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What Is the Difference Between a Flood & Spot Light?

Professional landscapers and lighting experts often employ both floodlights and spotlights, but the two lighting types produce significantly different beams intended for very different uses.

Spotlights work well for illuminating specific objects.

Professional landscapers and lighting experts often employ both floodlights and spotlights, but the two lighting types produce significantly different beams intended for very different uses. 


Beam Width

The width of the beam distinguishes floodlights from spotlights.  Projected over an 8-foot distance, a floodlight should cast a 4-foot beam, while a spotlight should cast a 2-foot beam.

Spotlights typically project a 45-degree beam, while floodlights project a 120-degree beam. 


Uses

Floodlights work well to illuminate large areas and can effectively illuminate a work area or serve as security lights.  Spotlights, in contrast, typically illuminate specific points like artwork and architectural details.


Considerations

Spotlights typically appear brighter than floodlights, even with the same wattage bulbs, because they produce more highly concentrated beams of light.  Consumers can purchase both floodlights and spotlights in a variety of bulb types, including incandescent, halogen and LED.

About the Author

Keith Evans has been writing professionally since 1994 and now works from his office outside of Orlando. He has written for various print and online publications and wrote the book, "Appearances: The Art of Class." Evans holds a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication from Rollins College and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in strategic leadership from Andrew Jackson University.

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