The automotive lighting world is filled with terminology, but does anyone know what it all means?
Here's some technical jargon that you can use to impress your friends.
- The complete light output from a single light source in every direction.
- Measured in Lumens (lm)
- The portion of the luminous flux radiating in a single direction.
- Measuers in Candela (cd)
- Lumens per square meter.
- The brightness of a bulb in every direction.
- Measured in Lux (lx)
- Candela per square meter.
- The brightness of a bulb in a single direction.
- Measured in Candela per Square Meter (cd/m2)
- How efficient a bulb is at turning electricity into light.
- The more efficient a bulb, the brighter it will be per watt of electricity.
- Measured in Lumens per Watt (lm/W)
- The color of lights is measured in Kelvin.
- The higher the 'temperature', the more blue and less red the light is.
- 2700K is considered a warm light.
- 5000K is similar to daylight and is also the color of most OEM Headlights.
- 6000K is a cooler pure white light.
- 8000K is a deeper blue white, but with less light output.