Are LED Bulbs safe?

Whenever there’s a transition in the wings, you can bet some people will take advantage of it. It’s tempting, we imagine, to hoodwink people who don’t know enough about an emerging industry. But that’s no excuse for bogus LED safety – an issue that’s been rising in the UK lighting sector, with serious consequences for the uninformed…

Are LED bulbs safe? From a trusted supplier like us, of course they are; yet we’d like to warn you about those that are deceiving customers around the world. There’s no point risking your health and wellbeing for a cheaper set of bulbs. Read on for the truth concerning LED precautions.

The CE standard, and what it means

CE logoLike any other commercial technology, LEDs should be tested and certified for their compliance to International Standards, which amongst others take the form of resistance to shock, burn or electrical shortage. In the UK, lights are rated on the standard of CE, or Conformité Européene (‘European conformity’). Products that carry the official stamp have undergone strenuous testing, analysis, and proving to ensure they are safe for sustained use and are supported with appropriate certificates. The European Commission is in charge of granting such approval; a CE mark is trusted for limitations for safe operation.

However, it’s a form of market surveillance that’s been undermined by our appetite for LED bulbs. In recent years, we’ve seen first-hand that CE is being applied to products that haven’t earned it…

How the label is being undone

The demand for LEDs is higher than it’s ever been. Suppliers in the Far East, realising this, have been quick to jump on export trends. The problem is that they’re chasing profit so viciously that they’re unconcerned about the dangers, particularly of electrocution, which is a very real threat with exposed wiring, poor design and poorer insulation.

And, sadly, that’s just what we’ve seen amongst many suppliers, especially those that originate from China. They arrive with shoddy circuitry, open wirework, and unstable levels of voltage that, at the very least, will fail unexpectedly over the course of their debateable life.

Unbranded lamps may be less costly – which is a big plus for a lot of consumers, even though the money-saving potential of a £10-£12 LED is already very significant – but they’re potentially lethal. The people behind these fake Chinese batches are putting you in the crosshairs of a serious accident. They don’t care about legislation; they just want a swift shot of cash, at the expense of a light source you can trust.

So, when the query of ‘are LED bulbs safe?’ arises, we can say that yes, they assuredly are – but only with a reputable supplier that doesn’t scrimp on legal obligations. Well Lit, for instance, has a massive supply of thoroughly tested LED fixtures for home or business use. All of them have the requisite, honest CE label and documentation, as well as a three-year warranty.

Don’t choose second-best for the switchover that really matters: take a look at our online catalogue, and choose the safe bet for your LED evolution…

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