How to choose the correct number of lumens according to the room?


In simple terms, lumens (lm) are a measure of the total amount of light visible (to the naked eye) from a lamp or light source. The higher the number of lumens the bulb or lamp is the “brighter”.

We have all bought 50W or 60W conventional bulbs or light bulbs in the past expecting a certain level of brightness. The power consumption (in watts) for the light output is incorrectly linked.

More light, less energy (Wats) with LEDs

With lower consumption LED lamps, more light output can be achieved with much less energy consumption. For example, a 6.5W LED bulb will give a light similar to a 50W halogen bulb. That’s 87% less energy consumed for the same amount of light!

By using LEDs more energy is converted into light instead of heat. As the LED technology improves, more lumens will be produced using even less Watts, therefore more and more energy is saved, thus reducing consumption and therefore the electricity bill. – that is, more lumens will be produced by each Wats. Thus, as a result, the use of Wats as a guide to brightness is no longer relevant.

Lumens – Conventional Lamps  vs. LEDs

To get the same amount of light from a conventional 60W bulb, you will need an LED lamp or bulb with around 800 to 850 lumens. All LED lamps or bulbs have an approximate lumen rating.

For the past century , we have been trained to think about light or the purity of light infinished of Wats, not in lumens, which makes it not surprising that the most of people don’t have a clear idea of thanlumens amount really need in a light bulb. Until you get an idea of ​​how bright it is bright enough for your taste or use.

Next we offer you a guide to help you decide which LED bulb will serve To replace your traditional light bulb, in this table we show approximations in Lumensf ent to Wats incandescent bulbs.

Replacing a 40 watt bulb: Find at least 450 lumens
Replacing a 60 watt bulb: Finding at least 800 lumens
Replacing a 75 watt bulb: Finding at least 1,100 lumens
Replacing a 100 watt bulb: Finding at least 1600 lumens

With LED lights , it is essential to know what light is required in a room or space. In fact, it can be difficult to choose the correct amount of light according to the room given that watts (W) are no longer the measure to follow due to the incorporation of new technologies such as LEDs. To do this, we need to choose the correct amount of lumens.

What are lumens?

Lumens, or lumen, indicate the total amount of light emitted by a light source, regardless of which direction it is located or the power (energy expenditure) used. In lumens, efficiency is especially important because it indicates how efficient the light source converts energy into light, which is called the Lumen / Watt (Lm / W) ratio.

With LED lights, this value is much higher because they need less energy to generate the same amount of light. With the same characteristics, a halogen bulb would give you 18 Lm / W while an LED bulb could give you 113 Lm / W. In summary: the lumen is equal to the brightness or intensity/amount of the light emitted.

How many lumens per space?

To obtain the adequate light, we must distinguish the different spaces to be illuminated, since there are spaces that need more light (such as the kitchen, an office …) and others where it is less important (bedroom). To obtain the correct number of lumens for a given space, we must divide it into several light sources, since it is difficult, for example, to obtain an accessory that gives 2500 lumens and distributes them equally throughout the space and in all directions. Thus, we can require 3 or 4 light sources (or even more if we wish) with which to obtain exactly the expected amount of lumens in the best possible distribution.

Here we offer you an overview of the lumens needed for the different types of spaces. It is of course an indication. This overview can change with the amount of natural light, the brightness you want, the size of the room, the height of the ceiling or even the colors of the walls.

The kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house, where activities that require good visibility and concentration take place. Therefore, it is essential to have the right amount of light

First, you need to have a light source on your table. Then you need to make sure there are enough lights on the kitchen work surface and fire area. In total, 5,000 to 10,000 lumens are required for adequate lighting.

The living room

The number of lumens required for the living room is different in terms of TV space and dining room.

For the TV space, it is not necessary to have a high luminosity but rather a cozy one, so we recommend using dimmable LED lights to be able to choose the right atmosphere at all times. As for the lumens, what you need for this area are approximately 1,500 to 3,000.

For the dining room, you need a little more intensity, so that eating becomes an easy task. Again, it is best to install dimmable LED lights . In total, for this place, between 3,000 and 6,000 lumens will be necessary.


The bathroom is the space where we need more light. We want to make sure we have enough visibility when we are shaving or brushing our teeth. For this space, we recommend having between 2000 and 4000 lumens.

It can be just one light source or many, depending on your preference.

We must also ensure that we obtain an accessory with the correct IP rating. The IP classification measures the protection of light against humidity and dust, in such a way that: the higher the IP code, the more protection the luminaire will have.

The bedroom

To decide how many lumens your bedroom requires, you should first check to see if it contains a desk or large piece of furniture, such as a tall drawer. If you have children, and they spend a lot of time in this room studying, drawing or playing. In this specific case, you need plenty of light. We recommend a total amount of lumens between 2000 and 4000.

You can see, in all products, the number of lumens. Be sure to choose the correct number of lumens for the room to create the perfect atmosphere. Also, be sure to choose the right color temperature, this can influence the overall look of a room


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