A Look Into Lighting

When it comes to discussing lighting (FUN!), we are used to hearing the term “wattage” as a means of describing light bulbs and the strength of the fixture. However, with the increase of LED fixtures as mainstream, this has brought a whole new ‘light’ to the terminology – see what I did there?

 There is a new way to gauge electrical output: Lumens.  Lumens measure brightness, whereas wattage is actually the amount of electricity used by the lightbulb or fixture.  In the past, we would recommend 120 watts as an efficient amount of lighting for an average bedroom, which according to the conversion chart below, equals roughly 2,300 lumens.  Luckily websites and lighting stores have fully embraced the change of verbiage, and you can find lumen output on most boxes.  See the conversion chart below for addition information.

        Lightbulb Watt-to-Lumen Conversion Guide

How Much Light Do I Need?
Incandescent Bulbs


Minimum Light Output


40 450
60 800
75 >1,100
100 1,600
150 2,600


Along with the change in terminology, LED lighting itself is becoming much more versatile and wide-spread.  The majority of fixtures are now LED, and what is exciting for us in the field, is that there has been a re-design of the candelabra bulb which is much less bulky and industrial looking.  Works great for all the chandeliers with exposed bulbs!

Speaking of new lighting, below are a handful of my favorite picks for hot, new lighting fixtures.  As you can see, brass is going nowhere fast and I am very much ok with that! What I also love is the incorporation of natural wood elements, as well as concrete. It creates such a warm feel, while still being elegant and stately. 


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