Lumens vs Watts
Lighting—it’s all about lumens. But what are lumens, exactly? In addition to being the Internet's premier modern lighting and design store (hey, that's us!), lumens is now THE way to find out how bright a lighted bulb or an LED lighting fixture is.
Lumens equals brightness.
And watts does not. Not that watts are bad, but they measure energy use, not light output. With new, energy-efficient LED technology, we can no longer rely upon wattage to indicate how bright a bulb is. See how to measure lumens below:
|How Many Lumens Do You Need?More Lumens = More Light|
|If you used to buy this in incandescent||Look for this much light in lumens||LED
(more efficient incandescent)
|100 W||1600||up to 22 W||up to 26 W||up to 72 W|
|75 W||1100||up to 20 W||up to 23 W||up to 53 W|
|60 W||800||up to 12 W||up to 15 W||up to 43 W|
|40 W||450||up to 9 W||up to 11 W||up to 29 W|
|Output & Wattages based on most common products available for each medium screw-based light bulb. Actual output may vary by product.|
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