As required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") has issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making regarding the labeling of lighting sources. As Congressionally mandated energy standards will ultimately eliminate the sale of lower efficiency light bulbs from the U.S. marketplace, the FTC is concerned with the proper labeling of certain incandescent lamps, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and solid-state lighting (e.g., light-emitting diode (LED)) products, so that consumers will be able to make informed decisions about lighting purchases. New labeling requirements may involve brightness, energy usage, operating costs, lifecycle costs, color, and other lighting-related factors that may affect consumer purchasing decisions. The Notice of Proposed Rule Making is the first step in new regulatory requirements related to the sale of lighting products in the United States.
Comments are due by Sept. 29, 2008.