What Are Lumens?

What Are Lumens?

, by Chas Waters, 3 min reading time

While technological advancements have enabled significant improvements in lighting solutions, spawning a wide range of different options available, no alternative lighting product can totally replace the dependable use of a traditional flashlight. Flashlights are the best lighting option when you need a portable beam of light, better and more controlled lighting or a reliable signaling device.

With the introduction of LED — light emitting diode — technology and improved battery lifespan, standard flashlights are now more efficient, smaller, more lightweight and brighter than ever. When you’re shopping for your next flashlight, you may be surprised by how many options are available — but one important characteristic to note is the flashlight’s lumen output.

So what are lumens? Until recently, the word “lumens” wasn’t a popular term for measuring light output in the United States — most people were more familiar with measuring light according to wattage. Wattage describes how much power an incandescent light bulb has to illuminate, with higher watts producing more light because the device uses more power. LED lights use only a fraction of the energy, so lumens is a more useful term for distinguishing different types of light power.

A lumen measures the light output of a device when it’s on its highest brightness setting and powered by new batteries. Think of this in a traditional sense, where lumens refer to the amount of light output compared to candle strength — one lumen offers enough light to illuminate the same amount of space as one candle.

The Range of Lumen Intensity Available for Flashlights

Lumens may seem like an unimportant figure when you’re shopping for a new flashlight, but this measurement can be instrumental — especially since flashlights often range from 20 to 3,500 lumens. The number you require often depends on the type of project you’re working on. There are three different types of flashlights to choose from, all with a range of lumens available:

  • Tactical: Tactical flashlights offer diverse usage, from easily navigating dark pathways to deterring potential assailants. Many tactical flashlights have a low lumen setting so that you can complete any number of tasks. These lights range from five to more than 130 lumens, with the lower setting proving ideal for navigation and reading.
  • Camping: When you’re out in the wilderness, you’ll need a reliable flashlight with a long battery life for maneuvering through inclement weather or nighttime — camping flashlights are typically available from five to 100 lumens.
  • Emergency: When you’re in an emergency, you need a durable and effective flashlight for getting through hazardous conditions and signaling for help. Find emergency flashlights that have both a low and high lumen setting as well as a strobe setting.

For a Brighter Tomorrow, Consider Panther Vision’s FLATEYE™ Products

Don’t settle for an inexpensive, low-quality flashlight product found at your local supply store — invest in a high-quality flashlight that can help you navigate any indoor or outdoor situation. At Panther Vision, we’ve developed a sturdy, bright and dependable line of flashlights — the FLATEYE™, utilizing the latest technology and construction design for lasting, superior performance. Our FLATEYE™ flashlights are available in full and miniature sizes ranging from 310 to 2,175 lumens to accommodate any need. All of our FLATEYE™ flashlights feature:

  • A stable ergonomic grip
  • Heat dispersion for added comfort
  • Water- and shockproof design for improved durability

When you need versatile lighting solutions, explore our selection of devices including our POWERCAPS®, BUTTON LAMPS™ and LIGHTSPECS® — all perfect for hobbies, home improvement projects and outdoor activities like running, fishing and camping.

Panther Vision — Innovative Lighting Solutions for Everyone

At Panther Vision, we strive to offer diverse, dependable lighting options for any need or activity. Check out our variety of FLATEYE™ flashlights or explore our selection of additional hands-free lighting options. For more information about our products, feel free to contact us online today.

About the Author:

Chas Waters

As the VP of Sales and Marketing for Panther Vision, Chas Waters has played a pivotal part in helping Panther Vision continue to create innovative lighting products. As a true outdoorsman, Chas brings a wealth of expertise into what lighting solutions are the most useful for our customers. He has been a key member of the Panther Vision team, starting in the business when he was 16 years old, and prides himself in finding the best solutions to help our customers experience the outdoors and make their lives easier with our products.


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