Understanding The Difference Between Watts And Lumens

Today there seems to be a lot of new technology developing. Fortunately, there are many ways you can
also keep track of these new technologies and how impactful they are on your life. When it comes to
LED lighting, you’ll find this in the form of a lumen – the unit that’s used to measure a bulb’s brightness.
This is something you may have already noticed when looking at some LED packaging since the FTC
(Federal Trade Commission) requires this type of information to be included there. This is found in a
label that’s like a nutrition label that you’d find on food packaging. It’s something that’s now replacing
the traditional wattage listing that we’ve all become accustomed to seeing over the years.

Why and how Lumens are Replacing Wattage

Before LED lighting came into existence wattage was used as the standard way for communicating just
how bright you should expect a light bulb to be. Unfortunately, there was a drawback here in that
wattage was only able to measure and communicate how much power you should expect a single light
bulb to consume. This is no longer useful, especially now that there’s new energy-saving technology
such as the LED light bulb being used. This light bulb has made wattage irrelevant when discussing just
how bright a light will be when plugged into a socked in your home. Today we are now using the term
“lumens” to describe this instead. Simply put, the higher number of lumens in existence, the brighter
you should expect the light bulb to be.

Updating Packaging

Today the FDC requires every light bulb package to provide customers with information about the bulb’s
brightness in lumens. This is done in a fashion that’s like the nutritional panel you see on food
packaging. Here you’ll also find an estimation of how much money you’ll pay in energy for using this
light bulb on a yearly basis.

Looking to Lumens

There are a growing number of energy efficient LED light bulbs entering the market today. As this
continues to happen, you should expect to see less about wattage and more about lumens. Fortunately,
it’s possible to translate watts into lumens and vice versa to make upgrading and replacing your
incandescent bulbs easier. As you look at these numbers, it’s important to remember that these are only
estimates as precise indications for LED lighting is unfortunately impossible. Nevertheless, you should
still keep these numbers in mind:

  • 150 W is about 2600 lm
  • 100 W is about 1600 lm
  • 75 W is about 1100 lm
  • 60 W is about 800 lm
  • 40 W is about 450 lm
  • 25 w is about 200 lm

Whether you have questions about LED lighting or you’re ready to upgrade from incandescent lighting,
you may find yourself in need of some help. Whether it’s because you have a lot of questions that need
answered or you’re ready to make the switch and need some new fixtures installed, there’s one
company that you can count on – one company that many people have been counting on for several
years now: America’s Best LED is here to help put your mind at ease and make this switch relatively easy
for you so make sure you get in contact with them today.

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