flood lights are the rare security feature that may also add a touch of beauty to your property, as well as make it safer for people who are authorized to be there.
Flood lights not only help deter intruders, they also light pathways and entrances, making them safer. In a residential setting, you can use them to extend outdoor playtime and leisure activities past evening. For both residential and commercial properties, flood lights help ward off intruders, particularly when they’re attached to motion sensors.
The variety of flood lights on the market allows you to find the size, style, features, and price perfect for your budget.
Floodlight Cost Considerations
There are many floodlights on the market, and the amount you will spend hinges on the style, size, and features you require. Consumers must first determine the area to get illuminated, the lights’ purpose, and consider all the required components.
LED vs. Halogen/Incandescent
Although more expensive initially, LED flood lights use less energy. LED lighting lasts around 50,000 hours, or seven to ten years. The recent rise in popularity of these two technologies has lowered the price significantly.
LED fixtures usually cost between $75 and $200 for the hardware. A floodlight with integrated LED lamps also offset the cost of purchasing lamps for the fixture, and down the road. Learn more about LED lighting costs and savings.
A dependable solar LED floodlight will range from $100 – $500. Although the hardware is more expensive than a standard floodlight, these might actually cost less to install as new wiring might not be required.
Motion Sensors and Timers
Motion sensors and timers could add another $25 – $50 to the price when built into the lights. However, hiring an electrician to add one of these options later will cost significantly more, due primarily to labor cost.
The IP in the waterproof rating is an acronym for Ingress Protection. For instance, IP65 is a two-part formula. The first digit, in this case 6, gives us the rating for solids; like dust. The second number provides the amount of liquid resistance.
Therefore, an IP65 rating is dust tight and water resistant. IP68 is considered dust tight and waterproof when submerged up to one meter continuously.
A 200-480-watt (W) (600-1500W incandescent equivalent) LED floodlight with IP65 will cost between $200 and $400, before installation. Electricians will charge $50 to $100 per hour for labor.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
If a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is required for outdoor fixtures, or added circuit breaker is needed, either one could raise the price of installation dramatically. GFCI outlets average $325, and a new circuit panel is $1,500 – $3,000.
If new wiring is needed for the fixture, the cost of the project could go up depending on how challenging it will be to add wiring for the light and switch. This could be a relatively fast project if there is an outlet nearby, or a time-consuming project if adding new wiring is difficult.
The cost of this will vary from home to home since every project is unique, but expect at least one to two hours of additional time to add the wiring. Adding new wiring usually costs $100 to $300 for labor and material.
Electrical permits usually cost between $20 to $100, depending on your project. A permit may or may not be required for your project depending on the location and scope of work. Consult with your electrician to determine if this is necessary.
What Are the Different Types of Flood lights?
Flood lights offer 120-degree illumination, making them the ideal choice to light up a broad area. In contrast, spotlights put off a narrow beam that is more appropriate to highlight a particular object. Common flood light choices include:
- 110V industrial
- Low energy
- Metal halide, also known as high intensity discharge (HID)
- Sodium halogen
Typically, flood lights are high wattage, part of the reason they’re usually found in industrial or commercial settings. Sodium halogen and LED lights are a popular choice for street lighting. Metal halide flood lights, though, are available in wattages ranging from 70 to 2,000. This level of versatility is part of why HID flood lights are so popular. LED lights, however, are gaining quickly in the popularity contest, thanks to their lower energy needs. In the world of flood lights, LEDs use the least amount of energy.
Adding motion detection helps flood lights offer even more safety, since their infrared sensors allow them to sense movement up to a distance of 75 feet. When motion ceases, the flood light switches off again. Without motion sensors, your options are manually turning on the flood lights, using a timer, or adding a light-detection sensor that turns them on at dusk and off again with the dawn. If you use a motion sensor or photocell, make sure it’s rated for the type of bulb you use. LED and CFL bulbs are quickly burned out when attached to the wrong sensors.
Portable flood lights are most often found in work crews who work at night, but you also see them in emergency kits. Finally, there aren’t typically a lot of variations in color when it comes to flood lights; you’re mainly looking at crisp, white light or a softer, warmer yellow tone.
How Much Do Flood lights Cost?
Pricing ranges for flood lights are extremely broad, from as low as $7 to as high as $5,500 for 2,000 watt stadium lighting. The main indicator of price is the amount of light you need, i.e. the wattage. For example, parking lots, campuses, and sports arenas typically require higher wattage lighting than doorways, storefronts, and signage. A 1,000 watt flood light, such as you’d find in a parking lot, averages between $400 and $500.
Residential needs are even lower; a simple 20-watt halogen flood light costs less than $10 and easily lights up a walkway or sidewalk outside of a home. Even adding a motion sensor and increasing the wattage to 110 only brings the price to around $20.
A 16W fluorescent replacement bulb starts at around $3
A 65W LED replacement bulb starts at around $4
A 10W LED floodlight starts at around $5
A flood light mount with adjustable knuckle starts at around $50
An LED solar-powered floodlight averages between $50 and $350
A dusk-to-dawn, two-head LED from Home Zone starts at around $60
A 30W LED bullet light starts at around $75
Trunion 120W LED averages around $200
Morris 71544 FlatPanel Series 220W averages around $300
Lumapro 150W metal halide averages around $300
A 10-piece 100W LED starts at around $300
Cree 160W LED averages around $350
Maxlite ELLF540UW50 StaxMax LED with 540W and 122-degree spread costs around $3,000
Hiring an electrician to install your flood light varies according to your area and the amount of time needed to install the lights. Expect to pay between $30 and $80 per hour. If the electrician also needs to tap an electrical circuit, this may bring the charge as high as $400. Make sure to get a quote from multiple electricians to compare costs for your area.
Finally, the cost to run your flood light varies according to its total wattage and power pricing in your area. You reduce your cost of you use a motion sensor and only run the light during nighttime hours. Running a 150W flood light 24/7 would cost you around $30 per month.