Are there any flood or security lights that aren't bright white and blinding?


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Old 09-27-18, 09:10 PM
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Are there any flood or security lights that aren't bright white and blinding?

I use flood lights to illuminate my back yard. I'd like something bright but softer than what most of these security lights are. Led would be great. I walk my dog out there in the lights and it blinds him and me currently with a defiant led.
 
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Old 09-27-18, 09:27 PM
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You could certainly switch to a lower wattage lamp but if those fixtures are close to eye level.... there isn't much you can do other than raising them up.
 
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Old 09-27-18, 09:43 PM
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Unfortunately that's the issue they are close to eye level
 
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Old 09-28-18, 05:37 AM
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That's physics. To illuminate a large area you need a lot of light. When all that light comes from one source it's going to be very bright. You can install more lights with lower power so you get the same amount of light overall but it comes from multiple, dimmer sources. You can also see if installing a shade over part of the light will work. I've done it for my floods that were blinding the security cameras. I used aluminum trim stock but aluminum flashing also works. I made blinds that cast a shadow exactly where I want but provides full illumination where I want light.
 
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Old 09-28-18, 07:41 AM
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The LED security light I recently installed has sealed "bulbs" that can't be swapped for lower output. Apparently the manufactures have decided since they CAN make lights that put out the equivalent of a 500W bulb, then they SHOULD.

I don't like light pollution. I chose to live way out in the fringes for many reasons and one of them was the amazing night sky with more stars than I'd even seen. That's changed now & I'm now able to walk my dog up the street without needing a flashlight, thanks to so many of my neighbors switching to bright white LED fixtures left on all night.
 
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Old 09-28-18, 04:01 PM
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The only thing I could think of, would be to put some of the frosted privacy film they sell for bathroom windows, and the like, on the lens of your light. Since the LEDs put out little heat, the film should last a decent while on the fixture, and might diffuse some of that harshness that's bothering you.
 
 

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