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LIGHT BULBS: Watts the deal?

Ever get a beautiful fixture home just to find out it offers no light? Isn’t that supposed to be its job?  We are all guilty of loving the form over the function. So, in this post we have to talk about actual purpose; Illumination. 

 The recommended wattage for a room is 1.5 watts per square foot.

The Calculation:

Square footage of room x 1.5 watts = suggested fixture wattage

Example: 100sq. ft. room x 1.5 watts = 150 watts

@ 60 watts per average bulb / 150 watts = 2.5 bulbs (round up to 3!)

This room should feature a fixture with 3 x 60W bulbs 

     

What? Not all bulbs are created equal? Ugh! 

You want LED bulbs don’t you?  Here we go.

The language of Lumens

A 60W incandescent bulb is equivalent to about 800 lumens.

The recommended lumens for a kitchen is 30-40 lumens per square foot.

The Calculation:

Square footage of room x ~40 lumens = suggested fixture lumens

Example: 100sq. ft. room x 40 lumens = 4000 lumens

This room should feature a fixture with 4000 lumens or several fixtures that add up to 4000 lumens. (ie. 3 LED pendants each with 1300 lumens)

 

 Happy shopping,

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