How bright are LED strip lights?
Brightness, of course, is one of the most fundamental and important aspects of an LED strip lighting installation. Most of our LED strip products will provide 450 lumens per foot (see individual product pages for further detail). Check out our interactive lumen estimation calculator, or see our general guidelines below:
1 ft LED strip = 450 lumens = 40 watt Incandescent
Every 450 lumens gives you approximately the same amount of light as a 40W incandescent bulb. If, for example, you're trying to reproduce the brightness of 4x 40 watt incandescent bulbs, make sure you have approximately 4 ft of LED strip lighting.
1 ft LED strip = 450 lumens = 1-ft T8 Fluorescent
4-ft T8 fluorescent lamps emit approximately 3000 lumens. However, because it emits light in all directions, much of it is "lost" in the fixture. When replacing T8 fluorescent lamps with an LED solution such as LED strip lights, we recommend budgeting 450 lumens per foot as a direct replacement. For example, a 2-lamp 4-ft T8 fixture would require approximately 3600 lumens (8 x 450 lumens).
1000-2000 lumens Per 100 Square Feet
If you're lighting up a new space or don't have a reference point to compare with incandescent or fluorescent lamps, you can also estimate your lighting needs by square footage. Determine the total square footage of the space, and divide that number by 100, and then multiply the result by a value between 1000 and 2000, depending on your brightness needs. 1000 lumens is sufficient for low-light level areas such as living rooms and lounge areas, while task-oriented spaces may require up to 2000 lumens.
Finally, keep in mind that we offer a free returns & exchanges program. We encourage customers to test out our LED strip lights prior to installing them to make sure the brightness and color meet or exceed their expectations. As long as the LED strips are in their original condition (e.g. segments uncut, adhesive liner not removed), we will gladly accept returns and exchanges of LED strip lights. See our full return & refunds policy here.