Origin of candelaL, candle
Origin of candela< Sp, candle < L
Origin of candelaLatin cand&emacron;la, candle; see candle.
candela - Computer Definition
The basic SI unit of luminous intensity. The standard originally was based on the light emission of a candle flame, then as the glow from molten platinum, but then things got more complicated. In contemporary SI terms, the candela is the luminous intensity, in the perpendicular direction, of an area of 1 / 600,000 square meter of a blackbody radiator at the temperature of freezing platinum (2,045 Kelvin), under a pressure of 101,325 newtons per square meter. One candela emits 4 lumens of light flux. For more information, get a degree in electrical engineering or physics, just like the person who came up with this way too complicated, but delightfully precise, measurement. See also luminance and SI.
A unit of measurement of the intensity of a light source, such as a light bulb. The candela rates the light source itself; however, the intensity of light radiating from that source is measured in "lumens." Part of the SI system of measurement, one ordinary wax candle generates approximately one candela (one cd). The term candela means "candle" in Latin, but the measurement was originally defined in the mid-1800s as "candlepower." See lumen, lux, nit and SI.