LED Floodlights – Their Advantages And Disadvantages

Posted on January 17th, 2024

In the ever-evolving world of floodlight technology and systems, LED floodlights have emerged as a very popular choice for various outdoor and security applications. These energy-efficient, bright and highly versatile fixtures come with a set of advantages and disadvantages, making it crucial for consumers to weigh their options carefully before making a decision. Do they go with a traditional option or a set of LED floodlights. In this post we will look at advantages and disadvantages of choosing such a system.

LED floodlights on a mast are useful for providing a wide area of light.

Advantages Of LED Floodlights

They Are Highly Energy Efficient

LED floodlights are well known for their remarkable energy efficiency. They consume significantly less electricity compared to traditional lighting sources, translating to lower energy bills and reduced environmental impact. This is in part thanks to the technology that goes on within the light itself – a small current is passed through a highly conductive microchip producing the light we all see. Due to this, the bulb can have tens of thousands of hours of life before it needs replacing.

Long Lifespan

One of the standout features of LED floodlights is its extended lifespan. With over 50,000 hours of life in certain models, the frequency of replacements and maintenance is far less than with traditional models, which over a time period reduces maintenance costs.

Instantaneous Lighting

There are some traditional lighting options that can take time to warm up and reach maximum brightness. LED floodlights will reach their maximum brightness instantly which is a big benefit for security purposes. Combined with CCTV and other security mechanisms, this can prove to be a useful deterrent to unwelcome intruders and can catch out criminal activity almost immediately.

Durability And Resilience

LED floodlights are designed to withstand the harshest weather conditions and environmental factors. Whether than be extreme heat and UV rays or heavy snow, they will continue to operate without issue and are resistant to vibrations, shocks, and temperature fluctuations, making them a reliable choice for outdoor applications, systems and solutions.

Customizable Light Output

LED floodlights contain microchip technology – the very same chips that are found in our home computers and mobile phones. Microchips can be customised through a series of controllers so with LED floodlights the chips inside of them can allow for precise control over the light output. Changing the brightness level of the light, the colour temperature and in some cases even the colour itself, users can tailor the light to their specific needs.

Disadvantages Of LED Floodlights

Initial Cost

While the long-term savings are evident, the upfront cost of purchasing LED floodlights can be higher than traditional lighting options. For this reason if you are on a lighting budget, it will not be feasible to have an entire system upgraded or put in place. However, this cost is often offset by energy savings and reduced maintenance expenses over time.

Heat Dissipation

Although LED floodlights produce less heat than traditional bulbs, they still generate some heat. Proper heat dissipation mechanisms must be in place to maintain the longevity and performance of LED floodlights. Some of the lower-end models can get hot very quickly and if installed in tight or confined spaces can stop functioning or overheat if there is no where for heat to escape. Higher end models have small motorised fans on the back of them to try and take away some of the heat they produce but these fans still must draw in fresh air from an open area.

Color Rendering Index (CRI)

Some LED floodlights may have a lower Color Rendering Index, affecting how accurately they display colors. This can be a consideration for applications where color accuracy is crucial, such as in retail or art installations. False reds, green and blues might appear as a false representation of how something lit up actually looks.

Compatibility Issues

LED technology is continually evolving, and compatibility issues may arise when integrating newer LED fixtures with older systems or accessories. It’s essential to ensure that all components work seamlessly together. This is because each type of light fixture has different types of microchip inside of them that relies of different versions of software to function correctly.

Conclusion

In conclusion, LED floodlights offer a myriad of benefits, from energy efficiency to customizable lighting options. While there are some drawbacks, advancements in LED technology continue to address and mitigate these concerns, outweighing the disadvantages. Ultimately, the decision to switch to LED floodlights should be based on individual needs, considering both short-term and long-term factors and what you need them for.

Are you looking for fresh LED floodlights to install? The team at Surfacelux have a team of expert engineers that are ready to plan your system whether it be an upgrade over existing lights or a fresh setup. We will handle the design and installation, calculating the power requirements and work out the cabling length needed. Give our North or South offices a call today on 0151 513 7415 or 01793 847 498 respectively or you can get in touch here on our website.