The following models rated as "worth considering". See the Test results for full details of all models tested.

Twin PAR38s


     
  • Arlec Compact Security Floodlight MAL617 ($61) 
  • Arlec DIY Security Flood LightMAL616 ($60)
  • Crompton Watchman DTF2150S ($41)
  • Elite Security Sensor Light ESLB ($27)
  • Every Home Security Sensor Light ESL-L ($14)
  • IQ Group Security Light 300W E-644 ($57)
  • Nelson Automatic Security Sensor MPES69WDIY ($46)
  • PDL Automatic Motion Sensor Light 96VH110/TS ($121)

Good points
Easily lit-up a 12m² test area. Each lamp can be individually aimed in a horizontal and vertical direction. Can be mounted on a wall or under the eaves. Some models have adjustable sensor sensitivity. Bulbs are easy to change.

But
None of our test models were labelled as compatible with CFL PAR38 lamps.

Bottom line
Twin PAR38s give a good lighting spread. They’re the most useful and adaptable of the mains-powered types.

 

Conventional-battery LED


     
  • Ezy LED Outdoor Lite LHT0159 ($37)
  • Ezy LED Step Lite LHT0160 ($37)

Good points
Can be mounted anywhere: no wiring’s required. Suitable for DIY installation.

But
Light output not great (but enough to see where you’re going when your eyes are accustomed to the dark). Several may be required along a pathway or up stairs or steps. Batteries will require changing.

Bottom line
Useful for lighting areas where there's no mains power.

 

Solar-battery LED


  • Nelson DIY Solar Sensor Security Light MPESOL01BL ($58)

Good points
Can be mounted anywhere: no wiring’s required. Suitable for DIY installation. Solar panel recharges internal battery (no batteries to replace).

But
Light output is not great (but enough to see where you’re going when your eyes are accustomed to the dark). Several may be required along a pathway or up stairs or steps.

Bottom line
Useful for lighting areas where there’s no mains power.

 

Report by Bill Whitley.

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