LOOK OUT FOR OPPORTUNISTIC SUPPLIERS THAT CAPITALISE ON THE ABSENCE OF A COMPULSORY LOCAL STANDARD FOR LED LAMPS
A relatively new technology, LED lighting is fertile ground for unscrupulous and opportunistic suppliers to capitalise on the absence of a compulsory local standard for LED lamps and to make performance claims that will not be met, mostly around lifespan and power-consumption.
- There are no compulsory local standards for LED lamps.
- There are two standards that may be applied voluntarily by suppliers and specifiers: SANS 62560: South African National Standards IEC 62560: International Electrotechnical Commission. There appear to be very few products that are certified against these standards.
- The ‘CE’ mark appears on many products. This is a manufacturer’s claim to a certain quality standard. It is not an indication of independent, third-party testing.
- The nature of LED performance claims being made cannot usually be validated by buyers, whether they be resellers, electrical contractors or users – until it’s too late.
- The absence of compulsory standards can result in incompatible dimensions between fittings and lamps from different suppliers – a performance and safety risk to users.
- The technology of an LED lamp and its heat-generation encourage shortcuts that compromise insulation in favour of heat dissipation – a safety risk to users.
- Plastic parts are a manufacturer’s cost-saving opportunity. Inferior material will affect heat- and flame-resistance.
- The low volume of certified testing of LED lamps in South Africa does not allow much credible reference to be made to local testing and regulatory authority that will comfort buyers and specifiers.
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- Download the SAFEhouse Guide to LEDs – go to safehousesa.co.za
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