Bulbs vary by their type of technology, the amount of light they produce, the amount of energy they use, and the color of the light they emit. In the past, choosing a bulb was easy. Now, many people are taking a steep learning curve in choosing the bulb that’s right for your fixture and your needs. When you buy any lighting fixture, check the maximum wattage it will take. A bulb with too high a wattage can produce excess heat that can create a fire hazard or damage the fixture. Remember, wattage is the indication of how much power a bulb consumes, not the amount of light it generates. A bulb’s brightness is measured in lumens. Knowing how many lumens you need is confusing without a comparison to what you have previously become accustomed-choosing a bulb based on watts. Here is a chart to help you with your search for the perfect bulb and brightness.