Supporting standards

This year’s Light + Building focused on innovative, energy-efficient technologies and solutions.

Anyone visiting the China pavilion would have witnessed the plethora of LED lamps now available on the market. But what are the implications of all this choice? How do customers differentiate?

One key element is understanding the value of CE marking and the associated Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive.

The European Union’s CE mark and relevant directives are being undermined by non-complaint ‘CE marked’ imports. We are genuinely concerned for customers’ safety and have been shocked by technical bulletins from the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills detailing how many LED lamp products that claim compliance can fail with potentially fatal consequences. Our own tests corroborate this.

Light + Building should aim to help drive the importance of compliance, supported by legislation, industry bodies and manufacturers championing quality lighting, thus raising awareness with customers to ask for evidence supporting CE self-declaration.

The LIA’s LED technical committee continually reviews every aspect of LEDs in the lighting industry to support the evolution of quality lighting. We all have a vital role in achieving this.
Ian Dixon
Sales manager, Forge Europa

Can ethical audits be credible?

Dear Sir,

Today’s UK/European lighting business would not survive without supplies from ‘the developing world’ – but the problem of verifying the ethical audits of factories is contentious, and has recently been highlighted in the press, including The Guardian.

Tulips or people?

Dear Editor,
I just flew into Amsterdam airport at 5am and noticed an amazing number of small, bright sodium light patches on the clouds at relatively low level. It struck me that these are above the fields of poly-tunnels where flowers are grown. Apart from the light pollution aspect, is this really a sensible use of energy?