WHAT ARE 'LUMENS'? WHY CAN'T WE JUST KEEP 100 WATT LIGHT BULBS? IT'S JUST CONFUSING!
Traditionally the brightness of a light bulb has been described by its wattage, everyone knows a 100 watt lamp will be brighter than a 60 watt lamp. This is a good way of describing the difference in brightness between two bulbs of the same type but with new technologies now available wattages are no longer the means by which bulbs are differentiated. Today the same quantity of light can be produced by an incandescent bulb using 60 watts, a halogen bulb using 42 watts or a compact fluorescent lamp using 15 watts. This causes confusion and so with the intention of fixing this problem 'lumens' are now included showing the 'true' measurement of the lamps brightness. In effect a universal measurement of any lamps brightness, the higher the 'lumens' the more light emitted.
For more information check out our lumen vs wattage comparison guide: Lumens V Wattage Comparison Guide
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