Lighting Lumens vs Watts
Although we commonly measure the intensity of a light fixture (bulb actually) in watts, watts is a measure of power consumption. The measure of actual brightness is lumens.
I read definition of what one lumen is, but I must confess I did not understand it in detail.
What I do understand is more lumens equals more light.
Why then do we commonly speak of the power of a light bulb in watts?
Because once upon a time, not very long ago, there was only one type of electric light bulb available, the incandescent bulb.
Since for any given type of bulb, more watts equals more lumens equals more light, watts was a good way to rate bulbs since what you pay for in terms of power consumption is watts.
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Today however we have multiple types of bulbs available: incandescent, florescent, halogen, and LED, and these different bulbs produce a differing amount of light per watt or a different amount of lumens per watt.
Which bulb types gives the most lumens per watt? LEDs! There is no real contest.
So…. in the interests in both keeping your future electric bills down as well as well as being a good energy saving citizen, you should first look for low power LED fixtures and bulbs for your bathroom remodel. You just may find what you’re looking for in terms of light intensive and fixture appearance.
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