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How many watts for each room in your home?

Published on : 2023 - 05 - 29

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The magic formula !

The magic formula !

Lighting is an essential element in creating a warm and functional atmosphere in your home. At Multi Luminaire, we are experts in residential lighting and we want to guide you in choosing the right lighting solutions for each room. In this article, we will explain how many watts are needed for each room of the house based on the number of square feet, so that you can optimize your lighting and save energy.

The Art of Lighting

"Mastering the art of lighting means harmonizing natural and artificial light to shape the ambience of each space in order to maximize their full potential."

Dining Room

The dining room is a place of conviviality where meals are shared with family or friends. Therefore, it is essential to have adequate lighting. In general, about 1.86 watts per square foot is recommended for ambient lighting with traditional bulbs. For a 150-square-foot dining room, you will need 279 watts for optimal lighting. By opting for LED bulbs, you can significantly reduce energy consumption, as they are much more efficient and energy-saving. For example, a 9-watt LED bulb can replace a 60-watt incandescent bulb. For a 150-square-foot dining room, you will only need 42 watts using LED bulbs or an integrated LED fixture.


Living Room

The living room is a living space where a lot of time is spent with family or friends. Therefore, it is crucial to have suitable lighting to create a pleasant atmosphere. In general, you should count on about 1.86 watts per square foot for ambient lighting with traditional bulbs. If you have a 300-square-foot living room, you will need 558 watts for optimal lighting. By using LED bulbs, you can significantly reduce this consumption, as they are much more efficient and consume considerably less energy. For example, a 9-watt LED bulb can replace a 60-watt incandescent bulb. For a 300-square-foot living room, you would need 85 watts using LED bulbs or integrated LED fixtures.


Kitchen

The kitchen is a central space in the home where meals are prepared and often time is spent with family. Thus, appropriate lighting is crucial. In general, it is recommended to allocate about 2.79 watts per square foot for functional lighting with traditional bulbs. For a 150-square-foot kitchen, this amounts to 419 watts for optimal lighting. By adopting LED bulbs, you can significantly reduce this energy consumption. For example, a 9-watt LED bulb can replace a 60-watt incandescent bulb. Therefore, for a 150-square-foot kitchen, you will only need 63 watts using LED bulbs or integrated LED fixtures. This energy saving not only helps preserve the environment but also reduces electricity costs, while still providing quality lighting to prepare your meals under the best conditions.


Bedroom

The bedroom is a space for relaxation and rest, so it is essential to have soft and soothing lighting. In general, it is recommended to allocate about 1.24 watts per square foot for ambient lighting with traditional bulbs. For a 180-square-foot bedroom, this amounts to 223 watts for optimal lighting. By choosing LED bulbs, you can significantly reduce this energy consumption, as they are much more efficient and consume considerably less energy. For example, a 9-watt LED bulb can replace a 60-watt incandescent bulb. Therefore, for a 180-square-foot bedroom, you will only need 34 watts using LED bulbs or integrated LED fixtures. This energy saving helps reduce electricity costs while creating an atmosphere conducive to relaxation and restorative sleep.


Bathroom

The bathroom is a place where functional lighting is essential, especially around the mirror, for daily activities such as makeup or shaving. In general, it is recommended to allocate about 3 watts per square foot for suitable lighting with traditional bulbs. For a 50-square-foot bathroom, this amounts to 150 watts for optimal lighting. By opting for LED bulbs, you can significantly reduce this energy consumption, as they are much more efficient and consume considerably less energy. For example, a 9-watt LED bulb can replace a 60-watt incandescent bulb. Thus, for a 50-square-foot bathroom, you will only need 23 watts using LED bulbs or integrated LED fixtures. This energy saving helps reduce electricity costs while ensuring quality lighting for daily tasks in the bathroom.

This chart gives you an idea of the amount of light produced by an LED bulb compared to an incandescent bulb. LED bulbs are more energy-efficient and last longer than incandescent bulbs. *Note that these equivalence values are approximate and may vary depending on the brand, model, and quality of the bulb, which will help you better convert based on the square footage of your rooms:

*Incandescent Bulbs (Watts) 6.5W = LED Bulbs (Watts) 1W = Approximate Brightness (Lumens) 100 lm.

For instance, your living room is 250 square feet. Multiply this by 1.86 (as previously mentioned for the living room) giving you 465 regular watts. To convert this to LED value: 465 divided by 6.5 equals approximately 72 LED watts. . 

Keep in mind that these figures are given for guidance and may vary depending on the layout of your home, ceiling heights, and lighting preferences. At Multi Luminaire, we are here to help you find the most suitable lighting solutions for your needs. Do not hesitate to contact us or visit our website to discover our wide range of residential lighting fixtures. By following these recommendations, you can optimize the lighting of your home while reducing your energy consumption. Moreover, well-thought-out lighting will contribute to creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere in every room of your home. So, choose LED bulbs or opt for integrated LED fixtures and enjoy optimal lighting while making a positive impact on the environment and your wallet.

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