Floodlights provide bright and wide illumination for outdoor spaces. Commercial floodlights can cover a very large area, such as a playing field, but there are smaller and lower wattage floodlights which are suitable for outdoor domestic spaces.
Floodlights may be mounted on a wall or can be freestanding. Wall mounted floodlights can be useful as a security measure. Many floodlights have a motion sensor, so the light is triggered to turn on when movement is detected within a certain radius of the fitting. The floodlight should be carefully positioned to ensure that the sensor covers the appropriate area.
Floodlights typically provide a wide beam of general light. They can be up to 100W for very strong illumination, but domestic floodlights will tend to be around 20W. Floodlights are usually functional in design with an adjustable head allowing the light to be directed as needed.
Floodlights are made from robust materials that can withstand the elements. The most common finishes are black, white and chrome. Because of their use outside, floodlights require a higher IP rating than lights used inside. Modern floodlights use LEDs, because of their excellent energy efficiency and long lifespan, which minimises the need for replacement or maintenance.