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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:36 pm 
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Hi,

Elderly relative has two external floodlights one of which was installed on the bargeboard, but is now hanging by the electrical wire :(

I've already obtained a 400W PIR Halogen floodlight to replace it. However, now that I'm getting around to installing it, I'm wondering if there is something more streamlined that this to install which would be more robust to the elements. I've checked what happened and it looks like the wind/rain/etc has weakened the bracket and it has failed here.

Also, would it be worthwhile at this stage purchasing a LED unit to replace the 400W halogen?

The second floodlight is a bit temperamental in terms of the PIR sensor. I'm getting fed up now of replacing units, but being honest, pretty much everything I've put on so far, cheap and dear have failed sooner than I would have expected.

I would like to replace them both. Possibly 400W is overkill, but I'd rather too much light for the relative than too little.

Any recommendations and/or suggestions as how to replace these?


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As you said, cheap and dear fail. :?
I have a couple of 12v flood lights, but I don't use them that often so I can't say either way. :roll:

If you opt for LED floodlights bear in mind (Thanks Onlyme) that 99% of them will also require an additional weather proof junction box, as they come pre-wired with a short lead.

Although its a bit more involved have you considered separate PIR and Flood lights? (it seems the one I have is no longer made :oops: )

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Thanks - I had overlooked the need for a junction box for the LED ones. I had seen them on installed units but did not register this fully - I just thought it was the installers preferred setup.

Are the LED ones worth it?


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Depends how you want to look at it.

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They use considerably less electricity than a halogen lamp, most come in at least 2 options of colour (warm white which is slightly yellow, and cool white which is slightly blue) they have stupidly long lives of umpteen years.


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They do cost more than a normal lamp, and its not unknown for them to NOT last as long as said, need a junction box for the fly lead.

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