Look at Lumens, Not Watts: Buying Light Bulbs in Today's Market

Before purchasing LED light bulbs, you should first compare lumens to ensure you're getting the amount of light, or level of brightness that suits your needs.

Look At Lumens, Not Watts

Typically when consumers look to purchase goods, they want to know how much they are getting? For example, when purchasing milk, most consumers purchase it by volume (gallons). So, that brings the questions, why should light be any different? For years, consumers have been purchasing light bulbs based on how much energy they consume (Watts), regardless of how much actually light they provide (Lumens).

What's a Lumen?

Lumens measure the total amount of light that is generated from a bulb. So, the more lumens means the brighter the light, and fewer lumens means it's a dimmer light.

Lumens are to light what

  • Gallons are to milk
  • Pounds are to potatoes

In short, Lumens allow you to purchase the amount of light you need. So when purchasing your new bulbs, remember look at lumens, not watts.

Brightness, or lumen levels, vary when it comes to the lights in a home. Below are some examples:

  • Replace a 40W bulb with an LED bulb that provides around 450 lumens
  • Replace a 60W bulb with an LED bulb that provides around 800 lumens
  • Replace a 75W bulb with an LED bulb that provides around 1100 lumens
  • When it comes to replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb, look for a bulb that provides around 1600 lumens. If you need something that is dimmer, look for less lumens, or if you prefer brighter light, look for more lumens