As the popularity of those vintage bulbs grows, some people are literally being left in the dark. Will a 60 watt vintage bulb give out the same amount of light as regular 60 watt incandescent bulb? Probably not. To understand this better we rally need to talk about lumens. Lumens is the measurement of light output. So regular 60 watt incandescent bulb gives out around 800 lumens. Now, the average 60 watt vintage bulb gives out only 400 lumen. Exactly half the light output. So why are those bulbs so popular? Well, those bulbs produce a nostalgic ambiance! They are not supposed to light up light up a room. The whole beauty of those bulbs is the filament and the fact that you can actually look at it. If the bulb is too bright it will look like a regular incandescent bulb.