The Best Solar Lamp Post To Make Your House Smarter

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Solar-powered lamp posts can enhance your home's security and greatly add to its curb appeal. Most kinds of outdoor lighting can do those things, but solar has many advantages that none of the others have.

There is no need for wiring of any kind with the solar lamp posts that we will detail here. That not only makes for easy installation, but they can be easily moved whenever you feel like changing your yard up a bit.

These lamp posts automatically illuminate your yard or your entryway, depending on where you put them, so you don't have to worry about the electricity you are wasting by leaving your outdoor lights on while you are away. They come on at dusk and go off at dawn without you even having to set a timer. These are truly simple smart lights that don't even require an app!

Read on to learn about the best solar lamp posts on the market today. They can make your home smarter and save you some money on electricity.

COMPARISON DATA

Product

Image

Details

Rating

Price

Gama Sonic Royal Triple Head Lamp Post

Gama Sonic Royal Bulb Solar Outdoor Triple Head Lamp

Height

89"


Construction

Aluminum


Finish

Weathered Bronze

Kemeco Solar Lamp Post with Planter Arm Hook

Kemeco Solar Lamp Post with Planter Arm Hook

Height

71 1/2 "


Construction

Aluminum / Steel​​​​


Finish

Black

$37.99

iGlow 4 Pack Fence Light

iGlow 4 Pack Fence Light

Height

5"


Construction

Plastic


Finish

Black

$37.99

PSW Lamp Post and Planter

6.6 ft (79 in) Tall Solar Lamp Post and Planter - 3 Heads, White LEDs, Black

Height

80"


Construction

Plastic


Finish

Black

iGlow Streetlight Style Adjustable Lamp post

iGlow Outdoor Garden Solar Lamp Post Light w/ 2 Bright White SMD LED Streetlight Style Landscape Path Deck Dual Purpose

Height

78"


Construction

Aluminum/

Plastic


Finish

Black

Kanstar Mini Vintage Adjustable Lamp Post

Kanstar Vintage Adjustable Garden Lamp Post

Height

48"


Construction

Aluminum/

Plastic


Finish

Black

NOTE: BUDGET PICK

$57.98

Kanstar Vintage Adjustable Garden Lamp Post

65" Street Vintage Outdoor Garden Leds Bulb Solar Lamp Post Light Lawn - Adjustable

Height

65"


Construction

Steel


Finish

Black

Kanstar Triple Head Vintage Adjustable Post Light

72" Street Vintage Outdoor Garden Triple Solar Lamp Post Light Lawn - Adjustable

Height

74"


Construction

Plastic


Finish

Black

NOTE:

BEST OVERALL

How We Reviewed These Solar Lamp Posts

We sifted through dozens of models to come up with this list of eight of the best. We excluded any that didn't have their panels built in. Why mess with running wires if you don't have to?

The most common complaint about outdoor solar lights is the quality of the light they put out. We traced this problem to the LEDs themselves. Inferior LEDs give off a harsh bluish light that really grates on the eyes. So we weeded out the lamp posts that incorporated these cheap LEDs into their design.

The second most common complaint is that the light only shines at maximum brightness for a few hours. Then it gets dimmer and dimmer until it just goes out, often before the sun rises. We narrowed the causes of this problem down to two culprits: low-quality solar panels and cheap rechargeable batteries. It wasn't too difficult to identify the lamp posts with bad panels so they could be kept off the list, but we had a real problem when it came to finding out what kind of batteries come with each particular model of lamp post. But this is not a huge problem. If you buy one of the lamp posts on this list, you can be assured that it has a high-quality solar panel. So if you notice it losing brightness quickly, go buy a good pair of rechargeable AA batteries. Get a name brand, and make sure the package indicates that the batteries are best for low-drain devices.

Another thing we had to look out for is poor craftsmanship and materials. We even ran across a few models that had numerous complaints about the lamp heads not fitting correctly onto the post! This usually indicates poor machine work on the threads. Don't worry: We took the time to make sure all of the lamp posts we considered for a review here are well-made out of good materials.

The Best Solar Lamp Posts Reviewed

Kanstar Mini Vintage Adjustable Lamp Post

Kanstar 2pack 42" Mini Street Vintage Outdoor Garden Post Solar Lamp...
  • 1 single light kits
  • Battery: Pre-installed 1 Rechargeable AA, 3.2V/600 mAh Ni-Cd
  • Sensor: Automatic sensor activates at dusk

Let's start with our budget pick from one of the leading sellers of outdoor solar lamp posts.

These post lamps are so affordable that you can get several of them to line your driveway or grace your garden. The lamp head is plastic and the pole is aluminum, which is surprising because we expected a lamp post of this price to be made entirely of plastic. Don't think that these are cheaply constructed lights. They are durable and put out a good amount of light. And they look great.

The adjustable pole that is included allow height adjustment up to 42" tall. This is about chest-high on most people, which is a good height for light saturation at ground level.

The single-watt LED automatically comes on at dusk when the switch is on.

Kanstar Vintage Adjustable Garden Lamp Post

65" Street Vintage Outdoor Garden Leds Bulb Solar Lamp Post Light Lawn - Adjustable

Here is another Kanstar lamp post. It is similar to our budget pick, but it adjusts to 65 inches instead of just 42. All of the other specifications are the same.

The extra height allows these lamp posts to illuminate a larger area, but the LED wattage is the same. This means that less light actually reaches the ground. Think of these as area security lights and the shorter ones as landscaping lights.

iGlow Streetlight Style Adjustable Lamp Post

iGlow Outdoor Garden Solar Lamp Post Light w/ 2 Bright White SMD LED Streetlight Style Landscape Path Deck Dual Purpose

This is a super-bright lamp with superior light-casting ability. The old version of this model had only one LED. This newer version has two. You can light up a section of your yard for the kids to play in the dark with this lamp post.

Another improvement that we like is the crystalline solar panel. It charges the battery much quicker, so you can have bright and long-lasting light even on nights following rainy days. This new panel also makes this model better for areas of your yard that are in partial shade during the day. They are just that much more efficient.

The aluminum post adjusts up to almost 79 inches tall, so you can spread all of that light around.

Kanstar Triple Head Vintage Adjustable Post Light

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Kanstar 72" Street Vintage Outdoor Triple Head Solar Powered Lamp Post...
  • 1 single light kits
  • Battery: Pre-installed 2 Rechargeable AA, 3.2V/600 mAh Ni-Cd
  • Sensor: Automatic sensor activates at dusk

We awarded this lamp post the distinction of "best overall" on our list because of its value, elegance and light output.

Each of the three light heads have one bright LED. The coverage area is truly remarkable. Imagine this beauty lighting up a bed of night-blooming jasmine or moonflowers!

Gama Sonic Royal Triple Head Lamp Post

Gama Sonic Royal Bulb Solar Outdoor Triple Head Lamp

This is a stunning triple-head solar lamp post. It is made entirely of aluminum with a weathered bronze finish. It is not meant to provide a little background appeal to your yard. It is meant to be an eye-catching focal point. We had to double-check to make sure this was really a solar lamp because almost every other solar model has a black finish. Its nice to see a little variety coming into the market, and we hope to see more of this in the future.

The light output of this model is similar to Kanstar's triple-head lamp, but these have better LEDs. Their light is a more natural warm color instead of the typical cool bluish LED light that you would expect.

The one drawback of this lamp post is its price. Is it worth it? You will have to decide that for yourself. This is a premium light at a premium price. We can tell you that it is worth every penny if you want a high-end solar lamp post with great light output and unrivaled elegance.

Kemeco Solar Lamp Post with Planter Arm Hook

Kemeco ST4221SSP4 LED Cast Aluminum Solar Lamp Post Light with Planter...
  • AUTOMATIC: Solar powered, turns on automatically at dusk and off at sunrise
  • SIMPLE SETUP: Easy assembly, all you need to do is follow the installation guide and build the solar street light with...
  • EFFICIENT DESIGN: dimensions- 71.6 H x 17.3 L x 17 W inches, four large solar panels for maximum sunlight receiving, LED...

Here we have a nice solar lamp post that casts a decent amount of light <i>and</i> has two hooks for hanging flower pots.

We were a bit skeptical at first. Could the post support the weight of two heavy hanging pots? Well, this lamp post comes with a big square plastic planter that can double as the base. You attach the base of the post securely to the bottom of the planter. Of course, you then fill the planter with dirt. The result is a very sturdy lamp post rising up from the midst of a gorgeous planter full of flowers. It would be interesting to plant some climbing vines, like morning glory, in the base planter and allow the vines to twist their way up the post. Kemeco sent us a picture of that very thing after we contacted them with questions about their products during the research stage of writing this list.

The price of this model is a bit high compared to similar solar lamp posts, but this one can become the focal point of your yard when the base planter and two hanging baskets are in bloom.

PSW Lamp Post and Planter

6.6 ft (79 in) Tall Solar Lamp Post and Planter - 3 Heads, White LEDs, Black

We like the planter base on the above lamp post so much that we just had to include another like it. PSW's planter lamp post attaches to the bottom of the planter, just like Kemeco's, but it also has a brace that goes around the post and attaches to the inside of the planter near the top for extra stability.

This lamp post features three lamp heads, all with one bright LED. The lamps don't actually hang, but they look like they do. That's actually a good thing. Lamps that actually hang tend to start squeaking in the wind after a while.

Another difference: This planter is round, not square. This, along with the hanging-style lamps, lend this lamp post a more informal feel.

iGlow 4 Pack Fence Light

iGlow 4 Pack Black Outdoor Garden 4 x 4 Solar LED Post Deck Cap Square...
  • 1 Ultra Bright White LED. Last up to 100,000 hours. Pre-installed Rechargeable AA Battery, Last up to 2 Years Before...
  • Automatic Sensor Activates at Dusk with NEW and IMPROVED Solar Panel for Superior Charging Performance
  • Weatherproof – Designed to Protect the Lights from Natural Elements. Easy to Install. No Wiring Required. All Fence...

This product is not actually a lamp post, but we included it here because it can go with some of the lamp posts we reviewed to give your yard a more complete look.

These are small solar lights that are meant to attach to the top of 6" square posts. They can also be anchored to the ground along your driveway, walkway or porch. Use your imagination for a minute and you will want this four-pack of solar lights!

Attaching them to the top of 6" fence posts is simple. All of the hardware you need is included. Of course, you can attach these lights to other size fence posts, and just about anything else. It just takes a little measuring and perhaps some additional hardware.

Anchored to the ground in front of a flower bed or row of pretty shrubs, these lights will illuminate the colorful flowers or green leaves in the most interesting way, from below. Imagine the possibilities! That's one of the great things about solar lights. They can be put just about anywhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is There Any Wiring Involved With Solar Lamp Posts?

What About Rainy Days?

How Long Do The Bulbs And Batteries Last?

The Final Verdict

All of the solar lamp posts on our list are dependable and designed to last for years. Picking the right one for you depends on what you want it for. If you want to illuminate a large part of your yard, you should check out one of the lamp posts in our list that feature three lamp heads.

If you are after a more decorative look, think of what you can do with one of the two models here that include a planter base! You have to imagine not only how colorful they will be when the showy flowers bloom in the summertime, but think of the possibilities with mums in the autumn!

The fence post lights offer a lot of versatility. They can be secured just about anywhere for accent illumination.

Keep in mind that some of the solar lamp posts on our list are adjustable for height, and some are not. The height that we give for adjustable models in the table is the maximum height.