Best Solar Garden Lights that Look Great in 2022

When dusk kicks in, let those lights transform your garden into a beautiful or romantic haven. Lighting does the ambiance trick, and solar-powered lights are cost-effective in the long run. Ready to install some lights? Here are the best garden solar lights I have tested and recommend as good.

7 Best Garden Solar Lights to Choose From

Note: I reviewed and categorized these choices in terms of brightness, color options, charge and run time, and durability. You can use them for driveways, walkways, garden paths, decks and patios, and pathways.

1. GIGALUMI Solar Outdoor Garden LED Pathway Lights

  • Battery capacity: 1.2V 150mAh. The label says a single charge lasts 8 hours. Mine lasted a little longer (8 hrs 34 minutes) before dimming.
  • Stainless steel and won’t rust
  • Spike installation: You just push the stakes into the soil and that’s it.
  • Waterproof and heat resistant for improved durability.
  • LED technology – they produce calm white light in the garden.
Installation process for GIGALUMI

Automatic on and off technology: The Gigalumi solar lights will automatically turn on at night and off in the morning.

Light8 hours
Light ColorLED lit – Cold to warm white, multicolor, and color-changing options available.
Batteries1.2V, 150mAh, AAA rechargeable
MaterialStainless steel
Size (inches)2.2 x 13.4 inches

These solar-powered patio lights provide up to 8 hours of light on a single full charge, but I got 8 hours and 34 minutes of light out of them.

GIGALUMI Solar outdoor garden lights unboxed

The GIGALUMI Solar Lights are also waterproof and durable. They will withstand rain, resist hot sunny days, and even survive snow.

Light quality: The white LED light produces great quality, illuminating pathways just enough without being too bright or dim.

2. XLUX New Material Outdoor Realistic Solar Powered Rose Lights

  • Very sturdy and durable.
  • Minimalistic design
  • Have bi-color effect.
  • Automatically light at dusk and switch off at dawn.
  • Nicely designed to mimic real rose flowers.
  • Adjustable stem angle.

If you have some blooming flowers in your garden, you’ll love the XLUX Outdoor Rose Lights in your garden. They blend right in, only that the roses are the ones illuminating your pathways, decks, patios, and driveways – subtly.

Light duration8 hours
Light ColorYellow, pink, white, orange, and blue.
Batteries1.2V Ni-MH AAA battery, rechargeable
MaterialWaterproof
Size (inches)31.5 inches

I bought a few pieces and tried them in my iris garden. I have to say; the roses are more of a fairy thing. They are sturdy yet very beautiful. I found them very interesting during the day as well as at night.

I really liked the adjustable stem angles. They have a wire inside, meaning you can bend or twist the stems in order to direct the light where you want.

3. TomCare Solar Lights – Flickering Flame Torches Outdoor Spotlights

  • They produce a soft, mood-enhancing glow.
  • Unique flickering flame design.
  • 10 hours of light
  • All-weather design – waterproof, snow and heat-resistant.

If you’re a fan of those warm-colored lights, then the Tomcare solar garden lights are the best for your patio, lawn, driveways, and pathways. They have a burning flame illumination, making them quite unique.

The lamps are waterproof and can withstand all weather conditions. They are made out of very durable ABS plastic material.

Light duration10 hours (summer) and 5 hours (winter)
Light ColorYellow, pink, white, orange, and blue.
Batteries2200mAh rechargeable
MaterialABS Plastic – Waterproof and all-weather
Size (inches)42.5 x 4.8 x 4.8 Inches

Since the major problem with solar garden lights is battery capacity and depletion, the TomCare Solar Outdoor Spotlights can be boosted easily with two days of charging without use. It’s not much, but I found charging it a lot more helpful.

This comes in handy since most solar lights start to deplete quickly, forcing you to keep stock of a set of new rechargeable batteries for replacement.

4. Solpex Solar Pathway LED Solar Garden Lights for Lawn, Patio, Yard, Garden

  • Short charging period (6 hours)
  • 8 hours of light
  • Very reliable prismatic plastic design.
  • Warm white color for lawns, patios, and garden lighting.

The Solpex solar pathway LED solar garden lights are a great pick, especially if you love a warm white light in your garden.

Here are the features:

Light duration6-8 hours of light.
Light ColorWarm white
Batteries1.2V AA Ni-MH (rechargeable)
MaterialPlastic – Waterproof and heat-resistant (all-weather)
Size (inches)3.9 x 3.9 x 16.9 inches

The design of these garden lamps, though made from plastic material, is pretty and stylish. They might not be the best-looking solar-powered garden lights I checked out, but they appear decent and attractive.

5. Sowsun Solar Pathway Lights Outdoor Solar Powered Landscape Garden Lights

  • Automatic turn on at dusk and off at dawn.
  • Durable, stainless steel build.
  • Great price for a set of 12 lights.
  • Minimalistic design yet beautiful.

These solar-powered garden lights will impress you if you like a minimal design. Compared to the Solpex ones, they look great.

The material is stainless steel, which also adds to the authentic feel and look especially when coupled with the accenting warm white light they produce on the yard, pathway, or lawn.

Here are the features of the Sowsun Solar Pathway Solar Powered Landscape Garden Lights:

Light duration8 hours of light.
Light ColorWarm white
Batteries1.2V 150mAh Ni-MH AAA battery
MaterialStainless steel – Waterproof and heat-resistant (all-weather)
Size (inches)2.5 x 2.5 x 14 inches

The lamps are made of stainless steel, which helps prevent rusting. It enhances durability since the lamps will work fine even in the rain.

I installed these in my garden, just along the fence and in the fairly tall growths of the garden. They looked amazing, even my neighbors noticed them as soon as I installed them.

6. WOSPORTS Solar Lights Outdoor Garden Stake Flower Lights

  • Iron wire stems can bend in any direction.
  • Has 600mAh rechargeable battery.
  • Automatic on at night and off at dawn.
  • Unique lily design with lovely color accents.
  • Waterproof design.
  • Up to 8 hours of lighting hours.
  • ABS plastic and stainless steel material.

The Wosports solar lights come in the design of lilies, with 7 different colors illuminating your garden’s pathways, driveways, patio, and general landscape in your yard.

Light durationUp to 8 hours of light.
Light Color7 colors: Red, Purple, Blue, Cyan-blue, Green, Orange, Yellow,
Batteries1.2V / 600mAh. Rechargeable Ni-MH battery
MaterialStainless steel + ABS plastic
Size (inches)14.57 x 2.95 x 3.15 inches

I used them in the flower beds, and the accents came out really attractive. The quality of the build is also great. The LED lights can easily resemble real lilies unless you decide to do a thorough close-up inspection to determine their material.

The ABS plastic and Stainless Steel build make sure the lights are durable enough while not compromising the quality of their construction when you place them in your garden for lighting.

7. BEAU JARDIN Solar Lights Pathway Outdoor Garden Lights

  • Durable build with ABS plastic and rustproof material.
  • Automatic on and off controls with nightfall and daybreak.
  • Resistant to all weather conditions.

The Beau Jardin solar pathway lights are made of a rustproof material covering the top to guarantee their durability in all weather conditions. The lamps also have a substantial glass build, making them the best for illuminating pathways, yards, lawns, and full gardens.

Light duration8 to 12 hours of light.
Light ColorHigh contrast cool white LED
Batteries1.2V 600mAh rechargeable
MaterialStainless steel + ABS plastic
Size (inches)16.54″ in height x 4.72″ in diameter

How to choose solar-powered garden lights

  • Run Time: How long do the lights illuminate the yard. The more mA units the battery has, the longer it will support the lights. The best I reviewed attained up to 12 hours of light time, which is great.
  • Brightness: If you want to light up pathways in your garden or driveways, you might want to look at how bright these are.
  • Color variety: How many color choices are there? Some lights come in one color option, others multicolored. I preferred the multicolored LED lights.
  • Durability: Stainless steel material is usually more durable because it is rustproof and provides a more aesthetically appealing appearance. However, you may choose between ABS plastic with stainless steel and plastic-only designs.
  • Is it waterproof? Solar panels are electronic; the batteries too, so it is important for the lights to be weather-proof.
  • Heat resistance: Being waterproof is not enough. Your lamps will be in the sun all day in order to charge. Most plastic materials don’t do well in heat.
  • Style: You get to choose from fairy lights to string lights for your garden. I would make my choice based on the type of garden I am trying to decorate. Fairy lights are great for occasions such as Christmas and Easter festivities. Chiming string lights may be great if you want something that soothes you in the evenings.

Keep in mind that not most of these items provide warranties. However, I noticed a majority promise a 30 to 60-day money-back guarantee just in case you experience a certain fault or are not impressed by the product.