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50 Watt RGB Smart Pixel Flood Light (Instructional Information)
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  • Please note that this is an information page only and not an actual product.
  • We often are asked "Do you sell a 50 watt flood light" and this page provides details on why we intentionally do not sell a 50 watt RGB flood light
  • Here are the specific reasons why we feel our 10w flood is a better choice than a 50w flood:
    • Less Control - The more floods you have, the more sequencing options you have. If you have 4, 6 or 8 floods over the face of a house, you can easily chase or "roll" colors over the face of the house. When you have one or two high powered floods, the effect is greatly diminished.
    • Higher Levels of Color Mixing - Large floods have a wide area, typically in a circular pattern and to get good "coverage" so that there are not empty spots, you'll need to over-lap these areas. Due to the beam size, this means the overlap area is also larger. That larger overlap area means more color mixing. So when you have two floods, overlapped, one red, one green, you'll end up with yellow. In smaller floods, this is greatly reduced and the effect isn't as pronounced.
    • Hot Spots - High output lights are great where you need a huge amount of light in a focused area, such as up lighting a tree. Where this can be an issue is when they are used on houses or other large objects. When you light up a house, you want smooth even color over the entire face of the house. Since most houses are not completely flat, that means that you'll have columns, gables, soffits, porches, etc that need lighting directly on them to ensure that there are no dead spots or shadows. This is accomplished just like the theater does it - with a range of overlapping lights. That then means you need a number of them of floods, for example 4-10 floods, not just one or two. To test this on your home, get a large flash light and stand in your yard where you want to place the flood light(s). Then look for how well the coverage is, how far back you need to be to get the area of coverage and if there are dead spots.
    • Higher Cost - High output lights usually cost about $100-350+ per flood due to their need to more complex housings due to heat dissipation issues (higher output LED based floods are less efficient than lower wattage floods).
    • More Wiring - With high output floods (50w+) you will generally have a dedicated 120v power cable to the light, compared to 10w floods which you can daisy chain up 5 to 7 from a single output on a pixel controller. Additionally, high output floods often not only have their own dedicated power supplies (hence the higher cost), they also have their own control interfaces, so you have to not only run the power wiring but an additional separate data wire.

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