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Ultimate Smart Flood Lights Guide: Lighting Your Way

Illuminating your home with permanent outdoor lighting like smart flood lights enhances its curb appeal, provides security, and makes decorating for holidays and special events a breeze. Smart flood lights are a seamless way to blend functionality with aesthetic appeal.

They can be adjusted to suit your needs with the push of a button, automated, and integrated into your existing smart home system. LED smart flood lights are also energy-efficient and use less electricity than traditional incandescent lights. If you’re in the market for smart flood lights, you’ll learn everything you need to know about them in our smart flood lights guide.

red and green floodlights in the front of the house

What Are Smart Flood Lights?

Flood lights are outdoor lighting fixtures designed to emit a broad beam of light that covers (or “floods”) a large area with light. They can be used to illuminate landscaping, outdoor recreational areas, and building facades.

Smart flood lights are equipped with advanced technology that allows for wireless control, automation, and integration with smart home systems. In addition to these features, Gemstone Lights’ Smart Flood Lights are dimmable, multi-colored LED lights that can be programmed in millions of color options.

The Benefits of Smart Flood Lights

Smart flood lights are a multi-functional way to add convenience and value to your property. Below are some of our favorite benefits of smart flood lights.

Enhanced Security and Accessibility

Illuminating dark areas around your home can make your space safer and more secure. Smart flood lights can light pathways and deter intruders. Setting timers and controlling your smart flood lights with the Gemstone Lights Hub App means that you’ll never have to come home to a darkened driveway or entryway. The mobile app allows you to adjust the Wi-Fi-enabled lights from anywhere, at any time—even when you’re out of town on vacation.

Aesthetic Appeal

Smart flood lights can create ambiance, add dimension to your home’s exterior, and enhance or highlight landscaping features. The smart flood lights from Gemstone Lights are color changing multi-colored LED lights capable of producing 16 million different colors and countless patterns.

That means you can customize and change the colors of your flood lights for holidays, celebrations, and sporting events quickly and conveniently from our mobile app.

Comfort and Convenience

Adding exterior lighting makes outdoor spaces more welcoming and usable after dark. Warm white flood lights can increase your nighttime visibility without harsh contrast, making your yard feel as warm and inviting as your living room. Pair Gemstone Lights Smart Flood Lights with permanent LED track lighting to create a nighttime backyard oasis, transforming your outdoor area into a cozy extension of your home.

Types of Smart Flood Lights

If you’re thinking about adding permanent outdoor lighting to your property, chances are you’ve discovered that there are many types of LED lighting options. Below are some different types of smart flood lights you may encounter. Some smart flood lights, like the Gemstone Lights Flood Light, fit into more than one category.

  • Multi-colored flood lights: These LED flood lights offer the ability to change the color of the light they emit, providing you with versatility and customization options for different occasions, holidays, or moods.
  • Dimmable flood lights: These flood lights allow you to adjust the brightness of the light emitted. They’re perfect if you’re looking for lights that pull double duty, providing both security and ambiance.
  • Wi-Fi-enabled flood lights: These connect directly to your home Wi-Fi network, allowing you to control them with a mobile app and through your smart home system. Wi-Fi-enabled lights are easy to access and control from anywhere.
  • Bluetooth-enabled flood lights: Bluetooth-enabled lights connect directly to your phone, tablet, or computer without the need for Wi-Fi. They’re an excellent option for people in areas with spotty or no Wi-Fi.
  • Alexa/Google Home-enabled flood lights: These lights can be linked with your smart home system. This gives you the ability to control and adjust your lights through voice commands.

Key Features to Consider when Shopping for Smart Flood Lights

Below are some key features to consider when shopping for smart flood lights.

Energy Efficiency

Whether you’re concerned about cost saving, environmental friendliness, or both, consider the energy efficiency of your smart flood lights. LED lights, like Gemstone Lights Smart Flood Lights, are the most energy-efficient option. They consume significantly less electricity compared to traditional incandescent or fluorescent lights, and they can last much longer while providing the same—or better—illumination.

Durability and Life Expectancy

When you make the decision to invest in permanent outdoor lighting, you want it to be just that—permanent. Not only does choosing flood lights that are durable and have a long life expectancy mean that you’ll get your money’s worth, but it also means that once your lights are installed, you won’t even have to think about them unless you want to! Gemstone Lights Smart Flood Lights are rated for a life expectancy of 50,000 hours. That means with average usage of six hours a day, the system will last around 23 years!

Weather Resistance

As with any permanent outdoor lights, you’ll want to take weather resistance into consideration when choosing your smart flood lights, especially if you live in an area that’s susceptible to extreme or changing weather. Gemstone Lights is a Canadian-owned company, meaning we’re very familiar with harsh weather conditions and the toll they can take on your outdoor lighting. We’ve built our waterproof flood lights to withstand extreme rain, snow, and sun.

Adjustable Brightness, Color, and Temperature

The ability to adjust the brightness and color temperature of your smart flood lights means you’ll be able to tailor the mood and functionality of your outdoor spaces. Gemstone Lights lighting systems can be customized in millions of different colors and have a color temperature range of 2800K (warm white) to 7000k (daylight).

They can be dimmed with Gemstone Lights’ convenient mobile HUB app. This allows you to quickly and easily transition from a warm, inviting glow to vibrant party lights or the brightest setting for security flood lights.

Red and green flood lights on pine trees

 

Integration with Smart Home Systems

If you use a smart home system like Amazon Alexa or Google Home, look for flood lights that integrate with your current smart home ecosystem. That way, you’ll be able to control them with voice commands and even set them to pair with or react to other home devices. You can set them as security lights that turn on when smart locks are engaged or sync your smart flood lights and LED track lighting with music to create impressive holiday displays.

Mobile App Control, Automation, and Scheduling

Mobile app control makes it so that you can control your LED lights with the push of a button. The Gemstone Lights HUB App allows you to control your lights and customize their color, brightness, automation, and animation, all from the palm of your hand. Plus, when you control your lights from your smartphone, you don’t ever have to worry about losing a remote!

Ways to Use Smart Flood Lights Around Your Home or Business

There are numerous ways to use smart flood lights around your property. These are a few of our favorites.

  • Add dimension to the facade of your building.
  • Illuminate landscape features like trees or water features.
  • Brighten entryways and dark corners to make them more secure.
  • Illuminate pathways and staircases.
  • Highlight signage.
  • Add colorful washes of light to celebrate holidays and special occasions.
  • Brighten a patio with cozy ambiance.

How to Choose the Right Smart Flood Lights

If you’re in the market for smart flood lights, here are a few tips that will help you choose the lights that best suit your needs.

  • Assess your outdoor lighting needs. Consider the areas of your home that need illumination for security, safety, or aesthetic purposes. Identify key features or spaces that could benefit from enhanced lighting. If you need help, check out our tips for choosing the best outside lights.
  • Consider your budget. Smart flood lights are an investment in your home. Determine a budget that allows for the purchase of quality lights that offer the features you value most. Your local Authorized Dealer can help you determine what lights will best suit your home and budget and provide you with a personalized price based on your specific needs. Don’t forget to take into account the ongoing costs of running your flood lights. LED bulbs use a fraction of the electricity of halogen lights or traditional can lights.
  • How bright do they need to be? Do you want soft, ambient flood lights or bright security lights? When in doubt, we recommend going with a dimmable light that gives you the best of both worlds.
  • Consider their compatibility with your existing smart home devices. Ensure the smart flood lights you choose can seamlessly integrate with your current smart home setup for a unified home automation experience. Gemstone Lights can be controlled through your Google Home or Amazon Alexa system, as well as through the Gemstone Lights HUB app. If you’re in a location without Wi-Fi or your Wi-Fi is currently disabled, you can operate your Gemstone Lights system using a local Bluetooth connection.
  • How will they be installed? It’s always best to have a professional install your lights. Gemstone Lights will be installed by your local Authorized Dealer. They’ll ensure that the angle, height, and number of lights suit your individual needs. They’ll also bury your smart flood lights’ wires so that they won’t disrupt the look of your landscaping and won’t be damaged when you’re maintaining your lawn or landscaping.
  • Consider their ease of use. If your permanent outdoor lights aren’t easy to use, you’re less likely to use them. Features like app control, timers, automation, and saved presets make it simple to control and adjust your lights.

Tips for Maximizing the Effectiveness of Smart Flood Lights

Get the most out of your smart flood lights with these tips.

  • Adjust the settings for different scenarios (security vs. ambiance). You may find that you prefer soft, warm white light to highlight your landscaping but need brighter light for visibility at times. You can create presets for both settings (as well as festive color combinations) and save your preferences in the app to adjust your outdoor lighting with ease.
  • Utilize the sunset and sunrise automation. Gemstone Lights smart flood lights feature a sunset and sunrise timer that will automatically turn your lights on at dusk and off at dawn. Your flood lights will provide illumination in the darkness without running unnecessarily during the daytime—saving you both money and the hassle of remembering to adjust your lighting.
  • Complement your smart flood lights with other types of permanent outdoor lighting. Gemstone Lights Smart Flood Lights work in tandem with other Gemstone Lights. Combine your flood lights with Gemstone Lights permanent LED track lights to create ambient or festive lightscapes on your home’s exterior and landscaping, or pair them with Opal Bulbs to harmonize the ambiance between your outdoor and indoor spaces.

Common FAQs About Smart Flood Lights

Question: How do smart flood lights work?

Answer: Smart flood lights are equipped with advanced technology, allowing them to connect to your home Wi-Fi network or device via Bluetooth. This allows you to control them remotely via a smartphone app or integrate them with smart home systems.

Question: Can I use smart flood lights without a smart home system? 

Answer: Yes, while Gemstone Lights’ Smart Flood Lights integrate with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, you can also choose to simply control them from the easy-to-use Gemstone Lights HUB App.

Question: Are smart flood lights compatible with all types of weather?

Answer: Yes, Gemstone Lights are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, including heavy rain, snow, and intense sun, making them perfect for any climate in North America.

Question: What is the typical lifespan of smart flood lights?

Answer: Gemstone Lights Smart Flood Lights have a life expectancy of 50,000 hours. They will provide decades of reliable lighting with average use.

Why Go With Smart Flood Lights?

Adding smart flood lights to your property is an excellent way to enhance your outdoor space. Smart flood lights can increase curb appeal, add security, and make outdoor spaces more usable after dark.

An investment in quality LED smart flood lights means that your lights will withstand extreme weather, save on energy costs, and be easily programmable at the touch of a button. If you’re considering Gemstone Lights’ Smart Flood Lights for your space, contact your local Authorized Dealer to learn more.

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