FTC Lamp Labeling Requirements Hampton Newsome U.S. Federal Trade Commission
FTC protects consumers by ... <ul><li>... combating telemarketing fraud, Internet scams, deceptive advertising, and other ...
Lamp Labeling <ul><li>FTC’s Labeling Rules </li></ul><ul><li>(16 CFR Part 305)  </li></ul>
Current (Old) Lamp Disclosures
New Lamp Labels (2011)
New Lamp Labels (2011)   CFLs
Covered Lamp Products <ul><li>FTC “Lighting Facts” - Medium Base General Service Incandescent, Compact Fluorescent, and LE...
Substantiation <ul><li>Must use existing DOE test procedures where applicable  </li></ul><ul><li>If no DOE test procedure ...
Additional Requirements <ul><li>Lumens (& mercury) on bulb itself  </li></ul><ul><li>Rules for cost and life-related adver...
Compliance and Consumer Ed <ul><li>Downloadable artwork for the labels at the FTC website:  www.ftc.gov/energy   </li></ul...
Enforcement <ul><li>Civil penalties ($110 per violation) (16 CFR 1.98 & 305.4) </li></ul><ul><li>Injunctive relief (42 U.S...
Green Claims <ul><li>Proposed amendments to Green Guides announced October 6, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Broad green claims ne...
<ul><li>Hampton Newsome </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Federal Trade Commission </li></ul><ul><li>www.ftc.gov/energy </li></ul><ul...
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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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FTC Lamp Labeling Requirements

  1. 1. FTC Lamp Labeling Requirements Hampton Newsome U.S. Federal Trade Commission
  2. 2. FTC protects consumers by ... <ul><li>... combating telemarketing fraud, Internet scams, deceptive advertising, and other harmful business practices. </li></ul>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. 3. Lamp Labeling <ul><li>FTC’s Labeling Rules </li></ul><ul><li>(16 CFR Part 305) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Current (Old) Lamp Disclosures
  5. 5. New Lamp Labels (2011)
  6. 6. New Lamp Labels (2011) CFLs
  7. 7. Covered Lamp Products <ul><li>FTC “Lighting Facts” - Medium Base General Service Incandescent, Compact Fluorescent, and LED Lamps </li></ul>
  8. 8. Substantiation <ul><li>Must use existing DOE test procedures where applicable </li></ul><ul><li>If no DOE test procedure exists, must have competent and reliable scientific evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Rule also identifies “safe harbor” tests (IES procedures) </li></ul>16 CFR 305.5
  9. 9. Additional Requirements <ul><li>Lumens (& mercury) on bulb itself </li></ul><ul><li>Rules for cost and life-related advertising claims on the package </li></ul><ul><li>Disclosures on websites </li></ul>
  10. 10. Compliance and Consumer Ed <ul><li>Downloadable artwork for the labels at the FTC website: www.ftc.gov/energy </li></ul><ul><li>FTC staff is working on consumer education activities </li></ul>
  11. 11. Enforcement <ul><li>Civil penalties ($110 per violation) (16 CFR 1.98 & 305.4) </li></ul><ul><li>Injunctive relief (42 U.S.C. 6304) </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen suit provision (42 U.S.C. 6305) </li></ul><ul><li>Recent lawsuit ( FTC v Lights of America, Inc .) – alleges deceptive light output and life claims for LED products </li></ul>
  12. 12. Green Claims <ul><li>Proposed amendments to Green Guides announced October 6, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Broad green claims nearly impossible to substantiate </li></ul><ul><li>Qualify certification claims </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Hampton Newsome </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Federal Trade Commission </li></ul><ul><li>www.ftc.gov/energy </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>202-326-2889 </li></ul>
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