A large number of people are switching to LED ceiling lights. They save energy and reduce the carbon footprint of humans. With high market demand, varying options are available that meet both convenience and aesthetic needs. For example, instead of just using LED bulbs, one can buy LED panel lights. These can be installed into ceilings and illuminate the space on a wider level. Panels come in square, rectangular, and round shapes that have varying benefits for where you want to install the panel. Similarly, one can buy LED fixtures that are hard-wired into a surface.
One common question that comes to mind when buying LED lights is how many LED ceiling lights you may require. This obviously depends on the specific lighting needs of a room or the purpose you need illumination for. For example, some people will use LED panels not for lighting a room but growing plans or illuminating commercial signs.
Number of LED Lights Needed
The number of LED lights needed for a certain space is mostly a question of measuring the lumens required. Lumens are the measure of the brightness of the LED light. One thing you need to remember is that often LED bulbs claim to provide the same brightness as an incandescent one but they are actually dimmer when you use them. Experts say that there is no standard on how to equate lumens and watts. Therefore, don’t decide the number of LED ceiling lights needed depending on how much watts you may have used with incandescent bulbs. Simply think in terms of lumens.
According to the definition of lumens, the higher the lumens of an LED ceiling light, the better will be the brightness. Or in simpler words, the more lit up the room will appear. However, this does not actually work so easily when you consider other factors. When you are about to install LED ceiling lights to any room, you have to consider the dimensions, purpose, natural lighting, and color scheme as well. Similarly, the color of the actual LED light being installed may also impact the brightness. Warm and soft whites create a yellowish ambiance while the bright white LED ceiling lights create a daylight effect.
Here is some information that might be helpful in ballparking the number of lumens required:
- Lighting the Floor: 20 lumens per square foot
- Desk and Task Lighting: 50 lumens per square foot
- Lighting for Tables and Other Raised Surfaces: 50 lumens per square foot
For example, the typical living room is 250 square feet. Simply multiply 20 by 250. Therefore, you will need 5,000 lumens as a primary light source in such a room. Now consider, you read on the couch and need 4 square feet of reading light on each end. You will install 200 lumens on each side. For raised surfaces in a room like a dining table, measure the dimensions of the table and multiply the area by 30.
For more guidance, consult an LED lighting expert.