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Phase-In of Energy-Efficient Lighting Briefing...

Phase-In of Energy-Efficient Lighting Briefing

Hampton Newsom, Attorney, Division of Enforcement, Federal Trade Commission

October 20, 2010. An informative briefing on efforts planned and underway by a variety of key stakeholders to ensure the successful phase-in of efficient lighting.

Hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

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  • 1. FTC Lamp Labeling Requirements Hampton Newsome U.S. Federal Trade Commission
  • 2. FTC protects consumers by ...
    • ... combating telemarketing fraud, Internet scams, deceptive advertising, and other harmful business practices.
    Disclaimer –The views expressed in this presentation are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Commission, or of any individual Commissioner
  • 3. Lamp Labeling
    • FTC’s Labeling Rules
    • (16 CFR Part 305)
  • 4. Current (Old) Lamp Disclosures
  • 5. New Lamp Labels (2011)
  • 6. New Lamp Labels (2011) CFLs
  • 7. Covered Lamp Products
    • FTC “Lighting Facts” - Medium Base General Service Incandescent, Compact Fluorescent, and LED Lamps
  • 8. Substantiation
    • Must use existing DOE test procedures where applicable
    • If no DOE test procedure exists, must have competent and reliable scientific evidence
    • Rule also identifies “safe harbor” tests (IES procedures)
    16 CFR 305.5
  • 9. Additional Requirements
    • Lumens (& mercury) on bulb itself
    • Rules for cost and life-related advertising claims on the package
    • Disclosures on websites
  • 10. Compliance and Consumer Ed
    • Downloadable artwork for the labels at the FTC website: www.ftc.gov/energy
    • FTC staff is working on consumer education activities
  • 11. Enforcement
    • Civil penalties ($110 per violation) (16 CFR 1.98 & 305.4)
    • Injunctive relief (42 U.S.C. 6304)
    • Citizen suit provision (42 U.S.C. 6305)
    • Recent lawsuit ( FTC v Lights of America, Inc .) – alleges deceptive light output and life claims for LED products
  • 12. Green Claims
    • Proposed amendments to Green Guides announced October 6, 2010
    • Broad green claims nearly impossible to substantiate
    • Qualify certification claims
  • 13.
    • Hampton Newsome
    • U.S. Federal Trade Commission
    • www.ftc.gov/energy
    • [email_address]
    • 202-326-2889