion detection, and the opening and closing of blinds or curtains. You can also install smart switches on your plug sockets that allow you to turn on and off power when required.
Lightwave has a companion app through which you can turn on and off the switches from your phone or tablet, and through which you can set up schedules or timers that are ideal if you are going on holiday.
Elgato Avea Flare
You create ‘rules’ for the lamps to work and these can be for them to turn on and off at sunset and sunrise, or at times you choose. They can be individually named and controlled, and you can even set a dimming period so the lamp fades in to your set brightness over a few minutes (or even up to 30 minutes). You can also define a sleep period, so the bulb will turn off after a set time, just like a TV or radio.
Rugged and Inexpensive Work Light Without the Heat
The Snap-On LED Work Light (part number 922261) puts out a claimed 2,000 lumens.
The light has 4LEDs and the output is nice and wide with no hot spots.
The best thing about the Snap-On LED Work Light is that it runs very cool compared to those old halogen work lights.
In the U.S.A., Snap-On is known for very high-quality and very pricey professional grade hand tools, so the familiar Snap-On red packaging immediately caught my eye.
Actually, the instruction manual lists Alltrade Tools, the privately held holding company that owns the Snap-On brand, as the manufacturer.
I grabbed one, thinking it was some kind of promotion that would quickly expire, as often happens at Costco.
The Snap-On LED Work Light
The light is made mostly from some sort of very heavy-duty plastic, although the base parts and the reflector are metal (and the LEDs are covered by what appears to be a polycarbonate clear plate).
Once tightened, the base is very sturdy and it has rubberized feet for good grip.
It has a heavy-duty grounded three-prong, permanently attached electrical cord with a quality connector where it enters the back of the light housing.
After spending over 70 hours researching Christmas lights, interviewing experts, and testing 20 strands of lights side by side, we’ve found that GE’s Energy Smart Colorite LED Miniature Lights (available in multicolor strands of 50 bulbs or 100 bulbs and in warm white strands of 50 bulbs or 100 bulbs) are the best all-around indoor Christmas lights. This is the fourth year we’ve named these GE lights as our pick, and we can’t find any lights that match their color quality and their ready availability at Home Depot.
For the fourth straight year, the best Christmas lights are the GE Energy Smart Colorite LED Miniature Lights, due to their combination of quality, availability, and durability. Our runner-up and also-great picks remain the same as well. We’ve also added our thoughts on smart Christmas lights; we would like to recommend some, but so far we haven’t yet found a strong enough model.
How we picked and tested
We concentrated our research and testing strictly on nonblinking miniature lights, the traditional, small, stranded Christmas lights with a clear or semiclear bulb and a candle shape.
An article at DIY Network says that even though larger bulbs are growing in popularity, “mini lights have been by far the most popular during the past decade.” They’re the standard, and we wanted to focus on the lights that most people will be using, rather than those with a lesser following. Still, we do have some thoughts on the larger-bulb lights, and on other bulb sizes that didn’t make the cut. During our research, we also found that blinking lights are a very small minority of available lights, so we stayed with the type that remains lit at all times.
Once we dug into our options, we soon realized that our recommended lights would be fully rectified LEDs and not traditional incandescents. As Northern Seasonal’s Ben Orr, the lighting installer, told us, “LED lights allow you to do more with less.” They’re more durable, they’re safer, and you can connect together a much higher number of strands without any risk of tripping a breaker or a GFCI outlet. They also just plain ol’ last longer and use a fraction of the electricity that incandescents use.
Some LEDs are better than others, however. All LED Christmas lights blink on and off many times per second, like a fluorescent light. The ones that are fully rectified, or full-wave, light up at a rate of 120 times per second, which is faster than the eye can detect. Lights that are known as half-wave, sometimes called non-rectified, blink 60 times per second, which can create a dizzying flickering effect. Orr told us that when a non-rectified strand is moving, the flickering becomes more apparent, and we confirmed this effect during our testing: Just by giving a non-rectified strand a slight jiggle, we made the lights take on a strobe effect that was very unpleasant to look at. In our tests, even when they were not moving, those lights seemed to have a harshness, an electronic feel, that the rectified lights didn’t have.
But as with regular LED bulbs, the color of the light is a concern. We figure that if you’re reading this guide, you’re probably interested in replacing an old set of incandescent lights—but even if you want something more efficient and durable, you don’t want to give up the traditional lights’ familiar warm glow. Unfortunately, that is an issue with LEDs.
Both Orr and Woodward warned us that LEDs simply do not look like incandescents. Due to improvements in the technology, many companies manufacture a “warm white” color that, depending on the quality of the LED, can closely mimic, but not fully achieve, the pinpoint sparkle of an incandescent. Orr stressed that “LED technology varies throughout the industry, and a warm white from one supplier can vary in hues and color drastically from another.” He even suggested buying strands from a few different manufacturers to compare them and see which hue you like best before making a large purchase. Once you find something you like, he said, buy from only that manufacturer. Our testing confirmed that there is a tremendous variety in LED color hues, from the fantastic to the terrible.
We dismissed companies that had overall poor reviews (Holiday Time), strange or incomplete bulb selections (EcoSmart), or suspiciously low pricing (Home Accents). Other companies, like Hometown Evolution, AGPtek, and Deneve, fall more into general exterior decor and don’t have a very good selection of Christmas lights. AGPtek, in particular, deals only in solar-powered or battery lights, which are more of a specialty item, and we wanted to concentrate on general tree and exterior lighting.
Our original testing consisted of 1sets, including colored and white mini lights, both LED and incandescent. We also tested a number of mm wide-angle conical LEDs, since our experts recommended them for exterior use. Then, in 2015, we looked at two new sets from Christmas Designers, the TSmooth LED Lights in both warm white and multicolor.
Ready to begin testing.
To evaluate the lights, we wound and unwound them, draped them over and into Christmas trees and rhododendrons, and tucked them in and out of deck railings. Basically, we tried to use the lights how they’re intended to be used. We tested the weather impermeability of the exterior lights by plugging them in and sinking the strands of lights into a 3-gallon bucket of water. While this test was a bit extreme, it’s certainly possible that any set of exterior lights will end up in a puddle or draped in a gutter.
Overall, we found that the wire quality has a lot to do with the success of a strand of lights. Some of the tested lights had tidy, close-knit strands of wire, while others were loose and messy. Some wires needed untwisting before use, like an old phone cord, and still others continued to accordion back on themselves no matter how we tried to stretch them out and lay them flat.
We also assessed each strand for color quality, using the incandescent strands as a benchmark, with the input of Susan Moriarty, executive creative director and founder of The Soapbox Studio. She’s a die-hard fan of the warmth that incandescent Christmas lights emit, so we asked her to compare the classics against new LEDs. Even though Moriarty did her evaluations in a blind fashion, she consistently chose along brand lines, a result that backed up Orr’s suggestion to select a single manufacturer and stick with it.
Long-term test notes
After three seasons of having the GE Energy Smart Colorite LED Miniature Lights on my tree, I have no complaints. Just recently (fall 2017) I took them out of storage for the holidays, and all of the bulbs work fine. I’ve noticed that the wire stranding has loosened a little, but the lights are still fairly well organized, and I don’t foresee any issues with putting them around a tree.
GKI/Bethlehem’s LEDs are nice lights, but we found that their color and wire quality didn’t match that of the GE or Christmas Designers lights.
The multicolor LED lights sold by Noma (known as Holiday Wonderland in the US) had a nice hue in our tests, but they’re non-rectified, so they have the potential for flicker—and if you merely jiggle them, they produce a dizzying strobe effect.
We also tested the now unavailable Noma mm wide-angle multicolored LEDs. Like the other Noma lights, this set is non-rectified. And because these lights employ a two-piece bulb and socket design, there is a chance of water infiltration, making them less than ideal for exterior applications.
GKI/Bethlehem’s wide-angle LEDs, also no longer available, had a tidy wire but lacked the color quality of the wide-angle LEDs from the specialty stores. The whites had a far whiter hue. Even though this strand is sold as a warm white, in our tests The Soapbox Studio’s Susan Moriarty didn’t see a whole lot of warmth to it.
Wide-angle conical lights from Christmas Designers (top) and Christmas Light Source (bottom). Notice what a disaster the wiring is on the CLS lights. The best of the tested lights had nice, organized wires like the ones from Christmas Designers.
The wide-angle LEDs from Christmas Light Source had the most frustrating wire of all the lights we tested. Each bulb needed twisting and turning for the strand to lie flat, and even then it kept trying to spring back to how it was. The individual wires were loose from one another and had uneven loops. It was a nightmare to feed them through a tight spot like a railing or even between two branches.
The Brite Star clear incandescents we tested were very nice, and in light quality they were on a par with the strands from Christmas Designers and GE. We didn’t make them a recommendation because they have a 2½-inch spacing, which seems a little tight for most people. As we mention above, inches is the standard.
While the Brite Star incandescents were a success in our tests, the company’s LED Mini Ice Lights were a total failure. Everything bad about LEDs was on display with these lights. When we plugged them in, the result was like having 50 small computer screens lit up on a wire strand. It was just awful. They’re non-rectified, and the effect is not a positive one. The light that these LEDs emit is about as natural as the ingredients list on a Twinkie.
What is solar light
A Solar light is also known as a solar lantern or solar lamp. Solar light is powered by the electricity generated from a very small solar panel that is put on top of it. It harnesses the sun’s energy to provide illumination for indoor and outdoor applications. This breakthrough technology delivers a very convenient way to light your home, your garden or might be for commercial projects such as street lighting system or entertainment events with minimal investment and maintenance.
It makes a lot of sense to add them for exterior lighting around your home, your garden and particularly when you are camping without electricity, during the day it will be charged for use when it is dark. Some types of solar light have USB ports, so these do not only keep the LED lights working, but they can also be used to power other small devices like mobile phones.
Before buying solar lights for home, you probably have a lot of questions in your mind relate to what actually the benefits of solar-powered lighting. To be honest, there are only disadvantages with solar lighting are that they are more expensive than standard lamps and there are too many choices out there, finding the best solar light for outdoor and garden isn’t an easy task. However, today many manufacturers have been focusing on solar lighting. The technology has been improving quickly while the selling price also reduced. You can easily buy a home solar light from a Chinese brand at a very low price but only need replacing every 4-year.
How solar light works
As I mention, choosing the best solar lights isn’t an easy task, it requires few more things than the best list that you have read from other review posts. Understanding how solar light works is the very important thing.
Solar-powered lights use renewable energy, it is the lighting system composed of an LED lamp, Photovoltaic panels, built-in batteries, a charge controllers and a controller. A photovoltaic (PV) module collects energy from the sun and stores it in batteries to operate the required wattage of light at night when there is no sunlight to produce lighting. The light is being turned on by an intelligent controller which is switching on the LED light using the energy that has been stored.
The battery is a standard Nicad battery or Lithium-ion Battery, the lithium-ion battery solar lights are better than Nicad-battery solar lights but they are also more expensive. When a solar light’s battery dies, you can easily buy an another one to replace.
The light will be shown through the LED light. LED lights are very high efficiency and long life, up to 50,000 hours. A cheap solar light uses only a single LED will not enough to provide illumination. More expensive lights may offer a dozen of LED or a combination of an LED and a small halogen flashlight bulb, provide good illumination. If you have to buy solar lights for making a trail or for emergencies, you need to make sure that they are bright enough to see.
I recommend that you choose solar lights made with durable LEDs. They are much more dependable and last longer than other light sources. Solar-powered lights use LED bulbs that are measured by lumens, which measures the level of power that is produced by the light. More lumens means it is a brighter light, fewer lumens means it’s a dimmer light.
When you are shopping for solar lights, compare lumens to be sure you are getting the amount of light or level of brightness as you want. BUY LUMENS, NOT WATTS, don’t look at the solar light’s wattage when you buy, it makes no sense, the thing you need is the number of lumens. The higher the number of lumens, the brighter the solar light.
A typical single LED light will give off the equivalent of a 2-watt bulb. As a table above, an average 75W standard bulb produces about 1lumens per watt, whereas LED lights produce 6lumens per watt. This equates to LED lights being about 5.times more efficient in their energy usage.
The brightness of the solar lights for you may vary widely. Some solar lights can produce about 1to 20 lumens which generates a soft light that gives off a warm amber glow, while other solar lights can produce a much higher lumen rating up to 1400 lumens such as this DrawGreen solar sensor light, which creates a brighter light.
Garden areas may require a low lumens light (1 to 20 lumens) to give off ambient light or for decorative purposes only. While yard, pathways, walkways and may require a higher lumens light. A strong light is especially important if you want to bring the light on travel or use it for security purposes. Best solar-powered security lights should offer more than 1000 lumens, like the Sunforce 8218(180 LEDs and 1200 lumens).
Another important feature you should look at is an adjustable brightness (dimming) switch that allows you to adjust the light from a bright and harsher light to a softer glow.
Ultimately, the brightness of the solar light depends on the brightness of the sun and the amount of daylight it is exposed to, as well as the quality of the photovoltaic cells in the solar panel and the size of the LED bulb.
URPOWER 2-in-Solar Spotlight
URPOWER 2-in-solar spotlight is the perfect light for landscape uplighting, giving you lights along a pathway, driveway, deck or dock, etc. For a strong source of light with 200 Lumens of power output in total LED bulbs, built-in 18650 lithium rechargeable battery (2200mAh), the URPOWER solar spotlights will give you with a bright warm light for 6-hours after fully charged depending on exposure to direct sunlight.
DrawGreen Bright LED Solar Motion Sensor Spotlights
DrawGreen Bright LED Solar Motion Sensor Spotlights are the multifunction solar light. These spotlights use a motion sensor and a timer so the light will be automatically turned on when movement is detected within the range of the sensor. Thus, these solar lights also can be used as the security light.
The DrawGreen solar spotlights will provide you an extra lighting power with 1400 lumens which is equivalent to 110W incandescent bulbs, bright LED with optics-grade PMMA lens makes it much brighter so they are ideal for lighting up your pool, deck, entranceway or driveway.
With a super strong lithium-ion battery capacity, up to 2600 mAh, these spotlights can last over 30 hours lighting, which is much longer than other similar products in the market. But the DrawGreen spotlights will take longer to fully charge, about 6-hours on sunny days while the other spotlights only take about 4-hours.
One of the highlights of these spotlights is that they can be adjusted to 360-degree, and the solar panel is also with adjusted angles, so you can get the full range of lighting and sensing angle. The lights are made from durable aluminum-alloy case and weather-resistant reflective plastic housing and the solar panels are extra large to absorb more light, which means they can stay brighter for longer.
Robust 80 LED Outdoor Solar Motion Flood Light
Robust Solar Motion Flood Light will bring you a super bright white light combined with a motion sensor that is ideal for all your lighting and security needs. With 80 super bright LED bulbs and a super high-efficiency solar panel, this solar flood light can provide 700 lumens and last over night. With the motion sensor detecting range is about 16-3feet, this solar flood light is perfect to light up the pitch black areas in the yard. It gives enough light that you can walk away and see at least 4feet.
RuggedGrade High Power Solar Motion LED Flood Light
RuggedGrade High Power Solar Motion Flood Light is a heavy duty flood light. It can provide super high brightness with 1000 lumens, Watts of LED flood light power. With a motion sensor combined that is ideal for lighting up your yard, garden and particularly perfect for security purpose whether home or business office.
The RuggedGrade flood light uses a high efficiency big solar panel. You can mount this panel separate to get the best power from sunlight and then connect to the LED light through 3.meter cable. You can easily install the flood light and solar panel anywhere in minutes, no need to hire an electrician.
Dim mode is at 10% lighting for saving power when no motion. But when motion is detected, light can go from 10% power to full brightness.
MicroSolar heavy duty solar flood light is a great idea. The light is very bright, give you 500 lumens of power output in total 120 pcs natural white (not bluish) super high brightness LED.
This pack of solar path light from
Moonrays 9138Payton Solar Plastic Path Light includes solar lights that can provide 2.lumens of light in a 360-degree display of patterned light covering a 12-inch area. These lights are perfect for providing a beautiful soft light for illumination of pathways or among the foliage in your garden. Let Moonrays help make your outdoor settings as livable, enjoyable, and charming as any room in your home.
HGTV Solar LED Pathway Lights
HGTV solar pathway lights are perfect for the front yard or backyard pathways. They are suitable for any home and are crafted in a beautiful powder-coated oil rubbed bronze and stainless steel. Each light measures 5.9in (L) & 18.4in (H) and includes LED light, crystalline solar panel, rechargeable 1.2V 400 mAh Ni-MH battery, and an elegant glass lens. They can run up to hours on a full charge and with lumens per light provides maximum energy to project a beautiful pattern of warm, natural white LED light.
The Sensing Zone is the first thing you should look at when searching for solar motion sensor lights.
Best100Stuff Solar Motion Sensor Light. But you should only buy the sensor lights that provide coverage for 90-degree angles for a small area.
Most popular solar motion sensor lights on the market right now provide coverage for 120-degree and 180-degree angles that are ideal for wall-mounting. These types are the best choice if you want to add solar lighting around your home, at every dark wall side where you never feel safe or for pathways. Some solar motion sensor lights provide an extra wide sensing zone the degree of coverage is up to 360-degree. But I think this isn’t necessary unless you want to add sensor lighting in the garden for security purpose.
Solar Motion Sensor Light Brightness
Most solar motion sensor lights these days are powered by LED bulbs. LED solar motion sensor lights can be designed with a low level of brightness (20-100 lumens) which only can produce a soft glow for less than 1feet of distance, like the (80 lumens).
OuTera 3200mA 4LED Solar Wall Light with Motion Sensor (1600 lumens).
Best solar motion sensor lights to use as outdoor security lighting system should produce the output from 300 to 800 lumens. These will give you a substantial amount of light up to 30 feet. These are also suitable for high traffic areas like walkways around your home, your back yard, and driveways.
Litom 20 LEDs Motion Sensor Solar Light
Full-on mode. From sunset to sunrise, the solar light will remain on. Then the solar light will automatically turn itself off at daybreak.
Reduced light mode. After sunset, the solar light will remain on, but at a reduced brightness. When movement is detected by the motion detector the solar light will automatically go to full brightness and remain there for 1seconds, then the light will automatically return to reduced brightness.
The Litom motion sensor solar lights provide you 440 lumens of light that can give off enough light to illuminate your backyard. These motion sensor lights are IP6waterproof so it can withstand rain and other extreme weather conditions.
To get the best results from the solar light and motion sensor, install the lights so that they face south and make sure they absorb the sunlight directly, and charge the batteries before turning the lights on for the first time.
This another version of solar light from
Litom motion sensor solar light includes 2LED bulbs that provide a super bright level of illumination for a wide area, which is far more brighter to provide security light for your home or business accommodation. With 3LEDs setup on both sides of the solar lights which create a wider range of luminosity and increase the maximum lighting angle up to 270 degrees.
Litom Solar motion light installed with sensitive sensor ball head, the recommended install height is 5.6-6.FT, it can detect motion up to 10-2feet away at a 120-degree angle. This solar power motion light automatically turns on when it senses the motion of someone driving to your house or walking to your door.
This solar motion sensor light comes with different lighting Sensing modes: medium light mode, dim light sensor light mode and sensor mode. So you can choose the most appropriate mode for your needs and desires.
All of the cheap Head Torches we tested stated ridiculous claims about their lumens which just wasn’t true. After a bit of delving in to which CREE LED they use and the capacity it was clear their claims were completely unachievable and untrue. So the specification you think you’re buying, you don’t get.
Batteries were fake
We tested the Batteries using the Foxnova battery tester and found that the rechargeable batteries were not what the outside label advertised.
The Canwelum Head Torch Batteries were x Ultrafire 4000mAh Rechargeable batteries. When we tested them they were 1200mah each.
Now if the Batteries did not meet the specification of the label, have they passed CE Certification? You really don’t know if the batteries you are buying are safe and there have been cases of cheap Rechargeable Batteries exploding whilst left on charge.
The Cheap Head Torches only lasted Hours…
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your led work light rechargeable wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of led work light rechargeable
- №1 — LED Light by EAGems – Rechargeable Work Lamp
- №2 — Neiko 40339A Cordless COB LED Work Light
- №3 — [15W 24LED] Spotlights Work Lights Outdoor Camping Lights