If you have been around the lighting world lately, the transition to LED is a popular trend. If you have thought about making this switch, or have already done so, you may notice a big change in how you purchase light bulbs. Usually, wattage is the measurement by which you would buy fluorescent or incandescent light bulbs. Watts are a measurement of energy usage, whereas lumens correspond to brightness and light output. So, what makes lumens a more useful measurement and why are they used for LED lighting? The Red Deer Lighting team is here to give you a quick rundown on lumens and how to use them while shopping for your next LED lights.
Lumens and Wattage
So, now that lumens are becoming a norm in the lighting world, how do they relate to watts? Well, if you are attempting to make a conversion, think of it this way: the higher the light output (lumens), the more watts a light bulb will use. Higher output and usage does not necessarily equal more expensive, as that has to do with bulb efficiency as well. However, lumens are a more appropriate measurement of light power and brightness, whereas watts measure consumption. This may not seem important if you have a favorite brand or style of bulb, but lumens are crucial to choosing the best option for your LED lighting fixtures.
So, Why Does This Matter?
You may be asking yourself why exactly you need to keep up with this change in lighting vocabulary. Well, as we mentioned, choosing the right bulbs for your LED lights is important to make them work as efficiently and powerfully as possible. You can save time, money, and headaches by choosing the right bulbs for your home LED lighting.
What About Conversion?
If you don’t want to take the time to figure out the exact lumen or wattage measurement you need for your fixture, there is a really no quick way to equate wattage and lumens. Like we mentioned, these two are measurements of vastly different things, meaning they are not counted in the same units. However, there are some good charts and guides that can help you figure out the ideal amount of lumens for your LED light fixtures so you get the most out of them.
If you have questions about LED lights, the lumen measurement, or anything else lighting related, stop by Red Deer Lighting’s showroom today! We have the expertise and passion for lighting that makes us the best lighting store in Alberta. We look forward to working with you!