How to Choose Outdoor Architectural Floodlights?
Photometric research is very helpful in determining light for architectural projects. It will help evaluate the brightness, intensity, and uniformity of light on a property. It will help to consider the following basic factors when choosing the architectural light that best suits your requirements.
1. Regional layout:
Luminaire placement needs to be where the light can fully illuminate its target area, without high walls blocking and creating shadow-filled blind spots. The correct placement of the lamps is crucial: the number of luminaires and the spacing of the luminaires for adequate lighting. First, the lights must be 10 feet high and extend beyond 40 feet depending on the area. This does not include the risk of potential damage to the lights themselves and personnel, as these lights could cause injury. Their main task is to illuminate the entire area, while angled downwards, directly onto people's eyes or nearby properties. In some cases, such as stadiums, overlapping is preferred to avoid shadows. In other respects, cross lighting is avoided.
2. Beam angle:
There are many types of architectural floodlights. There are many more variations of these types when it comes to the angle of the beam. Architectural floodlights are available in a variety of wide beam angles, depending on the bulbs used to cover a wider illuminated area. A larger total area will require a smaller beam angle and vice versa. A beam angle of 25-40 degrees is typical at an altitude of 35 feet. In most cases, our company recommends a 120-degree narrow beam configuration, which provides a sharp, high-intensity beam with a smaller beam angle to highlight a particular element.
3. Power output or light effect:
When deciding on a light fixture, check lumens. At lower heights, lower lumen fixtures are appropriate. High lumen fixtures in low ceiling spaces will only create bright spots and poor lighting quality. LED floodlights are highly efficient and produce higher lumens per watt. They are powerful compact lamps. Different environments require different levels of brightness, depending on the desired environment. Lumens tell us how much light a fixture produces.
Floodlights have high lumen output despite their size and construction. For example, a 150-watt incandescent light bulb produces about 2,600 lumens, while a 150-watt LED can produce 21,000 lumens.
4. Heat dissipation:
This is a slightly overlooked feature, but it comes into play when the fixture is used for longer periods every day. If the light fixture does not have a built-in heat sink, it will drastically change its function. This is not a problem for LED luminaires, as they have built-in heat sinks that generate less heat and more light.
5. Motion sensor:
Motion-sensor floodlights add an added layer of safety, as they light up whenever anything passes by them. This is an important factor that does not delay startup and does not affect its power and operation. There are also dusk-to-dawn sensors, which help save energy and wasted light
6. Cross lighting is light from different fixtures:
Light from different directions reduces shadows and highlights. If positioned correctly, they do not overlap and enhance the lighting design.
7. Service life:
The service life of LED architectural floodlights exceeds 50,000 hours, which is 5-8 times that of other similar products. This is an important factor when choosing a mass replacement since no one wants to keep changing bulbs. This is expensive and quite cumbersome.
Outdoor architectural luminaires must be able to withstand harsh weather such as rain, snow, and dust. Waterproof light fixtures that can withstand heavy rain are an essential consideration. The LED floodlights are available in a variety of dust and water IP ratings, and their design features are compatible with freezing temperatures.
LEDs have a very long life, up to 80,000 hours! However, there is nothing wrong with preventing any situation in advance. Buy your LED architectural floodlight from a manufacturer that offers a certificate of warranty. There will be a corresponding quality assurance!