What to consider when purchasing solar flood lights

Eurolux has just unpacked a brand-new range of solar flood lights. (Image: Supplied)

In a world that increasingly values sustainable alternatives, solar flood lights stand at the forefront of innovation in outdoor lighting. It’s the simple and genius solution of harnessing the sun’s power to generate light and create security.

Eurolux has just unpacked a brand-new range of solar flood lights and talked to us about some of the most important factors to consider when purchasing fixtures for your property.

Look at lumens, not watts

Traditionally, wattage has been the standard metric for measuring the brightness of light bulbs. But when it comes to solar flood lights, lumens are a more accurate indicator of brightness. Lumens measure the total amount of visible light emitted by a source, providing a better gauge of a light’s actual brightness. For outdoor spaces, consider higher lumen values for increased visibility and security. Look for solar flood lights that provide sufficient lumens to meet your specific illumination needs.

Consider colour temperature

Beyond brightness, consider the colour temperature of the solar flood lights. Colour temperature is measured in Kelvins, with lower values (around 2700K) producing warm, yellow light and higher values (5000K and above) delivering cool, bluish-white light. Our new solar flood lights have high values of around 6000-6500K to deliver clear visibility.

Select motion sensor designs for enhanced security

Many high-quality solar flood lights come equipped with motion sensors, enhancing security and energy efficiency. Motion sensor lights activate when movement is detected, providing an added layer of safety, and discouraging potential intruders. When purchasing solar flood lights, consider models with adjustable sensitivity and duration settings to tailor them to your specific requirements.

Check for robust materials

Outdoor lighting faces exposure to various weather conditions, so it’s important to choose solar flood lights designed for durability and weather resistance. Look for lights with an IP65 or higher rating, indicating protection against dust and water ingress. Additionally, consider the build quality, materials used, and any certifications for durability in challenging outdoor environments. Our new solar floods are crafted from ABS, PC, metal and anti-UV materials.

Understand the advantages of LiFePO4 batteries

The type of battery technology used in any solar flood light has a huge impact on the fixture’s performance and lifespan. LiFePO4 batteries (lithium iron phosphate) are gaining prominence for their superior characteristics. These batteries offer a longer cycle life and can endure more charge-discharge cycles. They’re also known for their impressive thermal stability and safety profile, reducing the risk of overheating or thermal runaway. The LiFePO4 batteries found in our new solar flood lights are one of their major selling points with homeowners, architects and project managers alike, recognising their superiority.

Opt for monocrystalline silicon panels

Another standout feature of these fixtures is their monocrystalline silicon panels. Their benefits are numerous, ranging from high efficiency because of their single-crystal structure to their compact size. They also perform superiorly in low-light conditions. With a longer lifespan, exceptional durability, and the ability to harness energy even in less-than-ideal weather conditions, monocrystalline silicon panels make our new flood lights a robust and efficient outdoor lighting solution.

Think about adjustable mounting

Consider the flexibility of mounting options when selecting solar flood lights. Lights with adjustable brackets or flexible mounting arms allow you to direct the light exactly where it’s needed. This adaptability ensures optimal coverage and illumination of specific areas within your outdoor space. So, while there may be a great many flood lights on the market, these handy tips will help you make a wise selection, to ensure both longevity and performance.

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