Flood light. Solar powered flood light. Infrared Motion Sensor
Spot Lights are not to be confused with flood lights. The names already give you a hint about the difference between a spot light and a flood light. A spot light produces a narrow somewhat cone shaped beam of light. They are often used to draw attention to a particular garden feature such as a flower bed, tree trunk, pond waterfall, flag pole or house number. They are often part of a low voltage garden lighting kit.
Flood lights are perfect for entrance and security lighting. The lights can be mounted right above the garage doors but care should be taken that they don't blind drivers coming up to the house. They also should be aimed away from neighbours windows. Flood light can be on a timer but more often the on/off cycle is controlled by a photoelectric sensor attached to the light fixture. The double headed flood light shown below is mounted next to the back entrance and lights up the patio area and back yard. This type of fixture is very effective if placed underneath the soffit at the corner of the house. With this type of installation the light will cover more than just one side of the house. The attached sensor activates the light whenever movement is detected. The drawback is that it is often triggered by wildlife such as skunks, opossums, raccoons or whatever else may be living in your area. On the plus side it will scare away any unwanted visitors.
The sensor will turn the light on when movement is detected. It will turn off after a preset time. "On" time and sensitivity can be adjusted. Many fixtures come with an override feature. Just flip the switch to "on" and the light will stay always on.
Solar-Powered Floodlight with Infrared Motion Sensor
It may not always be practical to install a 120 volt flood light for backyard sheds or farm yard outbuildings. The solar powered
floodlight shown to the right has a 10W halogen bulb which can light up a large area. The motion sensor can pick up any movement up to a range of 12 m. (39 feet). The adjustable timer for switching on varies from 0 to 60 seconds.