Monday, April 4, 2016

Illuminating lumens

All the new talk about LED and halogen lighting options may leave you scratching your head. It was easy enough to understand what a 60-watt incandescent bulb meant in your home: a warm, familiar light and just one term – wattage – to worry about.

As tempting as it may be to stock up on incandescents at a big box store in anticipation of the time when you can’t find them anymore, it’s not the solution. Lighting options are moving as fast as other technologies, and many of the changes – programmable colors and smart lighting to name two – will save you money, preserve our energy resources, and give you great new options.

When it comes to LEDs, the word to watch is lumens, not wattage. Wattage describes how much energy is used by a bulb, while lumens indicates how much light a bulb provides.

So how do you compare wattage to lumens when it’s like comparing apples to oranges? It may take a bit of experimentation, but here are a few guidelines to get you started:

This WATTAGE…
… roughly equals this LUMENS
100 watts
1600 lumens
75 watts
1100 lumens
60 watts
800 lumens
40 watts
450 lumens

Osram Sylvania has put together a video worth two minutes of your time. Click here to learn what switching to energy-efficient bulbs means over the long haul and what that new word – lumens – means in people-talk. 


Ready to make the switch to energy-efficient lighting? We can help! Call our knowledgeable reps at Bulb Direct (800-772-5267) to learn more.