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DIY - Light Bulbs

DIY - Lumens vs Watts

Lumens and Lighting Facts

Getting the light you want fros put out more your bulbs has changed.  Newer more efficient bulbs put out more light with less electricity.  Watch this video to see how easy it is to shop for light bulbs


When you're shopping for lightbulbs, compare lumens to be sure you're getting the amount of light, or level

of brightness, you want. The Lighting Facts Label will help. This new label will make it easy to compare bulb brightness, color, life, and estimated operating cost for the year.






Buy Lumens, Not Watts

We typically buy things based on how much of it we get, right? When buying milk, we buy it by volume (gallons). So, why should light be any different? For decades, we have been buying lightbulbs based on how much energy they consume (watts) -- no matter how much light they give us (lumens).



What's a Lumen?

Lumens measure how much light you are getting from a bulb. More lumens means it's a brighter light; fewer lumens means it's a dimmer light.


Lumens are to light what - Pounds are to bananas - Gallons are to milk

Lumens let you buy the amount of light you want. So when buying your new bulbs, think lumens, not watts.

The brightness, or lumen levels, of the lights in your home may vary widely, so here's a rule of thumb:

To replace a 100 watt (W) incandescent bulb, look for a bulb that gives you about 1600 lumens. If you want something dimmer, go for less lumens; if you prefer brighter light, look for more lumens.

Replace a 75W bulb with an energy-saving bulb that gives you about 1100 lumens

Replace a 60W bulb with an energy-saving bulb that gives you about 800 lumens

Replace a 40W bulb with an energy-saving bulb that gives you about 450 lumens.


What Should I Look For On The Package?

The Lighting Facts Label

To help consumers better understand the switch from watts to lumens, the Federal Trade Commission requires a new product label for light bulbs. It helps people buy the light bulbs that are right for them.

Like the helpful nutrition label on food products, the Lighting Facts label helps consumers understand what they are really purchasing. The label clearly provides the lumens -- or brightness -- of the bulb, the estimated operating cost for the year, and the color of the light (from warm/yellowish, to white to cool/blue).

The placard defining Lumens: is the new way to shop for lighting to see how to use the Lighting Facts label to buy the right lightbulb for your needs.  Many arer designed to screw in just like the regular incandescent light bulb.

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