Last updated: August 6, 2021

Halogen spotlights are unbeatable in their field, even LEDs cannot match their light intensity. They provide unique, outstanding light and stand out from the rest thanks to their first-class colour rendering. From small dimmable recessed ceiling spots to powerful outdoor spotlights that provide impressive light brightness, everything is available.

Whether small illuminations or entire walls, the halogen spotlight is an all-rounder in its field. With our large halogen floodlight test 2022, we want to help you find the best halogen floodlight for you. We have compared indoor halogen floodlights and outdoor halogen floodlights and listed the respective advantages and disadvantages. This should make your purchase decision as easy as possible.




Summary

  • Halogen floodlights come in all kinds of variations and can be used in many different ways. They are suitable for everyone and can illuminate any room individually.
  • Halogen floodlights are extremely popular in the construction industry due to their high output and luminous intensity, but also for driveways, garages and living spaces. For the latter, there are halogen lamps with transformers (transformers) that control the output and power consumption.
  • Tripods, motion detectors and swivelling accessories make the choice easier. In living rooms, swivel-mounted halogen floodlights provide unique illumination, while wall-mounted floodlights with motion detectors in the garden provide an illumination range of 12 m to 20 m.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a halogen floodlight

What is a halogen floodlight?

Strictly speaking, a halogen floodlight is a brighter lamp that uses halogen bulbs. Halogen floodlights are powerful light sources that are mostly used in floodlights in football stadiums or in homes. However, you can also find them on various construction sites as an additional light source.

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Halogen floodlights work in exactly the same way as normal light bulbs. Electricity heats up the inside of the halogen bulb so that light is produced.
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However, there are also halogen spotlights that are not heated by a bulb but by a bulb rod. There is no difference in the intensity of the light. Halogen floodlights that are suitable for outdoor use have halogen rods instead of halogen bulbs as light sources. The brighter light provides individual illumination and makes the room appear bright. This is precisely why halogen bulbs are also used for track systems.

For whom is a halogen spotlight suitable?

In principle, halogen spotlights are suitable for anyone who needs a powerful source of light. Whether in the garden or in the home. 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 spotlights are so versatile and can be used everywhere.

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

Note, however, that candle, incandescent and bulb-shaped halogen lamps (E14 and E27 screw base) that are operated under an energy efficiency class lower than B and without a transformer are prohibited. This is because these have been replaced by LEDs due to their high power consumption.

How much electricity does a halogen spotlight consume?

A halogen spotlight consumes less electricity than a classic light bulb. This corresponds to a lower power consumption of 20 to 30 percent. Below, we have prepared a table that shows you the typical electricity consumption of a halogen floodlight. For comparison, an electricity price of 30.1 cents is charged:

Type consumption per hour consumption per year
11 ceiling spots with 20 watts each 0.066 € 4 hours of operation per day cost 96.69 € per year
Halogen spotlight with motion detector for outdoor use 150 watts 0.045 € 4 hours of operation per day cost 65.93 € per year
Construction spotlight 1000 watts 0.301 € 4 hours of operation per day cost 439.50 € per year

11 ceiling spots add up to 220 watts and thus have a higher power consumption than a halogen spotlight for outdoor use. Construction spotlights have a stronger output and thus also a higher power consumption. Halogen floodlights for construction are also used as heaters at the same time because they emit a lot of heat through the light source. Because of this, the power consumption is not too high.

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The power consumption of floodlights is much higher compared to a 500 W to 1000 W halogen floodlight. Such bright light sources are only needed on football pitches or film sets.
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Such powerful floodlights are still operated with halogen lamps today because there are no alternatives. No LED or energy-saving lamp can deliver such performance. That is why 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 floodlight cost?

The price range of a halogen floodlight is very wide. Roughly speaking, the cost range is between €7 and €200. The area of use and the power play a major role in the price. A halogen floodlight naturally costs a lot more than a halogen floodlight in the form of a ceiling spot.

Halogen floodlights for indoor use are quite inexpensive. You can even buy them for less than 10 €. Especially small spots and lamps fall into this range. Halogen floodlights with tripods or motion detectors for building or outdoor use are available for around 200 €. These are more expensive because they have a stronger light source and can therefore illuminate an area of 12 to 20 metres.

What are the alternatives to a halogen floodlight?

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

LEDs are environmentally friendly and energy-saving. However, they do not have the luminous 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 watts consumes the same amount of electricity as an LED recessed spotlight with an output of 5 watts. Although LED recessed spotlights are more expensive to buy, they are easier on the wallet and the environment in the long run. Because one kilowatt hour of energy consumes CO2.

The fewer kilowatts you consume, the better. In addition, LED recessed spotlights have a longer life of up to 50,000 hours. In comparison, halogen spotlights last on average about 1,000 hours. The light source burns out quite quickly and has to be replaced often.  The only disadvantage of the LED recessed spotlight is its luminous intensity. For physical reasons, it cannot be stronger than a halogen lamp.

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

There are many different types of halogen floodlights. They differ in accessories, use and performance. Basically, halogen floodlights can be divided into two categories. This classification is mainly based on use. These two categories help you to decide:

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

In the following section, we want to make it easier for you to decide which category and which accessories are best for you. For this purpose, we describe the features and advantages and disadvantages of the two categories. So that you can find the perfect halogen floodlight for your use.

What are the features of an indoor halogen floodlight and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

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

Advantages
  • Low power consumption
  • Versatile use
  • Naturally warm light source
Disadvantages
  • Can only be used with a transformer
  • Weak light source

For the living room, there are so-called ceiling and wall luminaires. A distinction must be made between single-flame and multi-flame recessed spots. Single-flame recessed spots are mainly used in stairwells. They cast a lateral light onto the steps to highlight them or simply to 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 usually used for general lighting. A distinction needs to be made between direct and indirect lighting. Direct lighting illuminates specific areas such as cookers, worktops or similar. Indirect lighting reflects light from the ceiling and creates a harmonious light distribution. Indirect lighting is particularly recommended for garages and workshops. There are also swivelling halogen spotlights so that you can change your lighting at any time.

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Direct lighting is usually found in single-flame halogen spots. These are intended to illuminate staircases, works of art, work surfaces and the like. They are also used as ceiling lights or furniture lights.
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Indoor halogen spotlights are low-voltage halogen spotlights. This means that they have a transformer. This ensures that low operating voltage is generated instead of the usual mains voltage of 230V. Because of the low operating voltage of 12V, low-voltage halogen spotlights are ideal for indoor living spaces such as bathrooms. They are even dimmable if the transformer is compatible.

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

An outdoor halogen floodlight is ideal for the garden, the 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 luminaires, but also floodlights. Most wall luminaires have a motion detector. If it detects movement, the wall light comes on automatically. If it does not detect any movement, the light remains 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 that you can change your lighting at any time. For construction or even for a very large garden, there are powerful halogen floodlights that emit particularly bright light. These are available with or without a tripod. Double halogen floodlights are only available with a tripod because they are used for illuminated car parks or even as floodlights.

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Outdoor halogen floodlights must be powerful and are therefore high-voltage halogen floodlights. They have a standard mains voltage of 230V and can reach an output of 400 to over 1000 watts.
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Because of their high output, they are also used as radiant heaters, especially in construction. Halogen lamps heat up very quickly at such high power and thus radiate a lot of heat. That is why it is so warm on stages or film sets.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate halogen floodlights

We will then show you which aspects you can and should pay attention to when buying a halogen floodlight. So that you can find the optimal halogen floodlight for you. The criteria that will help you make the right decision are summarised briefly:

In the following paragraphs, we explain what to look for in the individual criteria.

Wattage

The wattage indicates the power consumption and the approximate light brightness of a halogen spotlight. It depends very much on the intended use. The higher the value, the greater the power consumption. We have summarised the most important information below:

Type Optimum power
Ceiling and wall luminaires 10 W to 350 W
Garden/driveway with motion detector 10 W to 120 W
Garden/driveway without motion detector 350 W to 500 W
Construction/floodlighting 400 W to 1000 W

For ceiling luminaires or wall luminaires, there are uniform predefined wattages. Here, you should not look at the wattage, but at the voltage. Ceiling and wall luminaires are uniformly available in 12V to 230V. That is about 10 W to 350 W. Halogen floodlights for the garden or for general outdoor use are ideal in wattages of between 350 W and 500 W.

For little lighting, halogen floodlights with a wattage of between 10 W and 500 W are ideal. For low lighting, halogen spotlights with motion detectors from 10 W to 120 W are ideal. For halogen floodlights on buildings or for floodlighting, you should look for 400 W to 1000 W.

An important note: watts do not provide precise information about the brightness of light emitted by a halogen floodlight, but about the power the halogen floodlight consumes and delivers.

Watts have been replaced by lumens, because the wattage alone does not give precise information about the intensity of the light brightness of the halogen lamps. Lumen indicates the luminous intensity, whereas watt indicates the general power.

Nevertheless, if watts are indicated, you should stick to the watt unit. If both power units are indicated, you should pay attention to both. You can find the most important conversions from watts to lumens or lumens to watts in the following category.

Luminous flux

Luminous flux is measured in lumens and indicates the amount of light a lamp emits. In short, the lumen value indicates how brightly a lamp shines. Below we have prepared a table that makes it easier for you to read the lumen values:

Type power in watts brightness in lumens
Ceiling and wall lights 10 W to 350 W 120 lm to 6,000 lm
Garden/driveway with motion detector 10 W to 120 W 120 lm to 2.040 lm
Garden/driveway without motion detector 350 W to 500 W 6,000 lm to 8,500 lm
Construction/floodlighting 400 W to 1000 W 8,000 lm to 16,000 lm

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 only serves as a guideline for brightness. The higher the value, the stronger the light source and the brighter the light.

Colour temperature

The colour temperature indicates the colour of the light by the Kelvin value. The colour temperature depends mainly on your taste. For example, a candlelight that emits a warm yellow light has a colour 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 colour temperature categories are available:

  • Warm white light: 1,500 - 3,300 Kelvin
  • Neutral white light: 3,300 - 5,300 Kelvin
  • Daylight white light: 5,300 Kelvin and above

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

Illuminant

The light source consists of the power (power consumption in watts), the luminous flux (luminous 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-efficient the halogen spotlight is. Halogen floodlights have an energy efficiency of A to D. A class A halogen floodlight is the most energy-efficient lamp among halogen floodlights.

Some halogen floodlights can only have an energy efficiency of class C due to their high output. Since there is still no alternative to such a high output, class C is permitted. You should also look for lamps that are dimmable. Halogen spotlights for the home should be dimmable because it is more pleasing to the eye during daily use.

Cable length

Especially for the building trade or for general outdoor use, you should look for halogen floodlights with a cable.

The length of the cable only plays a major role when buying a halogen floodlight for construction or for general halogen floodlights with tripods. Especially there, you do not always have a power socket at hand.

For halogen floodlights, you should look for a cable length of 1.5 m to 5 m. The longer the cable, the better. Of course, the longer the cable, the better.

Accessories

There are three types of accessories that are used for specific purposes. For the driveway or garden, you should look for swivelling halogen spotlights with a motion detector. This allows you to set up the lighting according to your wishes.

There are also swivelling wall lights for the living area. For the home or perhaps the garden, you should look for halogen floodlights with a tripod. These are more stable and provide optimal lighting for large areas.

Facts worth knowing about halogen floodlights

How do you dispose of a halogen floodlight?

A halogen spotlight or a halogen lamp does not belong in hazardous waste, but in normal residual waste. The components of a halogen floodlight are mainly metal, glass and halogens. The light sources used are harmless and non-toxic. Even if glass is used, you cannot dispose of halogen lamps with glass packaging.

The composition of the glass can be completely different and would therefore hinder glass recycling. If you are not sure, you can check with the shops that sell halogen lamps about disposal. Some shops are happy to take back electronic waste.

Can a halogen floodlight be converted to LED?

A halogen spotlight of less than 100 W to 300 W can be converted to LED. This also applies to 12 V and 230 V ceiling spots. Halogen spotlights from 500 W to over 1000 W cannot be converted. You should pay attention to the following areas when converting your spotlight:

Suitable base Measuring the lamp or bulb Colour temperature Look for dimmable LED lamps
The lampholder must remain the same. An R7s lampholder remains an R7s lampholder even if you convert to LED there are different lengths for LEDs. Before buying, measure your old halogen bulb you will not find the same luminous intensity in LEDs. Orientate yourself on the power rating. A 15 W LED bulb is about as bright as a 150 W halogen bulb there are dimmable replacement LEDs for almost every socket. If they are dimmable, they flicker less and live longer.

There are no LED replacements for halogen spotlights that have more than 500 W. Because of the constant lampholder and the ever-increasing light brightness, LEDs do not have enough space on the lampholder to provide the same power as a halogen bulb.

How do I change the bulb of a halogen spotlight?

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

  1. Disconnect the power supply so that you do not get an electric shock. By pulling the plug or removing the fuse in the fuse box.
  2. Let the halogen spotlight or lamp cool down. Halogen bulbs heat up quickly and you will burn yourself. Loosen the protective glass cap with a Phillips screwdriver.
  3. Put on cloth gloves or use paper to twist the halogen bulb or rod out of the socket.
  4. Insert the new bulb into the socket, screw on the protective glass cap and turn on the power again.

Never change the bulb with bare hands. This can leave grease marks and cause the bulb to burst. Always work with cloth gloves or paper and cooled down halogen rods.

How do I set a motion detector on a halogen spotlight?

The sensor of the motion detector should be aligned centrally and you should swivel it so that it reacts about half a metre above the ground. If you do not want animals to be detected, you should set your desired height simply by trial and error. The intensity of the light is determined by the device itself. Most motion detectors have a sensor that can distinguish between day and night. You should always set the irradiation time longer than necessary.

The setting for this varies greatly. You should always read this in the operating instructions. Finally, you should set the range. Generally, motion detectors have predefined ranges. But there are motion detectors where you can set the radius of the illumination by range and angle. There are ranges from 12 m to 20 m.

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