How Do I Choose A Good Security Light

How Do I Choose A Good Security Light?

There is a growing demand for energy-efficient lighting systems from a growing number of housing designers. This demand is driving the popularity of indoor and outdoor LED lighting.

Traditional outdoor lighting systems are seen as outdated, inefficient, and expensive, so people are turning to LED security lights. These LED security lights are quickly becoming everyone's choice in outdoor lighting.

With so many LED security lights on the market, how should you pick a suitable outdoor floodlight?

Check the basic information

  • Color temperature (Kelvin) 

Kelvin or color temperature basically corresponds to the color of the projected light and is also related to heat. The higher the color temperature, the cooler the color and the closer it is to white light.

  • Lumens

Lumens measure the total amount of light emitted per unit of time. This unit essentially measures the brightness of the light.

  • Voltage

Voltage involves the amount of work per unit of charge required to move a test charge between two points. For LED lighting, this is the amount of power provided by the lighting device to the bulb.

  • Wattage

Wattage is the amount of power a lamp throws. In general, higher-wattage lamps will project more lumens (brightness). LED floodlights are available in a wide range of wattages.

  • Function - General, Dusk to Dawn, Motion Sensor

A dusk-to-dawn light is any light that automatically turns on after the sun begins to set. Some LED floodlights can be fitted with a photocell and used as a dusk-to-dawn light. If you want to use this feature, be sure to check the product description and specification sheet to make sure your floodlight is compatible with the photocell.

A motion sensor inside an outdoor lighting fixture detects when there is motion near the light and automatically turns it on. This is ideal for security lighting purposes.

Choosing wattage and lumens

LED lights have a lower wattage than traditional floodlights. Depending on the application of the LED floodlight, the wattage is the power projected by the LED floodlight, and the lumens are the same as the wattage, both measuring the brightness of the light.

It is best to choose the ideal size of the light based on its end position and carefully consider the installation location. 

Common lumens and wattage

10000lm 75-80W
6100lm 50-55W
3500lm 30-35W
2600lm 25-28W
1600lm 16-20W
1100lm 9-13W
800lm 8-12W
450lm 6-9W

Select Motion Sensor or Dusk to Dawn(D2D)

If you don't need 24/7 LED floodlighting, then motion sensing or D2D is a good choice and will save you money on your electric bill. The light will only come on when it senses the movement of people, vehicles or animals or at dusk.

Safety Certification and Warranty

When choosing any lighting, safety is the first consideration, especially if you and your family are using it. LED floodlights must be safe.

Ensure maximum customer satisfaction, quality, and safety by purchasing LED floodlights that are UL safety-certified and DLC approved. These independent organizations conduct rigorous third-party testing of lighting systems to determine their safety, quality, and energy efficiency.

Although LED lighting is known for its durability and longevity, some cheaper or poor-quality brands may not last. Always choose a manufacturer that offers at least a 2-year warranty on their LED floodlights. all of Olafus' LED floodlights are UL and DLC certified and come with a 2-year warranty.

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