Shedding Light on Effective Date of New Bulb Labels

Should manufacturers have more time to incorporate new light bulb labeling on their packaging? And should the new light bulb rule exempt certain bulbs that soon will be obsolete? The FTC is asking for public comment on those two questions.

The new labels, which were announced in July 2010, will help buyers choose among the different types of bulbs on store shelves — traditional incandescent bulbs, and newer high-efficiency compact fluorescent (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

For the first time, the "Lighting Facts" label will emphasize the bulb's brightness in terms of lumens — rather than in watts.

New labels on the front of the package also will include the estimated yearly energy cost of the particular bulb.

Currently, the labeling requirements will take effect on July 19, 2011, but the FTC is asking for comment on whether that date should be extended to January 1, 2012

Furthermore, under the Energy Independence and Security Act, low-efficiency incandescent bulbs will be eliminated over the next few years. The FTC has suggested that the new label requirements not apply to incandescent bulbs that will be phased out as of 2013.

Interesting in letting the FTC know what you think about these proposals? File a comment online by January 28, 2011.


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Dear Madam or Sir,
could you have your comment whether general service fluorescent lamp also need to compliance with this requirement that with the lighting facts label?
thanks and regards

your sincerely

Amon Meng

Thanks for your question. The new Lighting Facts label doesn't apply to general service fluorescent lamps. Details of the new label’s coverage can be found here:

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