I am going to give up Pilsners.
— The Lenten sacrifice made by an engineer. His wife wanted him to give up beer entirely, but that was too much to ask.
A 1-watt night-light emits a billion billion photons each second.
We can easily compute this number after making a few assumptions:
- We are talking about an incandescent bulb (Figure 1).
- The incandescent bulb is ~4% efficient – this means that 4% of the input power goes into making visible light.
- We will only be considering photons in the range of human vision. There are actually many more photons emitted with wavelengths outside the range of human vision.
Figure 2 shows my calculations.
Easy enough calculation. However, I never have seen a 1 W nightlight bulb. I think the smallest I have seen is 7 W.