How Bright Is 700 Lumens?

700 lumens are not so bright. It is adequate to lighten up a small room and space, including a dinner or reading table. Also, when used on flashlights, 700 lumens can reach 100 meters. The actual brightness and reaching capacity of a 700 lumens light will further depend on its reflector or glass of the bulb.


Henceforth, with such adequate brightness and reaching facility, you can use 700 lumens in interior and exterior spaces. We will discuss where you may use the lights for convenience. Also, we will show you the way to transform lumens into watts to help you know its practical capacity.

What Do 700 Lumens Mean

Lumens refers to how much light an item can reflect and is visible to human eyes. Usually, 1 lumen is equivalent to the light a small candle emits, and we see it from 1 meter away. Thus, 700 lumens mainly mean a brightness equivalent to the light of 700 small birthday candles.

In other words, 700 lumens will look like the brightness a 49W to 53W incandescent bulb delivers. It is enough for a small room. On average, 1 square foot space will require 10 to 20 lumens for visible and proper brightness.

So, with 700 lumens of light, you can lighten up a 30 to 45 square feet room. Thus, you may use it in the bathroom, kitchen, or balcony for regular use. It’s not a suitable option for outdoor use. If you want to increase the brightness of your outdoor patio or lawn, you will need multiple lights with 700 lumens capacity.

Tips On Converting 700 Lumens To Watts

In daily life, we aren’t familiar with the luminosity or lumens of any lighting source. We often measure the lighting ability and brightness in watts. Thus, you must know the wattage of 700 lumens lighting source.

In the following table, we suggest how many watts are 700 lumens in different bulb materials. So, you will also know their application possibility in different places with actual wattage capacity.

Lighting type
700 lumens to wattage

As you see, different bulbs have varying wattage output levels from a 700-lumen source. It varies depending on the technology of the bulb and its lens or reflector material. The higher the light the reflector or lens can reflect, the brighter its usual output will be.

This difference in wattage for the same lumens of a source is more visible in a flashlight and spotlight. As the spotlight uses a powerful lens, it can deliver more brightness.

Why does this difference matter?

We have mentioned that the material used in the reflector or lens of the lighting source and its technology is crucial for the lumens. However, the energy efficiency of the source also matters for the brightness you will get.

The higher the bulb’s efficiency, the more brightness it will produce at 700 lumens. That’s why the brightness of a 700-lumens LED and the incandescent bulb is similar despite the difference in watts. It happens because LED bulbs are way more energy efficient than that incandescent bulbs.

How Far (Distance) Can 700 Lumens Reach?

On average, 700 lumens on a flashlight can reach 100 to 150 meters. The actual reaching capacity varies on the type and power of its lens or reflector. Regular flashlights can easily see the roads, lawns, and outdoor spaces.

What Can You Do With 700 Lumens Light?

700 lumens aren’t too bright. It is mainly for smaller spaces. Thus, you can’t do much lighting work with the 700 lumens light. You may use it in bedrooms, bathrooms, reading spaces, camping, and baby room.

To know the use of 700 lumens light, you must understand the concept of the foot-candle method. A foot-candle refers to light brightness at a 1-foot distance from its source. Thus, to determine where you may use 700 lumens lights, we will see how much foot candle a particular space needs and how much the source can deliver.

Use in the Bedroom

A bedroom requires 10 to 20 foot-candle. So, for a 100 square feet room, you will need 1000 to 2000 lumens. As this calculation suggests, you will need at least two lights, each with 700 lumens, for a standard bedroom.

If you use a single 700-lumen light, it will not be bright enough. Also, it will put pressure on your eyes.

Use in the Living Room

The foot-candle requirement for a living room is similar to a bedroom. So, even for a bedroom, 700 lumen isn’t adequate. You will need to use at least two lights with 700-lumen capacity or lights with higher lumens output.

Use in the Kitchen

700 lumens light is inadequate for a kitchen and its sinks. Typically, kitchens require 30 to 40 lumen-feet, much higher than 700 lumens. You will need at least 1500 lumens for a kitchen setup. However, you may use a LED light above the kitchen sink for better visibility.

In Hallways

Hallways require 5 to 10 foot-candle. Therefore, 700 lumens can be used with ease in hallways. A LED light with 700 lumens output will be sufficient for walking in hallways.

Use in the Bathroom

Likewise, bedroom and living room, 700 lumens output from light isn’t enough for the bathroom. Bathrooms require 70 to 80 foot-candle. It is 2X more than the living or bedroom. So, you will need at least three bulbs, each with 700 lumens capacity for the bathroom.

Reading Table and Camping

You can use 700 lumens on reading lamps. It will illuminate the reading table perfectly. Also, you may even use it for small tents in your campsites. Usually, camps don’t need high brightness. So, you may use the light for cooking, reading or casual walks in the campsite.


As you see, how bright 700 lumens is depended on the energy efficiency and material used on the lens or reflector? The more energy-efficient the source is, the brighter 700 lumens will look. However, it’s not sufficient for large spaces.

We suggest using multiple bulbs with a 700 lumens rating for the bedroom, living space, and bathroom. You can use a single 700 lumens bulb in camping and reading lamps.

About Annabelle B. Malcolm

Howdy, readers. This is Annabelle B. Malcolm and I’m a content curator. Don’t tell anyone but I low-key take pride in having a treasure of random knowledge. I co-manage this website with my husband Jamie who is a lighting technician by profession. The idea for this website stemmed out of boredom. Out of nowhere really, Jamie came up with the idea of having a website and since he is an authority on lighting fixtures, we decided to play to our strengths.

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