The Lighting “Nutrition Label”

We’ve seen a number of changes in the lighting industry in a few short years.  First, compact fluorescent light bulbs and light fixtures began replacing incandescent bulbs and fixtures.  Now LED’s have quickly become the most popular replacement.  Information about these products can be confusing, and consumers needed a way to compare one bulb or light to another.

The Federal Trade Commission created the Lighting Facts label, actually patterned after the nutrition label on foods.  Manufacturers are required to put the label on most general service lamps (bulbs) and LED fixtures.   The Lighting Facts label tells the consumer how much light the device puts out, how much it costs to operate it, how long it’s expected to last, the light color (appearance) and how much energy the light consumes.  This allows us to make reasonable comparisons.

The label is just the beginning though.  It doesn’t tell you everything you may need to know.  Will the bulb work with your dimmer?  Can it be used outdoors?  Is it effective for commercial lighting or just residential use?

Before you just pick up just any bulb that says “LED” or “energy savings” on it, contact us, or stop in and let us help you choose the right bulb.  That’s what we do at Falcone Electric.  In fact, light bulbs are where we started over 65 years ago.  We’re experts at matching the right bulbs to your lights, with quality products that carry meaningful warranties.

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