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How Many Lumens Do I Need For Outdoor Lighting?

Discovering The Best Bulb Brightness For Your Maryland, DC, Or Northern Virginia Home

Lumens Are Light

How many years have you been measuring light bulb brightness by watt?

You’ve probably been doing it most of your life because that is what’s always been on the boxes. Lumens were probably there too, but they didn’t matter as much.

Now because of LED lights lumens matter more.

Range of lumens and watts for different types of light bulbs

LEDs are taking over the light bulb market due to their brightness, energy efficiency, and versatility. Measuring them versus other light bulbs in terms of wattage won’t get you the brightness you want.

Lumens is the best way to measure brightness because it literally is brightness.

Just like a gram is a measurement for weight, lumens is a measurement for brightness. Your light bulbs that produce darker light have fewer lumens while brighter ones give off more.

You don’t want to use the same lumens for your entire outdoor lighting scheme. Doing so can increase the chance everything washes out and kind of blends together. Your backyard would be bright, but it could be kind of boring. You wouldn’t have any variation, like if everybody wore the same color outfit.

Changing the lumens creates plays on lighting and helps separate the different areas of your yard.

Speaking of different areas, here are the bulb lumens we like to use for the different outdoor lighting areas.

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The Best Amount Of Lumens For Landscape Lights

As for how many lumens you need for outdoor lighting, it ranges from 12-1300 depending on where they are. Path and step lights are best around 100 lumens, flood and motion sensor lights 700 lumens, underwater lights 200-400 lumens, wall lights 50-185 lumens, and general landscape lights 50-300 lumens.

Landscape lighting with varying lumens based on whether its path, wall, landscape, or pond lighting

Following this, you should be able to create an amazing play between different shades of light. You can even change it up if you want, as long as you stay within the ranges.

Of course, this is just our opinion. If you want brighter or darker try it out, it may work better for you!

As long as you enjoy the look of your yard at night, that’s all that really matters.

You can find out the best wattage for outdoor lighting too >>