The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has released a new guide titled "The 5 Ls of Lighting: The Consumer's Guide to Choosing Energy-Efficient Lighting." The one-page guide, which can be downloaded at, provides an overview of the upcoming Jan. 2012 changes impacting new lighting energy efficiency standards, and covers the five "L's" of need-to-know lighting basics—location, lumens, light bulbs, label, and law.

"It is essential that consumers are provided with the correct information about the transition to more energy-efficient lighting," said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. "There have been media reports about the lighting transition that have been inaccurate, and have caused confusion. We want to set the record straight, and The 5 Ls of Lighting does just that."