How to Determine the Right Light Fixture Output in Lumens

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When choosing a light fixture for your home, it is a good idea to check the “lumens” output. Lumens measure the brightness of light that a light fixture gives off when outfitted with the right light bulb. According to Lightbulbs, the perfect lumens is 1,500 for indirect light, such as a ceiling light fixture. However, what if you need lighting for a larger room, a smaller room, or some other space? This is the step-by-step process of figuring out how many lumens you need.

Rules of Thumb

Different spaces require different amounts of lumens to light the space adequately. For example, task lighting should be brighter than indirect lighting. Bathroom lighting should be brighter than living space or bedroom lighting. Keep the type of room in mind when you measure for the ideal lumen amount.

Tools You Need

You will need a tape measure, something to write with, a piece of paper, and a calculator to figure out what amount of lumens you need for your space. The process is not complicated, but you should have a calculator to make the process easier.

LUX, or lumens per square foot, or candles per square foot, is a common formula used to determine the best number of lumens for light in space. Gather your tools and follow these easy steps.

Step 1: Measure The Square Footage of the Room

The first step is to measure the square footage of the room where the light fixture will be located. Measure the length and measure the width to get the square footage. Once you have the room’s square footage, identify the number of lumens on the light fixture.

Step 2: Divide

Divide the lumen output by the number of square feet in the room, giving you the LUX or lumens per square foot. Once you have that information, you can shop for a light fixture to illuminate the room properly. Of course, expert advice can keep you from doing the legwork yourself.

One of the best ways to ensure that you get the right light fixture for your space is to work with a lighting fixture store that can provide guidance and expert answers. Shop at Premier Lighting today to find the perfect fixture with the perfect output for your lighting needs.