Best LED Floodlights: Buying Guide
LED floodlights have become an essential part of the home. Outdoor yards need to be lit, especially at night. While there is a very practical element to having these LED floodlights, there is also an aesthetic element, as well. Good LED floodlights, if placed well, can easily create a nice ambiance. They can go well with the decor and style of a yard.
Today, they aren’t just used in people’s yards. Instead, you can find them in all kinds of different places. Stadiums. Warehouses. Stages. And many more places. There are so many uses for a good set of LED floodlights, and they can bring many advantages. Good lighting is just one of the many advantages that they can bring.
In this short buying guide, we’re going to be looking at specific elements that comprise a good LED floodlight. Each element is essential to the overall quality of the LED floodlight, and as such, must always be considered. Every element goes together and coalesces into the final product.
Now, before we get into the guide itself, there is one question that you must ask yourself…
What Do I Intend To Use An LED Floodlight For?
What purpose do you intend to use your new LED floodlight for? Is it to light your garden? Is it to create a small art gallery in your garage? Is it to add some light to your front yard?
Whatever purpose you have, make sure that you keep that in mind when searching. Since there are so many different products and models on the market, it can be very difficult to find one that is just right for you. Especially if you aren’t entirely sure what it is that you want to do with the LED floodlight in the first place.
By knowing the exact specifics of what you are doing with your LED floodlight, you will make the process a lot easier and a lot simpler.
What Features And Elements Do I Need To Be Aware Of And Focus On?
How Many Watts/Lumens?
So, lumens are, essentially, a term that refers to the total measure of light – visible light – that the LED puts out. If an LED has a higher lumen rating, that means it puts out more light.
If you’re going to be using your LED floodlights at night, in an outdoor environment, then you’re probably going to want the lights to have a relatively high lumen rating. Just as if you’re using these same lights indoors, in an environment that is already fairly well-lit, then you won’t need as many lumens.
Unlike what many people assume to be the case, more lumens doesn’t always mean that the LED floodlight is a better choice. You need to evaluate these things on a very “case-by-case” basis.
If you’re using your LED floodlights in a space with no light, then get something that produces a lot of lumens. If you’re using your LED floodlights in a space with a decent amount of light, then get something with fewer lumens.
There are a couple of measurements and numbers that you’ll want to keep in mind. The first is that if you’re using these lights in a room, such as a living room or bedroom, then the rule is twenty-lumens per square-foot. So, if you have a room that is five-hundred square-feet, then that’s ten-thousand lumens.
Now, if you’re working with a lot of tables and raised platforms, the rule is thirty-lumens per square-foot. For task lighting, fifty-lumens per square-foot.
Following these basic rules is an easy way to get an idea of the lumens that you need, and to find LED floodlights that give you the right amount of lighting.
What Is The Size Of The LED Floodlight?
Size matters. Especially if you are lighting up big, wide spaces, but, it also matters just as much if you’re lighting up smaller, more compact spaces.
Generally speaking, the bigger LED floodlights provide more lumens, which means there’s more light being spread around and emanating from the floodlight.
However, this isn’t always the case, and some of the more expensive LED floodlights can use and maximize their space quite a bit more. Allowing for more light to emanate from a smaller overall light.
What you need to consider is the size of the LED floodlight unit, and where you are going to place it. The specific space that the floodlight is going to be placed in, and how the light will affect that particular area.
If you are placing the LED floodlight in an outdoor area, you’re going to need to find one that can fit in a spot that enables you to light up a much larger area. The same goes for smaller spaces, too, where you will need to find an LED floodlight that is compact and small, yet powerful.
What Are The Color Temperature Options?
Having a few different color temperature options is great because it enables you to do a few things in particular.
First off, you can enhance the intensity of light in whatever environment you are in. Whether this is a garage or a garden, you have the option of enhancing that color temperature and that intensity.
Second of all, different color temperatures evoke different feelings. If you want to evoke the feeling of relaxation, warmer color temperatures can do just that. Higher color temperatures are great for focus.
Depending on what you are doing with the lights, having multiple color temperature choices can be a great feature.
How Durable Is The LED Floodlight?
As tempting as it may be to cheap out on this aspect of the product that you’re buying, don’t do it. These LED floodlights are designed to last a long time. The good ones, that is.
Ideally, you’re LED floodlight will last around five-to-eight years. That’s how long they’re supposed to last, if not longer.
Now, a good warranty will help you, and it’s recommended that you purchase one. But, in the end, you need to focus on buying an LED floodlight made of good, strong components.
Aluminum housing can be expensive, but it is a very durable material. If you have the choice, purchase an LED floodlight that uses this material, or another, equally durable, metal.
Plastic isn’t bad, but it isn’t that great, either. Chances are, it just won’t last as long as a good metal coating will.