An outdoor flood light is
a tool to illuminate your house, landscape areas such as,
gardens, pathways and other special architectural
The term flood light comes from its
ability to illuminate a large and open unlit area with minimal
Aside from its illuminative and
decorative features, an outdoor flood light provides added
security to your house or workplace.
An outdoor flood flight comes in
varying designs, sizes and light intensity. Because of its wide
usability, you will see these everywhere from home owner use on
the smaller end to large scale use for illuminating outdoor
sporting events and even to advertise the grand opening of a
movie or a big shopping sale at a popular store.
If you happen to be in one of these
events and you noticed high intensity beams flashed into the
night sky or on the grounds, then you have seen what flood
lights can do. These outdoor lights use hundreds to thousands
watts of power and have the ability to light large seating
areas and huge playing fields.
For most people the major category of
flood lights is the one used at our homes and offices to
illuminate our path walks, doorsteps or highlight a garden and
The most prevalent use of this type of
lighting is geared towards security of homes and work places.
We are living in world that is filled with endless threats not
only to our personal properties, but as well as our space and
even our lives. Most of the time, these threats occur at night,
when everybody is sound asleep. This is where
lights, security systems
and flood lights come in to play. They help to illuminate
and eliminate the darkness of the night and in the process,
eliminate the threats.
There are various types of energy-efficient outdoor lights that
are for sale in the market today. These are:
• Solar-powered flood lights – This
type of outdoor flood light is powered by the sun’s rays. They
are charged using a light panel and the energy is stored in
batteries to be utilized when darkness falls. Solar-powered
flood lights emit or throw out soft beams of light but huge
enough to detect possible intruders. Since it is solar-powered,
it entails zero energy cost and the only thing that you will
pay for is the initial purchase of the unit.
• Light emitting diode (LED) flood
lights – LED is also an efficient choice if you want protection
for you house. It only uses 40-70 watts of power. Although
there are some LED models with over 100 watts of power. The
decision which one to buy is ultimately yours. Compared to
electric outdoor lights, LED only uses less than 60 percent
less energy. That is another advantage of LED flood
• Compact fluorescent flood lights
(CFL) – If you want a low-intensity light source that is within
the range of 10-40 watts, then you probably want a CFL flood
light. They are usually used and installed over garage doors or
at the doorsteps of your house. CFLs are the least popular type
of outdoor lights.
• Mercury vapor lamps (MVL) – This is
popularly known as “street lights”. We see them every
• Quarts halogen lights – This is the
most popular model of outdoor light. They are high and
electrically-powered lights that are capable of throwing out
brilliant beams in major events such as, movie premier nights,
sporting fields and others. They have motion sensors that
automatically turns on if there are intruders or gate-crashers
who try to enter inside the restricted perimeter. You can say
that they are the ultimate security lights that are very useful
when used for homes, workplaces, parks, playgrounds, tennis
courts and other places.
As you can see, many homeowners can
reap a lot of benefits from owning an outdoor flood light. You
can choose from a wide array of designs and choose your power
sources from solar to a low-voltage power system.
Many manufacturers have created unique
and new fixtures for these lights that does not only offer
security but also compliment your house and your needs.
Choosing which one to use rests upon you. The most important
thing is you know what you want and that is, added protection
to your homes and workplace.