The incandescent phase-out is in effect and by 2014, Thomas Edison’s creation will be discontinued. Incandescent light bulbs use energy inefficiently, and now you will be able to replace them with bulbs that produce the same amount of light, but cost much less to operate. As you may be aware, energy-efficient lighting options are measured quite differently than their incandescent counterparts. After more than a hundred years of using watts (an energy measurement), we’ll now be using lumens and color temperature (brightness measurements) to find the right bulb.
Confused? Scared? Don’t be. Shopping for these light bulbs is becoming easier. Thanks to changes in the Appliance Labeling Rule, enforced by the FTC, light bulb packaging now gives consumers key information in an easy-to-read format.
The Lighting Facts label, modeled after the Nutrition Facts label on food packages, will give you the information you need meet your lighting needs. The label will include a light bulb’s brightness, energy cost, life, light appearance and energy used. This information will simplify shopping as new, higher-efficiency light bulbs become available.
The label and its components are broken down in this helpful guide:
The FTC Lighting Facts label must appear on packaging for most general service “lamps,” or light bulbs, with medium screw bases. That includes most halogen, compact fluorescent (CFL), and light emitting diode (LED) light bulbs. However, The Appliance Labeling Rule has several exceptions for various lamp types.
Find energy-efficient options for all of your lighting needs when you shop Batteries Plus’ light bulbs.
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