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Is There A Difference Between Indoor And Outdoor Flood Lights?
Nov 07, 2018

Indoor Light Bulbs: Safe for Outdoor Use? Incandescent flood light bulbs: These may be used inside or outside, as long as they are not in direct contact with water. However, only incandescent flood light bulbs which are specifically designed to withstand exposure to direct rain or snow should be used outside.

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The indoor floodlight only illuminates floods that occur inside your house, such as in your kitchen or bath. The outdoor floodlight only illuminates outdoor floods that occur, such as a creek, lake, or a pond flooding. I know it sounds ridiculous, you would think that in this day and age they would be able to invent something that does both! 

The indoor floodlight only illuminates floods that occur inside your house, such as in your kitchen or bath. The outdoor floodlight only illuminates outdoor floods that occur, such as a creek, lake, or a pond flooding. I know it sounds ridiculous, you would think that in this day and age they would be able to invent something that does both!

Yea the only major different is that the outdoor floods are rated to withstand wet conditions (i.e. humidity, general dampness, rain, snow, etc.)

Your indoor floods don’t have to be constructed as soundly. They can be made for moderate conditions with no dampness.

If you put an indoor floodlight outside, you run the risk of getting water in it, having it short out or possibly causing an electrical fire.

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What are outdoor flood lights?

The technology of a flood light is actually not that complicated and all the definitions provide simple and brief explanation: flood light is an artificial light so directed or diffused as to give a comparatively uniform illumination over a rather large given area. In other words, flood lights are artificial lights with broad beams and high intensity providing greater amount of light than the lamps used for regular indoor lighting objects.


Where outdoor flood lights are used?

These lights are used not only to illuminate private houses and their yards and increase the safety but also to illuminate big outdoor sports events, plays, concerts and other events. There are both indoor and outdoor flood lights but as the aim of the article is to inform the readers about the specifics of outdoor flood lights the information provided below will be related to the former ones.


Since outdoor flood lights have higher risk of being damaged by external factors, e.g. rain and wind, they are made more durable than indoor lights. In fact, without flood lights it would be quite impossible to hold outdoor games such as baseball or football in the evening hours not to mention it would be difficult to broadcast them on TV as proper visibility of a game would be seriously interrupted.


However, as mentioned above the main function of flood light installed in front of a house is to increase the safety of the property, that is why sometimes flood lights are being referred to as “safety lights”.


There are many benefits of having flood lights illuminating your home and yard but the most significant one is the fact that by using flood light large amount of bright light can be made without using expensive lamps with numerous bulbs.

Light Emitting Diode (LED) Flood Lights. If analyzed in such aspects as energy-efficiency, lifespan, physical qualities and features, LED happens to be the best of all the options for outdoor flood lights. First of all, LEDs consume around the same amount or less energy than fluorescent bulbs and they can last very long (up to 50, 000 hours) if properly used and maintained. This will have a very positive impact on your monthly electricity bill. Another great advantage is that it takes very little time for LED bulbs to reach maximum brightness. Moreover, compared to all the options listed above they are very environment-friendly and cannot cause any significant damage neither to environment nor your health. Although it does seem like the best of all the options, it has to be pointed out that LED bulbs are also the most expensive ones. However, if you need the best type of bulb and are ready to invest in your outdoor flood lights, LED bulbs surely is an option to go for.

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Outdoor light bulbs are much more resilient than bulbs used indoors. In fact, you should be very careful about using indoor light bulbs in outdoor outlets, as many of them are not designed to withstand the elements (rain, snow, heat, cold temperatures) of the outdoors. To protect your lighting, please take a closer look at where various types of light bulbs can be used:


Incandescent flood light bulbs: These may be used inside or outside, as long as they are not in direct contact with water. However, only incandescent flood light bulbs which are specifically designed to withstand exposure to direct rain or snow should be used outside.


Halogen spotlights & flood light bulbs: These light bulbs may be used indoors or outdoors.


LED Lights: Light Emitting Diode or LED bulbs may be used indoors or outside.


Compact Fluorescent light bulbs: Some CFLs may be used outdoors, but you should be sure to check the maximum temperature the bulb can withstand. It will be marked on the bulb’s packaging.


Metal Halide light bulbs: These light bulbs are for indoor and outdoor use.


Xenon bulbs: Unless indicated on the package, these bulbs may be used indoors or outside.