I am not against LEDs, I like them. They are good for the environment, they are reducing my footprint or whatnot... they are good for us. It is just, they are not very bright... they have one job, to make photons and they are not very good at it.
I know, it is mostly the marketing guys to blame. The thing is that they are advertised like "it is 10W but it is as bright as a 200W something else". But then it usually turns out they are 2W and they are as bright as a 30W something else. You expected something with a 200W kick and you got a moodlight. Nice, but for that price, for your needs, it is useless.
I am using various LED floodlights as to lit up the workplace where some renovation is done, but they are almost completely useless. You wouldn't fall in the dark, but you wouldn't see what you are doing either. If you paint or whatnot, you need to see what you are doing, it is really important. Very little construction is done in the pitch dark, as you might expect.
Then I realized the halogen floodlights are real cheap, a lot cheaper than I thought, possibly because everybody buys them LED lights now. So I bought this one here:
Except that this is not how it looks like, it feels more like this:
So it is 2x400W, which is strong and powerful, makes a lot of photons, lights up the workplace alone. And it is its own backup, if a halogen bulb dies you have the other half to finish the work. It also have its own stand, not very sturdy, but good enough and it can be extended quite high. You can extend it to 2m which should be enough inside the house. It also have a proper cable, it seems to be durable for working conditions that might become a bit hard and trying that you might expect around a construction site.
The black boxy lamp bodies are made of plastic and quite hot after a few seconds, I am not sure about those. Time will tell... but I would not dare to leave them without supervision for the first times.
Yes, plastic, but here is the thing: I bought the whole thing for about $41 with delivery, complete, boxed, ready to be used after assembly. I mean for forty bucks if it works for two days it already payed for itself, right? Well, it surely is not a professional equipment, but if you buy it and use it every once and a while it should be ok and for this kind of money it should be worth it. They manufacture similar products with LED, sure, but those cost a lot more, even hundreds, maybe even more if you buy some quality brand.
I also connected it to a Sonoff WiFi switch, so I can play with it, turning it on and off remotely while watching the light from the other corner of the garden, maybe through a security camera. That'll be fun.
Disclaimer: I am of course not payed to tell good things about Chinese floodlights, it has no recognizable brand name, I guess you can buy these in your country too, so this is not about a product. It is a huge number of products, probably all manufactured in the same town in China using the same specs...