Helping Consumers Decide About Light Bulbs

STARTING IN MID-2011, the information displayed on light bulb packaging will change. For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission will require the front of the package to declare a bulb's brightness in lumens, rather than its energy in watts, as well as its estimated annual energy cost. The reason for the change is that a reliance on watt measurements alone makes it difficult for consumers to

STARTING IN MID-2011, the information displayed on light bulb packaging will change. For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission will require the front of the package to declare a bulb's brightness in lumens, rather than its energy in watts, as well as its estimated annual energy cost.

The reason for the change is that “a reliance on watt measurements alone makes it difficult for consumers to compare traditional incandescent bulbs to more efficient bulbs, such as [CFLs],” the FTC

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