With brighter options, color variations, better visual accuracy, energy savings, and more, it’s no surprise Led Light Bar options are quickly surpassing other lighting alternatives. Although the upfront costs for LED lighting is greater, they will pay for themselves over time. While LED (or Light Emitting Diodes) alternatives are longer lasting, these lights are drastically different form the bulbs Thomas Edison invented. In fact, this lighting option doesn’t even use the same form of measurement. Instead of using watts when purchasing lighting supplies, we now need to measure in lumens. To understand a little more about this new measurement system, here are a few answers to some frequently asked questions about lumens.
What Is a Lumen?
A lumen measures the total amount of visible light given off from a light source. While all lights can use lumens to be measured, most of us were brought up using the Watts measurement. For example, we can decipher the higher wattage of the bulb and the hotter it will become. With more heat, comes more light.
How Many Lighting Options Are There?
When it comes to lighting options, there are four primary options: LED’s, CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Lamps), halogens, and the traditional light bulb. However, each option takes a different amount of watts to produce the same quantity of lumens.
What’s the Difference Between Each Bulb In Lumens?
When thinking in traditional bulb standards, utilizing a five-watt bulb would create a very dim light. The reason for this is because only around ten percent of the energy used generates the light output. Therefore, a five-watt bulb would barely light up your refrigerator. However, using a five-watt LED light would provide a drastically different scenario because almost all of the energy is used to create light. You can see the difference between lighting options below.
Lighting Type Watt to Lumen Ratio
CFL 1: 34
Halogen 1: 13
LED 1: 90
Traditional Bulb 1: 10
Why We Don’t Use Watts to Determine the Right Bulb for Emergency Lighting?
The reason people use lumens rather than watts for considering lighting products is because you want to purchase products based on their light output. While watts is an energy measurement, it doesn’t measure the amount of brightness a light will put off. In fact, lumens and watts don’t even measure the same type of things. While lumens measure the lighting output, watts measure both the heat and light energy. Therefore, if you focus on the wattage (especially when purchasing CFL or LED options), you will most likely end up with entirely too much light output for your specific requirements.
Let’s think of it in another way. Say you had a blown light bulb you needed to replace in your bathroom. Then when you went to the store for a replacement, you bought a 60-watt LED light instead of the traditional 60-watt bulb. While you did replace the bulb, this would drastically complicate your morning routine. This complication is because instead of having the 800 lumens of light from a traditional light bulb you’re used to, you would have a whopping 3,600 lumens. Unfortunately, with that amount of lighting, instead of putting on your makeup, you would be squinting your eyes trying to find a way out.
Do you know what type of lumens you require for your light bar purchase? Are you familiar with the additional features you would like to have? For more information on the best type of LED light bar for your vehicle, contact the experts at Ultra Bright Lightz today!