When it comes to choosing the right outdoor floodlights, there are so many varieties that it can seem a little daunting. Following these steps should make it easier for you to find the one that works best for you.
Before you start looking for the right outdoor floodlight, decide where you want to install it. Most importantly, what area does the light need to cover? The height and angle at which the light is mounted can have a big impact on how well it illuminates the space you choose.
Windows, doors, drains, and gutters can all be obstacles to finding the right spot, so it's important to think about this early on. Once you've got the right spot, try to understand the amount of light that's right for that space. Buying a high-powered floodlight is a no-brainer, only to find it's too big to fit in the spot you've chosen for it.
Do you need a sensor?
As lighting technology has advanced, the way floodlights are activated has become increasingly complex. In addition to the standard on/off switch, you can use to manually activate the lights, you can also find floodlights with sensors that turn on when someone (or something) passes within their sensor range. Alternatively, the Dusk to Dawn floodlights automatically turns on when the ambient light drops below a certain level, then turn off again when the sun rises in the morning.
Choosing one of these options really comes down to personal preference. Do you want a light that you can manually turn on and off yourself? The inherent risk of doing this is that the lights will stay on during the day, wasting energy and shortening the life of your accessories. Motion-sensing lights are the most energy-efficient because they are only illuminated when needed, but sensors may activate lights when animals pass by, or even when neighbors are in their own gardens. Some people may find this disturbing. Dusk-to-dawn lights present a happy medium because they don't need to be turned on manually, they just stay on all night.
Floodlights have a wide range of light output, probably more than any other type of light. You can find floodlights that output 700-20,000+ lumens
Which one you choose mainly depends on how much space you need to light. Only outdoor floodlights with relatively low lumen output (700-1500lm) are sufficient for courtyards and driveways, while commercial spaces such as parking lots and small venues obviously require high-power floodlights that output several times that.
Location and angle can also have a big impact on the lighting efficiency of outdoor space. Getting these right will give you more room to use the lumen output of your floodlight of choice. Conversely, if you know the light won't fit in the perfect spot, you can take that into account when deciding how bright your floodlight should be.
Traditionally, most outdoor floodlights have used halogen bulbs, which use 20-30% less energy than older incandescent bulbs, but have far less energy-saving potential than LED bulbs. In this case, the biggest advantage of LED bulbs is their long lifespan. Halogen bulbs last about 2,000 hours, while LED floodlights last 30,000 hours or more. In addition to the cost savings that this long life provides, it means you'll have little to no hassle about replacing floodlights (or their bulbs) as often. That alone is a good reason to upgrade to LED floodlights. NINGBO MINGXING LIGHTING CO., LTD. is a lighting manufacturer and floodlight with tripod stand factory, producing and exporting rechargeable waterproof led work light, Outdoor led flood light without sensor.