FTC Proposes new Output Based Labels for Lighting
With the marketplace moving quickly in the direction of CFLs and LEDs light bulbs, and the slow phasing out of incandescent bulbs, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed new labels for light bulbs that are based on light output rather than energy consumption. This information, along with estimated energy cost information, would appear on the front of the light bulb package. The back of the package would display a "Lighting Facts" label, which would provide information about brightness, energy cost, the bulb's expected life, color temperature (for example, whether the bulb provides "warm" or "cool" light), as well as wattage. The label also would require disclosures for bulbs containing mercury.