The amount of light that is produced by a lamp is called lumen's and the more lumen's the lamp has the brighter it will be. Lumen's work in conjunction with kelvins and watts should not be taken in isolation of each other, for example if you had a very warm white lamp at 2,700 kelvins and it produced 300 lumen's and you then had another lamp which was a cool white 6,000 kelvins which also produced 300 lumen's the cooler lamp colour would always appear brighter to the naked eye than the warmer one this is due to the receptors in the eye that react better to a white light spectrum. Another factor on how bright a light may appear is contrast so if you shine a white 6,000 kelvin light on to a dark wall and a warm 2,700 kelvin lamp on to a white wall the warmer lamp would appear brighter due to the contrast of the material it is focused on. So when choosing a lamp always take in to account the area you want to illuminate and think about Kelvins ( colour ), Lumen's ( brightness) and contrast ( colour of area ) The more lumen's produced per watt the more energy efficient the lamp will be, for example you can have a 25w candle lamp that produces 170 lumen's or a more energy efficient 18w candle lamp that produces 180 lumen's so even though the wattage is smaller the lumen's are greater which makes it use less electricity. That's what makes LED lights so energy effective as they can produce 700 lumen's from a 5w lamp.
Light levels are measured in something called LUX. Put simply LUX is a measurement of light falling on a given surface area. For example an average LUX of 200 would be needed for an outdoor tennis court for recreational purposes and a side street walkway would have an average of 5 LUX. To calculate lux levels you need a very good calculator or computer as there is a number of factors that need to be taken in to account.Lux levels can be effected by a beam angle of a lamp, for example if you had a 50w 38 degree MR16 halogen lamp at 3 mtrs from the floor and another 50w 10 degree MR16 lamp placed next to it, the one with the 10 degree beam angle would record a higher lux level due to the concentrated light in a small area so you could drop the 50w lamp to a 35w lamp to save energy and still achieve the desired light level.
|Beam Angle:||160 Degree|
|colour temperature:||6000 kelvin|