How to convert electric power in watts (W) to luminous flux in lumens (lm).

You can calculate lumens from watts and luminous efficacy.

Watt and lumen units represent different quantities, so you can't convert watts to lumens.

The luminous flux *Φ*_{V} in lumens (lm) is equal to the power P in watts (W), times the luminous efficacy *η* in lumens per watt (lm/W):

*Φ*_{V(lm)} = *P*_{(W)} ×* η*_{(lm/W)}

So

lumens = watts × (lumens per watt)

or

lm = W × (lm/W)

What is the luminous flux of a lamp that has power consumption of 30 watts and luminous efficacy of 15 lumens per watt?

*Φ*_{V} = 30 W × 15 lm/W = 450 lm

What is the luminous flux of a lamp that has power consumption of 50 watts and luminous efficacy of 15 lumens per watt?

*Φ*_{V} = 50 W × 15 lm/W = 750 lm

What is the luminous flux of a lamp that has power consumption of 70 watts and luminous efficacy of 15 lumens per watt?

*Φ*_{V} = 70 W × 15 lm/W = 1050 lm

What is the luminous flux of a lamp that has power consumption of 100 watts and luminous efficacy of 15 lumens per watt?

*Φ*_{V} = 100 W × 15 lm/W = 1500 lm

What is the luminous flux of a lamp that has power consumption of 200 watts and luminous efficacy of 15 lumens per watt?

*Φ*_{V} = 200 W × 15 lm/W = 3000 lm

Light type | Typical luminous efficacy (lumens/watt) |
---|---|

Tungsten incandescent light bulb | 12.5-17.5 lm/W |

Halogen lamp | 16-24 lm/W |

Fluorescent lamp | 45-75 lm/W |

LED lamp | 80-100 lm/W |

Metal halide lamp | 75-100 lm/W |

High pressure sodium vapor lamp | 85-150 lm/W |

Low pressure sodium vapor lamp | 100-200 lm/W |

Mercury vapor lamp | 35-65 lm/W |

Energy saving lamps have high luminous efficacy (more lumens per watt).

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