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    Default Lumens v.s. candle light

    Hello fellow flashlight admirers,

    Is there a formula or a table that you know of that converts lumen power to candle power or the other way around?

    If you know of any chart that would be great.
    thanks
    James

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    Default Re: Lumens v.s. candle light

    In a word, no. It's like asking for a way to convert gallons to inches. They are different measures. A lumen is a unit of measure for the total light output of a lamp. Candlepower is a measure of the brightness of a spot within a 'beam' of light.

    Use google with these terms, you'll find many good explanations...
    Jim

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    Default Re: Lumens v.s. candle light

    Thank you, that is such a simple explenation to understand.

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    Default Re: Lumens v.s. candle light

    Yep, the poster who gave you that advice is totally correct. Lumens measure luminous flux, and candlepower (slang for candela) measure luminous intensity. As such, you can buy a handheld light from the hardware shop for 20 dollars which has more candlepower than a lighthouse.

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    Default Re: Lumens v.s. candle light

    www.flashlightreviews.com has some good info on this subject.

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