So, the Federal Trade Commission (or the FTC, as we refer to it – or as Eminem says, “the FTC won’t let me be, let me be me, so let me see…”) has decided to add some “Lighting Facts” labels to lamps now. Â Check these babies out – hopefully you say “hey, those are lighting nutrition labels!”
So obviously there are two labels here – one for lamps containing mercury, and one for lamps that do not contain mercury.
What do you think of these labels? Â Quite frankly, I think there is some information missing, and I’m probably being overly anal about this – but it’s my blog, and I think it needs more stuff! Â First, what happened to the colored “Light Appearance” graph? Â Like this:
CRI, CCT, efficacy, maybe even the equation for people to figure out how to determine their own yearly energy usage cost per lamp based on their OWN kilowatt-hour price and usage hours per day. Â Now these are things that I think would be important, no? Â Granted I am a lighting nerd, but I really think that dumbing something like this down just drives down the intelligence level of our society. Â What’s wrong with providing more information? Â I mean, how many people actually give a damn about how much Selenium their McNuggets have?
My point exactly. Â But we get to know about minute differences like that with food. Â Why can’t we know about more detailed aspects of our illumination? Â Don’t get me wrong – I’m glad that we have this now, being implemented in mid-2011, because it’s better than nothing. Â From the FTC website on the matter:
Under direction from Congress to re-examine the current labels, the FTC is announcing a final rule that will require the new labels on light bulb packages. For the first time, the label on the front of the package will emphasize the bulbsâ€™ brightness as measured in lumens, rather than a measurement of watts. The new front-of-package labels also will include the estimated yearly energy cost for the particular type of bulb.
Yeah. Â It is definitely better measured in lumens, don’tcha think? Â That’s my two cents.
Thanks to the Lighting Facts website and the FTC’s post on the subject.