If you’re new to the world of long-lasting, energy-saving LED Lighting, you might be ever-so slightly phased by all the new terminology you’re coming across. Fortunately, here at LED Solutions, we’ve been dealing with LEDs since 2005 so we’re hip to the lingo. Today we’re going to be talking about Lumens, so read on if you’re not sure what they are…
Don’t Be Caught Out At Parties!
Invariably, when people chat about the brightness of a light bulb (which they often do at parties!), they speak of “Watts”. Indeed, the conversation might go something like this: “How many Watts do you think that light bulb is?” The reply might be: “Erm, 60…100?”
What we should be asking is: “How many LUMENS do you think that light bulb is emitting?” because there’s really no correlation between a bulb’s wattage and its brightness.
How Many Lumens?
Take our GE LED Filament Bulb (pictured) for example. It consumes just 4 Watts of electricity yet is able to generate the same number of lumens as a 40 Watt incandescent bulb. This means that not only does this bulb emit the same amount of light as an old-school bulb, it uses 90% less power to do so!
So you see, to use the word “Watts” to describe how bright a bulb is can be quite misleading as well as inaccurate. Lumens are a measure of light, while “Watts” denotes the amount of energy the bulb consumes.
A simple rule-of-thumb to follow when purchasing your LED Light Bulbs is – Go for the ones with the highest number of Lumens achieved by the lowest number of Watts.
Follow this simple ratio and you won’t go far wrong…and you’ll notice how much your electricity bills fall too. After all, switching all your household light bulbs to LED will reduce your lighting energy bill by anything up to 90% and in these times of spiralling energy prices, that can’t be bad, can it?
Rough Guide For Newbies
Having said all that, just to help you newbies out, here’s a very rough guide to Watts (W) and Lumens (Lm):
- 40W = 450Lm
- 60W = 800Lm
- 75W = 1,100Lm
- 100W = 1,600Lm
- 150W = 2,600Lm