1) The luminous flux Φ
Unit: Lumen [lm]
Luminous flux F is defined as the entire light emitted from a light source. A distinction is made here two significant proportions. To explain the difference of the luminous flux for LED.
Sketch: luminous flux up / down
The light stream can be separated into these two components. Most previously used light sources, like traditional bulbs or Neon tubes radiated 360 °. So the resulting luminous flux is directed upwards and downwards. An LED emits light only in a half-space with a radiation angle of 120°.
2) The light intensity I
Unit: Candela [cd]
Part of the luminous flux radiating in a particular direction
3) The illuminance E
Unit: Lux [lx]
Illuminance E is the ratio of light flux on an illuminated surface.
The illuminance is 1 lx when a luminous flux of 1 lm impinges uniformly on an area of 1 square meter.
4) The luminance L
Unit: candela per square meter [cd / m2]
The luminance L is the brightness impression that the eye has from a luminous or illuminated surface.
5) n is the light output
Unit: lumens per watt [lm / W]
The luminous efficacy indicates with which economic efficiency, the electrical power consumed is converted into light.
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