Lighting inside a room directly impacts you. It sets the mood, creates productivity and calms you down at the end of the day. However, picking the right light can be overwhelming.

Bulbs are improving, lasting longer and using less energy which in the long run saves you money on your power bill.

Before we get into the different types of bulbs on the market, you need to know the difference between a watt and a lumen.

Watts and Lumens

Watts are a measurement of how much electricity something uses. It actually has nothing to do with how bright a bulb is.

It takes far fewer watts to create light with newer bulbs, so wattage ratings are no longer very useful.

Each type of bulb is different, and the whole idea is to develop bulbs that use fewer watts to make more light.

Lumens, on the other hand, actually measure the amount of light being put out by the bulb. Lumens are a much more accurate measurement because it tells you how the light actually performs, regardless of the source that produced it.

One lumen is approximately equal to the amount of light put out by one birthday candle.

To help you get an idea of the lumen scale, a standard 60-watt bulb puts out around 750-850 lumens of light. If you’re choosing bulbs for task lighting, look for bulbs with 1000 lumens or more.

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Thomas Boni

Thomas Boni is Today’s Homeowner Media's Digital Content Director. He is an award-winning multimedia journalist, having served as editor-in-chief of various Alabama and Florida newspapers from 2006-2018. Thomas earned more than 30 regional, state and national journalism awards and accolades during his news career. He has a passion for engaging, fact-based content and a keen eye for detail. He joined Today's Homeowner Media in 2018 and received recognition on the Marquis Who's Who list in 2023. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at Spring Hill College in 2005.

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