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.

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