Lightbulbs To Get Labels Similar to Food Nutrition Labels

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced its plans for a new light bulb labeling program to help consumers understand and compare lightbulb performance, quality, and cost. The program will consist of two labels: the first will provide the product’s brightness, energy cost, life expectancy, light appearance (warm or cool) and wattage, while the second label will be an Energy-Star label if the product qualifies, and a mercury warning if needed.

This is a necessary update because the standard for CFL and LED cost and performance comparison has been the 60 watt incandescent light bulb, which is pretty ridiculous. As Inhabitat puts it, “comparing modern lighting technologies to the hundred-year-old light bulb is a little like comparing a Model-T to a Prius — they both get you there, but in a very different way.”