Halogen Floodlights: Review & Recommendations

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Halogen floodlights are unbeatable in their field, even LEDs cannot match their light intensity. They provide unique, outstanding light and stand out from the crowd with their first-class colour rendering. From small dimmable recessed ceiling spots to powerful outdoor spotlights that deliver impressive light brightness, everything is available. Whether small lights or entire walls, the halogen spotlight is a multi-talent in its field.

With our large halogen spotlight Test 2020 we want to help you to find the best halogen spotlight for you. We have compared indoor halogen spotlights and outdoor halogen spotlights with each other and listed the respective advantages and disadvantages. This should make the purchase decision as easy as possible for you.

The most important facts in brief

  • Halogen spotlights are available in all possible variations and can be used in many different ways. They are suitable for everyone and can illuminate every room individually.
  • Halogen floodlights are extremely popular in the construction industry, but also for driveways, garages and living areas due to their high output and light intensity. For the latter, there are halogen lamps with a transformer (transformer), which control the power and current consumption.
  • Tripods, motion detectors and swivelling accessories facilitate the selection. In living areas, swivelling halogen spotlights provide unique lighting, while wall spotlights with motion detectors in the garden provide a lighting range of 12 m to 20 m.

Halogen floodlight test: Editors’ favourites

  • The best all-round halogen spotlight
  • The best recessed halogen luminaire
  • The best halogen floodlight with motion detector

The best all-round halogen spotlight

This halogen spotlight has an extremely long life. It can be swivelled steplessly and can be locked in any position. In addition, it is transportable and energy-saving and is equipped with energy class C. 400 W or 8,545 lm provide bright and optimal lighting. It emits warm white light with a colour temperature of 2,900 K.

This halogen spotlight is perfect for you if you need it for your workshop, garage, garden or as a construction spotlight. The brightness, durability and price-performance ratio is highly praised by customers.

The best recessed halogen luminaire

This 12 Volt recessed luminaire with 20 W or 145 lm is dimmable and thus provides unique lighting. It is suitable for all energy classes from A++ to E. The illuminant is exchangeable. Due to the built-in frosted glass it is easy on the eye and provides mild lighting.

This recessed lamp is ideal for you if you are looking for a ceiling lamp or furniture lamp for your living rooms. It can also be installed in cupboards. Customers are extremely satisfied with this recessed halogen light, as it is easy to install and emits a pleasant light.

The best halogen floodlight with motion detector

With an energy class B, it is one of the most energy-saving halogen spotlights. 120 W or 2,300 lm and a warm white colour temperature of 2,900 K provide optimum light to scare burglars or unlock the door. A lighting duration of 10 seconds to 10 minutes can be set with the rotary control. In addition, the sensor can be adjusted and thus swivelled as required.

This halogen floodlight is ideal for you if you need a powerful and versatile halogen floodlight with motion detector for your garden or driveway. Thanks to its flexibility, you can adjust everything according to your wishes.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before buying a halogen spotlight

What is a halogen spotlight?

A halogen spotlight is actually a brighter lamp that uses halogen bulbs.
Halogen floodlights are powerful light sources that are mostly used in floodlights in football stadiums or even in living areas. But you can also find them on various construction sites as an additional light source.

However, there are also halogen spotlights that are not made to shine by a light bulb, but by a light source rod. You will not see any difference in the intensity of the light.

Halogen spotlights, which are suitable for outdoor use, have halogen rods instead of halogen bulbs as illuminants.

The brighter light provides individual illumination and makes the room appear bright. This is precisely why halogen bulbs are also used for rail systems.

For whom is a halogen spotlight suitable?

In principle, halogen spotlights are suitable for anyone who needs a powerful light source. Whether in the garden area or in the living area. Halogen floodlights are available in all possible variations.
Whether you need ceiling light spots or want to illuminate your driveway with a motion detector. Halogen floodlights are so versatile and can be used everywhere.

Halogen spotlights or halogen lamps with a R7s and G9 socket and energy class C are permitted. Also halogen spotlights with halogen rods as illuminants are not prohibited, as there are no alternatives yet.

Please note, however, that candle, incandescent and bulb-shaped halogen lamps (E14 and E27 screw bases) operated under a low energy efficiency class as B and without a transformer are prohibited. This is because they have been replaced by LEDs due to their high power consumption.

How much electricity does a halogen spotlight consume?

A halogen spotlight has a lower power consumption than a classic light bulb. This corresponds to a lower power consumption of 20 to 30 percent.
Below we have prepared a table where you can see the typical power consumption of a halogen spotlight. As a comparison, an electricity price of 30.1 cents is charged:

11 ceiling spots produce 220 watts and therefore have a higher power consumption than a halogen spotlight for outdoor use.

Construction spotlights have a higher output and therefore also a higher power consumption. Halogen spotlights for construction are also used as heating at the same time, as they emit a lot of heat through the illuminant. Because of this the power consumption is not too high.

Such powerful floodlighting systems are still operated with halogen lamps today, as there are no alternatives. No LED or energy-saving lamp can provide such performance. Therefore, their very high power consumption is approved by the EU and may still be used, but only for film sets or floodlights.

What does a halogen spotlight cost?

The price range of a halogen spotlight is very wide. Roughly speaking, the cost range is between 7 € to 200 €.
The range of use and the performance play a major role in the price. A halogen spotlight as floodlight costs of course a lot more than a halogen spotlight in the form of ceiling spots.
Halogen floodlights for indoor use are quite cheap. You can even buy them for under 10 €. Especially small spots and illuminants fall into this category.
Halogen floodlights with tripod or motion detector for construction or outdoor use are available for about 200 €. These are more expensive because they have a stronger light source and can therefore illuminate a range of 12 to 20 meters.

Where can I buy a halogen spotlight?

Halogen floodlights are available in every specialist shop, wholesale, DIY store, furniture shop and in many online shops.
The most popular online shops according to our research are:

amazon.com
obi.de
real.com
hornbach.com

Customer satisfaction and fast delivery are a prerequisite for these online shops. Their customer ratings are very high. They have also been awarded a buyer protection seal.

We have linked many types of halogen spotlights with these online shops for you. So you can order your desired halogen spotlight right away.

What alternatives are there to a halogen spotlight?

The most environmentally friendly and economical alternative are LED recessed spotlights. These are also the only alternative.

LEDs are environmentally friendly and energy-saving. However, they do not have the light intensity of a halogen lamp.

The modern LED recessed spotlight consumes 90 % less electricity than the halogen spotlight. A halogen spotlight with an output of 50 Watt consumes the same amount of electricity as an LED recessed spotlight with an output of 5 Watt.

LED recessed spotlights have a higher initial cost, but in the long run they are more economical for the purse and the environment. Because one kilowatt hour of energy consumes CO2. The less kilowatts you consume, the better.

In addition, LED recessed spotlights have a longer service life of up to 50,000 hours. In comparison, halogen spotlights live on average about 1000 hours. The illuminant burns up quite fast and has to be replaced often.

The only disadvantage of the LED recessed spotlight is the light intensity. For physical reasons it cannot be stronger than a halogen lamp.

Decision: What types of halogen floodlights are available and which one is right for you?

There are many different types of halogen spotlights. They differ in accessories, use and performance.

Halogen floodlights can basically be divided into two categories. This division is mainly based on the application.

These two categories help you to decide:

  • Indoor halogen spotlights: Includes wall and ceiling lights for living rooms and garages or workshops. Give off naturally warm light and have a low operating voltage due to a transformer.
  • Outdoor halogen spotlights: Ideal for gardens, driveways and construction. Includes wall lights with motion detector and powerful halogen spotlights with or without tripod.

In the following section we would like to make your decision easier, which category and which accessories are best for you. We describe the features, advantages and disadvantages of the two categories. So that you can find the perfect halogen spotlight for your application.

What distinguishes an indoor halogen spotlight and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

An indoor halogen spotlight is mainly for indoor use. This includes all types of living space, as well as the garage or workshop.

Advantages

Low power consumption
Multiple use
Naturally warm light source

Disadvantages

Can only be used with transformer
Weak light source

For the living room there are so-called ceiling and wall luminaires. A distinction is made between single-flame and multi-flame recessed spots.

Single-flame recessed spots are mainly used in stairwells. They cast a lateral light on the steps to highlight or simply illuminate them. Ceiling and wall spots emit natural colours and make the light appear bright and clear. Ideal for illuminating art naturally.

Multi-flame recessed spots are mostly used for general lighting. A distinction must be made between direct and indirect light. Direct lighting allows certain areas to be illuminated such as stoves, worktops or similar.

Indirect lighting reflects from the ceiling and allows a harmonious distribution of light. Indirect lighting is particularly recommended in garages and workshops. There are also swivelling halogen spotlights, so you can change your lighting at any time.

Indoor halogen spotlights are low voltage halogen spotlights. This means that they have a transformer, also called a transformer. This ensures that low operating voltage is generated instead of the usual mains voltage of 230V. Due to the low operating voltage of 12V, low-voltage halogen floodlights are ideal for indoor living spaces such as bathrooms. They are even dimmable if the transformer is compatible.

What distinguishes an outdoor halogen spotlight and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

An outdoor halogen spotlight is ideal for the garden, driveway or generally for construction as an additional bright light source.

Advantages

Motion detector
Very bright light source

Disadvantages

High power consumption
Heats up quickly

For the garden or driveway there are mainly only wall lights, but also floodlights. Most wall lights have a so-called motion detector. If this detects movement, the wall light switches on automatically. If it does not detect any movements, the light stays off.

Here you should pay attention to indirect lighting. The harmonious distribution of brightness ensures an illuminated outdoor area of 12 m to 20 m. There are also swivelling halogen spotlights, so you can change your lighting at any time.

For building or even for a very large garden, there are powerful halogen spotlights that emit particularly bright light. These are available with or without tripod. Double halogen spotlights can only be found with a tripod, as they are used for illuminated parking lots or even as floodlights.

Due to their high output, they are also used as radiant heaters, especially in construction. Halogen bulbs heat up very quickly at such high output and therefore radiate a lot of heat. This is why it is so warm on stages or film sets.

Purchase criteria: You can compare and evaluate halogen floodlights based on these factors

Then we will show you which aspects you can and should pay attention to when buying a halogen spotlight. So that you can find the optimal halogen spotlight for you.

A brief summary of the criteria that will help you make the right decision:

  • Watt power
  • Luminous flux
  • Colour temperature
  • Light sources
  • Cable length
  • Accessories

In the following paragraphs we will explain what you need to consider for each criterion.

Watt power

The power indicates the power consumption and the approximate light brightness of a halogen spotlight. This depends strongly on the intended use. The higher the value, the greater the power consumption.

In the following we have summarized the most important things for you:

In the case of ceiling luminaires or wall luminaires, there are uniform specified wattages. Here you should not pay attention to the watt power, but to the volt power. Ceiling and wall lights are uniformly available in 12V to 230V. That is about 10 W to 350 W.

Halogen spotlights for the garden or general outdoor use are ideal with wattages between 350 watts and 500 watts. For low lighting, halogen floodlights with motion detectors from 10 W to 120 W are ideal.

For halogen spotlights on construction sites or for a floodlight system, you should look for 400 watts to 1000 watts.

An important note: Watts does not provide precise information about the light brightness emitted by a halogen spotlight, but about the power that the halogen spotlight consumes and provides.

Watts have been replaced by lumens, as the wattage alone does not provide any precise information about the intensity of the light brightness of halogen lamps. Lumen indicates the light intensity, while watt indicates the general power. Nevertheless, if watt is indicated, you should stick to the unit watt. If both power units are given, you should pay attention to both.

The most important conversions from Watt to Lumen or Lumen to Watt can be found in the following category.

Luminous flux

The luminous flux is measured in lumen and indicates the value of the amount of light emitted by the luminous flux. In short, how brightly a lamp shines can be read from the lumen value.

In the following we have prepared a table to help you read the lumen values:

The lumen value is the same as the watt value, except that the lumen value tells us more about the brightness than the watt value.

The lumen value serves only as a guideline for the brightness. The higher the value, the stronger the illuminant or the brighter the light.

Colour temperature

The color temperature indicates the color of the light by the value Kelvin. The colour temperature depends mainly on your taste.

For example, candlelight that emits warm yellow light has a color temperature of 1,500 Kelvin. In contrast, our cloudy sky, which emits a cool and bluish light, has a colour temperature of 7,000 Kelvin.

The following three color temperature categories are available for selection:

  • Warm white light: 1,500 – 3,300 Kelvin
  • Neutral white light: 3,300 – 5,300 Kelvin
  • Daylight white light: from 5,300 Kelvin

Which lighting colour you choose depends only on your taste. Some prefer warm colours, others prefer neutral light.

Light sources

The illuminant is composed of the power (power consumption in watts), the luminous flux (light brightness in lumens) and the colour temperature (colour of the light in Kelvin).

Look for an energy efficiency of class A or C.

Different energy classes indicate the energy efficiency class. These classes indicate how energy-saving the halogen spotlight is. Halogen floodlights have an energy efficiency from A to D. A class A halogen floodlight is the most energy-saving lamp among halogen floodlights.

Some halogen spotlights can only have a class C energy efficiency due to their high output. Since there is no alternative to such high output, class C is permitted.

You should also look for lamps that are dimmable. Halogen spotlights for the living area should be dimmable, as it is more comfortable for the eye during daily use.

Cable length

Especially for the construction industry or for general outdoor use, you should pay attention to halogen spotlights with cable.

The cable length only plays a major role when purchasing a halogen floodlight for construction or for general halogen floodlights with a tripod. Especially there you do not always have a socket ready.

With halogen spotlights, you should ensure that the cable length is between 1.5 m and 5 m. Of course, the longer the cable the better.

Accessories

There are three types of accessories that are used for respective specific uses.

For the driveway or the garden you should look out for swivel halogen spotlights with a motion detector. This allows you to set up the lighting according to your wishes. There are also swivel-mounted wall lights for the living area.

For the construction or maybe the garden you should look for halogen spotlights with a tripod. These are more stable and provide the

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about halogen floodlights

How to dispose of a halogen floodlight?

A halogen spotlight or a halogen lamp does not belong in the hazardous waste, but in the normal residual waste.

The components of the halogen spotlight are mainly metal, glass and halogens. The light sources used for this purpose are non-hazardous and non-toxic.

Even if glass has been used, halogen spotlights cannot be disposed of with packaging glass. The composition of the glass can be completely different and would therefore hinder glass recycling.

If you are not sure, you can ask the respective shops that sell halogen lamps about the disposal. Some shops are also happy to take back electronic waste.

Can a halogen spotlight be converted to LED?

A halogen spotlight of less than 100 W to 300 W can be converted to LED. This also applies to ceiling spots of 12 V and 230 V. Halogen spotlights from 500 W to over 1000 W cannot be converted.

You should pay attention to the following areas when converting your spotlight:

There is no LED replacement for halogen spotlights that have more than 500 W. Due to the constant socket and the ever increasing light brightness, LEDs do not have enough space on the socket to provide the same power as a halogen bulb.

How to change the light source of a halogen spotlight?

The bulb of the halogen spotlight can be easily changed with a screwdriver and fabric gloves using these 4 steps:

    Cut the power so you don’t get an electric shock. By pulling the plug or removing the fuse in the fuse box.
    Let the halogen spotlight or halogen lamp cool down. Halogen bulbs heat up quickly and you would get burned. Loosen the glass protection cap with a Phillips screwdriver.
    Put on cloth gloves or use paper to turn the halogen bulb or halogen rod out of the socket.
    Insert the new bulb into the socket, screw the glass protective cap on and switch the power supply on again.

Never change the lamp with bare hands. This can cause grease stains and the glow pencil can burst. Always work with cloth gloves or paper and cooled halogen rods.

How to set a motion detector on a halogen floodlight?

The motion detector’s sensor should be centered and you should swivel it so that it reacts about half a meter above the ground. If you do not want animals to be detected, you should adjust your desired height simply by trying it out.

The intensity of the light is determined by the device itself. Most motion detectors have a corresponding sensor that can distinguish between day and night.

You should always set the irradiation period longer than necessary. The setting differs greatly. You should read this in the operating instructions.

Last but not least you should adjust the range. In general, motion detectors have preset ranges. But there are motion detectors where you can adjust the radius of the lighting by range and angle. There are ranges from 12 m to 20 m.

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