Puck lights can be a great source of lighting in spaces without an electrical outlet such as a backyard shed, under your kitchen cabinets, a small pantry or even a closet. It's also useful as indirect lighting anywhere you need to see but don't want the brightness of an overhead light.
There's nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night and having to turn the light on so you can see. Particularly when you have no choice but you use your traditional, overhead bulb. These bulbs emit a white light that mimics sunlight. When exposed to this our brain tries to wake itself up. Turning on this light can mean you sleep less and wake up feeling groggy the next morning.
What if we told you that you no longer had to settle for lights that only have one brightness setting, one color, and have to sit in the fixture at the center of the room.
Let us introduce you to remote controlled LED puck lights.
Our Three Favorite LED Puck Lights with Remote
OUR TOP PICK
The Brilliant Evolution LED Puck Light 6 Pack with Remote set is an international best seller, and for good reason. Well, actually a few good reasons…
Let's start with the real selling point - the battery life. Each one of these pucks can boast a battery life of up to 100 hours. That is one of the best on the market.
Not only do they have a long battery life but they're also incredibly powerful. These pucks have a lumen score of 55 each. The light also offers manual and remote control.
The dimmer range of this light is fairly good - with 6 different options available. However, it only offers white and warm white lighting. No other colors are available.
- 100 hour battery life
- Good range of dimmer options
- 55 lumen score
- Small color range
- Ugly remote
If you thought 100 hours of battery life sounded impressive, then hold onto your hats because the URPOWER puck lights offer up to 10,000 hours per puck.
On just 3 AAA batteries. Why isn't this number #1 on our list? Well, these lights aren't very powerful, only scoring 22 lumens.
These lights do have a great sensor range for their remote. Allowing for the remote to be used up to 32 feet away.
- 10,000 hours of battery life
- Wide sensor range
- Only a 22 lumen score
The final product we will be discussing today is the Puck Lights With Remote, Starxing Wireless Led Puck Lights set. The only major problem with these lights is their design.
They are not as classic or minimalist as the others on this list. They have a wide, grey, plastic frame that cannot be removed.
These lights come with 2 remotes that both have a 19 foot range. They offer 4 timed modes and 4 dimmer modes. However, they only offer one light color - bright white. They would be a great option for bathrooms but not living areas.
- 19 foot signal range
- 4 dimmer modes
- Timed modes
- 2 remotes
- Only one color option
- Ugly remotes
- Ugly outer design
What is a 'LED Puck Light with Remote'?
In this section we are going to discuss what an LED Puck light is and look at how it works.
These lights are called Puck lights as their shape is nearly identical to that of an ice hockey puck. The 'puck' contains a series of LED bulbs and the set of batteries that power them.
One of the major benefits of wireless LED puck lighting is that it is incredibly portable. You can move the lighting around with you. Or you can install it in places where traditional lighting could not be. LED lighting is a lot more compact than traditional lighting systems, this only lends to its flexibility.*
*Remember to install your lights in a place that you can safely get to when you need to change the batteries.
It is possible to get LED puck lights that are operated manually. However, because they are so easy to install in unusual places (see above) most people prefer the convenience of a remote operated LED. You can even get LED lights that can be operated by both remotes and wifi-enabled apps.
Buyers Guide: 5 Things Every Good LED Puck Light with Remote Should Have
In this buyer's guide we are going to cover everything you need to know before purchasing a set of LED puck lights with a remote. In this section, we will be covering the 5 things every good puck light should have.
As well as, giving you a few other tips to help you find the perfect set of LED puck lights for your home.
The first question you need to ask yourself before buying LED Puck lights is if you want wireless lights.
This is something we would recommend as they are a lot more practical than wired lights. They do not need to be plugged in anywhere so you are given complete flexibility about where you install them. They are incredibly portable and you can even use them outside without worrying about frying your electrical system if they get wet.
The main downside to wireless lighting is the battery life. We will cover this in more detail later. However, if you are someone who does not like using batteries, or does not want to have to regularly change the batteries in your light then you may want to get wired LED puck lights.
Manual or remote control?
Question 2, do you want manual or remote control lights.
Again, our recommendation is all to do with convenience. We recommend getting lights that come with a remote control option. If the light offers a remote control it will also offer manual operation. However, manual lights do not offer remote control.
If you purchase puck lights with a remote control then you will have the best of both worlds.
The next question you need to ask yourself is, do you want wifi-enabled LED puck lights.
Currently, not all LED puck lights are wifi-enabled. However, we think this will change in the future. But, for now, you have a choice.
If you are someone who is not interested in smart lighting then there is no need to pay the little bit extra for wifi-enabled lights. You will be just fine with using a remote.
However, if you are interested in smart lighting and being able to control your lighting with your phone then it is definitely worth the investment, in our humble opinion. Did we already mention that we love to be able to turn our lights on and off without leaving bed?
5 Things Every Good LED Puck Light with Remote Should Have
When looking for a set of LED puck lights you should be looking for a product that scores well in the following 5 categories:
Battery powered lights are a lot easier to install than wired ones. Battery powered Puck lights can be stuck anywhere (both vertically and horizontally). Some do this with a small amount of adhesive, while others use strong magnets.
Wired lights must be kept in a location near to a socket, otherwise they will not work. This limits the locations where you can install them.
If you know where you wish to install your lights before you buy them you will have an easier time finding the right lights for your house.
For us, the most important factor of a wireless LED puck light is how long its battery life is. If the battery life is very short then you will find the product frustrating to use. The cost of using the lights and replacing the batteries will quickly add up.
To find out the battery life of an LED puck light you can check the manufacturer's description and customer reviews of the product.
We would also check how many batteries the lights use at a time before purchasing them.
If you are looking to use your puck lights as mood or atmospheric lighting then you are going to want to purchase one with a wide dimmer range. This means it can be set at very bright all the way through to very low light.
Wifi-enabled LED lights tend to offer the best color and dimmer range.
Just like the dimmer range, you will want to make sure that you pick a set of LED puck lights that has a good color range. Some offer only white light, while others offer the whole spectrum of the rainbow.
Wifi-enabled LED lights tend to offer the best color and dimmer range.
A lumen score is a good way to measure the power of the light. The higher the lumen score, the more powerful the light. Even if you only want to use your LED puck lights for low lighting situations you will still want a light with a good lumen score.
A powerful light will give you more control over how you use it.