If you are over
the age of 25 or 30 you are probably used to thinking about the brightness of a
light in terms of watts. “Watts” refers to a unit of energy and was actually never
the ideal terminology for measuring a lights brightness. Regardless, the
terminology was used for years since light bulbs performed similarly when
supplied with the same amount of energy, or watts. As new energy efficient bulbs
came onto the market (think: halogen incandescent, CFL and LED), watts quickly
became a poor representation of the brightness of a light. The lights
brightness was now independent from how much energy it took to run the light.
is the correct measurement for the brightness of a light, has now become the
standard and should be included in virtually all packaging. Still, watts was
used for so long, many of us have an inherent sense for how bright a 60W
incandescent light should be. So, to help all of the old timers out there, we
have included a quick lumen conversion chart from the FTC for some common
wattages (click image below to enlarge):
Many people are
doubling down on the energy efficiency and cost savings of these new lightbulbs
by powering them with solar technology. Similar to the improvements in light
bulbs, there have also been significant efficiency improvements in both the
solar panels and the batteries used in solar systems that power these bulbs. All
of these advancements have enabled us to produce some very high quality, high
lumen output and low cost solar lights.
Solar Sphere, Inc. is a
leading provider of alternative energy products with a special emphasis in solar lighting
applications. We represent products from over 40 different manufacturers and
would enjoy an opportunity to help assist you in finding the right products for
your project. Our portfolio of solar products includes an extensive selection
of options for solar lighting, solar power kits for your
RV, Boat or Golf Cart, or all of the components
necessary for a custom solar system.
For more information:
Trade Commission video on light bulbs.
Street Light ROI Analysis