More than 400 light bulbs have already been certified to the new specification. The transition to the new specification will take place over several months.
Starting September 30, 2014, the Lamps V1.0 specification is effective. To bear the Energy Star label, light bulbs manufactured after the effective date must be certified to the new specification.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that during this time of transition, retailers take steps to disassociate the Energy Star label from non-qualifying models in advertising, online, on point-of-purchase materials and in other marketing materials.
Retailers are not required to cover labels on any models manufactured before the effective date of a new specification. If non-qualifying models remain on the sales floor after the effective date, EPA encourages retailers to inform sales associates, in order to avoid potential consumer dissatisfaction in the event that a rebate is not approved.