LED Bulb Lumens Vs. Incandescent Bulb Lumens

By Jay Leone; Updated April 24, 2017
3 types of LED bulbs

Typically, the higher the amount of lumens, the brighter a light source will be. While LEDs (light-emitting diodes) produce about the same amount of lumens as incandescent light bulbs per watt of power drawn, they have a much higher efficacy than incandescent bulbs.

Lumens

Lit LED bulb

Lumens are the units of measurement used to measure the light output of a source of light. All light sources produce certain amounts of lumens. According to The LED Light.com, a lumen measures the amount of light that gets to an object.

Efficacy

LED bulbs are much more efficient

Efficacy is defined as the efficiency of a light bulb's conversion of electricity into light. Efficacy is measured in lumens per watt or LPW. According to Lighting Components LED Corp., 80 percent of the power drawn by LEDs is given off in the form of light, with 20 percent of the power drawn given off in the form of heat. Conversely, 20 percent of the power drawn by incandescents is given off in the form of light, while 80 percent of the power drawn is given off in the form of heat.

Output

LED light in a home

The associates at ToolBase.org claim that LEDs produce around 20 lumens per watt of power. According to "The Great Internet Light Bulb Book," most incandescent light bulbs produce between eight and 21 lumens per watt of power.

Duration of Use

LED bulbs last much longer then older bulbs

LEDs are very small, about 1/4 of an inch in diameter. They are often clustered together to increase applications. Incandescent light bulbs are typically only rated to last around 750 hours, while LEDs can last for upward of 50,000 hours.

How They Work

LEDs operate in a very different way from incandescent light bulbs. LEDs produce light when electricity is drawn between two electrodes. Incandescent light bulbs produce light when electricity heats up their tungsten filament.