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Light bulbs to get nutrition-style labels

June 25, 2010
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Late last year it was reported that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed a new label for compact fluorescent light bulbs that would show vital statistics like mercury content and the light output in terms of lumens rather than watts, which would make the brightness of CFLs, LEDs and other lighting technology more comparable among consumers, according to Tree Hugger.
Word has just hit that the new system has been approved and we''ll soon see nutrition-facts-style labels on our lights, the article noted.
The FTC stated, "Under direction from Congress to re-examine the current labels, the FTC is announcing a final rule that will require the new labels on light bulb packages. For the first time, the label on the front of the package will emphasize the bulbs'' brightness as measured in lumens, rather than a measurement of watts."
"The new front-of-package labels also will include the estimated yearly energy cost for the particular type of bulb," the FTC added.
According to the article, the label will include information such as brightness, energy cost, the bulb''s life expectancy, light appearance and wattage.
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