Recently, I’ve gotten a few questions from customers about floodlights and spotlights:
What’s the difference between a spotlight and a floodlight?
What kind of beam spread do I need for my lighting project?
How can I know how wide my light bulb’s beam will be from a certain distance away?
I thought these questions would make a perfect topic for today’s blog post.
First, let’s cover the basics:
A spotlight casts a narrow beam of light, usually no wider than 45 degrees. This beam is more concentrated and easier to point and control.
A floodlight can have a beam spread of up to 120 degrees. It can illuminate a larger amount of space with the same wattage and lumen output as a spotlight.
Using spotlights and floodlights:
When highlighting specific points like display objects, wall artwork, architectural details, or landscape features, use a spotlight. (more…)