It’s been over 2 years now since regulations changed requiring light bulbs to use 25% to 80% less energy. Consumers are still trying to understand which bulbs to purchase to replace their existing 100W, 75W, 60W, and 40W bulbs. I recently found the article below from the U.S.Department of Energy’s website which I hope you find helpful. On our “How To” page I have also uploaded a video that helps explain purchasing Bulbs in Lumens versus Watts.
When shopping for light bulbs, it’s most important to compare lumens to be sure you’re getting the amount of light, or level of brightness, you want. More lumens means it’s a brighter light; fewer lumens means it’s a dimmer light.
The brightness, or lumen levels, of the lights in your home may vary widely, so here’s a rule of thumb:
- To replace a 100-watt (W) incandescent bulb, look for a bulb that gives you about 1600 lumens. If you want something dimmer, go for less lumens; if you prefer brighter light, look for more lumens.
- Replace a 75 W bulb with an energy-saving bulb that gives you about 1100 lumens.
- Replace a 60 W bulb with an energy-saving bulb that gives you about 800 lumens.
- Replace a 40 W bulb with an energy-saving bulb that gives you about 450 lumens.
To help people like you and me better understand the switch from watts to lumens, the Federal Trade Commission requires new product labels for light bulbs. It will help people buy the light bulbs that are right for them.
The Lighting Facts label will help consumers understand what they are really purchasing. The label clearly provides the lumens—or brightness—of the bulb, the estimated operating cost for the year, and the color of the light (from warm/yellowish, to white to cool/blue).
Please feel free to ask one of our Lighting Consultants at LightingOne of Cincinnati for more information.