Lumens vs. Wattage
It’s a common misconception that a light bulb’s wattage equates to its brightness. A bulb’s lumen output relates to how much light is produced, while wattage is all about energy consumption. Consumers are often confused by LED boxes that say “4-watt bulb equivalent to 60 watts” – this simply means that the LED bulb is more energy-efficient than the typical incandescent or halogen light bulb.
What Is Color Temperature?
In layman’s terms, a light bulb’s color temperature refers to the colored light that is produced by that individual source. On the Kelvin scale, color temperature is measured from 1,000 to 10,000K (candle flame red to clear sky blue). The vast majority of LED light bulbs we carry are either 2700 or 3000K. These “warmer” color temperatures are more prevalent in residential settings. What’s the right application for each?
- 2700K: If your home has traditional wood tones, an incandescent bulb could wash everything out. A 2700K LED bulb is a better complement in conventional homes.
- 3000K: For homeowners with more modern rooms and white tones will benefit from LED bulbs with a slightly higher color temperature.