Fix Our Design Flops: Lighting

Fix Our Design Flops: Lighting

Got a room that’s a little “meh” or not quite what you want it to be? Have any idea what to do?

Design genius Michael Murphy from Lee Douglas Interiors joins Nikki & Laura in studio every Wednesday at 8am to answer your design questions.

LED (light emitting diode)

Lighting is changing and LED is becoming the new incandescent or the standard.

LED, light emitting diodes, have been around a long time. But most of us still aren’t that familiar with them or how to read the labels.

Lumens refers to a measure of the total amount of visible light from a light source. The higher the lumen rating the “brighter” the lamp will appear.

Here is a quick cheat sheet so you can see how LEDs provides the same amount of light while using less energy. Saving money and without putting more heat into the world.




2600 lm

150 W

25-28 W

1600 lm

100 W

16-20 W

1100 lm

75 W

9-13 W

800 lm

60 W

8-12 W

450 lm

40 W

6-9 W


So, what is Kelvin? Kelvin refers to light temperature/color. The higher the Kelvin number the colder, or whiter the light. 2700-3200 K is the most widely used in our homes.


The sky is over 10,000 K

Direct sunlight is around 4800 K

4000-4500 K is natural white

Warm light is between 2700-3200 K

A candle is around 1900 K