Outdoor LED Lighting Systems; Is It Bright and Bright Enough?
Almost all of us have one of those free ones, free LED flashlights that don't give off enough light to help us see something. Naturally, you may have some doubts about relying on LED lights to illuminate your outdoor space, especially at night. But unlike these inexpensive flashlights, LED outdoor lighting lamps such as floodlights, step lamps and landscape lamps have been created specifically for important outdoor lighting use. Just like other outdoor lights, you can be sure that they will produce enough light to illuminate your stairs, driveways, patios, pathways and gardens.
To ensure you get lights you can trust to work and see in the dark, check how many lumens your existing outdoor lights emit (halogen, fluorescent, etc.) and make sure your new LED lights emit similar lumens. Lumen, unlike watt, measures the amount of light emitted by any light source. Watts simply measure the amount of power the light uses. In addition, LEDs always use less watts than other lights, but they produce the same amount of light.
Let's look at the PAR38 lamp as an example. Projector lighting, landscape lighting, etc. If we examine the PAR38, which is a common reflector bulb style used for many outdoor applications such as;
The 75 W halogen PAR38 bulb emits approximately 1,050 lumens.
A 23W fluorescent PAR38 bulb emits approximately 1,075 – 1,300 lumens.
A 20W LED PAR38 bulb emits about 1,000-1,200 lumens.
Similar brightness levels, different wattages. Don't be confused by this. When choosing a new outdoor lighting lamp, don't be afraid of LEDs just because you think they're not bright enough. If you do your research and check the lumens, you will find the right and efficient way of lighting, and after this process, you will obviously save energy with your LED lighting system.