When to use spotlights vs floodlights

When to use spotlights vs floodlights

One of the most important factors in contemporary landscape lighting is light patterns, or how the light is projected, can be broken down into two categories: spotlights and floodlights. The light travels a greater distance when the pattern is narrower.

Long beams feature a narrow pattern that projects light further, whereas low beams have a wider spread that doesn't travel as far.

 Floodlights and spotlights are on the opposing extremities of this range in terms of their intensity. Unlike spotlights, which have a narrower beam but may travel a longer distance, floodlights have a short, wide pattern and are typically used to illuminate a large region like a wall or planters

 Because of their wide beam, floodlights can illuminate a large area. They're utilized to illuminate enormous areas that can't be adequately illuminated by a standard light source. Because of this, a floodlight is capable of illuminating an area with a beam that is about 120 degrees wide.

 A narrow beam of light is produced by using spotlights, which provide an artificial light source for a specific area. Spotlights are known for illuminating focal points of the property like trees, flags and statues.

Uses of spotlights and floodlights

 As a professional contractor, you can draw attention to your client’s trees, plants, and bushes by using the best landscape spotlights. We recommend installing them with extra wire lead, so you can move the fixtures around if necessary. Keep this extra lead wire nice and organized by tieing it up in a knot.

However, this does not mean that light must emanate from the bottom as you may create a moonlight effect by mounting these lights in trees. Check out mounting options in the accessory collection of Pampa Lighting / Wholesale Landscape Lighting Supplies.

The ground below can appear to be illuminated by the moon if it is mounted at the correct height and angle. This is ideal for outdoor places like patios, porches, putting greens and sport courts.

Architectural characteristics can be highlighted with the usage of spotlights. Aim them at porch columns or the base of a wall. Downlighting on the side of your client’s house is another application for these fixtures.


Floodlight vs. Spotlight: What's the Difference? 

The term "spotlighting" refers to the employment of a narrower beam of light that is concentrated on a single point. A spotlight typically emits a beam of light that is no wider than 45 degrees, but of course, this also depends on the angle beam of the bulb. 

However, the light beam of a floodlight can range anywhere from 45 degrees to 120 degrees, also depending on the bulb. A floodlight, in contrast to a spotlight, illuminates a large area at once. This will also depending on the Bulb used, as most spotlights run MR16 while flood lights mainly use G4 or Par36


Which one is the most appropriate for your use?

There are several factors to consider when deciding whether to use the best outdoor floodlights or spotlights.

Floodlights and spotlights should not be utilized in isolation. It’s more beneficial to use a combination of a 12v led floodlight and spotlights because each has its pros and cons. There is a specific amount of light needed for each area of a property.

Decide on the lighting effect you desire before making a purchase selection for the best outdoor spotlights.

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