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Sodium Floodlights

What Is a Sodium Floodlight?

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.

Why Choose a Sodium Floodlight?

  • Ideal for areas where little light pollution is vital. Often seen in factories or car parks where surrounding areas are residential and no light pollution is a must.
  • Warm orange light produced, a lot easier on the eyes than metal halide or halogen over a period of time.
  • High lumen output per watt, making them a cost effective choice for areas where certain lighting levels need to be met.
  • Long lamp life means that maintenance costs are reduced.

Where Can I Use a Sodium Floodlight?

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.

What Can I Add To My Sodium Floodlight

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.

Caring For The Fitting & Lamp

  • Always check the fitting before installing to see if there has been any visible damage during transport.
  • Always try to replace lamps after the expected duration recommended by the supplier. There is less chance of explosion, which could damage the whole fitting if this occurs, if you change after the specified time.
  • When continually using the fitting (24/7), ensure there is a 15 minute shut off every 7 days to protect the lamp and fitting.
  • Try to re-lamp all fittings as a group rather than one at a time.

Installing Your Floodlight

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.