Lighting The Path To New Bulbs

By Jenn Strathman

For years, we’ve been buying bulbs based on the wattage. We look at the light fixture, and figure out which bulb we need whether it’s a 40 watt or 150 watt bulb. The Federal Trade Commission says all that is changing in 2012. We’ll know a lot more about a light bulb than you probably ever needed to know.

Starting in 2012, the old incandescent or traditional light bulbs will be pushed off store shelves and replaced only with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s). CFL’s have been around for a few years now, but to mark the switch to CFL’s soley, there will also be packaging changes. You’ll no longer choose a 40 watt bulb, but a 450 lumen bulb.

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