The Federal Trade Commission has proposed new labels for light bulbs based on light output rather than energy consumption.
The Lighting Facts label 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. The bulb's output in lumens—and a mercury disclosure for bulbs that contain mercury—would also have to be placed on the bulb itself.
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published Nov. 10, and comments on the change are being accepted through Dec. 28.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the proposed changes. Do you think it will make it easier for consumers to pick out energy-efficient bulbs or will it just confuse them more?