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GE calls for testing of LED fittings

GE has called for independent testing of LED fittings to verify manufacturers’ claims and prevent a loss of confidence in the technology.

Life testing of LEDs is routine at big players such as Philips

Life testing of LEDs is routine at big players such as Philips

The company wants off-the-shelf LED luminaire assessment along the lines of the Department of Energy’s CALiPER programme in the US. It says the number of misleading claims by fitting makers needs to be addressed if LEDs are to gain rapid acceptance in both the residential and professional markets.

‘When we speak to Trading Standards, they say their priority is potentially dangerous goods such as toys rather than underperforming lights,’ says GE Lighting European chief Phil Marshall. ‘But consumers and specifiers are having bad experiences with poor-performing LEDs which will put them off the technology altogether.’

Marshall cited the Lighting Facts labelling system, used in the US, as an example of a confidence-building measure that could be used in Europe.

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