SPOT VS WASH: What’s the Difference?
If you are not sure whether you should be using a spot or wash light don't worry! The decision on what light is best to use largely depends on what exactly you plan on using the light for. With a few facts on each of these light sources, you will have a better idea which light is best suited for your use.
Spot lights typically cast a single beam of light no wider than 45 degrees. The light omitted from a spot can be compared to a lighthouse, just not as clear. The light from a spot tends to reach much longer distances than most lights, as well as being easy to point and control.
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Wash lights are basically the opposite of spot lights. The wash casts a wide area of light that does not reach a very long distance. Typically a wash light has a path of 130 degrees, much larger than a spot. Although the cover of light from a wash is much larger, it uses the same amount of lumens and wattage as a spot.
Spot vs Wash: What do I use?
If you are looking to light a larger area such as a driveway, parking lot, of even just light coverage go with a wash. If you want a more direct control over a smaller area, use a spot. Generally a spot light will appear brighter than a wash.
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