The Best Outdoor Wall Lights in Australia for 2022

Choosing the right outdoor wall lights for your home can be overwhelming.

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Not only do you want something that looks good, but you need to think about solar vs wired, waterproofing, brightness, colour/warmth, and whether you want motion detection.

After our reviews below, we cover the key things to look out for when choosing outdoor wall lights for your home.

Our top pick: HPM Garden Wall Lights

Materials: Metal
Bulb type: LED
Solar: No
Waterproof rating: IP67
Motion sensor: Compatible with sensors
Warranty: ‎12 Months

The HPM Garden Lights are a great way to add some flair to your outdoor space. They’re suitable for small to medium areas and are also great for highlighting a specific feature in your garden.

These lights are compatible with HPM and Legrand sensors, so you can set them up to come on only when needed. They also have an IP67 weatherproof rating.

IP67 stands for Ingress Protection Rating 67, one of the highest levels of protection available. This rating provides complete protection against dust and other airborne particles, as well as protection against water up to a maximum depth of one meter.

The pack comes with 2 wall lights, both made from aluminium and stainless steel with glass construction. They come in a matt black finish that will look great in any setting, whether it’s modern or traditional.

Best solar powered: Ozoffer Outdoor Security Lights

Materials: Plastic
Bulb type: LED
Solar: Yes
Waterproof rating: IP65
Motion sensor: Yes
Warranty: None listed

These solar motion sensor lights have powerful LED lights that are bright enough for providing added security by lighting up the outdoor areas around your home.

The solar panel converts solar power into electricity during the day, so it can provide light all through the night.

It detects motion up to 8m away and comes with tool-free installation for easy mounting. Mounting screws are provided for installation on a flat surface or wall.

The IP65 waterproof design makes it ideal for outdoor use no matter what kind of weather or climate you experience in your area. Made from premium ABS material, this light is built to last.

7 Pandas Industrial Outdoor Wall Light

Materials: Die cast aluminium, glass
Bulb type: Compatible with LED, CFL, incandescent
Solar: No
Waterproof rating: IP44
Motion sensor: No
Warranty: ‎12 Months

This stylish light has a modern design that will enhance your outdoor space. It is constructed from rust-free die cast aluminum in a matte black finish and a transparent glass cover.

This light is easy to install, but does require hard wiring unlike the solar-powered alternatives. It comes with all of the installation accessories you need, so you’ll be able to get it up in no time. If you ever need to replace the bulb, you can do so easily from the bottom of the fixture.

Telbix Kman Exterior Wall Lamp

Materials: Aluminium
Bulb type: LED
Solar: No
Waterproof rating: None listed
Motion sensor: No
Warranty: 3 years

If you’re looking for a sleek and modern exterior wall lamp that can add some flair to your outdoor space, you’ll love this light from Telbix.

With its minimalist design and high quality aluminum construction, this light would be suitable for a range of purposes including pathways and garden lighting.

Note that this light does require a LED GU10 glove and is designed to be installed by a licensed electrician.

12x Outdoor Solar Wall Lamps

Materials: Plastic
Bulb type: LED
Solar: Yes
Waterproof rating: None listed
Motion sensor: No
Warranty: None listed

These solar lamps are the perfect way to give your garden some extra sparkle without breaking the bank (or wasting energy).

Each lamp is equipped with an AA battery that is charged by the sunlight, so you never have to worry about flipping on a switch. It can be installed anywhere including under the roof, or fixed on the fence.

Each of these solar lamps has two 0.06-watt LEDs inside that provide 0.12-watt lighting, so they are super bright but won’t hurt your eyes.

This pack includes 12 wall lamps—so if you want to line a walkway or outdoor patio, this is the product for you.

Cambridge Outdoor Light

Materials: Aluminium, glass
Bulb type: Incandescent
Solar: No
Waterproof rating: IP43
Motion sensor: No
Warranty: 2 years

The Cambridge Outdoor Light is the perfect addition to your home’s exterior. With its classic Victorian design and modern practicality, it will add character and charm to your outdoor space.

The strong and durable cast aluminum frame makes this light a great choice for any outdoor setting, from patios to porches and decks.

Worth noting is that its IP43 rating means that it is only suitable for undercover outdoor areas. It also requires a 60w ES bulb (not included).

JESLED Solar Lights with Motion Sensor

Materials: Plastic
Bulb type: LED
Solar: Yes
Waterproof rating: Not listed
Motion sensor: Yes
Warranty: 2 years

These solar lights are great for any outdoor environment. They would be great for a front door, back yard, driveway, or path.

They are super bright thanks to 90 high-powered LED beads. But if you’re looking for subtle mood lighting, this might not be the best option.

The JESLED lights have 3 adjustable modes so you can set them up to best suit your needs and routines. The energy management chip helps to keep the lights running even when there’s no sun.

They also come with a 2-year warranty which gives you peace of mind if anything goes wrong during that time period.

Weatherproof Solar LED Sensor Lights

Materials: Plastic
Bulb type: LED
Solar: Yes
Waterproof rating: IP65
Motion sensor: Yes
Warranty: None listed

These Solar LED Sensor Lights are a great choice for anyone looking for a reliable way to illuminate their outdoor space with a motion sensor.

The 86 LED lights and can illuminate for four to six hours once fully charged, and it takes eight hours of direct sunlight to fully charge them.

They have a wide angle motion sensor that detects motion from up to 8 meters away, so they’re perfect for lighting up your garden or driveway when visitors arrive.

These lights are made from durable ABS plastic and have an IP65 waterproof rating, so they can be used in rain or shine.

What to look for when choosing outdoor wall lights

When you are looking for outdoor wall lights, here are some things to look for:

  • Easy installation. The light should be easy to put up or take down if you need to replace a bulb. It’s also nice if they come with all required mounting plates and screws.
  • Motion detection is great for security reasons as it can detect movement and turn the light on automatically. This is especially handy if you want to keep your home secure when you’re away. It’s also ideal for people who don’t want to walk up a dark path or driveway at night
  • Automatic timer features mean the lights can automatically turn on or off at a certain time each day.
  • Waterproof ratings give you an indication of how well the lights will stand up to the elements. The second number in the IP rating is the one to pay attention to as this indicates the products tolerance to “moisture ingress” (rain). The higher the number, the more it can withstand. For example, 4 means “protection against splashing water from any direction, tested for a minimum of 10 minutes” while 5 means “Protection against low-pressure jets of directed water from any angle”.
  • Brightness. For exterior use, it is important that your lighting fixture provides enough illumination for safety reasons but not so bright that it blinds anyone trying to enter the house.
  • Colour. Lights can be cool white or warm white (measured in degrees of Kelvin (K) on a scale from 1,000 to 10,000). We discuss this more in-depth later.
  • Aesthetics. The appearance of your light needs to be considered when choosing an outdoor wall-mounting fixture. Choose something that will blend in well with the rest of your house and garden.

Is soft white or cool white better for outdoor lights?

When you’re shopping for outdoor lights, you’ll see that some of the options are available in cool or soft white. Both options can be used outdoors, but they’ll look and perform differently.

Cool whites have more blue tones and can be too harsh in many outdoor settings.

Light colours are measured in degrees of Kelvin (K) on a scale from 1,000 to 10,000.

We recommend going with a warm white light (around 2700K). Up to 3000K is still considered warm while 5000K is cool daylight.

A warm white or soft white light puts out a yellowish glow rather than a bluish one. This is because warm light has more reds and oranges in its spectrum and fewer blues.

Warm lights are better for use with landscape features such as your garden because they won’t wash out the colours of flowers, grass, or foliage.

FAQs

Are LED outdoor lights brighter?

LED lights provide more lumens per watt than other types of light, meaning that you get more light output for the same amount of electricity.

How many lumens do you need for outdoor wall lights?

A lumen is a measure of how much light is emitted by a light source. The brightness you need will depend on whether you need to illuminate a large area or just a narrow path or doorway. Around 100-200 lumens is suitable for most outside lights.

How high should an outdoor light be mounted?

The height of your light will be determined by the area you want it to illuminate. However, for most pathway and garden lights, the installation height should be around 1.7m above ground level, or just above eye level. This height adequately illuminates the surrounding area but won’t shine directly into your eyes.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY, and is always up for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking delicious meals from fresh produce picked from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.