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Government Mandates New Labels for Light Bulbs

The US Federal Trade Commission has announced a final ruling on new labels for light bulbs.  The labels will break down the "lighting facts" of bulbs much like a nutrition label on food products.  With CFLs, LEDs and other lighting technologies filling the shelves alongside incandescents, the labels will help consumers find what they're looking for.

The major change that these labels bring is using lumens to indicate the brightness of the bulb instead of watts, that way all bulbs will use the just try! cheepest levitra same terminology and inexpensive cialis consumers can compare them easily.  Other statistics listed on the labels will be:  yearly energy cost, the bulb's life expectancy, light appearance (on a scale of warm to cool), energy used (wattage) and, for CFLs, a warning that it contains mercury.

The clear labeling of cost and energy savings over time, could help more efficient lighting win over consumers who haven't made the switch yet.

The new labels should start showing up in the middle of next year.

via TreeHugger

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written by Doc Rings, June 25, 2010
It should actually say "Contains Mercury: Do Not Eat"

Might as well have a poison skull&Bones on the CFL's for the ignorant American consumer. "Mercury: that kills people!!! Better not buy THAT bulb!!!" Even though it will save a TON more money and CO2 emissions over it's life than the incandescent bulb.

Even the Kelvin scale on the sticker will be misleading to the majority of canada cheap viagra consumers... maybe it's "better" when the scale is to the far left? Or "better" to the far right? Not knowing AT ALL, of course, what the Kelvin scale is all about.

I guess the Nanny-state Federal Government must hold the hands of the lowest common denominator consumer in America with an IQ of 60.
written by Garrett, June 25, 2010
Is it just me or is lighting really evolving quicker than it seems? This labeling is a good way to help consumers compare apples to viagra online no perscription apples.

3 hours
written by Todd Horst, June 25, 2010
i see cost and life are based on 3 hours of use per day. I hope this will be consistent with all bulbs. Otherwise to boost performance you could say based on 1 hour per day. Obviously you can still look at energy used, but at a glance it would be misleading.
Lumen degradation
written by Todd Horst, June 25, 2010
Also, i wonder how they will handle leds lumen degradation, if at all. Do other bulbs dim over time?
Link to FTC
written by Carl Hage, June 25, 2010
A link to the FTC announcement with links to the text and
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Besides the back label shown above, there is a front label that shows brightness (lumens) and energy use (dollars/year @3hrs/day, $.11/kWh).

I think it's great to measure relative energy use in dollars. We should do that for other appliances like TVs.
all about $$
written by kurdt, June 26, 2010
Most people don't care about how much energy something uses, they just care about cheapest. Get rid of the "energy" in "yearly energy cost".

Seriously, I know people who can't do the math to divide the we like it levitra levitra online cost of the bulb by 5.5. They'd say "these bulbs last about a year, so a $1 incan at $7/year is cheaper than a $7 cfl at $1.50/year." Or they might think you're supposed to female viagra pills multiply the years it lasts times the cost/year to get cost. People suck at word problems. If there is any ambiguity someone will screw it up.
written by lightpants, June 28, 2010
According to the FTC, all bulbs containing mercury will have a disclaimer saying so printed right on the bulb itself, in addition to the lumen output. This will hopefully act as a gentle reminder of how harmful these bulbs are to the environment whenever users screw them in. Though as someone who works in the solid state lighting industry I agree that at the bottom line most people are waiting for quality LED lights to become way more affordable before they make the switch.
written by davgart, July 03, 2010
If CFL's contain mercry sertainly 40-80 watt tube flourescents must have more mercury. But these have been used for at least 70 years, broken, gas inhaled, and I hear no public or government outcry. The mercury in a CFL is probably not enough to kill an ant.smilies/smiley.gif
written by Timetrvlr, July 05, 2010
I'm also skeptical about the wild hyperbole used by the anti-CFL crowd when talking about the dangers of mercury in CFL bulbs. Here is a comparison of what is the cost of viagra mercury levels found in common household items.

Mercury Content Common Items

* 3000mg - Common thermostats (max. amount)
* 500mg - Old mercury-filled thermometer
* 500mg - Dental filling
* 25mg - Watch batteries for the last 50 years (now going mercury-free)
* 13.6mg - Mercury emitted at power plant to buy desmethyl tramadol power an old NON-CFL bulb
* 5mg - Compact fluorescent light bulb
* 1-3 mg - Low-mercury CFL's (e.g., Phillips and Turolight)

Figures from Energy Star Canada and GE

Light Bulb Labels
written by energy-savinglightbulbs, November 08, 2011
These labels are a good idea. There are concerns that the new energy saving light bulbs are not bright enough and these labels solve that.

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