There are a lot of reasons why smart outdoor lighting is a bright idea (who doesn’t like a great pun?). Beyond the convenience of lighting dark areas around your home, they also provide a layer of home security and give the illusion that someone is home, even if your house may be empty.
Plus, there’s no bigger pain in the neck than tripping over a toy your kid left in the walkway in the middle of the night or wading through your keys on a dark porch trying to find the one that will open your front door. Outdoor smart lights give you the power to turn on your outdoor lighting with your phone and voice.
Outdoor lighting can also add that desired and modern ambiance to a backyard deck or patio. There are few things that are more inviting than an ambiently lit deck on a warm summer night or warm string lighting throughout a backyard.
Whether you want outdoor lighting for convenience, security, to set the mood or all of the above, we’ve found the best ones to achieve your outdoor lighting goals.
Here are our recommendations for the best smart outdoor lighting in 2021.
1. Ring Smart Lighting Pathlight
These lights are great for poorly lit walkways and require little to no maintenance. Using solar-powered rechargeable batteries, they soak up the sun all day and light dark pathways at night. Using the app, you can enable the motion sensor to turn the light on and off at night as well as directly control the light from your phone. It’s a pretty nifty and efficient way to add a little light to the walking areas around your home.
2. Philips Hue Lily White & Color Outdoor Smart Spotlight
When you connect this smart outdoor light to the Hue Smart Hub, you can take full advantage of all the colors and voice control features the Philips Hue Lily Spotlight has to offer. You have full control of the lighting from your phone, or with your voice thanks to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It is even compatible with Apple HomeKit. Not only can you control the power, but also the colors it illuminates. This spotlight is weatherproof and has a 25,000-hour life-span.
3. Dusk to Dawn Outdoor Smart LED Bulbs
A low maintenance option to light up dark areas around your home. All you need to do is screw these bulbs in and walk away. They have sensors built-in that detects when the sun is going down and will automatically turn on at dusk and back off when the sun rises. This also helps increase your home’s security to make it look like someone is home at night. A three-pack of these lights is just above $20, making this a small, yet smart investment for outdoor lighting.
4. Philips Hue Discover Ambiance Smart Floodlight
This is a great outdoor smart light to illuminate a large area like a driveway, porch or patio with a single light. When connected to the Philips Hue Smart Hub, you can control the light directly from the app. You can turn the light on and off, but also change its colors. And when combined with an Alexa, HomeKit or Google Assistant device, you can control the light with your voice. This is a bright and durable outdoor smart light.
5. XMCOSY Outdoor String Lights 2 Pack
Nothing adds ambiance and style to an outdoor patio, pergola or deck quite like string lights. Add the ability to control your outdoor lighting with your phone and voice, and not only will you have a great looking and well-lit area, but you’ll also have a modern one. The bulbs are dimmable with the app and have four scenes to choose from with different flashing sequences for when it’s time to really get the party turned-up. These are a great choice for those who have modern décor in mind.
6. Ring Floodlight Camera
This is an outdoor floodlight with an added wrinkle of security protection. Well, more like a big wrinkle for security. The motion sensor detects movement and will turn on the lights, and the camera. When connected to an Alexa enabled devices, you can get voice alerts when motion is detected as well as see the video on your connected smartphone or tablet. With a subscription to the Ring Protect Plan, you can also record video and store it for up to 60 days.
7. Sengled Flood Light with Motion Sensor
It looks simple, but there’s plenty of brains inside this smart outdoor light. It has a built-in motion sensor for those who want outdoor smart lighting for security. When connected to the Sengled Smart Hub or a Zigbee enabled hub, you can control the level of light (it can get bright enough to light up an entire driveway) as well as schedule when and how bright you want the light to shine. Not so simple after all.
8. Aootek New Solar Lights
This four-pack of smart solar lights are great for walkways, driveways and the side of your home. They are solar-powered, so no charging or plugs necessary. You can choose to have them turn on for 15 seconds after motion is detected, keep them on all night after the sun goes down. They are weather and heatproof, low-maintenance, and affordable considering you get four lights for less than $10 a light.
9. Elight Outdoor String Lights
These lights are great when you need to cover a lot of ground on a budget. A set of lights includes 39 feet of lighting and 100 LED mini globe string lights. You can control these lights with APP (admittedly, not much of a name) to set the mood with different color modes. Not only do these cover a lot of ground, they are easy to control, weatherproof and affordable.
10. Ring Smart Lighting Floodlight with Motion Sensor
If you like the idea of a motion sensor Ring floodlight, but can go without the camera, you can opt for this motion-detecting floodlight. The 600 lumens shines plenty bright when it detects light. When connected to the Ring Smart Lighting Starter Kit with Ring Bridge, you can get notifications when it detects motion, as well as control the smart light with your voice.