How to choose the best LED Floodlights in 5 simple steps – Detailed Guide for Beginners + Reviews
LED floodlights have a lot of things in common with other lights. However, there are a few things that you must keep in mind before buying LED floodlights. These factors help to determine one floodlight from another, therefore, leaving you with more options.
So here are a few simple tips that will save your time and energy which would be otherwise wasted, on surfing the internet for solutions.
Step 1: Look for IP rating in the Floodlights
The IP or Ingress Protection ratings generally determine the resistance of electrical appliances against foreign particles including those of soot, dust, smut, and water. While the LED floodlights can cope with dust and other solid-state particles, these lights can not just simply protect themselves against water or any other liquid particle with only their simple structure. For this reason, it is imperative for your LED floodlights to have an IP rating of 65 or above.
Because LED floodlights are generally meant for outdoors, the frequently changing weather can have a perverse effect on them. If you want to protect these floodlights, make sure, once again that they have an IP rating of at least 65.
Step 2: Check the Lifespan.
Whether you are buying LED floodlights for short term use or long term, the best LED floodlights for outdoor are those which have a lifespan of more than 45,000 hours. This is not a rule of thumb, but most of the users, after installing LED floodlights, expect these lights to work for long hours without requiring any maintenance.
No doubt that LED floodlights require very little maintenance than conventional lighting, it is always better to have the floodlights with a long life expectancy, in the first place to avoid inconvenience and extra repairing costs associated with LEDs and other minor things, etc.
Step 3: The Correlated Color Temperature/CCT, Lumen Count: they all matter. Take a look at them.
Let’s discuss each of the above-mentioned factors one by one:
CCT: When you are looking to light up different areas, the correlated color temperature has to be of your choice to add taste and ambiance to that area. Different floodlights come with CCTs of up to 10 are present and they leave you with a lot of options to choose the color from. The CCT can range anywhere from 4000K to 6000K. As I mentioned earlier, it all depends on your choice.
What I have observed is that a CCT of 5000K is used in majority of big areas where there is a great visual demand. The 5000K CCT light emitted by the floodlights is enough to illuminate most of the areas.
Lumen Count: Another important factor that is overlooked most of the time is the lumen count. Now, how many lumens does the LED floodlight emits and how many of those lumens reach the desired area, these two things are equally important when you want the light to reach a small area.
However, when it comes to spreading light towards a larger area, the total lumen count is what actually matters. To light up bigger areas like parks and gardens, the floodlights must usually possess a lumen count of up to 10,000 lumens.
Step 4: Is the Heat Dissipation System good enough?
If you want your floodlights to last long, an aluminum or brass housing will work just fine. The reason is that these 2 materials (Aluminum & Brass) are excellent conductors of heat. Consequently, the floodlights will have a better heat dissipation system than most of the conventional lighting systems.
Step 5: Check the Warranty.
Last, but not least, among many other factors that promise the proper working of LED floodlights, warranty is one of the topmost factors which ensure customer value. Even if you buy a floodlight that’s capable of running for more than 45,000 hours, the truth is that if your floodlight does not come with a warranty of, say, less than a year, then it is best advised to refrain buying from that manufacturer.
Because floodlights are one of the most versatile systems of landscape lighting, they must come with a warranty. On the other hand, you could also buy floodlights from well-respected manufacturers like Hyperikon or MELPO and still expect your floodlights to work well.