Lighting Facts Bringing Out the Truth in the Label
Shopping for new lighting products for home or office use can be difficult. Confusing labels and misleading technical information can lead to customers buying the wrong product. This won’t be the case in mid-2011. According to a press release from the Federal Trade Commission, all lighting products will be required to have a Lighting Facts label highlighting the amount of light the product produces rather than how much power it consumes.
Lighting Facts is a program sponsored by the United States Department of Energy that allows companies to submit their LED products for performance verification testing. The results of the tests are printed either on the product packaging or specification sheet. The program is free, and is important for manufacturers to be involved in because it shows they are not afraid to print test results. Although Lighting Facts does not guarantee the highest quality LED products, it does let consumers know exactly what they are purchasing.
As mentioned above, in 2011, every lighting product will be required to have a Lighting Facts label. In a press release by the FTC, the label was described to be similar to a “nutrition facts” label. The label will include brightness, energy cost, lifetime, color temperature, wattage, and whether the product contains mercury. Many consumers purchase products based on wattage, thinking it will be a brighter light. This is not always the case. By featuring the brightness of the LED product, rather than how much power it is consuming, consumers will be more satisfied with the performance of their LED products.
Relumination is proud to be affiliated with Lighting Facts, and recommends Lighting Facts products to our customers. We support their mission, and strive to offer our customers LED products with accurate specifications. With the help of Lighting Facts, consumers can be certain their expectations of the product they are purchasing will perform as the label reads.