Your guide to LED floodlights

26 March 2015

Your guide to LED floodlights
Your guide to LED floodlights

LED floodlights are great for security, working outside and reducing energy bills. Our handy guide will tell you what you need to look out for before you make your purchase.

Why choose an LED floodlight?

LED floodlights have many uses, from security purposes to porch lighting, and can be used both domestically and commercially. The best thing about LED floodlights in particular is that they consume a lot less energy while still giving you an amount of light that could only be matched by using a huge quantity of bulbs or less efficient halogen floodlights. They are also built to last 50,000 hours, which is far longer than their halogen counterparts. There are a host of additional features available too, including motion sensors and timers, aswell as portable and solar floodlight options. Learn about our latest range of LED floodlights here.>

How bright do I need my LED floodlights to be?

You need to consider a few things when choosing the brightness of your floodlights. Firstly, location is important. How much area needs to be lit up? Will you be intruding on your neighbour's property? Will you be distorting the vision of oncoming drivers? You can generally avoid the latter by making sure the floodlight is pointed downwards at a 22° angle. These are all important factors to consider before mounting your floodlight. As with all LED lights, floodlight brightness is most accurately measured in lumens, rather than watts. For instance, a 10 watt LED floodlight will give out the same brightness (900 lumens) as a 60 watt halogen, but it’ll consume far less energy.

How do floodlight sensors work?

Some LED floodlights come with additional sensors that can detect motion, be set to remain on for a certain amount of time after detecting the motion, and can be tuned to come on at dusk. These all have their own advantages. Motion and dusk-to-dawn detection is brilliant for security purposes, while a timer will ensure no energy is wasted by shutting off automatically. Obviously, you still need to consider your neighbours privacy when using the sensor. At LED Hut, the sensors on our floodlights can do all three. The visual guide below illustrates how they work:


Where can I use my LED floodlight?

The beauty of our LED floodlights is that they all have IP65 ratings, meaning they’re waterproof, so you can safely using them outside in all weather conditons. So whether they’re placed by a swimming pool, parking lot or a garden, they’ll be safe to use all year long.

Can you tell me more about solar floodlights?

If you don’t require a great deal of light, or maybe you don’t have access to running power, then solar floodlights are the answer. They come with built-in sensors that detect motion and have no ongoing running costs. This makes them perfect for use in sheds, alleyways and hard-to-reach areas. And they’re incredibly easy to install too.


Can you get portable LED floodlights?

You can indeed. They’re perfect if you work on the move, camping or in a garage/workshop where access to power is difficult. At LED Hut, our portable floodlights are completely weatherproof and can be used to light small and large areas. They’re capable of producing 4 hours of remote light before they need charged by a mains adaptor or car lighter adaptor, both of which come with the floodlight itself. As with standard LED floodlights, portable versions have the same 50,000 hour life-spans and consume a fraction of the energy compared to halogen and metal halide floods.

How much do LED floodlights cost?

Slimline floodlights at LEDHut cost between £17 and £100 depending on their wattage. You can get a portable floodlight for between £30 and £70, while a solar flood will cost approximately £11. Please remember, when comparing prices against halogen floods, that LED lights last 20 times longer and also dramatically reduce energy cost, so you make back your investment quickly. Now you have all you need to know about LED Flood & Security lights, you can shop the range here