Definition of candlepower in US English:



  • Illuminating power expressed in candelas or candles.

    as modifier ‘a 16-candlepower lamp’
    • ‘The lighthouse, built in the 1880s, is one of only three of its kind left in the world, and has been fully restored to shine its 5800 candlepower light 33 km out to sea using its original flat lens.’
    • ‘Think of lumens as the overall report card for the total semester of a flashlight's performance while candlepower is the score on just one test.’
    • ‘This 75,000 candlepower monster is contained in a 12-inch machined aluminium case and will run for up to an hour on one charge.’
    • ‘Some areas at the Tate were inexplicably illuminated at the low candlepower reserved for the most fragile old-master drawings.’
    • ‘The candlepower of truth could extinguish the firepower of genocide.’
    • ‘‘Zero visibility means holding a 50,000 - candlepower light in your hand and not knowing it's on,’ explains Butch Hendrick of Lifeguard Systems.’
    • ‘Aladdin Mantle Lamps use kerosene and emit 60 candlepower of light without smoke or odor.’
    • ‘Bury people reacted to black-out life and candlepower lighting this week as industrial action by electricity workers left the country in the dark.’
    • ‘If they succeed, candlepower could become part and parcel of leading-edge rocket science.’
    • ‘The XM930 contains a standard illuminant mix which provides approximately 1 million candlepower of light whereas the XM983 contains an infrared illuminant mix for use with standard night vision devices.’