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What Lumens do I need to replace a Halogen MR16?

Lumens is a universal scale for brightness of the light bulbs. The higher the Lumen number the brighter the light.

In the past wattage has been the way of measuring light output for incandecent and halogen bulbs, so as long as you replaced your 50 Watt bulb with another 50 Watt you'd be fine.

Since the introduction of MR16 LED technology things have changed, the brightness (Lumens) of LED bulbs can change from brand to brand even with the same wattage. That's why Lumens is important, as it is a more accurate measurement of light output.

This will create evenly lit environments throughout your home or workplace. LEDs will save you money and the Earth, you will use around 87% less energy for exactly the same light output compared to halogen.

Below you can find a table of the equivalent lumens of Halogen and LED.

**Halogen Wattage****LED Lumen Alternative**
10w80-150 lm
20w170-250 lm
35w270-400 lm
50w400-550 lm
75w550 lm +

You can also see how brands compare in brightness for the equivalent wattage to halogen.

**Aurora**230 lm360 lm450 lm
**Megaman**200 lm380 lm450 lm
**Philips**207 lm370 lm470 lm
**Prolite**220 lm--
**Kosnic**220 lm310 lm260 lm

Created by Steve Ellwood on 23rd July, 2015


Steve Ellwood

Steve Ellwood

Qualified as an Electrician, founder of BLT Direct