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Best Smart Flood Lights to Illuminate Outdoor Spaces

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Are you ready to take your outdoor lighting game to another level? There are some great and of course, smart flood lights out there suitable for your garden, backyard, or space that needs some enlightenment.

Flood bulbs on a pathway

Why Choose a Smart Flood Light Over a Regular One

The reasons are many why you would want to take a smart light over a regular one. It is an endless list and I don’t want to bore you with all that. To cut it short, there are two important things that a smart one can do while the other can’t.

The first one is customization. You can set it to reflect your mood and you would never run out of ideas due to the possibility to select up to 16 million colors in some particular lights and massive libraries of light scenes. From the Arctic aurora to the Savana sunset, everything is within a few taps on your screen.

The second one is so important that you wouldn’t call it the smart one otherwise. You can automate the lights to go on/off, change scenes or react to certain triggers. The apps that come with these lights made this process quite simpler. Believe it or not, the power of automation made us people start this blog and share ways not to use traditional light switches anymore.

Save Yourself Some Money: Would a Smart Light Bulb Suffice?

I believe you realized that need to go smart with your outdoor lights. Probably you have also made your mind that you need some flood-style light. Stop right there and ask yourself this question. It could save you some handsome money.

Is it possible to replace your old lights with bulb-shaped lights? Sure, panel-shaped flood lights are the most appropriate ones for outdoors but there are also some smart hybrid flood bulbs that serve the purpose equally. More importantly, they are cheaper and only need a regular bulb holder to work.

Smart Flood Light Bulbs

Bulbs are the affordable options in this segment. I personally recommend that you take flood light bulbs over those panel-type lights if this would work, or at least try to add a few in the mix.

Philips Hue PAR38 White

Form Factor: PAR38

Output: 1300 lumen

Temperature: 3000 kelvin

Color: White

Price: Check Here

Hub Required: Yes (Philips Hue Bridge)

Compatible with: Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings

Philips Hue offers a flood bulb for outdoor that you can screw into your existing PAR38 fixture. It comes with an IP44 rating which can withstand dust and water spray from all directions. If you used hue products before, you should probably know how well they work having almost zero latency.

One thing you should remember that this light requires a Hue hub. If you don’t have one already, you have to buy that separately. The light has to be located within 30 ft from the hub or 60 ft from another Philips Hue light.

Philips Hue PAR38 White

Philips Hue PAR38 White

The Good

  1. Very bright and warm light
  2. Easy installation and setup
  3. IP44 weatherproof

The Bad

  1. Requires a hub

Ring PAR38

Form Factor: PAR38

Output: 1500 lumen

Temperature: 2500 kelvin

Color: White

Price: Check Here

Hub Required: Yes (Ring Bridge)

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa

Ring has an outdoor smart bulb that works with any regular PAR38 fixture. This bulb is UL certified for wet conditions which means water dripping from the ceiling, or blow from the rain will not harm the light.

This light is best suited when you have an Amazon Alexa based system and already own a Ring bridge (it does not work without a bridge). The cool feature of the Ring system is that you can connect this light to Ring Doorbell, Camera, or Lights, and it will light up when motion is detected in any of the supported devices.

Ring PAR38

Ring PAR38

The Good

  1. Can be connected to Ring Doorbells and cameras to leverage motion sensor
  2. Quick and easy setup
  3. UL rating for wet conditions

The Bad

  1. Requires a hub
  2. Not compatible with Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit

Geeni Lux Flood

Form Factor: PAR38

Output: 1000 lumen

Temperature: 2500-6500 kelvin

Color: White

Price: Check Here

Hub Required: No

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana

Geeni Lux Flood is a Wi-Fi smart flood bulb that simply does not require any hub to work. They have an app where you can have the main functionalities and plus, it can be hooked up with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or Microsoft Cortana for voice control.

Although this is not the brightest in this list, it is nicely tunable. You can go from a very warm white to a super cool white. Officially it is said to be weatherproof and people who actually used it outdoor never had any water-related issue, however, the rating is unknown.

Geeni Lux Flood

Geeni Lux Flood

The Good

  1. Tunable color temperature with a range of up to 6500 kelvin
  2. Works without hub
  3. Weatherproof (unknown rating)

The Bad

  1. Only supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band

Smart Wall Flood Lights

The rectangular wall-mounted flood lights are very attractive and they can spread the light nicely over a large area. So if you are trying to lighten up, for example, your automated garden or pathway, these lights can do only wonders.

Philips Hue Welcome White

Form Factor: Wall mount

Output: 2300 lumen

Temperature: 2700 kelvin

Color: White

Price: Check Here

Hub Required: Yes (Philips Hue Bridge)

Compatible with: Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings

Philips Hue Welcome is designed to be mounted outdoor on a wall and suitable for places where a rich flood of light is needed (ex. pathway, backyard). You can pair this up with a Philips Hue Outdoor Motion Sensor and it would be an ideal security light for your home.

On the technical side, it houses 2x PAR38 LED bulbs on the inside which amounts to a 2300 lumen light output. Light customization is very easy with their proprietary app and can also be controlled via voice assistants.

Philips Hue Welcome

Philips Hue Welcome

The Good

  1. Can be paired with Nest and Samsung SmartThings accessories
  2. Light is bright and spreads nicely
  3. IP44 weatherproof

The Bad

  1. Requires a hub
  2. On the expensive side

Philips Hue Discover White & Color Ambience

Form Factor: Wall mount

Output: 2300 lumen

Temperature: 2000-6500 kelvin

Color: 16M

Price: Check Here

Hub Required: Yes (Philips Hue Bridge)

Compatible with: Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings

Philips Hue Discover is the twin brother of Hue Welcome which we just talked about in this post. The difference is that this light is equipped with 16M colors instead of only white and it got the option to make the output cooler or warmer.

While most other features remain the same, Discover being the color ambient variant comes with a set of light scenes as a default. Should you need more, you will have access to their library called Hue Labs where they post new scenes regularly.

Philips Hue Discover

Philips Hue Discover

The Good

  1. 16M colors with adjustable color temperatures
  2. Plenty of ambient light scenes to choose from
  3. IP44 weatherproof

The Bad

  1. Requires a hub
  2. Expensive

Novostella Flood Light

Form Factor: Wall mount or stand

Output: 2000 lumen

Temperature: 2700-6500 kelvin

Color: 16M

Price: Check Here

Hub Required: No

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

Novostella is known as the Philips Hue killer in the segment of flood lights for what it offers at an amazing price point. You get not only one but two RGB lights in a pack. While this basic variant is 20W (2000 lumen), you have the option to select this in 60W (6000 lumen) or 100W (10000 lumen) if you need to cover larger areas.

It is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and does not require a central hub (works via app). It also got a pretty good connection strength ranging up to 65 ft from your router. The only notable drawback is the Wi-Fi band that it supports just 2.4GHz at this moment.

Novostella Flood Light

Novostella Flood Light

The Good

  1. Bargain for a pack of 2
  2. 20W, 60W, and 100W variants
  3. Does not require a hub
  4. IP66 waterproof

The Bad

  1. Compatible with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band only
  2. Only a few light-scene presets (but you can create your own)

Smart Flood Lights with Motion Sensor

If you planning to hang some lights in your dark pathway, it makes more sense to get a smart light that is already equipped with a motion sensor. While there is always an option to bind most smart lights with the proprietary or a third-party motion sensor, some outdoor smart lights have this built-in saving you up from some hassle.

Ring Floodlight Wired

Form Factor: Wall mount

Output: 2000 lumen

Temperature: 3500 kelvin

Color: White

Price: Check Here

Hub Required: Yes (Ring Bridge)

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa

Ring Floodlight Wired is motion-activated security light for the Ring system and you would need a Ring Bridge to connect it. It can work in conjunction with other Ring accessories such as the doorbell, camera, etc.

The lights and the motion sensor are nicely tunable on the app. You can change the sensitivity to the level you need and can also configure the go-off time. This version of the device is wired, however, if you need it, you can find the battery version of the same light.

Ring Floodlight Wired

Ring Floodlight Wired

The Good

  1. 180° field of view for the motion sensor
  2. Customization and instant notification on the app
  3. Battery-powered variant available
  4. Weatherproof (rating unknown)

The Bad

  1. Requires a hub

Arlo Security Light

Form Factor: Wall mount

Output: 400 lumen

Temperature: N/A

Color: 16M

Price: Check Here

Hub Required: Yes (Arlo Bridge)

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa

Arlo Security Light is a rechargeable battery based smart security light system that has zero involvement with wires. It requires an Arlo Bridge to work and luckily, one is included in the box. Light can be controlled via their app or an Amazon Alexa device.

This light comes with a handful of security features. The motion sensor can be used in a versatile way as it has a range of 23 feet. It can also be set up to receive instant notifications on a phone or an email, and can be paired with Arlo security cameras to start recording on parallel.

Arlo Security Light

Arlo Security Light

The Good

  1. Wire-free setup with rechargeable batteries
  2. Arlo Bridge included in the package
  3. Instant notifications to phone or email
  4. IP65 weatherproof

The Bad

  1. Low brightness
  2. Works on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band only

Smart Flood Lights with Security Camera

Recording videos alongside lighting up dark spaces can be a great addition to any home security system. Some smart outdoor lights come preoccupied with a camera so you don’t have to buy one separately and go through the process of integration.

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera

Form Factor: Wall mount

Output: 2000 lumen

Temperature: 4000 kelvin

Color: White

Price: Check Here

Hub Required: No

Compatible with: Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera includes all the features you could ask for in a security device. It can record 2K videos with HDR and a large area can be covered by its 160° field of view. The recorded videos are clear even when it is recorded at night. Some other interesting features are automatic sirens, 2-way duplex audio communication, and 6-months long battery life.

While this device works without any mandatory need for a hub, it is best to be paired with one or at least the Arlo Smart cloud service. It does not have internal storage but if you subscribe for Arlo Smart, the videos for the past 30 days will be saved on the cloud. You would also get more benefits such as smart detection for objects, auto 911 calling in emergencies, etc.

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera

The Good

  1. 2k HDR video recording with night vision and auto-focus
  2. 2-way audio communication
  3. Advanced security features with Arlo Smart
  4. IP65 weatherproof

The Bad

  1. Videos can not be saved without Arlo Smart subscription

Ring Floodlight Cam

Form Factor: Wall mount

Output: 1800 lumen

Temperature: 3000 kelvin

Color: White

Price: Check Here

Hub Required: No

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa

Unlike other Ring products, Ring Floodlight Cam is independent of their ecosystem, however, a Ring storage plan is required to save videos on the cloud. If you don’t need video recording, you can skip the plan and use it as a live camera.

The motion sensor on this device has a long radius and the camera is capable of recording Full HD videos. It is preoccupied with a siren system that can be triggered manually from the app. This device also supports two-way communication through an Amazon Alexa device. One major drawback is the weatherproofing which requires an additional weatherproof electrical box.

Ring Floodlight Cam

Ring Floodlight Cam

The Good

  1. 1080p video recording with night vision and live view
  2. 270° motion sensor radius
  3. 2-way audio communication capability
  4. Siren can be activated from the app

The Bad

  1. Videos can not be saved without Ring subscription
  2. Only compatible with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band
  3. Weatherproof electrical box required

eufy Floodlight Camera

Form Factor: Wall mount

Output: 2500 lumen

Temperature: 3000 kelvin

Color: White

Price: Check Here

Hub Required: No

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

While most companies make customers buy storage plans for their security cameras, eufy Floodlight Camera allows saving data on local storage with strong 256-bit encryption. Even though the storage (4GB) is really small for these days, it is quite sufficient for security video captures.

The recorded videos can be accessed and downloaded from multiple devices through the interface that eufy provides. It can record 1080p full HD videos with a 140° field of view. There are other competitive features as well such as 2-way talking, smart siren, instant notifications, etc.

eufy Floodlight Camera

eufy Floodlight Camera

The Good

  1. Videos stored locally with 256-bit encryption
  2. 2080p video recording with a 140° field of view
  3. Does not require a hub
  4. IP65 weatherproof

The Bad

  1. Supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band only
  2. Weatherproofing box is required

Smart Solar Flood Lights

Ring Solar Floodlight

Form Factor: Wall mount

Output: 1200 lumen

Temperature: 3500 kelvin

Color: White

Price: Check Here

Hub Required: Yes (Ring Bridge)

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa

Ring Solar Floodlight is for those people who don’t want to worry about charging a device. The 2W solar panel can keep the light charged when it is put against direct sunlight. Due to fact that it is solar-powered, the brightness is just enough bright to lighten up a dark area.

As a backup methodology, this light can also be charged via a micro USB cable and it is particularly useful when the sun does not show up for days. It requires a Ring Bridge to operate and the sensor can be customized on their proprietary app.

Ring Solar Floodlight

Ring Solar Floodlight

The Good

  1. 2W solar panel that keeps that light charged
  2. Adjustable motion sensor with 180° field of view
  3. Battery can also be charged via USB
  4. IP66 weather-resistant

The Bad

  1. Requires a hub
  2. Can not stay on longer than 15 minutes

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera and Solar

Form Factor: Wall mount

Output: 2000 lumen

Temperature: 4000 kelvin

Color: White

Price: Check Here

Hub Required: No

Compatible with: Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings

Arlo Pro 3 Solar is identical to the normal Arlo Pro 3 Camera that we talked about in this post. The difference is that it is solar powered so you won’t have to worry about the battery dying anymore. The solar system in this device will keep itself and the connected flood light charged.

Like the other one, it has a 2000 lumen LED floodlight, 2K HDR video recording with 160° field of view, and a two-way duplex audio communication system. This device works without a hub but you will need an Arlo Smart subscription to save recorded videos.

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera and Solar

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera and Solar

The Good

  1. Don’t have to worry about recharging batteries
  2. 2K, 2560 x 1440 pixel videos with HDR and autofocus
  3. Compatible with most voice assistants and works without a hub
  4. Rated IP65 weatherproof

The Bad

  1. Requires Arlo Smart plan for saving recorded videos
  2. Expensive combo

Conclusion: Which Smart Flood Light Should You Choose?

The best way to find the most fitting product for you is by determining which system you currently have and what features you are looking for.

If you are not in any ecosystem and just want a good smart flood light, Geeni Lux Flood (bulb) or Novostella Flood Light (panel) would be a perfect choice. They are significantly cheaper than the rest.

For the Philips Hue ecosystem, our favorite outdoor flood lights are Philips Hue PAR38 (bulb) and Philips Hue Discover Color Ambience (panel).

All these products offer the bare minimum for a flood light. But if you are ready to take security to a comprehensive level, the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera is waiting for you.