Lighting Terminology – Lumen

Manufacturers list an abundance of information about the color temperature, life, estimated yearly cost and lumens in addition to the wattage. Often, lumens and wattage gets confused or mistaken for each other, even though they are two completely different things. Wattage describes energy while lumens is a measure of brightness or visible light.

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Wattage and brightness has an inverse relationship in regards to LED (more lumens, less watts). Less energy is required now to light an LED bulb that has the same measure of brightness as a halogen or fluorescent bulb.

While there is no set determined amount of lumens required for each room, its based on a matter of preference and usage, here’s a basic guide to figure out how many lumens you might want to have per room.

 

Type of Room Light Colored Decor Medium Colored Decor Dark Colored Decor
Kitchen
Bathroom
Den
Study
Workshop
56 Lumens per sq. ft 70 Lumens
per sq. ft
84 Lumens
per sq. ft
Bedroom
Living Room
Den
Family Room
Utility Room
42 Lumens
per sq. ft
56 Lumens
per sq. ft
70 Lumens
per sq. ft
Dining Room
Entertainment Area
Storage Room
Hallway
28 Lumens
per sq. ft
35 Lumens
per sq. ft.

42 Lumens
per sq. ft.

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