When looking for lamps that you'll use in a current fixture, you can often just find a part number on the lamp that's burned out and then buy a replacement. We have, for instance, a range of high-watt, double-ended halogen lamps often used in halogen flood light fixtures, which use a lot of energy but also have instant on/off capability and don't require ballasts to run. We also have plenty of metal halide and high pressure sodium lamps used in HID flood light fixtures; these use a lot less energy than halogens, but they have warm up and restrike periods that slow their on/off capabilities and they require ballasts to operate.
In some cases, an old lamp may no longer be sold, but you can either search our site for compatible specifications or call us for help with ordering something that will work. (We'll still need the original part number or specs like wattage, lamp type, etc.)
If you're installing new lighting, however, you have a bit more of a challenge in the sense that you need to determine how much light is needed and how you need it to spread. In this case, it's a good idea to talk with a lighting designer or someone who knows how to achieve your desired lighting effect.
Besides these considerations, you also need to choose between available technologies. At the time of this writing, we still carry some HID and halogen flood light fixtures, which have the pros and cons mentioned above. Both are rapidly being replaced by LED flood light fixtures, whose only "con" is their initial price. Beyond that, they provide the greatest efficiency and longevity along with instant on/off capabilities and quality light. In locations where they're used often, the energy and maintenance savings quickly make up the difference in initial price.
Plus, even on the topic of price, LED fixtures have come a long way in terms of affordability, and we're not only competitive on name brand fixtures but we also offer some exceptional values through our "Standard" brand (where quality components still matter!).
So whether you're just replacing flood light bulbs or you need new fixtures, we hope you'll look to Lighting Supply for friendly service, fast shipping (same business day for in-stock items!), and a commitment to you as our customer.