Outdoor Flood Lights
It is a surprise to see how many people have outdoor flood lights around their homes and yards. There are several reasons for the increase in exterior lighting.
Streetlights, once included in building plans and covered by taxes, are frequently missing from street plans. Homeowners must supply any lights desired in front of the property. Suburbs have extended into rural areas, where lights would disturb stock at night.
Safety does not always mean providing light to discourage criminals, although that is one result. At times, residents rely on their led floodlight or porch light to show toys left on the walkway or pets sprawled out on the cool sidewalk. Certain spots can benefit from motion-activated floodlights, such as an outdoor fishpond.
In response, the lighting industry has several styles of floodlights that address the outdoor lighting issue. Looking at the different online or in-store home improvement outdoor lighting is fun for the do-it-yourself landowner because of all the variety available.
Solar, low voltage and portable floodlights are easy to set up and install. The popularity of solar lighting resulted in a swift appearance of solar outdoor flood lights on the market. A solar panel collects solar energy to power the light.
A timer causes the lights to come on at a set time. Otherwise, like other solar lights, they will come on automatically as darkness approaches. Because there is no electricity needed, the lights are good in fields or the far back side of the property.
Low voltage lights are also easy to install. Instead of providing a wide swath of light for safety, the light focuses on specific things, such as a shrub or tree. Portable floodlights make nighttime activities easier, such as parties, games or just a chat on the outdoor swing.
The unit is easy to move, operated by solar or battery power. An AC adapter comes with some units for using nearby electrical power.
Two other types of outdoor lights are very similar to each other while far advanced from the first three. The LED floodlight and fluorescent floodlight give brilliant direct light on the driveway portion near the garage and walkways close to the house.
Flip them on with a switch or set the timer for a specific amount of time. Motion activation is a common feature of both types. It can be set to stay on for a certain number of minutes before turning off, when activated. In essence, the difference is in the type of bulb used, either fluorescent or LED.
Those who perform home auto repair or gardening after the sun goes down already know the dazzling light provided by halogen outdoor flood lights. A halogen bulb uses lower wattage and still outshines all other floodlights.
The way to get the maximum benefit from outdoor flood lights is to analyze the lighting needs in each outside area and determine what you want. Use the tips above and look through catalogs, online and at local home maintenance and supply stores to make the right choices.
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