FTC turns lights on decorative bulbs

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may require decorative light bulbs to publish energy labels that provide consumers with information about a bulb's brightness, color, life, energy use, and estimated annual energy cost.

The FTC announced Tuesday it is considering new rules that would require decorative and other specialty light bulbs to comply with the same energy labeling rule that other, more traditional light bulbs have been following since 2010.

The Lighting Facts label can be found on general service light bulbs, such as incandescents, fluorescents, and LEDs. 

But, so far, decorative lights have been exempt from the labeling rule. 

This comes as part of a potentially broad expansion of the FTC's energy labeling rule, which would allow include new rules for refrigerators, ceiling fans, furnaces, televisions, and air conditioners, the agency said. 

The public has until Aug. 18 to comment on the proposed rule.