Different Types of Floodlights
There are many uses of solar floodlights, from security to entertainment to just illuminating the way. The beauty of having a floodlight in an outdoor area is the variety of applications that it can have. Most people have never used solar floodlights before, but if you have a large back yard, or other outdoor area, it could be a great addition to your home. Here are some great ideas for outdoor solar floodlights.
Most outdoor flood lights use an LED (light emitting diode) sensor to detect darkness and turn on the light. LED solar floodlights are quite efficient and provide a bright light for many hours after sunset or before dawn. They do require more frequent recharging, but the cost of the unit will pay for itself in energy savings over time.
One of the newest types of solar floodlights is a motion sensor. These are generally only found in or around pools, but they work well for larger areas. These motion sensors turn on once they detect movement and usually have a range of a few yards. You may find motion sensor lights that can be set to turn on based on a human movement or animal motion. The benefits of these types of lights are that they don't have to be plugged into an electrical outlet, they don't need to wire in and they are very reliable. They are perfect for poolside lighting.
Some solar floodlights use what is called "daylight" technology, which turns on its illumination even in total darkness. Most nightlights use a small battery that charges while the sensor is in continuous operation. The drawback to this type of solar floodlight is that it doesn't provide as bright of a light as some other options. If you want a very bright light, this isn't the best option. There is also a potential danger with this type of floodlight - there is always the chance that something could flake up and hit your sensor, causing the light to go out. The upside is that this floodlight won't cost you as much as a traditional night light.
A final type of solar flood lights available for purchase are LED lights. LED floodlights provide lots of light but typically don't put out quite as much light as their more expensive competitors. However, many people choose to use LED flood lights because they offer a good amount of light with a great range of brightness. This is great for giving you different options for providing good lighting.
One option that you may wish to consider is making your own solar floodlights. While making your own solar panels may not be easy, it certainly is possible. In fact, you can build your own solar panels very easily with a little help from a few do it yourself guides that explain the process very simply and clearly. If you're looking to save a great deal of money, and you have some basic carpentry skills, then making your own led floodlight may be just the ticket for giving you the kind of light you want at a price you can afford.