What Are Post Lights?

Ever seen a beautiful picket fence and wondered how you could show off the craftsmanship after dark? That’s where post lights come in. Usually crafted to sit on top of the corner posts of a line of fencing, these lights add a sense of magic to any yard or garden. Made in a wide range of styles from a classic lantern design to clear orbs of light, these post lights are the perfect finishing touch for any outdoor space.

When looking to buy outdoor post lights, make sure to find out if they are compatible with your fencing. Most post or squared fences work well with post lights, but things like wrought iron fencing are less likely to mesh with the design of the post light.

In order to help you get a good idea of some of the possibilities for post lights in your outdoor décor, here are some of the more common versions of these handy little lights.

Best Post Lights For The Money

Here are some of the better examples of post lights available to buy:

Bestseller No. 1
Davinci Solar Post Lights - Outdoor Post Cap Light for Fence Deck or Patio - Solar Powered Caps, Warm White LED Lighting, Lamp Fits 4x4 or 6x6 Posts, Slate Black (2 pack)
307 Reviews
Davinci Solar Post Lights - Outdoor Post Cap Light for Fence Deck or Patio - Solar Powered Caps, Warm White LED Lighting, Lamp Fits 4x4 or 6x6 Posts, Slate Black (2 pack)
  • MAKE YOUR HOME SHINE - An easy and affordable to way to add an up-scale aesthetic to your property. Make your home stand apart. Bright (15 lumen) warm white LED lights with an appealing modern design.
  • EASY FIT - Don't stress about the exact fit. Unlike other post cap lights with very strict size tolerances, our flexible "fuzzy fit" design means our lights easily mount on top of any 4 x 4 or 6 x 6 inch wooden or PVC vinyl post. They can also rest securely on any flat surface. (NOTE: The light's rounded footprint leaves the corners of a 6x6 post slightly exposed)
  • QUALITY - Designed by real home owners for real life use. Industrial grade plastic with UV fade protection. Hardened tempered glass to protect solar panels. IP44 weatherproof. LEDs last 100,000 hours.
  • SOLAR POWERED - One day of direct sunlight provides 8 hours of power. Automatically turns on at night. Advanced monocrystalline solar panels charge a 3.2v 300mAh lithium ion rechargeable battery.
  • EASY DIY INSTALL - Super simple installation. Included stainless steel screws go vertically through the base of the fixture and into the top of the post. If any problems, our excellent customer service will take great care of you.
Bestseller No. 2
Davinci Solar Post Lights - Outdoor Post Cap Light for Fence Deck Or Patio - Solar Powered Caps, Warm White LED Lighting, Lamp Fits 4x4 Or 6x6 Posts, Pearl White (2 Pack)
302 Reviews
Davinci Solar Post Lights - Outdoor Post Cap Light for Fence Deck Or Patio - Solar Powered Caps, Warm White LED Lighting, Lamp Fits 4x4 Or 6x6 Posts, Pearl White (2 Pack)
  • MAKE YOUR HOME SHINE - An easy and affordable to way to add an upscale aesthetic to your property. Make your home stand apart. Bright (15 lumen) warm white LED lights with an appealing modern design.
  • EASY FIT - Don't stress about the exact fit. Unlike other post cap lights with very strict size tolerances, our flexible "fuzzy fit" design means our lights easily mount on top of any 4 x 4 or 6 x 6 inch wooden or PVC vinyl post. (NOTE: The light's rounded footprint leaves the corners of a 6x6 post slightly exposed)
  • QUALITY - Designed by real home owners for real life use. Industrial grade plastic with UV fade protection. Hardened tempered glass to protect solar panels. IP44 weatherproof. LEDs last 100,000 hours.
  • SOLAR POWERED - One day of direct sunlight provides 8 hours of power. Automatically turns on at night. Advanced monocrystalline solar panels charge a 3.2v 300mAh lithium ion rechargeable battery.
  • EASY DIY INSTALL - Super simple installation. Included stainless steel screws go vertically through the base of the fixture and into the top of the post. If any problems, our excellent customer service will take great care of you.
Bestseller No. 3
Maxim 1005BK, Westlake Cast Aluminum Outdoor Post Lighting, 100 Total Watts, Black
86 Reviews
Maxim 1005BK, Westlake Cast Aluminum Outdoor Post Lighting, 100 Total Watts, Black
  • Width: 9.5" Height: 22"
  • Rated for exterior wet installation
  • Uses one 100 watt A19 Med F incandescent light bulb
  • Power supply required: 120 volts
  • Safety certification: UL (Underwriter's Laboratory) listed
Bestseller No. 4
Gama Sonic GS
572 Reviews
Gama Sonic GS
  • SOLAR POWERED- This outdoor solar powered lamp post is powered completely by the sun and equipped with an internal lithium-ion battery pack, which charges when sunlight hits the device's solar panel
  • EZ-ANCHOR BASE: This solar lamp post can be installed on any surface (excluding concrete) with the EZ Anchor mounting system, assuring that the light will be well secured to the ground. Twist the anchor into the ground, attach the adaptor to the anchor and place the light on the adapter. The built-in indicator will verify when the post base is level and secure
  • AUTOMATIC DUSK TO DAWN LIGHTING - This Baytown II solar lamp post is designed to provide dusk-to-dawn performance when its battery gets fully charged during the day. The integrated photocell sensor can detect light and will automatically turn on at dusk and off once the sun comes up
  • NO ELECTRICAL WIRING - This outdoor solar lamp post light is perfect for DIY enthusiasts looking to upgrade their landscape lighting while not breaking the bank. Installation is simple and takes minutes and does not require electrical wiring, just place in a spot with direct sunshine
  • DECORATIVE OUTDOOR LIGHTING - Our solar LED lamp post is the perfect accessory for your front yard or backyard. It requires no electrical wiring, which eliminates any dangerous and unsightly cords. The solar outdoor lamp post is the perfect replacement for outdated electric and gas-powered outdoor lighting and adds a modern look for extra curbside aesthetic appeal. Dimensions: 9.5 x 12 x 77
Bestseller No. 5
iGlow 8 Pack White Outdoor Garden 5 x 5 Solar LED Post Deck Cap Square Fence Light Landscape Lamp Lawn PVC Vinyl Wood
111 Reviews
iGlow 8 Pack White Outdoor Garden 5 x 5 Solar LED Post Deck Cap Square Fence Light Landscape Lamp Lawn PVC Vinyl Wood
  • These Lights will Only Fit 5" x 5" Posts. Not 4" x 4". Please Measure your Posts before Purchasing.
  • 1 Ultra Bright White LED. Last up to 100,000 hours. Pre-installed Rechargeable AA Battery, Last up to 2 Years Before Replacing.
  • Automatic Sensor Activates at Dusk with NEW and IMPROVED Solar Panel for Superior Charging Performance
  • Weatherproof - Designed to Protect the Lights from Natural Elements
  • Easy to Install. No Wiring Required. All Fence Post Attachments and Parts are Included. Dimensions: 6" (L) x 6" (W) x 4.5" (H). Base Dimensions: 5" (L) x 5" (W).
SaleBestseller No. 6
Davinci Solar Post Lights with Clear Lens - Outdoor Post Cap Light for Fence Deck or Patio – Modern Translucent Design, Solar Powered, Warm White LED Lighting, Fits 4x4 Posts (2 pack)
76 Reviews
Davinci Solar Post Lights with Clear Lens - Outdoor Post Cap Light for Fence Deck or Patio – Modern Translucent Design, Solar Powered, Warm White LED Lighting, Fits 4x4 Posts (2 pack)
  • MAKE YOUR HOME SHINE - An easy and affordable to way to add an up-scale aesthetic to your property. Make your home stand apart. Bright (15 lumen) warm white LED lights with an appealing modern design.
  • STYLISH TRANSPARENT LENS - Unique ClearView lens instantly adds beautiful accent lighting to any 4 x 4 post outside you home. Can also be placed on any flat surface such as patio or deck tables.
  • QUALITY - Designed by real home owners for real life use. Industrial grade plastic with UV fade protection. Hardened tempered glass to protect solar panels. IP44 weatherproof. LEDs last 100,000 hours.
  • SOLAR POWERED - One day of direct sunlight provides 8 hours of power. Automatically turns on at night. Advanced monocrystalline solar panels charge a 1.2v 1200mAh NiMH rechargeable battery.
  • EASY DIY INSTALL - Super simple installation. Just slip the post caps over any 4 inch post.
SaleBestseller No. 7
Solar Post Lights Outdoor Post Cap Lights 4 x 4 5x5 White Fence Post Lights Deck Lights Waterproof Bright 15 Lumen Warm White LED Lamp for Sogrand Lantern for Fence Deck 2 Pack
12 Reviews
Solar Post Lights Outdoor Post Cap Lights 4 x 4 5x5 White Fence Post Lights Deck Lights Waterproof Bright 15 Lumen Warm White LED Lamp for Sogrand Lantern for Fence Deck 2 Pack
  • SUPER BRIGHT:15 LUMEN LED for Home Outdoor Safety & Convenience - The high lumen output deck solar post lights outdoor keep residents safer while walking or working outside and offers better home security all throughout the night.This set is great for solar post cap lights 3.5x3.5,3-3/4x3-3/4,4x4,4.5x4.5,5x5..
  • MULTI PURPOSE USE:Color options:black,white,bronze,silver.The solar post light can be used in the front or backyard, along driveway, walkway or sidewalk, or around your patio or pors to set up bright LED safety outdoor lighting all over your home.Provide safety and security while Decorate your pathway,garden, porch or yard.
  • ALL WEATHER DURABILITY :These heavy duty deck solar post lights can withstand a wide range of weather conditions, including rain snow, wind, and hot or cold temperatures.
  • DIY EASY INSTALLATION:Move to on position or remove the isolator tab under the cap. And because they install without wires or plugs, it takes just minute.These solar post caps automatically turn on at night and turn off at dawn!
  • ENERGY SAVING: These outdoor solar lamp post lights are powered by a solar charged AA battery that is user replaceable. They will stay lit for illuminating your walkway or patio at night. Save your electricity bills.Rechargeable battery can work continuously for 8-10 hours once fully charged. Just replace the rechargable battery when there is not enough sunshine, then it will work.
Bestseller No. 8
Paradise GL28998BZ Solar Cast Aluminum LED Post Cap Light for 4x4 Wood Posts
70 Reviews
Paradise GL28998BZ Solar Cast Aluminum LED Post Cap Light for 4x4 Wood Posts
  • COMPATIBLE - Fits on any standard 4" x 4" wood post
  • CRYSTALLINE PANEL - More efficient than amorphous solar panels, charges faster and last longer
  • LIGHT SENSOR - Each light turns ON at dusk and OFF at dawn automatically everyday thanks to the photocell technology
  • WEATHERPROOF - Protective hammered glass lens and durable bronze finish cast aluminum body are designed to handle the outdoor elements
  • INCLUDES - 6 x post cap light; 6 x AA Ni-MH rechargeable battery; 1 x user manual. Each light measures 5.98" x 5.98" x 5.31"
Bestseller No. 9
GreenLighting 5x5 Solar Post Cap Light with 4x4 Base Adapter (White, 12 Pack)
4 Reviews
GreenLighting 5x5 Solar Post Cap Light with 4x4 Base Adapter (White, 12 Pack)
  • DESIGNED TO FIT A VARIETY OF POSTS - The included base adapter allows you to use these lights on 4x4 and 5x5 PVC posts.
  • SOLAR POWERED - Solar lighting provides long-lasting, ambient lighting without the hassle of external wiring. Each light remains illuminates for up to 8 hours on a single charge.
  • AUTO ON/OFF - Take the work out of having to maintain your lights! A built-in sensor detects surrounding light and will automatically turn your lights off and on eliminating the need to constantly maintain them.
  • VERSATILE - Light your path, walkway or staircase while you add radiance and distinction to any outdoor setting.
  • LED LIGHTING - High performance LEDs provide 5 lumens of light, for a gentle, energy-efficient glow.
Bestseller No. 10
(6 Pack) Solar Power Square Outdoor Garden Deck 4 x 4 PVC Fence Post Light
  • DURABLE CONSTRUCTION - Heavy duty ABS plastic casing is durable, designed to withstand the elements
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT LED - Improved SMD LED provides brighter glow for better visibility
  • 100% SOLAR POWERED - Top mounted solar panel charges the AA 400mAh Ni-mh battery, for an energy efficient lighting solution that requires no external wiring.
  • LASTS FOR 8 - 10 HOURS - Once fully charged, these lights will provide 8 to 10 hours of illumination, for an evening full of ambiance
  • PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS - 5.75" x 5.75" x 4.5", Base Dimensions: 4" x 4" Post Size Fitting; these post caps will ONLY fit on 4" x 4" Vinyl, PVC or Plastic posts. The opening on the bottom of the post cap which fits over the top of the post is exactly 4 1/16" x 4 1/16". *** This post cap is not designed for use on Wooden posts!

Types of Post Lights

Post Lights Items

An Example Of Post Lights

Post lights are, in theory, very alike from one style to another. Almost every kind of post light is solar powered and illuminates a small area using a battery storage system. By taking advantage of light sensors, most post lights turn on automatically after the sun sets, meaning you don’t have to worry about turning them on after dark.

Post lights can be divided into a few main styles. The first kind of style is the lantern. As the name implied, these post lights look similar to an old-time lantern or lamp post and are perfect for a more classic décor scheme. Some feature colored panes or other external features to give them that unique bit of flair perfect for your home.

The second kind of light style is the cap light. More squat in design than the lantern post lights, these little lights are great for a taller fence that would be too overwhelmed by the tall design of the lantern toppers. The main stylistic quality of these lights is the metalworking on the outside, which is as varied as the lantern styles. The area also verities that take advantage of stained glass pane work, to create a classic aesthetic that is sure to wow.

The final version of post lights are the clear light orbs. Usually a rounded light that attaches to the top or the side of a fence post, these are less for aesthetic and more for illumination, and can be used to show off interesting assets of your yard, such as pathways and garden sculptures. While not as stylish as the other post lights, these simplistic fixtures can help brighten up every corner of your garden or yard and can also be used as security lighting for smaller areas than a floodlight.

What ever your outdoor need, make sure to take your time in choosing the right outdoor post light for you.

The Latest In Post Lights

New
Gama Sonic GS
572 Reviews
Gama Sonic GS
  • SOLAR POWERED- This outdoor solar powered lamp post is powered completely by the sun and equipped with an internal lithium-ion battery pack, which charges when sunlight hits the device's solar panel
  • EZ-ANCHOR BASE: This solar lamp post can be installed on any surface (excluding concrete) with the EZ Anchor mounting system, assuring that the light will be well secured to the ground. Twist the anchor into the ground, attach the adaptor to the anchor and place the light on the adapter. The built-in indicator will verify when the post base is level and secure
  • AUTOMATIC DUSK TO DAWN LIGHTING - This Baytown II solar lamp post is designed to provide dusk-to-dawn performance when its battery gets fully charged during the day. The integrated photocell sensor can detect light and will automatically turn on at dusk and off once the sun comes up
  • NO ELECTRICAL WIRING - This outdoor solar lamp post light is perfect for DIY enthusiasts looking to upgrade their landscape lighting while not breaking the bank. Installation is simple and takes minutes and does not require electrical wiring, just place in a spot with direct sunshine
  • DECORATIVE OUTDOOR LIGHTING - Our solar LED lamp post is the perfect accessory for your front yard or backyard. It requires no electrical wiring, which eliminates any dangerous and unsightly cords. The solar outdoor lamp post is the perfect replacement for outdated electric and gas-powered outdoor lighting and adds a modern look for extra curbside aesthetic appeal. Dimensions: 9.5 x 12 x 77
New
KMC LIGHTING KS101X4 Outdoor Solar Post Fence Paveway Pathway Square Lights 4 Pack with 4-Inch Fitter Base Outdoor Garden Post Pole Mount 4.88X4.88X7.48"
  • SOLAR POWERED-KMC Lighting solar lights are powered by free solar energy.1XAA 3.2V 400MAH Li-Fe rechargeable batteries included.
  • High Performance Bright LED provides quite gentle and warm light for your garden.
  • SAFE NO WIRING REQUIRED- KMC Lighting solar lights are perfect selection to upgrade your garden lighting with no disturbing the ground. It takes just a few minutes to install it as no requirement of electrical wiring, but just place it in a desirable spot with direct sunshine.
  • OW MAINTENANCE-When the KMC LIGHTING solar post light has been installed in a spot with direct sunshine, leave the rest up to the sun. The only maintenance required is an occasional wipe of the solar panel with a damp cloth.. Dimensions: 4.88X4.88X7.48"
  • ONE YEAR WARRANTY: This product is guaranteed to be free from defects in material and workmanship for one (1) year following the date of purchase (excluding the battery/batteries).

Post Lights Video

Here is a YouTube video discussing various types of post lights:

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