Outdoor Flood Lights

When you are considering the purchase of outdoor lighting for your patio, you’ll need to take into account the different types of lighting that you need.  For example, are you looking for specific types of accent lighting or are you looking for garden lights to highlight parts of your landscape?  At some place in your design, you’ll likely need to consider the placement of some outdoor flood lights.  What you need to determine is how you will plan on using your patio space and plan your lighting design accordingly.

With the trend in outdoor room designs and plans, there will be an even greater availability of lighting options.  Currently, you can still find a wide range of patio lighting options that include rustic lighting and specific pieces to highlight a particular space.  Just like in an indoor room, you may have a centerpiece or spot lighting to bring more attention to certain areas.

This is an example of how outdoor flood lights can be mounted.

This is an example of how outdoor flood lights can be mounted.

Similarly, you can have an outdoor chandelier that can provide a great focal point of lighting while adding ambiance to your space.  Then, with some hidden spot lights tucked up into your patio cover’s rafters, you can give lighting to specific points of interest in your outdoor room.  Because these rooms often have no formal walls, lighting can even create different seating areas beneath your covered patio space.  Imagine how this works.  Out of the darkness of the outside sky comes this beam of light to highlight the perfect patio chair or chaise lounge to rest on and enjoy your favorite drink or engage in a great conversation with company.

Outdoor Flood Lights: Styles and Features

Now, if we are talking about an outdoor flood light, these are less for show and more for function.  While you can get a stylish looking flood light, most are simple by design and function.  Usually, they are mounted to a wall or other structure on or near your home and illuminate a path or other large area at once.  If you do have an area that requires a fair amount of light, installing a motion sensor to your lighting will be a good idea.  This will not only be more convenient both in terms of function, but it will also save you electricity.

A motion sensor is more convenient because you don’t have to switch on the light from a location that may or may not be near where you are.  Then, after you don’t need the light, you’ll have to remember to shut it off.  Not rocket science here, but having it done automatically is just simpler.  In addition to this, a motion sensor flood light will go on if you have any intruders or animals in your space, thereby providing you a degree of safety as well.

Just like with other types of lighting in the home and auto industry, light emitting diodes (LED) lights are making strides here as well.  The key benefits of using LED lights are in efficiency.  These bulbs last many thousands of hours longer than traditional bulbs and the light they cast can seem brighter as well.  They also are cooler, not that this is an issue in your outdoor space necessarily.  You will not have to climb ladders to replace these bulbs for a long time – if ever!  They cost a bit more than traditional lighting, but for the convenience and long-lasting benefits, LED outdoor flood lights make are a great investment.

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