Focus On Floodlights
From lighting outdoor spaces like car parks and sports grounds to providing wide area task lighting and security lighting, floodlights have become an integral part of modern lighting solutions. Floodlights have widespread applications in multiple environments like residential, commercial, and industrial settings. However, with so many different types of flood lighting available, and some being suited to specific operations, it’s common for some people to ask questions about different types of floodlights and their features, benefits, and applications.
To help anyone considering one (or more) of CORE Lighting’s range of floodlights, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions about floodlights and our three core floodlight models to help you gain a better understanding of our floodlights and which one(s) would be best for you.
For more information about our three CORE floodlights, click the product below to view the product brochure.
What are floodlights and how do they work?
Let’s start with the basics – at the risk of teaching you to suck eggs.
Floodlights are high-intensity artificial lights designed to cover a wide area with bright illumination. The primary purpose of a floodlight is to light up a large area so that as much of it can be seen as possible – essentially “flooding” it with light. Floodlight’s produce wide beams of light for this purpose. Where a spotlight is designed to focus light on a tight area to illuminate specific points of interest, a floodlight is designed to light up as much as possible so that more can be seen.
Most floodlights consist of a powerful bulb, usually either an LED or halogen lamp, housed in a casing, which is normally weatherproof to some extent. Within the casing there will be a reflector to help direct and disperse the light over a larger area, making them ideal for large outdoor spaces. Floodlights can be controlled manually or automatically using sensors, and many come with adjustable features, allowing users to change the angle, direction, and sometimes the intensity of light.
What are the main uses for floodlights?
Floodlights can be utilised for a number of applications or serve multiple purposes due to their versatility and brightness. The most common applications are:
Floodlights are widely used for security purposes across residential, commercial, and industrial settings to deter intruders by illuminating dark areas around homes, commercial properties, industrial warehouses and buildings, and public spaces.
Floodlights are crucial in sports fields, stadiums, and recreational facilities and areas to enable outdoor activities to take place during the evening and night.
Floodlights are used on construction sites, parking lots, and industrial areas to improve visibility, which helps to improve health and safety, reduce accidents, and enhance productivity.
Floodlights can also be used to highlight architectural features, landscaping elements, and monuments, adding dramatic effect to the environment. (Although we think this is best left to lamps like our wireless uplighters, the ColourPoint and ColourPoint Mini!)
Much like for sports and construction sites, floodlights play a crucial role in outdoor events, festivals, and concerts, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for attendees.
Which is better: LED floodlights or halogen floodlights?
LED floodlights have rapidly gained increasing popularity and all but replaced older, traditional halogen floodlights in many applications, and for good reason too!
LED floodlights are far more energy efficient than their halogen counterparts, consuming significantly less energy and resulting in reduced electricity consumption and bills, and a lower carbon footprint.
LED floodlights have a longer lifespan, lasting up to 10 times longer than halogen bulbs. This, in turn, reduces maintenance costs and the frequency at which bulbs need replacing.
LED floodlights are more robust and shock-resistant than halogen bulbs, making them better suited for outdoor use in harsh weather conditions.
Brightness and colour options
LED floodlights offer a wide range of brightness levels and colour temperatures, allowing users to choose the best lighting to suit their specific needs.
Are floodlights difficult to install?
The installation difficulty entirely depends on the type of floodlight and the location of installation. Most fixed floodlights are designed for easy installation, like simple security floodlights or portable standalone plug-and-play LED floodlights that only require a power source. However, for more complex installations and hardwired floodlights, we recommend seeking professional assistance and advice to ensure proper installation and safety, along with meeting any application planning requirements.
CORE Lighting portable battery powered floodlights
At CORE Lighting, we offer portable, wireless floodlights that require no power source other than our powerful rechargeable batteries – although they also come with the capability to connect to mains power, if required.
Here are some common questions we get asked about our range of wireless battery powered flood lights. We’ll provide the answer to each of these questions with information about each product to help you differentiate between them and make an informed decision on which would best suit your application.
How bright are CORE floodlights?
The CORE FLOOD provides an extremely high brightness at 20,000 lumens.
CORE FLOOD PRO
The CORE FLOOD PRO provides an ultra high brightness level of 24,000 lumens.
The CORE FLOODBOX provides two brightness level options. The single head floodlight unit provides 20,000 lumens. The double head floodlight unit provides 40,000 lumens.
How large an area do CORE floodlights illuminate?
The CORE FLOOD will light up an area of 50m x 30m (1500m2) (15,000 square feet) using 4 units. For comparison, the light provided by 4 CORE FLOOD units would be more than sufficient to light up a standard 5-a-side football pitch or the typical total area of a tennis court enclosed within a fence.
CORE FLOOD PRO
The CORE FLOOD PRO will light up an area of 60m x 45m (2700m2) (27,000square feet) using 4 units. This is more than sufficient to light up an olympic size swimming pool and surrounding area.
The CORE FLOODBOX will light up an area of 50m x 30m (1500m2) (15,000 square feet) with the dual head setup, which is the equivalent of using 4 x CORE FLOODs as described above.
Are CORE Floodlights suitable for outdoor use?
All of our floodlights are suitable for outdoor use in harsh weather conditions.
Our FLOOD is rated to IP65 for rugged outdoor use.
Our FLOOD PRO is rated to IP67 waterproof.
Our FLOOBOX is rated to IP66 suited for all weather conditions. The FLOODBOX also comes with an internal weatherproof tray in case the lid is left open.
What applications are CORE Floodlights best suited to?
Our floodlights can be used for a number of different applications across multiple industries and can be put to use in almost any situation that requires lighting of a broad area.
Here are a few examples of the typical applications that our FLOOD, FLOOD PRO, and FLOODBOX have been put to use in:
- Instant lighting for area safety and work task lighting
- Public access safety
- Trackway and path lighting
- Wide area task lighting
- Lighting for loading and unloading vehicles
- Utilities and facilities management
- Construction site lighting
- Sports and recreation outdoor lighting – i.e. football training, rugby training, tennis court lighting etc.
- Horse arena lighting and equestrian lighting
- Car park lighting
- Agricultural lighting
- Event lighting
How are CORE floodlights powered?
All three of our FLOOD range of floodlights come with portable wireless rechargeable batteries which can be charged from both 110V and 240V power supplies.
Both the CORE FLOOD and the CORE FLOOD PRO have separate rugged and weatherproof battery packs that connect to and power the LED head units with a rugged bag that can easily hang from the tripod frame once set up to keep everything together.
The CORE FLOOD comes with two battery options, the 26Ah lithium ion battery or a 52Ah lithium ion battery.
The CORE FLOODBOX comes in a convenient and single, rugged wheeled box as self-contained storage for the tripod (which attaches directly to the box to set up), LED head unit(s), and cables. The battery itself is housed within the FLOODBOX along with its built-in charger and comes with two battery options depending on the number of LED heads chosen: a 52Ah (single head option) or 104Ah (double head option).
How long do the batteries last on the floodlights?
Our CORE FLOOD battery can last for 2 hours at full brightness or up to 6 hours on the minimum setting using the 26Ah battery option. With the 52Ah battery, the CORE FLOOD can last for 4 hours at 100% brightness or up to 13 hours on the minimum brightness setting.
CORE FLOOD PRO
The CORE FLOOD PRO battery can last for 7 hours at full brightness or up to 35 hours on the lowest brightness setting.
The CORE FLOODBOX battery has a runtime of 4 hours at maximum brightness up to 25 hours at minimum brightness for both the single and double head versions.
How long does it take to charge CORE floodlights?
The CORE FLOOD takes approximately 14 hours to charge to 100%.
CORE FLOOD PRO
The CORE FLOOD PRO has a charge time of between 10 to 12 hours.
The CORE FLOODBOX has a charge time of between six to seven hours.
Both the CORE FLOOD and FLOOD PRO have an LED indicator on the battery that turns green when fully charged.
The CORE FLOODBOX has a display on the outside of the box to indicate charge level in percentage and time remaining.
How high can you set CORE floodlights up?
Both the CORE FLOOD and FLOOD PRO come with a sturdy tripod, designed for quick and easy setup, that extends to 3.2m high. Both floodlights come with a standard 3m powder coated steel tripod (total height including light head is 3.2m) with the option to purchase an additional 4.5m zinc plated steel tripod or a 6m adjustable pole designed to be fixed to structures such as fencing.
The CORE FLOODBOX comes with a 6ft sturdy aluminium extendable pole that is mountable directly to the centre of the casing for quick, easy, and stable installation. When the pole is mounted to the FLOODBOX it can be fully extended up to 2m in height.
How much do CORE floodlights weigh?
The CORE FLOOD has a total weight of 12kg for the 52Ah battery version and 11kg for the 26Ah battery version – these weights are inclusive of the light, battery, and tripod.
CORE FLOOD PRO
The CORE FLOOD PRO comes with a choice of either a tough padded nylon kit bag or a heavy duty ABS case. With the nylon bag the total weight is 12kg. With the ABS case the total weight is 15kg. Both versions are inclusive of the light, tripod, and batteries. The tripod itself weighs 5.5kg.
The CORE FLOODBOX has a total weight of 17kg for the single light head version and 23kg for the double light head version. However, it is also worth bearing in mind that the CORE FLOODBOX comes with sturdy handles and wheels for easy manoeuvrability too.
How long do CORE flood lights last?
All of the light heads in our range of floodlights use premium, highly efficient LED technology and are designed for longevity with minimal maintenance required – CORE uses high quality Cree ultra-brightness LED chips in Neutral White 4000k CCT. All our LED heads are convection cooled, which means no internal fan is needed to keep them cool and our floodlight heads have an approximate LED lifespan of 50,000 hours.
All three of our flood light models are designed for quick, easy, and stable setup even in harsh weather conditions and to provide ultra bright, broad illumination to ensure maximum visibility in the dark.
If you are interested in any of our floodlight products or have any questions that we have not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help you find the best solution for your application.