Best Solar Powered Lanterns for the Garden (Inexpensive & Ecological)


Installing garden lights in a traditional way can be expensive and time-consuming, so go solar and install solar powered lanterns for the garden. Here you have a list with Amazon best-selling items in this group.

Such solar powered garden lanterns are an ecological, effective, and inexpensive way of adding ambiance to your garden. They are easy to use and to maintain, and after some affordable initial investment, they will work for many years.

How these solar-powered lanterns work

As usual with any solar-powered tool, these are simple constructions with a small integrated solar panel that converts the sun’s energy into electricity. The energy received during the daylight is stored in an inbuilt battery. In the evening, an automatic switch will turn the battery-powered bulbs on and it will turn them off during the day. You can expect up to 15 hours of light, depending on the model of course.

Note also that nothing has to be fixed here, there are models which you can move from place to place and re-arrange the light in the garden as you wish. Just make sure that wherever you position such a lantern, it is exposed to the sun. Note that we have also a separate list with solar pathway lights which you use on the ground, and also solar powered camping lanterns.

How to choose

As you realize from the top picture above, there are many options regarding the style and design. So choosing is individual and nobody should tell you which to choose. But there are some technical aspects to bear in mind.

Materials: Typically you have metal or ABS plastic frame, and glass. There are pros and cons for both metal (which might rust) and plastic (which can be less durable), but these are best-selling products so follow the links and see what other users say about this aspect.

I would say that more important is the issue of waterproofness. You will see clear indications for many of them, this is typically an IP65 waterproof level. The number 6 here describes the level of protection against dust (and this is the highest), while 5 is against water (and this is moderate but completely enough for such a purpose).

Brightness: Here you can have significant differences and this will depend on the price and on the number of bulbs and the overall construction. This is the matter of taste but if you want more light, go for lanterns with a higher lumen number.

Solar panel quality: This usually implies the speed of converting the sunlight into electricity, or the charging time. There is also a conversion rate, so the higher the better.

Battery capacity: I already mentioned the integrated battery, so this is where the solar energy is stored. This is related to the brightness mentioned earlier, so the larger capacity the better, there is not much to choose here.


Note that this is a dynamic list with best-sellers and it will change depending on what is becoming popular on Amazon. So you might want to bookmark this text and check occasionally. Observe also that these are mostly Amazon Prime items so you can have them shipped for free. You might want to know that we also have a separate list with solar powered garden fountains and also solar-powered Christmas lights.

So here is our list with best solar-powered lanterns for the garden, please follow the links and read what other users are saying about them. There is plenty of useful information about them in customers’ reports.

Bestseller No. 1
OxyLED Solar Lantern, LED Solar Garden Lights Outdoor, 2 Pack Hanging Lanterns Solar Powered with Handle Waterproof, Decorative Retro Metal Solar Lights for Table Patio Yard Pathway Walkway Driveway
24 Reviews
OxyLED Solar Lantern, LED Solar Garden Lights Outdoor, 2 Pack Hanging Lanterns Solar Powered with Handle Waterproof, Decorative Retro Metal Solar Lights for Table Patio Yard Pathway Walkway Driveway
  • Decorative and Functional Lights: Why give up beauty for practicality? The OxyLED Solar Light is retro, elegant and effective. The solar light provides some much-needed illumination, casting gorgeous, whimsical pattern of auspicious clouds. It is a great decorative touch for gardens, backyards, driveways, pathways, and even camping.
  • Sustainable Solar Powered Lights: No cords are required-just install the OxyLED Solar Light in a bright, sunny spot! The top-notch solar panels harness the sun's energy and charge for the 600mAh Ni-Mh battery--highly energy conservation and environmental friendly.
  • Automatic On/Off: The light will switch on automatically at dusk and will switch off automatically at dawn. Simple put it in a sunny area, let it soak up some rays (about 8 hours), and bask in up to 6-8 hours of warm, soft light.(Note: There is an ON/OFF switch on the lamp cover, make sure you switch it on for the first time use.)
  • Install in Minute: Getting the solar lights up and running is as easy as can be. Simply open the cover, flip on the switch, place or hang the light on anywhere you desired.
  • Waterproof & Rustproof: Crafted from high-quality plastic and premium metal, these solar lights are waterproof (IP44), heatproof, and prepared for whatever weather comes their way. Better yet, the switch is designed in the inside of the lamp for extra waterproof effect. (Note: Do not immerse the light into water.)
SaleBestseller No. 2
2 Pcs Hanging Solar Lights Solar-Powered Lantern LED Garden Lights Metal Lamp Waterproof for Outdoor Hanging Decor
  • 【Unique Olive Shape Hanging Pattern Design】 A decorative solar lantern for hanging ensures a great effect when the lamp glows in the dark. It shines a wonderful beam of light on the floor, enriches a joyful atmosphere in your house and fills the surroundings with peace and beauty.
  • 【Solar-powered and energy-saving】 Thanks to the integrated solar cells that charge a built-in battery, these lights can be placed in your outdoor area completely without a power connection. These solar lights charge during the day and emit your stored light when it is dark, making your solar lantern environmentally friendly, free of operating costs and easy to use.
  • 【Long working time】 Built-in high quality 1.2 V NiMH AA 600MAH battery. If the battery is fully charged for more than 6 hours with sufficient sunshine, the lamp for the decor lights up for 8 to 10 hours at night.
  • 【Durable and waterproof】 Developed with a strong metal case, it cannot be easily damaged. The waterproof stand of this hanging solar lamp for outdoor use is IP44. The decorative solar lantern withstands any weather. No wires needed, just hang it up anywhere.
  • 【12 month warranty from Our】 If you do not like our product or service, please return it within 30 days. Any question about our product or service, please feel free to contact us. We will reply you within 24 hours and do our best to make you happy.
Bestseller No. 3
Hanging Solar Lights Outdoor -Vintage Solar Powered Lantern Waterproof Retro Solar Lamps with Warm Light Edison Bulb for Patio,Yard,Garden and Pathway Decoration(Copper)
  • RETRO SOLAR LANTERN DECORATIVE:This solar light consists of metal and edison bulb,designed in hanging lantern shape.Warm yellow light creates a subtle hint of vintage and romantic to your surroundings.Our solar lights outdoor will be an attractive decor for tree,garden,yard and pathway.
  • SOLAR POWERED-ENERGY SAVING:Our solar lamps have built-in automatic light sensor,charging 6 hours under the sun to light up the night for average of 8 hours.The solar hanging light is powered by free solar energy and no wiring or external electricity required.
  • WATERPROOF FOR LONG LASTING:Built to be weather resistant,these outdoor solar lights have an IP44 waterproof rating and can withstand rain,snow,frost or sleet.The high-quality metal frame and replaceable bulbs also extend the solar garden lantern's service life.
  • AUTO ON/OFF:There is a switch ON/OFF on the light cover,make sure that flip the power switch to ON,then solar landscape lights automatically turn on at night and turn off at dawn!
  • SATISFIED CUSTOMER SERVICE:If you have any question or dissatisfaction with our hanging solar lights,please feel free to contact us.We'll immediately help you solve the problem within 24 hours.Provide refund or replacement within 90 days guarantee.
Bestseller No. 4
{2 Pack} Outdoor Solar Hanging Lantern Lights Metal LED Decorative Light for Garden Patio Courtyard Lawn and Tabletop with Hollowed-Out Design. 2 Color Options Black and Bronze.
461 Reviews
{2 Pack} Outdoor Solar Hanging Lantern Lights Metal LED Decorative Light for Garden Patio Courtyard Lawn and Tabletop with Hollowed-Out Design. 2 Color Options Black and Bronze.
  • Add illuminated charm to a garden, patio, porch and outdoor tabletop with these solar lantern lights.
  • The decorative garden light sits on any surface and can be hung anywhere in your yard, off a patio or on shepherd hooks.
  • The lanterns are crafted from metal, features rustic looking, gorgeous color, fabulous shadow pattern.
  • Solar powered lanterns don’t need power cord, no electricity cost, simply put them in the sunlight.
  • These hanging solar lights are also ideal gifts for loved ones, holidays, housewarming and gardening.
Bestseller No. 5
Solar Lanterns Outdoor Hanging Solar Lights with Handle Metal Waterproof LED Table Lamp Solar Powered Lantern Lights for Garden,Yard,Tabletop,Patio,Lawn Decor,Bronze
  • GORGEOUS & UNIQUE LANTERN DESIGN:The solar outdoor lantern has a retro look with attractive hollowed-out pattern,providing you with a modern and unique garden decoration.At night, hanging solar lanterns emit warm light,casting special shadow pattern and adding a romantic atmosphere.
  • ECO-FRIENDLY & ENERGY-SAVING:Hanging solar lights are powered by solar energy.The lanterns automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawn,very smart working. Wireless solar lanterns can lower a lot cost for your family(Make sure you turn “ON” button before charging).
  • WATEREPROOF &DURABLE:Design with IP65 waterproof,solar lantern for outdoors has durable constructions.Retro bronze paint on the outside prevents rust, not only suitable for indoor, but also perfect for long-term outdoor use.
  • WIDELY USED:The solar garden lantern can be hung on porches, trees,pergolas or rested on a tabletop,ledge.Decorate gardens,courtyard, patios,lawn.Provide a romantic or festive atmosphere for parties,weddings,Christmas,camping,barbecues,etc.A best gift for your friend.
  • SATISFIED CUSTOMER SERVICE:If you have any question or dissatisfaction with our hanging solar lights,please feel free to contact us.We'll immediately help you solve the problem within 24 hours.Provide refund or replacement within 90 days guarantee.
Bestseller No. 6
Hanging Solar Lanterns Outdoor Retro Solar Lights with Handle Metal Waterproof LED Table Lamp Solar Powered Lantern Lights for Garden,Yard,Tabletop,Patio,Lawn Decor,Bronze
  • GORGEOUS LOOK WITH UNIQUE DESIGN:This solar lantern light is made of metal with vintage color.Its beautiful hollowed-out pattern and warm glow lights up your patio in a special way,giving you unexpected visual effect.It's a great decoration to your yard,garden or patio.
  • POWERED BY SOLAR:Solar hanging lantern powered by free solar energy lights up at night and turns off during the day automatically. After full charge, working hours can be up to 8 hours, which are eco-friendly and energy-saving (Make sure you turn “ON” button before charging).
  • ALL WEATHER RESISTANT:IP44 waterproof rating and corrosion resistant ensure long lasting performance under most weather conditions.These garden solar lights suitable for any outdoor environments.
  • WIDELY APPLICATION:The solar garden lantern can be hung on porches, trees,pergolas or rested on a tabletop,ledge.Decorate gardens,courtyard, patios,lawn.Provide a romantic or festive atmosphere for parties,weddings,Christmas,camping,barbecues,etc.A best gift for your friend.
  • SATISFIED CUSTOMER SERVICE:If you have any question or dissatisfaction with our hanging solar lights,please feel free to contact us.We'll immediately help you solve the problem within 24 hours.Provide refund or replacement within 90 days guarantee.
Bestseller No. 7
Solar Lanterns Outdoor Hanging - Garden Solar Lights Metal Outdoor Lantern 2 Pack Decorative Garden Table Lights Solar Powered SUNWIND 2 Pack for Porch, Patio, Home (Chrysanthemum)
  • Hollow Design with Warm Glow: The 2 Pack solar lanterns are made of iron (bronze and copper finish) with chrysanthemum pattern, looking ancient and graceful in your garden. It is a decorative solar light, which will light up with soft and warm glow in the dark. Delicate flower reflection after lighting up, giving you unexpected visual effect.
  • Specification and Measure: A set of two solar lanterns, measure 4.65x4.33x7.26 inch (10.83'' Height with handle stand) each solar lantern contains a 1xAA 400mAh Ni-Mh rechargeable battery, 1x10lm warm white LED with 6 lumens output lights. The ambient glow fills the area with unique and beautiful light pattern. Vintage and retro looking style solar hanging lights can be as a fine landscape and patio addition.
  • Eco-friendly and Energy-saving: Hanging Solar Lantern powered by solar energy, the lanterns automatically turn the lights on at dusk and off at dawn.
  • Dual Use: Easy installation, casual hanging on a hook or put on patio table, you can move simply wherever you want it to be anytime.
  • 100% Replacement Guarantee: Make sure the button is in the “ON” position before change it in the sun.If the button is in “on” position,keeping the solar panel in the darkness,then the lights will light up. Simply contact us if you ever have issues with your SUNWIND lights
Bestseller No. 8
ROSHWEY Hanging Solar Lights 2 Pack 30 LED Crackled Glass Ball Warm White Waterproof Outdoor Solar Powered Lanterns with Handle for Garden Yard Patio Lawn Decoration
  • ※HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL※ The hanging solar lights are made of crackle glass globe, sturdy stainless steel, strong rope and cozy warm yellow 30 LED. Suitable for your path, yard, garden, patio and room at night.
  • ※ENERGY SAVING※ This solar lantern is powered By Solar Panel. Before using it for the first time, please make sure turn on the switch. When it is full charged under sunlight, a built-in light sensor of it will turn it off during the day and turn it on at night automatically. Generally, charge 6-8 hours will light up to 8-12 hours.
  • ※WEATHERPROOF※ The handle of lights is made of stainless steel and rope and the shade of it is made of cracked glass ball so that it will NOT RUST. And it is designed to withstand BAD WEATHER such as rainy, windy, or damp climates. With the drainage hole in bottom of glass bottle, even in the rain, it will be working well.
  • ※MUTI-USES※ 2 ways to install these solar lights - With a flat bottom and a stainless steel & rope handle, you can hang it up or just place it on the table, ground, steps etc. or place the lights on the ground or table as a decorative lantern.
  • ※GUARANTEE※ If there are any questions, please feel free to contact us, we will try our best to solve it. Replacement & refund due to product quality problems are provided in 12 months.
Bestseller No. 9
Solar Lantern Lights Dancing Flame Waterproof Outdoor Hanging Lantern Solar Powered Umbrella LED Night Lights Dusk to Dawn Auto On/Off Landscape Decorative for Garden Patio Deck Yard Path 2 Pack
2,782 Reviews
Solar Lantern Lights Dancing Flame Waterproof Outdoor Hanging Lantern Solar Powered Umbrella LED Night Lights Dusk to Dawn Auto On/Off Landscape Decorative for Garden Patio Deck Yard Path 2 Pack
  • 🔥Realistic Flickering Flames: The distinctive dancing flame is attractive, which looks like the real flame; The warm yellow light creates a welcoming ambience. Antique flame effect will be an attractive decoration for tabletop,shelf,stairs, pathway,wall,patio,porch etc.
  • 🔥Energy Saving & Save Your Money: This lantern light is solar powered, no wires needed, no batteries needed, just put it under the sunshine to absorb the solar energy, then the solar panel will transfer the solar energy into electricity. It is really energy-saving and help you save money.
  • 🔥Long Working Time: With high efficient solar panel, ,it can lighted up for 15 hours after charging 4-5 hours under the sun. Note: The solar flame light won't get charged when it is OFF, please press the button to ON and put it under sunshine to get charged.Working time and charging time will be influenced by weather condition, season.
  • 🔥Easy to install: Equipped with a durable hanging lamp and a circular ring, this solar lantern light can be hung or clip on anywhere you want. Also, it will automatically turns on at dusk and off at dawn. No need to operate ON/OFF switch once put it into use, which brings you convenience and saves your time.
  • 🔥Waterproof & Durable: Size:3.5”(L)*3.5”(W)*6.7”(H).With IP65 Waterproof and durable ABS Plastic, no more worries about raining, snowing and frosting, perfect for outdoor use.
SaleBestseller No. 10
Hanging Solar Lights Outdoor - 2 Pack Solar Powered Waterproof Landscape Lanterns with Retro Design for Patio, Yard, Garden and Pathway Decoration (Warm Light)
987 Reviews
Hanging Solar Lights Outdoor - 2 Pack Solar Powered Waterproof Landscape Lanterns with Retro Design for Patio, Yard, Garden and Pathway Decoration (Warm Light)
  • 【Unique Vintage Style】 - The color of lantern coating and warm light can bring a subtle hint of vintage style to your surroundings. When you put the light on the ground, it can cast a beautiful pattern. Our solar lights will be an attractive decoration for tree, garden, yard and pathway. MAINLY MADE FOR DECORATION, NOT FOR ILLUMINATION
  • 【Solar Powered & Light Sensored】 - Our lights are Powered by free solar energy. No wiring or external electricity required. The solar lanterns have built-in light sensor, which can automatically light up at night and recharge during the day. DESIGNED WITH SMALL ELEGANT STYLE. IF YOU MIND, YOU COULD SELECT OUR 8.3" LANTERN
  • 【Weather Resistant】 - The solar landscape lights are made of high-impact ABS plastic proven to withstand in bad weather. The waterproof level is IP44. It is important that the solar panel is kept free of dirt, debris or even snow.
  • 【Installation Ways】 - Equipped with a durable handle, the solar lantern can be easily hung on walls or in the trees and also can be placed on the flat surfaces, such as shelves, tables, porches, patios and pergolas. You can charge the solar light outdoor then use it indoor.
  • 【24-Hour Customer Service】 - If you're unsatisfied with our solar landscape light for any reason, please feel free to contact us. We'll immediately help you solve the problem within 24 hours. Refund or replacement within 180 days are guaranteed.
SaleBestseller No. 11
Solar Lantern,Outdoor Garden Hanging Lanterns,Set of 2,Waterproof LED Flickering Flameless Candle Mission Lights for Table,Outdoor,Party Decorative
  • Upgraded Solar Lantern Panels: Unlike other solar lantern, our solar lantern panels are made of polysilicon. The most outstanding thing is that our solar-powered plug-in battery capacity is very good, twice the other! These solar-powered amps battery capacity are enough to discharge for 8 hours to provide plenty of illumination for your patio.
  • Waterproof: Each solar powered lantern is built-in silicone waterproof and dustproof. It can be used outdoors without worrying about rain, snow, frost or sleet.
  • Perfect Size: 5.51”(L)*11”(H)*5.51”(W).Material: Plastic+Glass;It’s idea for a outdoor,garden,table,party and more.
  • Easy To Use: No wires needed. Simply place solar light in a location with good direct sunlight. Press the button on, it will be charged during daytime and turns on automatically with the electricity stored during the day.
  • What You Get: SHYMERTY 2 pack solar lantern outdoor, our worry-free 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.
Bestseller No. 12
TomCare Solar Lights Flickering Flame Metal Solar Lantern Outdoor Hanging Decorative Lanterns Lighting Heavy Duty Solar Powered Waterproof Umbrella Lights for Patio Garden Deck Yard, 2 Pack (Bronze)
  • All Metal Frame: Constructed from high quality metal with rustproof finish, it is durable for year round use outside. Its four clear side faces is convenient for you to enjoy the beautiful flickering flames effect.
  • Elegant Design: The retro-style finish makes it look more unique with aesthetic sense. It is equipped with a durable hook, so you can not only put it on the tabletop, but also hang it on a shepherd hook. The best outdoor decoration to your patio, garden or walkway.
  • Beautiful Dancing Flames: Special dancing flame design, which looks like real flame, making this lantern more attractive; The warm yellow glow creates a welcoming ambience. This flickering flame effect solar light will be the best choice for an alternative candle.
  • Waterproof & Solar-powered: This hanging lantern is solar powered, simply place it at a location with good direct sunlight for charging. It is really energy-saving which helps you save money. IP65 waterproof grade, no more worries about raining, snowing, perfect for outdoor use.
  • Warranty: After you have received the product, please use your hand cover the solar panel, and press the switch button to see if it lights up. We provide 45 days Money Back Guarantee and 12 Months Warranty. If you have any issue, please contact us, We have a professional team to solve your problem. Purchase with worry free.
Bestseller No. 13
Hanging Solar Lantern Lights Outdoor Decorative for Garden Yard Patio Porch. Garden Decor Solar Powered, with Wind Chime & Filament Bulb
  • This hanging solar light is a delightful addition to any outdoor space. You will enjoy the lovely look created by painted metal and colored glass, warm yellow light shining from installed filament Edison bulb and the beautiful sound when it moves in the wind.
  • Crafted from heavy thick iron, designed with waterproof rating of IP45, the wind chime withstands all kinds of weather and can be used as a lifetime garden decoration.
  • Solar powered outdoor lights will be more environmentally friendly and energy saving. The lantern automatically turns on at dusk and off at dawn. Make sure to turn switch to “ON” before placing in the sunlight to get charging.
  • Solar garden decorations are ideal gifts for loved ones, housewarming and gardening.
  • You’re also Backed by our 100% No Questions Asked, No Hassle Refund or Replacement!
Bestseller No. 14
OxyLED Solar Lantern, LED Solar Lights Outdoor, 1 Pack Hanging Lantern Solar Powered with Handle, Waterproof Flickering Flameless Candle Mission Light for Table Garden Patio Pathway Deck Yard
  • GREAT DECORATIVE LANTERN: Enjoy your home and surround yourself with things that bring joy! Classically designed with a realistic, amber-colored LED candle with flickering effect, this retro and elegant solar lantern is a perfect decoration for your garden, your terrace, your yard, your path, your veranda, your lawn and much more.
  • ENERGY-SAVING SOLAR LIGHTS: OxyLED Flickering Solar Garden Lights are operated with solar electricity and are energy-saving and environmentally friendly. The solar panel absorbs the sunlight during the day, converts the sunlight into electrical energy at night and charges a rechargeable 600 mAh NiMH battery.
  • AUTO ON/OFF: With the integrated photocell sensor for light detection, it is automatically switched on at dusk and off at dawn. An 8-hour charge in full sunlight during the day enables a light duration of up to 6-8 hours. (The luminosity of solar articles depends on the duration of daylight and the intensity)
  • 2 WAYS OF INSTALLATION: Even if the solar outdoor lantern is still quite new for you, don't worry about the installation! The OxyLed solar lamp is easy to use and you can hang it up or place it wherever you want.
  • LONG-LASTING & ANTI-RUST: Your OxyLed solar lamp is built for a long service life! Made from improved plastic and glass materials, it is IP44 waterproof, harder and weatherproof. It can function normally even in harsh environments.
Bestseller No. 15
TomCare Solar Lights Metal Flickering Flame Solar Lantern Hanging Lanterns Outdoor Decorative Lighting Heavy Duty Solar Powered Waterproof Umbrella Lights for Garden Patio Pathway Deck Yard, 2 Pack
2,027 Reviews
TomCare Solar Lights Metal Flickering Flame Solar Lantern Hanging Lanterns Outdoor Decorative Lighting Heavy Duty Solar Powered Waterproof Umbrella Lights for Garden Patio Pathway Deck Yard, 2 Pack
  • Metal Solar Lantern: Constructed from high quality metal with rustproof finish, it is durable for year round use outside. And the four sides is made from poly plastic with glass effect (not real glass). It is more convenient for you to enjoy the beautiful flickering flames effect.
  • Flickering Flames: Special dancing flame Design, which looks like real flame, making this lantern more attractive; The warm yellow glow creates a welcoming ambience. This flickering flame effect solar light will be the best choice for a alternative candle.
  • Vintage Design: The antique silver finish makes it more unique with aesthetic sense. It is equipped with a durable hook, so you can not only put it on the tabletop, but also hang it on a shepherds hook. The best outdoor decoration to your patio, garden or walkway.
  • Waterproof & Solar-powered: This hanging lantern is solar powered, simply place it at a location with good direct sunlight for charging. It is really energy-saving which helps you save money. IP65 waterproof grade, no more worries about raining, snowing, perfect for outdoor use.
  • Warranty: We will provide 45 days Money Back and 12 Months warranty. If you have any issue, please contact us, We have a professional team to solve your problem. Purchase with worry free.

Thank you for reading. You might want to check also our text with solar powered bird baths fountains, all of them inexpensive and easy to use devices.

Last update on 2020-09-27  / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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