LED Floodlight Tips and tricks
Check with your neighbor.
Approach the installation of LED lighting in your home in the same way that you would approach any lighting project. When considering installing a floodlight, it would be a good idea to first check that it is not going to bother your neighbor. Floodlights should be positioned to shine brightly on the intended area without disturbing anyone outside of the area – like your neighbors. Point the bulbs down at an angle around 25 degrees.
Keep your LED floodlight out of reach.
Security floodlights are commonly installed in the back of the house and in the driveway. Install them between eight and 18 feet above the ground to make it difficult for intruders to tamper with.
ID your locations properly before supplying power.
Once you have identified exactly where you are going to mount your spotlights, you can start the process of installing the junction boxes and supplying power for the lights.
Remember safety first.
Remember to switch the power off at the breaker and keep it turned off until after you have completed the wiring project. Do not place yourself in danger by working with a live power source. Electricity can kill you.
Consider professional help.
If you are not sure how to wire lights, or do not have experience working with electricity, then you should consider hiring a professional to do the work for you.
Don’t forget the ground.
Wiring LED spotlights is no different from wiring standard incandescent lights. Match the color of the wires on the light to the colors of the wire in the junction box. There will be a white wire and a black wire. Simply connect these wires to the floodlight using wire nuts. The LED light should have a ground wire (typically green) that should be connected to the ground wire in the junction box. The ground wire in the junction box is usually a bare copper wire. If there is no ground wire in the junction box, connect the ground wire on the light to the box itself. Never leave the ground wire disconnected – it might save your life someday.
Choose the motions sensor option.
Most outdoor LED floodlights come with an attached motion sensor that automatically turns lights on when it detects a significant change in infrared energy. Most sensors have a 180-degree range of motion and can detect people as far as 75 feet away. When motion is detected, the floodlight will remain on for anywhere from one to ten minutes and then shut off. Some lights allow you to adjust the amount of time the light will be on. Dusk to dawn utilize a sensor that turns them on when the sun sets and turns them off when the sun rises.
Look for the Energy Star label.
Always look for Energy Star lights that have been designed for outdoor use. These energy efficient outdoor floodlights typically come with motion sensors and an automatic daylight shut-off.
Choose the right finish.
There are also many finishes to choose from, such as stainless steel, copper, and colored lacquer. Your best option is to pick a finish that matches the color or the style of your home. Choose a finish that is going to survive the climate weather conditions that your home is located in.
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