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FloodLightsBlog Release A New Guide on Selecting the Best Flood Lights

18.05.2020 11:43:40 - FloodLightsBlog releases a new, informative guide to select the flood lights that is best suited your need. The factors include lumen output, beam angle, color, temperature, CRI and more. Let’s explore.

( - At night, flood lights allow you to illuminate outdoor areas effectively. Besides, they are among the most suitable light sources to increase the security of private properties and improve the aesthetics of terraces and spaces open to the public.

What is flood light?

Flood lights are portable lighting instrument similar in shape and design to those used for theatrical stages. Among the


differences with the professional spotlights, their goal is to lighten up an area with diffused light. In other words, they provide softened light to illuminate living spaces during night hours.

Usually, people confuse the idea of flood light with its old brother, the floodlight. You can find the latter in stadium and professional arenas or race tracks as well as at the corner of pretty big private gardens or public parks. Floodlights sit very high on the top of a light pole. Flood lights are small domestic appliances made by an outside case and a lighting bulb.

Most flood light designs offer a replaceable lighting bulb, allowing for different luminous efficiency options. Scroll down to the feature section below if you want to read more about its features.

Where should the flood lights be placed?

Depending on your cultural background and neighborhood, the position of the flood lights will change dramatically. Some people buy flood lights and place them on the ground. If its standard power cord is inadequate to reach the power outlet, they commonly use an extension cord. However, this solution can lead to specific safety hazards. Tripping over it is just the most common one that people are willing to risk happening.

Placing your flood lights on the ground can be an option for little gardens. Warm and soft light is recommendable to prevent anyone in the garden from being blinded or annoyed by it. It would be better to position them in the same direction of the pathway when going out in the garden pointed slightly downward. Tilt them to the degree that allows for the more external light beams to illuminate at the approximate height of your waist or chest.

Instead, to illuminate more spacious enclosures or open spaces, install flood lights on walls or short light poles. Whenever possible, light the whole area from top to bottom. The most practical way to use fewer flood lights is to place them under the canopy. Once you set them there, you will receive the most out of the light efficiency of your lightbulbs. You can choose more performing lamps to save on your bill. Finally, hook everything up with a switch or a panel because, to get them there, you need some expertise or call a professional.

Factors to consider when choosing the best flood lights

Lumen output

When reading the package of new lamps, follow the instructions by choosing the right output lumen. Lumen is the numerical indicator concerning the light intensity of the activated item. You will find this data as well in the specification sheet of flood lights sold as they are. Normally, you find a comparison table that relates lumen to the conventional unit of measurement (watt). Ordinarily, you can notice 60-watt lightbulbs used for lighting passageways and rooms. The corresponding value of lumen may range between 500 and 1000 due to the type of color temperature.

For outdoor spaces, choose anything between 1000 and 3000 lumen to cover a midsize area and experiment with only one lamp. Then, once you got an idea, you can purchase stronger or weaker lamps. I highly suggest picking LED lamps for higher lumen outputs to save on the electrical bill.

Color temperature

Color temperature relates to how the light looks like. Another way to express this value is by using the terms "warm" or "cold". Warm or cold lights will change the way you perform and act over time. For example, they influence everyone's behavior in subtle ways in the store or supermarket. Colder lights are bluish and look like pure white light: they are great to focus on things and to remain alert. Warmer lights remind of natural sunlight and can have yellowish or reddish tonalities: some people prefer these as they remind the standard watt lightbulbs or seems softer to the eye.

Beam angle

The beam angle clarifies how wide or narrow the light comes out of the flood light case. Different flood lights offer dissimilar beam angles to allow the user to control the light distribution. For aesthetic reasons, one may opt for a more concentrated light beam, so that person will likely prefer a narrow beam angle (a.k.a. spot).

You might notice that different manufacturers use dissimilar methods to define the beam angle feature. Some manufactures use the actual angle degree, others use letters, or simply write down "wider" or "narrow". If you have doubts, try asking help to the seller or send an email if you are buying online.

Heat dissipation

Temperature influences how long your lightbulb will last. Better heat dissipation can grant you the total amounts of hours that you read on the package. The operating temperature or usage temperature will give you a hint about the technology behind the inner structure of the item where the heat dissipation is. Another way to know more could be to read about the certifications of the products.

Mounting height

A helpful feature is the recommended range or mounting height. This piece of data indicates the ideal positioning of the flood light to guarantee the optimal light beam shown in Lumen. Keep the products at this height for better performances.

Size of area

Keep in mind that the coverage area of flood lights is reliable only in case you install the product to the proposed height. You may go beyond that height, but the light will get weaker and won't perform as well. Usually, it is futile to try to use a single flood light to cover a size double of that recommended.

Color rendering index

Check out the CRI value as this percentage indicates how natural the light will feel. For a cozy garden, try getting a lamp with a CRI value of more than 80%. The higher the percentage is, the better the effect.

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