Lightbulbs Will Get FTC-Mandated Lighting Facts Labels

Lightbulbs Will Get FTC-Mandated Lighting Facts Labels

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Taryn Williford
Jun 23, 2010

You know those black-and-white nutrition labels we've come to expect on the side of our morning cereal box? Well the FTC is taking a cue from the FDA and requiring light bulb manufacturers to display a similar infographic for lighting facts starting next year. Check it out in detail—plus how the new labels are going to help you with your decorating—below the jump.

The Federal Trade Commission announced that, starting in the middle of 2011, lighting manufacturers must use a Lighting Facts label on the back of light bulb packages.

In addition, the front of packages are no longer going to be displaying a bulb's wattage (an indicator only of the energy a bulb uses and not how bright it is, a common mistake made by consumers) in favor of displaying the brightness measurement of lumens:

Sample Front and Back Labels

And for us aesthetites and amateur interior designers, the new labels include a scale of the bulb's warmness, a key factor in how colors in the room are perceived by your eyes.

With these new labels, you might finally be able to decide once and for all whether a CFL bulb is going to be worth the money to replace your closet light bulb. With estimates of annual cost based on hours usage per day, the new labels offer information to guide your consumption—just like a nutrition label would.

Via Consumerist

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