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Flood Lights VS Spotlights

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There are many options when it comes to outdoor lighting projects. Spotlights and floodlights are popular choices. Let's look at some of the main differences between outdoor LED floodlights and LED spotlights.

What are flood lights?

Floodlights have a wider beam distribution than spotlights and are usually used when wider illumination is required. For example, instead of using floodlights to highlight your favorite landscaping environment, you use floodlights to illuminate parking lots, large terraces or decks.

The beam spread of floodlights usually exceeds 45 degrees, up to 120 degrees. However, the beam of some lamps marked as floodlights may be as narrow as 25 degrees. With this in mind, if you are looking for a floodlight with a narrow beam angle, it is best to switch to a spotlight.

In addition to illuminating your driveway, visitor parking area or outdoor living space, floodlights are also ideal for using high downlights to be installed on trees or buildings to create moonlight bathing in your garden, lawn or terrace.

What are spotlights?

Spotlights usually provide a beam width of no more than 45 degrees, while the width is usually no more than 25 degrees. This is the light you often see above the garage door or the light positioned as a highlight to highlight a specific landscaping environment.

Spotlights are often used to illuminate specific objects, such as statues, doorways, interesting trees or architectural features in your home. If you want to limit the light to a specific area (such as a small seating area), but do not allow the light to reach the neighbor's window or otherwise cause light pollution, you may also need to use a spotlight.

When landscape lighting design uses both light and shadow to create visual interest, spotlights are often used. Because they make it easy to guide light precisely to the desired location, spotlights are well suited for this type of design and allow installers to more precisely create an agreed appearance.


In conclusion, when it is necessary to provide a light source for a large variety of spaces, some floodlights should be purchased for installation. Please note that floodlights are ideal for illuminating warehouses, driveways, parking lots or stages, and other larger spaces.

If you want to use wall art or a specific display object as the focal point, using a spotlight in these situations is a good idea. In addition, spotlights are ideal lighting tools that can be used to feature special elements of landscape design and exterior and interior architectural details.

Whenever you are ready to buy a floodlight or spotlight, it is always an essential step to consider determining the beam width required by the floodlight or spotlight. Knowing the exact width of the beam in degrees is not always beneficial. However, relative to the specified distance, it is relatively simple to obtain an understanding of the beam width by using the measured value of the meter.

The good news is that there is a simple formula that can help you determine the required beam width (in feet).


The angle of the beam is multiplied by 0.018, and then multiplied by the distance from the bulb to equal the width of the beam.

For example, if the width of the beam produced by the floodlight is 80°, and you want to know the width of the beam within a distance of 3 meters, all you need to do is use the formula.

This means you multiply 80° degrees by 0.018, and then multiply by 3 meters. The result is that the beam width of the floodlight will be 4.3 meters.

Then, if your spotlight produces a beam width of 30° and you want to know the width of the beam at a distance of 4.5m, you can use the formula again.

This means you multiply 30° degrees by 0.018, and then multiply by 4.5 meters. The result is that the beam width of the spotlight will be 2.43 meters.

At Best Buy Lighting, we provide you with a variety of floodlights and spotlights. You are welcome to visit our retail store or visit our online store to get a lot of outdoor spotlights and LED floodlights.