Just as food products have a "Nutrition Facts" label, you may have noticed light bulbs now have a Lighting Facts label. The goal, a better understanding of what you are buying in an attempt to make light bulb shopping easier in an age of incandescent, CFL and LED lighting options.
To help consumers understand light bulb efficiency, the Energy Independence and Security Act legislation directed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to change its current labeling requirements for all medium based general service LED bulbs. The Lighting Facts label helps consumers base their purchase decision on the brightness (lumens) of the bulb and cost of operation, instead of wattage. The label is an industry tool to help buyers evaluate product performance against manufacturer claims.
Elements of a Lighting Facts Label:
Brightness - Measured in Lumens, not Wattage. The higher the number, the brighter the Light.
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost - The cost to light this bulb based on 3 hours per day and .11 cents per kWh power cost.
Life - The bulb life in years based on a usage of 3 hours per day.
Light Appearance - Indicates the color emitted on a scale from warm to cool in degrees Kelvin. For more see our post on color temperature
Energy Used - The power consumption of the bulb in Watts. The lower the number, the lower the power consumption.
EarthLED.com is one of the first LED bulb retailers to demand that all suppliers provide lighting facts for bulbs supplied to EarthLED. You can find the Lighting Facts label on individual product listings at EarthLED.com.
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