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What is lumen?

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Lighting - it’s all about lumens. Now a days when we want to buy a lamp, not the wattage is shown on the outside of the box but the amount of lumen. But what are lumens exactly? In this blog we will tell you what lumens are, how we translate wattage to lumens and help you find out how many lumens you need.


What is lumen and what is the difference with watt?

The definition of lumen is: ‘’a measure of the total "amount" of visible light in some defined beam or angle, or emitted from some source.’’ Or in short: Lumen equals brightness!
And watts does not. Watts measure energy use and not the light output.



How do we translate wattage to lumens?

Lumens let you buy the amount of light you want. So when buying your new bulbs, think lumens, not watts.


Watt

Incandescent

Incandescent

lumen

Halogen

lumen

CFL

lumen

LED

lumen

15W 90 120 125 135
25W 220 215 230 250
40W 415 410 430 470
60W 710 700 740 800
75W 935 920 970 1055
100W 1340 1320 1400 1520
150W 2160 2140 2250 2450


How many lumens do I need?

There is no firm answer on this. It will depend on a number of factors such as: room shape and size, the height of the ceilings, type of lamps, task areas, colour scheme and the needs of you as a user. To help you a bit here is a basic guide:


Area Lumens / square meter
Kitchen 300-400
Kitchen (task) 700-800
Livingroom 400-500
Bedroom 300-400
Bedroom (task) 700-800
Bathroom 500-600
Bathroom (task) 700-800
Hallway 300


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We from any-lamp can offer you a wide range of high lumen end LED products to fit in every area: