Spotlights and floodlights are often found in any given outdoor area, particularly in an highly-populated area. Although they have this similarity, their usage and features make them vastly unique from each other. A good understanding of each of their strengths and inhibitions will help you in deciding which one is the best for your needs. In order to ensure excellent lighting for both the spectators and players, answering these questions to begin can greatly help the process:
How big is the field?
Which game is being played?
Is the game/event indoors or outdoors?
Spotlights are quite exceptional when it comes to generating a focused, uninterrupted light. This easily captures the attention of any kind of viewer at any kind of outdoor or sports-/events-related setting. Because of this feature, they're good for when you want to illuminate entrances, exits, and other points of entry. As a good rule of thumb, you should use spotlights only when you want to highlight a particular area or areas. Using too many can dilute any emphasis you might be trying to put on a particular section. In addition, spotlights tend to be more complicated in their set-ups, and may require extra planning before installation.
Floodlights are very efficient, however, when there is need for a large area (i.e. a sports field, stadium) to be illuminated. These are a great aid in covering those hard-to-reach places where lighting is scarce. With the use of LEDs, floodlights allow for a high-quality illumination at an economic cost. They are typically uncomplicated to set up, and can connect to any power source with no extra hassle.
Like we defined earlier - a floodlight is a lamp that radiates a powerful, broad-beamed light across a distance. You can find them being used for either residential and commercial purposes (such as in neighborhoods and industrial parks, respectively), or for outdoor ones, namely in cases of events. When the conditions outside restrict the amount of visible light available (i.e. after sun-down), that's when floodlights are most effective - particularly when sporting events are being held. That being said, you will need to be mindful of the questions we asked you to think on earlier, in addition to another: at what time of day will this event be? In other words: how dark is it going to be outside?
With that in mind, you will have to install the flood light to the height that will best cover the area that you intend to be lit. This may take some experimenting, but most of the challenge is just making a good judgement call. The recommended (although not required) height installation of flood lights is 6.5 feet to 9.8 feet, or 2 to 3 meters. It is also suggested to find a reasonably high point before you begin your installation process.
That in mind, you wouldn't want to set up a floodlight at ground level, having it illuminate a small section of grass when you want an 80-yard soccer field to be lit. Likewise, you wouldn't want to set up a residential floodlight 15 feet (4.5 meters) on the top of your roof and illuminate the neighborhood, when you only want the light to shine on your driveway.
In summary, ensuring that you install any kind of outdoor lighting or stadium lighting with proper attention can make all the difference in how the light is being projected onto the areas you want to illuminate.