• by Brandon Waldrop May 05, 2024 2 min read

    Just like food products have a "Nutrition Facts" label, you may have noticed light bulbs and fixtures now have a Lighting Facts label. The goal, is to provide consumers with a better understanding of what they are buying in an attempt to make shopping for lighting easier in an age of incandescent, CFL and LED lighting options.

    To help consumers understand lighting efficiency, the Energy Independence and Security Act legislation directed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to change its current labeling requirements for all LED bulbs and fixtures. The Lighting Facts label helps consumers base their purchase decision on the brightness (lumens) of the bulb or fixture and cost of operation, instead of wattage. The label is an industry tool to help buyers evaluate a product's 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.

    Our Commitment

    As an online lighting retailer, Stars and Stripes Lighting is committed to working with suppliers that can provide lighting facts for their LED bulbs and LED lighting fixtures. That's why list the Lighting Facts label on our individual product listings.

    Brandon Waldrop
    Brandon Waldrop

    Since 2005, I have been a part of the ever evolving lighting industry. Initially, as an inside sales representative at a local showroom catering to contractors and homeowners. Then, I transitioned into an outside sales role with a company specializing in commercial lighting for local businesses. In 2017, I utilized all of my skills and collaborated with Stars and Stripes Lighting. Over the course of 6+ years, my efforts have been focused on creating an e-commerce platform that simplifies the process of finding ideal lighting solutions for customers' projects. "As an outlet away from work, I relish spending quality time with my beloved dogs, engaging in physical activities, and indulging in the excitement of watching sports."

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