FTC Extends Lighting Facts Deadline
March 8, 2012 - 4:51pm

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently voted unanimously to extend the deadline for including the Lighting Facts label on light bulb packaging to Jan. 1, 2012. The FTC also decided that the labels will not be required for some incandescent bulbs that will soon be phased out, thanks to the new efficiency requirements set forth by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007.

The deadline was pushed back six months from the original July 2011 cut-off date because of a petition submitted by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the FTC said in a statement.

Kyle Pitsor, NEMA’s Vice President of Government Relations, says NEMA supports the new label but that light bulb manufacturers needed more time in order to redesign all of their existing product packages.

“The industry is working to put the label on the new products, which we support, but the question was about the cost of going back and redoing package designs for products that will soon be obsolete,” he says.

The FTC originally said that the label did not have to be applied to the 100W incandescent, which will be phased out nationwide beginning Jan. 1, 2012, but NEMA requested that the 75W, 60W and 40W bulbs, which will be gradually phased out over the next few years, be exempt as well. The FTC compromised, exempting the 100W and 75W but not the 60W and 40W.

The Lighting Facts label, which is modeled after the “Nutrition Facts” label required for packaged food, is designed to help consumers evaluate a bulb’s performance based on brightness (in lumens), energy cost, life expectancy and color temperature.

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