Have you ever gone to the store to buy a chandelier, floor lamp or table lamp, only to be confronted with confusing measurements such as Lumens, Kelvins, and Watts? If so, you’re not alone. Deciphering light measurements can seem like a daunting task for the average person. But don’t worry—we’ve broken down the basics of each measurement so that you can make an educated decision when it comes to finding the right light fixture for your home or office.


Lumens measure how bright a light fixture or light bulb is—in other words, how much light it emits. The higher the lumens number, the brighter the bulb will be. A 40-Watt incandescent bulb emits approximately 450 lumens of light, while an LED bulb emitting the same amount of light only uses 9 watts of energy. This means that LED bulbs are far more energy-efficient than their traditional counterparts.


 Moscow LED Chandelier | 5400 Lumens | 60 Watts | 4000 Kelvins


Kelvins measure color temperature on a scale from 1,000 to 10,000 degrees Kelvin (K). The lower on that scale you go (i.e., closer to 1,000 K), the warmer and softer the lights will appear; think candlelight or sunset hues. On the flip side, higher Kelvin numbers (closer to 10,000 K) tend to appear cooler and harsher; think daylight or office lighting. Determining what color temperature is best for any given space requires balancing personal preference with practical needs such as working comfortably without straining your eyes too much.

Milan LED Dimmable Floor Lamp

Milan LED Dimmable Floor Lamp | 1920 Lumens | 32 Watts | 4000 Kelvins


Watts measure how much energy (or electricity) a bulb consumes as opposed to how much light it emits (measured in lumens). Traditional incandescent bulbs have always been rated in terms of watts because they consume relatively large amounts of electricity compared to modern LED bulbs which use significantly less wattage even though they emit just as much if not more light than their traditional counterparts do. The takeaway here is that while wattage may indicate brightness in older bulbs, this isn’t necessarily true anymore — a higher wattage doesn't necessarily mean brighter lights! Instead look at lumen measurements when comparing different types of bulbs since this is what will give you an accurate picture of brightness level between different types and brands of bulbs.

Crystal Chandelier Double Helix

Crystal Chandelier Double Helix | 1365 Lumens | 21 Watts | 4000 Kelvins

Understanding these three key measurements — Lumens, Kelvins, and Watts — will help make shopping for a new light fixture easier and more informed than ever before! Ultimately all three factors come into play when selecting a good quality chandelier, floor lamp or table lamp for your home or office space — lumens determine brightness level; kelvins determine color temperature; and watts determine how much energy the bulb consumes over time. With all this information in hand choosing just the right bulb should be a breeze!

February 09, 2023
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