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Lighting can be complicated, we get it, it's changed a lot - and we're here to help!
We used to use the term 'wattage' to describe the amount of light that was produced. So if our old incandescent light bulb went out, we looked at the wattage on the bulb and purchased the same wattage, ie. 60 watts, 40 watts, 100 watts, etc.
But, in reality, wattage only tells us the amount of energy used by the light.
What we really needed to know was how much light is produced by a light bulb. Well, that is lumens! Lumens show how 'bright' the bulb is, or how much light it creates.
Here's a handy cheat sheet showing the conversion from the old incandescent bulbs (wattage) to the new LED bulbs (lumens).
We have been using incandescent bulbs for well over 100 years. They worked well, but the light bulbs produced a lot of heat and consumed a lot of electricity.
Then they came up with florescent bulbs, remember those corkscrew and long tubular bulbs? They gave off a horrible blue-ish light and often hummed, but they were more energy efficient then incandescents, but something had to change!
LED bulbs soon came along, they were energy efficient, at first they too were blue-ish, but throughout the years they have gotten better & more realistic looking.
So as LED light bulbs don't produce heat or use much power, we started using the term lumen, to show the amount of light being provided. But now, we can't use the term wattage to discuss light output, we need to use the word lumen.
Here's another helpful chart to show on average the amount of lumens needed in each room.
I hope this helps explain the conversion of wattage to lumens & to show you how to determine how many lumens you need in your home.
Feel free to contact us to create a beautiful lighting plan for your home.
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