A sodium floodlight is a gas discharge lamp, using sodium amongst other gases to produce a warm orange light. Ideal for use in the industrial areas and are often used as street lights and used to illuminate car parks. Very little light pollution is provided by this type of floodlight making it a popular choice.
Sodium floodlights are ideal for use both the industrial sector as well as domestically.
In the industrial sector, these floodlights are usually found outside factories and other industrial buildings. This could be for security or to illuminate the outside area whilst work is going on at night.
Usually, you will have a halogen floodlight on a sensor outside your house for security reasons. It is possible to use a sodium floodlight for this reason but it would have to stay illuminated and you will damage the lamp with stop-start operation.
Many street lights are also sodium, this is one of the most commonly found places for a sodium fitting.
There are many different add ons you can have with your sodium floodlight. For those who wish to have the floodlight on just while it is dark enough to outside, then you will need a dusk-to-dawn photocell.
This will turn the floodlight on when the light levels drops, and will shut it off again when it is light enough outside. This is ideal if you have many floodlights and don’t want to be turning them on and off everyday or you just want the lighting to protect a property or other area whilst it is dark.
As it is required that all these floodlights are mains wired and fixed to a solid surface, it is essential that all work is carried out by a qualified electrician. Always remember, it is illegal to carry out any work should you not be qualified. No floodlights can be plugged into a mains socket.