What Is A Floodlight?

Floodlights are high powered lights that are predominantly used to illuminate large areas.

These powerhouses can be utilised for many different purposes. From large-scale car parks to the humble garden; Floodlights prove to be hugely beneficial in all sorts of environments.

Stadiums and sporting venues are also great illustrations of the effectiveness of Floodlights.

Although they are primarily used outdoors, you may also find them located in indoor spaces such as warehouses or showrooms.

Floodlights at Night

Benefits Of LED Lighting

Floodlights would normally create a worry of excessive energy usage.

However, we can overcome the ever-present fear of our electricity bills by switching to LED.

Renowned for energy efficiency, LED can reduce energy usage by up to 80% compared to traditional types of lighting!

In fact, a Biard 100W LED SMD Floodlight produces light equivalent to a 500W Halogen Floodlight.

The lifespan of LED lighting is also far superior to other alternatives, with an expected lifespan of around 35,000 hours compared to Halogen lighting, which only last for around 3,000 hours.

An added bonus is that LED lighting  is more environmentally friendly, as it produces significantly less Co2 emissions.

A+ Energy Ratings

LED Colour Temperatures

LED Lighting will usually include an option of ‘colour temperatures’.

Colour temperature is measured in kelvins (k) and represents the colour of light that the LED will produce.

These can be either cool white, natural white or warm white.

Different Types of Floodlights

There are a diverse offering of Floodlights available out there, each offering different perks and uses. So what types of Floodlights are there?

What is PIR?

PIR = Passive Infrared Sensor

PIR sensors essentially detect infrared wavelengths that are produced when a source of heat passes the direction of the sensor. They do not measure heat directly, but the radiation instead.

So when animals or people pass the view of the PIR sensor, the Floodlight will be triggered due to the sudden increase in infrared radiation.

Everything above ‘absolute zero’ (-273.15°C) emits some form of infrared radiation, so ensure that the viewpoint of your PIR is free of objects that may move!

Infrared Sensor

The PIR Sensor on your Floodlight operates in a similar way to thermal imaging and night vision!

What is SMD?

SMD = Surface Mounted Diode

It is easy to forget that LED lighting comes in different shapes and sizes. SMD are as the name suggests surface mounted, and are also small in size.

You’ll find that SMD technology is a popular choice for Floodlights as the compact size means that more diodes can be placed alongside each other, allowing for a greater beam angle.

This compact nature consequently allows for the Floodlight itself to be slimmed down.

As with all LED lighting, SMD Floodlights are extremely energy efficient, making them a perfect addition for homes and businesses alike.

As you can see, there are many individual SMD chips within the Floodlight.

What is RGB?

RGB = Red, Green & Blue

Combining high powered lighting with the ability to dim or alternate colours is a great idea!

A unique alternative to a standard Floodlight, these types of outdoor light can truly give an individual feel to any outdoor space.

They can also be used for a great marketing tool, making shopfronts stand out amongst the crowd.

Using Floodlights

What is Photocell?

For floodlights, photocell sensors are essentially ‘dusk to dawn sensors’.

When increasing or decreasing amounts of light hits the sensor, the resistance value of the photocell changes.

So when there is enough light, the sensor will switch off, ensuring that the floodlight is only lit when most needed.

Dusk to Dawn Sensor

Alternative Use of LED Floodlights

Sign Lighting

A commercial business could easily harness the impressive lifespan and power of LED Floodlights for illuminating signs or shopfronts.

Billboards are a prime example of how businesses can utilise Floodlights to better market themselves.

Spike Lighting

Sometimes standard spike lighting just isn’t enough. Floodlights can then be installed as a powerful alternative.

This can provide many advantages for homes or businesses when creating a stand-out feature or simply providing light from a different angle to standard Floodlights.

Stage Lighting

We’ve briefly mentioned that Floodlights can be used indoors already. But its worth noting that they are a great addition to environments such as theatres or music venues.

One of our customers even installed Floodlights in a church!

Security Lighting

LED floodlights are a simple yet effective tool to help secure any premises.

Thanks to the high CRI and the impressive amount of light they produce, they make the perfect addition to a CCTV system.

Acting as a deterrent, floodlights are essential for preventing crimes or identifying the perpetrators.

Billboard Lighting
Security Floodlights

Choosing A Floodlight

Now that we’ve explored the possibilities and differences between Floodlights, what should you consider when finding your ideal Floodlight?

Beam Angle

Beam angle is represented in degrees, and illustrates the width of which light is emitted.

When aiming for a larger spread of light, you should choose a higher beam angle.

An appropriate beam angle for a Floodlight is usually considered to be approximately 120°.

Power Factor

Power Factor represents efficiency regarding energy wastage and illustrates how much power is converted into usable energy.

Real Power / Apparent Power = Power Factor

This will result in a figure between 0 and 1, with 1 being the best possible efficiency rating.

Look for a Floodlight which has a high Power Factor to ensure minimal energy wastage.

Detection Angle

Crucial for Floodlights with PIR Sensors. Detection angle identifies how much area the PIR Sensor will cover.

Standard – (180°) – Triggered when people or animals are in front of the Floodlight.

Anti-Creep (270°) – Wider angle, identifying people both in front and at the sides of the Floodlight.

Wattage Equivalent

Wattage of LED Floodlights is much lower than traditional alternatives. As a result, LED Floodlights are listed with both the actual Wattage and the ‘Wattage Equivalent’.

Its a simple concept which identifies the approximate amount of light provided compared to a traditional Halogen light.

Effective Night Lighting

What Next?

If you like what you see, visit our website and find your ideal LED Floodlight today!

For more information about Floodlights or any of our other products, we’re happy to help. Simply email us here or call us on 0333 920 4062.