Incandescent, CFL, LED

We all pretty much know how bright a 100W bulb is.
We have also grown more familiar with the compact fluorescent lamps, even though there seems to be some confusion as to “translating” the brightness of the two.
“What is 15W fluorescent comparable to?”  We often hear that question in our showroom.
And then there is the LED. And all the packages now talk about is lumens. Why can’t they just give us the measurement in watts?

Well, watts are actually a measurement of energy use, not brightness.  A compact fluorescent bulb might produce the same amount of brightness as your traditional incandescent bulb, but will use a lot  less energy, or watts. Lumens tell you how much light you are getting from a bulb.

The back of each package of light bulbs now have a “Lighting Facts” label modeled after the “Nutrition Facts” label on food packages. The Lighting Facts label will provide information about:

  • brightness;
  • energy cost;
  • the bulb’s life expectancy;
  • light appearance (for example, if the bulb provides “warm” or “cool” light);
  • wattage (the amount of energy the bulb uses); and
  • whether the bulb contains mercury.

New Back Label for Bulbs Containing Mercury

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