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Dusk to Dawn LED Security Lights - Features you should consider
IP (Ingress Protection) Rating
An IP rating is an international method of determining the level of a fixture's protection to the internal electrical elements against water and solid objects. A fixture with an IP rating is usually labelled as IPXX. The ‘XX’ represent 2 digits. The first digit shows protection against solid objects like dust, and the second against liquids.
The higher the digits, the higher the protection level. Sometimes, you may see an ‘X’ where a digit should be. That means that the product is not yet tested for that rating.
IP65 and IP66 are the ideal ratings for LED security lights. They restrict dust and water from getting into the fixtures.
Lumens measures the amount of light produced by a light source. A lamp that appears brighter than another produces more lumens. Lumens are an important consideration. They tell us the output of a LED lamp in comparison with a traditional lamp.
Correlated Color Temperature (CCT)
LED lights are available in various color temperatures. A CCT of 2700K is warm white, 3000K is soft white, 3500K is neutral white, 4100K is cool white, 5000K is bright white, and 6500K is daylight white. The best color temperature for security in outdoor spaces is 5000 Kelvins. The American Medical Association has restricted the use of security lights with a CCT above 5000K because of the harmful effect on us and the environment.
Beam Angle and Optics
All existing light sources – from a candle to the best LED light – have a beam angle. A beam angle measures the distribution of light. It is measured in degrees and indicates the width of the emission of light. A regular lamp has a wide beam angle of 360° which covers a large target area but is not intense.
Some light fixtures have a narrow beam angle of about 40° and generate intense light. The angle of the beam dictates the area that will be illuminated. For a larger spread of light, buy fixtures with a large beam angle. For LED security flood-lights, the standard beam angle is about 120°.
Use Lighting Controls with LED Lights
LED security lights work well with lighting controls. Lighting control systems enhance energy efficiency and automated, making them easy to operate. The lighting controls that work with LED security lights include:
Probably the most important sensor to help create secure areas. These sensors detect motion. They switch off the lights if a particular space is not occupied for a certain amount of time. Then switch back on the moment they detect movement. These sensors can offer energy savings of 35%-45%, but more important, they help with area security.
Time Scheduling Clocks
Here, a clock adjusts the light based on the time. At certain times, the lights may be off, on, or dimmed to save energy. Time scheduling is suitable for areas that are either regularly or intermittently occupied. Especially where the lights stay on for long hours for security and safety purposes.
Photosensors switch the lights on or off depending on the available natural light. When daylight increases above a certain threshold, the photosensors decrease the light output. Photocells will turn the lights on at dusk and off at dawn.