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Five Questions About LED Floodlights Answered

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If you’ve got questions about LED floodlights then you’ve come to the right place, because today we’ll answer five common questions about LED floodlights.

Question #1: Are LED floodlights ‘worth it’?

You might be wondering if it’s worth investing in LED floodlights. Well, there are five main benefits to be had from LED floodlighting:

Benefit 1: They’re cost effective

If you’re upgrading from halogen floodlights to LED floodlights, the initial cost will be more. However, they consume up to 90% less energy than their halogen counterparts, meaning your electricity consumption will be a lot lower, saving you money in the long-run.

Benefit 2: They last longer. A lot longer!

LED floodlights are longer-lasting than halogen floodlights. In fact, they’ll last up 30,000 hours, which is 20-times longer than your average halogen flood, saving you yet more money.

Benefit 3: They have a much cooler running temperature

Halogen floods can get hot to touch. LED floods come with metal heatsinks that direct heat away to maintain a lower running temperature. This also helps prolong the lifespan of the LED chips inside.

Benefit 4: They have wide beam angles for better coverage and security

Whether you’re lighting-up a car park, a garage or your back garden, LED floodlights are guaranteed to give you a wide beam angle that offers greater and more efficient coverage for better security.

Benefit 5: They are designed to perform, whatever the conditions

LUMiLife LED floodlights come with waterproof and dustproof IP65 casings, so you can expect the same high-quality performance, whatever the weather or working environment.

Question #2: Are LED floodlights as bright as halogen?

As we briefly explained before, LED floodlights consume far fewer Watts than their halogen counterparts – so they use a lot less energy. But does this mean they’re not as bright?

In short: No. You can expect the same level of brightness from an LED floodlight as a halogen floodlight. Brightness isn’t measured in Watts. It’s actually measured in lumens. Always look for lumens when replacing a halogen light with an LED alternative.

For example, our 30W slimline LED floodlight beams 2870 lumens of light –equivalent to a 100W halogen floodlight, while consuming a lot less energy.

In fact, if we think of brightness in terms of ‘lumens per Watt’, then LED floodlights are considerably brighter than their halogen alternatives!

Question #3: Can LED floodlights be dimmed?

Some LED floodlights are dimmable, but not all.

If you require a dimmable LED floodlight make sure you check the product specification for a dimmable feature. If the technology required to dim an LED floodlight has not been built into the product, then you won’t be able to dim it.

Question #4: How do you choose LED floodlights?

So, you’re ready to buy, but you’re not quite sure what you need? Well, ensure you cover the following four areas to get everything you need from your new LED floodlights.

Brightness: This all depends on where you’re going to use the floodlight and for what purpose. If you’re using it for a little extra safety or security in your driveway, then a 10W or 30W LED floodlight, which beam 910 lumens and 2,750 lumens respectively, will probably do the job. For larger areas, such as car parks, you’ll need a high-performing 200W LED floodlight that beams out a huge 23,000 lumens.

Additional automatic capabilities: You then need to decide if you want an LED floodlight with additional security and efficiency options, such as a distance sensor, automatic time-mode or daylight sensor.

A distance sensor tells the floodlight to switch on automatically when motion is sensed within a certain distance of the light.

The time mode determines how long the LED floodlight remains on after it turns on.

Finally, the daylight sensor programmes the light to either only come-on through the day or at night.

Colour options: LED floodlights are able to cast different shades of white light. At LED Hut, we offer warm white and cool white colour options. Warm white casts a more welcoming tone, while cool white offers greater exposure and is best for security lighting or task lighting.

Design: If you’re short on space, design is really important. Keep an eye-out for slimline models that can be placed anywhere without compromise. They are just as powerful as their bulkier alternatives, and selected models also come with 360 degree brackets that allow for greater versatility when installing.

Question #5: How do LED floodlights work?

LED floodlights use light emitting diodes (LEDs) to generate light. LEDs in floodlights are semi-conductors that turn electricity into light by passing the electric current between two leads (metal pads called SMDs). When the required level of wattage between the leads is reached, energy is released in the form of photons, which provide the light.

Whereas traditional floodlights use heat to generate light, LEDs don’t, which is why they consume such a low amount of electricity by comparison. They also remain cooler to touch, because heat is not required to generate the light, and heatsinks are used to reduce wasted heat energy, which improves both the efficiency and the lifespan of the floodlight.

We hope that you’ve now got all of the information you need to make an informed purchase. If you have any questions we haven’t covered here just ask in the comments below.

You can view our current range of highly efficient LED floodlights here.

2 Responses to Five Questions About LED Floodlights Answered

  1. Ian says:

    Can you have them with PIR’s like halogen ones. If yes how many switching cycles do the floodlights have. If it’s 30000 hours I’m looking for 200000 switching cycles as the animals in garden are always switching mine on and I have a 10 minute timer on them. Thanks in advance.

    • Jamie / LED Expert says:

      Good question Ian. I’ll speak to one of our product specialists and find out.