How bright is 800 lumens? Just what is that level of light good for? We give you real life applications and comparisons to help you understand what levels of brightness certain quantities of lumens will deliver.
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A Lumen is a measure of the total amount of light emitted from a source.
800 lumens means the light has the intensity of 800 lumens of light.
When you are looking for how bright a certain light bulb will be, whether it is LED, CFL or incandescent – the number of lumens is what you need to use as your comparison.
Lumens is the unit measurement of brightness, with 1 lumen equalling the brightness of 1 candle, so 800 lumens has the brightness of 800 candles.
800 Lumens is a good level of light for LED, CFL or incandescent lighting. It’s suitable for recessed lighting, downlighting, up lighting and within pendants.
The brightness of an 800 lumen flashlight is very good in it’s class and will provide a far reaching beam of light as all the illumination is focused and directed forwards and efficiently by it’s design. The wider the beam of a flashlight the less intense the light will be and therefore feel less bright. The narrower the beam the more concentrated the light will be.
The brightness of an 800 lumen torch (UK for flashlight) is the power of light of 800 candles. This level is regarded as a very bright level of torch suitable for most outdoor tasks. The throw of light can be up to a 200m distance.
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The brightness of a 800 lumen bike light is a a very bright level of cycle headlight. You will always see where you are going with that amount of light concentrated through it’s focused beam angle. It will need a decent sized rechargeable battery.
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To compare how much light you get with different lumens levels, imagine a one by one meter room. If the room has an incandescent bulb which emits 800 lumens then it can illuminate that area to roughly 80 lux (depending on the reflectivity of surfaces in the room).
LED light is directional and very efficiently delivers light compared to other lighting sources. This amount of light is distributed with ,inimal wastage and creates a brighter intensity on a surface than 800 lumens from other technologies.
LED light when a cool white color temperatures of 4000K to 6500K will feel brighter with the same amount of light when compared to the warmer yellowish tones of warm white.
For an average sized room in your home, anything up to around 800 lumens is not going to feel overly bright. If you are looking for a brighter light then it will be necessary to consider more than one bulb or lamp which would give the equivalent of 800 lumens brightness.
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For reading purposes a light of around 800 lumens directly onto a page would be too bright. However this will depend on how far away the light source is from the book. If in an adjacent table light or localised wall light, then this level would be acceptable for reading without glare.
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A 800 lumen head torch is very bright for outdoor activities such as camping and hiking, with a penetrating throw of light it will suit most applications and be a real asset.
When you look for a camping lantern the brightness of 800 lumens is effective and in the region of most good output lanterns. This level achieves the balance of enough light to illuminate your surroundings without too much glare which can be common from the high lumen lanterns.
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An 800 lumen security light is bright and will easily illuminate the areas around your home. It’s a good option for lighting up where you need it most, with additional features such as motion sensors available to choose from depending on how much control or automation you require. It’s amongst the lowest light outputs for an LED security floodlight.
The brightness of an 800 lumen LED bulb is very bright and suitable for most home lighting applications. This level is one of the brightest outputs you can get from a non-specialist LED light source which will emit enough illumination to replace traditional halogen bulbs providing more efficient savings on energy costs
An 800 lumen LED downlight is bright enough for most home or office lighting applications and regarded as a very good recessed light output, providing an intense beam of light. It’s a great way to get more light in your room without the hassle of having many individual sources dotted around or using halogen down lights which are energy hungry and have short lives.
When considering the comparison of 800 lumens to watts you need to consider the type of bulb or light source. As Watts is the measurement of power used, the more efficient the source of light the less power and the lower the wattage required to create the same amount of light.
Useful comparative measurements often asked:
Lux can only be measured by knowing the distance and the area the lumens have to travel to.
800 lumens is 800 candles.
A degree of kelvin is the unit of measurement for color temperature, therefore there is no direct comparison with kelvin to lumen. However, an impression of brightness will increase with a high degree of kelvin as the light seems colder and brighter to the viewer.
Lumens and Candela. Lumens is the total amount of light from a fixture. Candela is how much of that light from a fixture shines in one direction. So 800 lm would be less than 800 candela with the candela only quantified if the angle of beam width is known.
Andrew Orange , the owner of Orange Lighting qualified and worked as an interior designer in 1993 before specialising in lighting working on high profile projects based in London. Since starting Orange Lighting Ltd in 2003 he has been sharing his knowledge and unique teaching style mostly to his designer clients, offering practical real life advice born from running a busy consultancy and lighting supply business. Launching in 2020, his blog has evolved into Quick & Easy Lighting, curating some 25 years design experience into making the lighting choice and design process achievable and easy to understand for all.