During the winter months, the front steps to my house become a dangerous place to tread; lighting is poor, and the steps are often sheathed in ice or covered with snow.
A solar powered security light appeared to be the best method of dealing with this problem. Unfortunately, since this side of the house receives little sunlight, I required a unit that featured a self-contained solar panel that could be installed in a sunnier location.
My second problem concerned the minimal distance between my porch steps and the adjoining street. If the device’s motion detector triggered the light every time a car passed the house, its battery and solar panel would provide insufficient power to keep this device functioning all night.
Today I am testing the LEPOWER Solar Powered Security Light. Can it keep my porch steps illuminated? Read on and find out.
This security light is equipped with three independently aimed LED modules. It can produce an output of 1600 lumens at a color temperature of 5500K.
A monocrystalline silicon solar panel converts sunlight into electricity. This energy is transferred, via a 15-foot cable, to the security light and used to charge its battery.
This light features a three-position switch allowing the selection of Auto, On, or Test. Unless you are performing a preinstallation test or intend to leave the light on for an extended interval, the Auto mode should be selected. In Auto, the light will illuminate for a specific period when its PIR (motion sensor) is triggered.
A separate control panel is utilized to adjust the motion sensor’s range and to manage the length of time the light remains on when activated.
- Brand: LEPOWER
- Name: Solar Powered Security Light
- Model: YY02C-WH
- Lumens: 1600lm
- Color temperature: 5500K
- Independent solar panel: Yes
- Solar panel cord length: 15 feet
- Motion detection: Up to 72 feet
- Sensing Angle: 180 degrees
- Lighting time: 0 – 120 seconds
- Lifespan: 50,000 hours
This device is equipped with a center light flanked by two auxiliary units. While all three of these modules may be tilted upward or downward, the sidelights can be also be swiveled, allowing a wider area of illumination.
The security light outputs a brightness of 1600 lumens with a color temperature of 5500K. I found that it illuminated the area around my porch door extremely well.
The monocrystalline silicon solar panel converts solar energy into electricity, boasting a conversion rate of over 25 percent. It can fully charge the security light’s batteries within 6 – 10 hours, provided the solar panel receives sufficient sunlight. This panel is fitted with a 15-foot cable.
I screwed the plastic mounting plate to the casing above my front door. This required a ladder, a drill, and a Philips screwdriver.
The second step consisted of carrying the security light up the ladder and sliding it onto its bracket. Sadly, I am clumsy and not particularly adept at installations. This project phase consumed ten minutes of my valuable time, and because I am not a patient man, I used several colorful and unrepeatable phrases.
Since this side of my house suffers from a lack of sunlight, I moved the ladder to the front of the house. I then affixed the solar panel to a wooden shingle about nine feet above the sidewalk, angling it in a direction that ensured sunlight would be collected throughout most of the day. I finished the physical installation by stringing and securing the 15-foot cable between the solar panel and my new security light.
The preliminary setup included selecting the maximum motion detection range and aiming the sensor slightly away from the adjoining street. I also set the lights to remain on for ten seconds once the device was activated. I planned to tweak these adjustments several times over the next few days.
Motion within a 180 degree area is constantly monitored, and the distance covered can be adjusted up to a range of 72 feet. The motion detector’s coverage may be adjusted by tilting and swiveling its housing.
When first installed, the motion detector activated the security light every time a vehicle traveled up the street and passed my house.
I swiveled the detector housing to the right and tried again. While traffic was no longer detected, the light was triggered whenever anyone strolled down the sidewalk.
I tilted the detector housing downward and moved it as far to the right as possible. This worked well; the light illuminated only when someone approached my porch door. The problem might have been easier to resolve if I had tried adjusting the dial controlling the device’s detection distance.
In the beginning, battery life proved to be dreadful. Although illumination time was limited to 10 seconds, my misaimed motion detector activated the light every time a car passed by. And, to make matters worse, the first four days were short, gloomy, and often punctuated by rain. Within two hours of sunset, the batteries would be drained.
A properly aimed motion detector helped but, because the sun refused to appear, the batteries were not provided a chance to fully charge.
Finally, on day five, the sun shone brightly for several hours. When I conducted a test at midnight, the security light properly illuminated.
Early the next morning, a gaggle of children congregated in the dark alongside my house, waiting for their school bus. As they gossiped, played, and poked the accumulated snow with sticks, my security light came on repeatedly, fully illuminating the area.
I only required one full day of sun. From then on, even on cloudy days, the device’s batteries remained charged enough to keep the security light working properly.
I wanted a light that would illuminate whenever someone approached my front porch door, ensuring they could safely navigate the steps. It was also crucial that this system be easy to install, adjust and maintain.
This security light works great. And even though I am elderly and not particularly skillful, I could install it entirely within one hour.
Adjustments can be completed quickly while standing at the entrance to my porch. I was also pleased to discover that the solar panel could be installed in a sunlit area several feet away from the security light. The LEPOWER Solar Powered Security Light is recommended.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2023 Walter Shillington