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Lightbulbs Get "Lighting Facts" Labels in 2011

Picture 1 The Federal Trade Commission announced last Friday that lightbulb packaging will have to include a new label - though in a format familiar to anyone who's been to a grocery store - by the middle of next year.

The "Lighting Facts" labels will have to be featured on the front of packaging and will have to include information such as bulb brightness in lumens, annual energy cost, bulb life expectancy, and whether a bulb contains mercury.

The FTC hopes that the new label will make it easier for consumers to recognize energy-efficient bulbs as low-efficiency incandescent bulbs are phased out of the U.S. market by congressional mandate.

--Riley Blanton

Photo: Courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission

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