Different Types Of Floodlights For Floodlight Installation

Posted on May 19th, 2023

A very bright floodlight shining down at night.

There are many different types of floodlights that can be installed around your premises. Different bulb technologies provide a variety of results for lighting. In this post we are going to explore 5 different types of floodlighting and which one you should choose for floodlight installation.

1. Sodium Vapor Based

Sodium Vapor floodlights work through exciting vapor stored inside the bulb when exposed to an electric current to produce a warm yellow light. These floodlights take time to warm up but when fully activated can be highly energy efficient and very bright. They require little to no maintenance and are best left on for long periods of time during the evenings and nights. Short term activation and deactivation when used with a sensor or alarm system might not work however as the lights can take time to warm up. By the time an anomaly has been raised, it might be too late to get the lighting focused on the area of interest.

2. Halogen Based

Halogen based floodlights work through special tubes of halogen gas stored inside the bulb that can be lit up when the electricity reacts with it. A bright white glow is given off, which provides ultrawide coverage. However these bulbs are not as energy efficient as their counterpart technologies and can emit a very high level of heat. These types of floodlight provide great coverage during cold weather and the winter seasons and can prevent build up of frost or ice or water droplets around the case housing.

Due to the high heat emissions that build up, these bulbs tend to crack after time and so maintenance is generally needed to replace defective bulbs.

3. High Intensity Discharge (HID) Based

These bulbs, commonly known as HID bulbs, contain ballast inside the bulb. When power is provided, an electrical arc catches and produces a very bright light. The light that is provided by this bulb can last a very long time and has a high energy efficiency, which is perfect to help lower costs.

However like Sodium Vapor technology, this can take a while to warm up and is not ideal as a standalone light – it is best being placed into groups to cover more areas.

4. Incandescent Based

Incandescent floodlights work by heating a small element at the centre of a vacuum, charging it with an electric current. The cost of these bulbs is relatively low which makes it a cheap and inexpensive option to sort. However, if the current is too powerful it can shorten the lifespan of the bulb and cause a break in the casing, causing the bulb to fail.

5. Florescent Based

Floodlights that have florescent bulb technology are coated with a layer of material which will glow when an electric current begins to pass through the coating. As the coating seal is delicate, these systems can be very expensive to install and do not provide the same levels of brightness as Halogen or HID based systems. Therefore it is best to use this type of floodlight in small spaces and areas.

So What Lighting System Should You Choose?

For the best floodlight installation it all depends on the size of your premises and the required area that is needed to be covered. Large areas are best covered with a long lasting technology that is bright and highly energy efficient such as HID based systems. Cheaper lighting can be installed in smaller spaces where there are little to no dark spots.

The Surfacelux team are on hand to be able to conduct surveys of your area and provide free quotations on systems that would be best suited to protecting your premises. Our experienced team of engineers have had decades of combined experience with floodlight installation as well as repairs and maintenance. Contact us today to get in touch and discuss your requirements or alternatively you can call us on 0151 513 7415 or 01793 847 498 for our North and South offices respectively.