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New Lamp Labeling Requirements Being Considered by the FTC

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering changes to the labeling on lamps and their cartons as a result of new CFL and LED technologies being applied to general service screw-in lamps. The current labels lists light output in lumens, rated life in hours and “energy” in watts. The FTC is proposing to add information about color appearance, voltage (if the lamp is for other than 120 volts) and, if CFLs are involved, mercury disclosure and disposal instructions. The format will change from a single information box to a two-panel arrangement, with one panel entitled “Lighting Facts”.