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

Cheaper energy is not the solution

Dear Editor,

In December Chris Huhne, the energy and climate change secretary, set out a number of proposals for providing ‘lower-carbon electricity at lower cost than under present policies’. No one in their right mind would argue for higher-carbon forms of energy, but is he right to focus on lowering the cost?

London Lighting the unseen buildings

Dear Editor,
Pick up any magazine and there are photos of wonderfully lit buildings by the UK’s top designers. For those without a designer, there is plenty of advice in the series of Lighting Guides produced by the Society of Light and Lighting.