Lighting Education

Brightness (Lumens)

The amount of light emitted from a light bulb. More lumens equals brighter light, fewer lumens equals dimmer light.




For years, wattage was typically the measure used to evaluate the brightness produced by a light bulb. However, perspectives are changing with the constant evolution of LED technology, which offers lower wattages without sacrificing lumens, or brightness. Lumens refers to the measure of light output, or brightness, of a light bulb. The more lumens a light bulb provides, the brighter the light. All Westinghouse light bulb packaging specifies the equivalent incandescent wattage associated with the light bulb's lumen output. This helps provide a standard for comparing all LED light bulbs.

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