How Much Light Do I Need?

Use these easy steps to determine what Maxim Lighting fixture will meet your specific lighting requirements for room.

  1. Determine Room Square Footage

    Multiply the Length times the Width of the Room to get the Room Square Footage. For example, if the room is 10 feet wide and 10 feet long, the Room Square Footage will be 100 square feet.
  2. Determine the Foot Candles by Room Type or Room Purpose

    A foot-candle is how bright the light is one foot away from the source. Lighting requirements/needs vary depending on the type of room being lit. For example, a bathroom or kitchen will require more foot-candles than a living room or bedroom.
Foot Candles Needed
Living Room
Kitchen General
Kitchen Stove
Kitchen Sink
Dining Room
Bed Room
Hall Way
  1. Determine the Needed Lumens

    A lumen is a unit of measurement of light. A lumen is a way of measuring how much light gets to what you want to light. To determine the needed lumens, you will need to multiply your room square footage by your room foot-candle requirement. For example, a 100 square foot living room, which needs 10-20 foot-candles, will need 1,000-2,000 lumens. A 100 square foot dining room, which needs 30-40 foot-candles, will need 3,000-4,000 lumens.
  2. Find a Matching Maxim Lighting Fixture to Meet Your Needs

    Maxim Lighting has provided you the rated lumen output under "Rated Lumens" on most products on the Web Site. For example, the Passion 4-Light Semi-Flush Mount, 39981BCPS, has a rated lumen output of 2,688. This fixture will provide more than enough light for the living room with a 1,000-2,000 lumen requirement, but would not provide enough light for a dining room with a 3,000-4,000 lumen requirement.
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