LED certification starts to come into effect in December, but whoever thinks it will solve the problem of the poor quality products that plague the market and the lack of transparency in consumer information. This is the assessment of the executive director of Golden Lamps, Alvaro Diniz.
This is because, as of December 13, 2015, manufactured and imported lamps must comply with the requirements, but the trade has until September 13, 2017 to sell all its stock of uncertified LED lamps. According to businessCarriers.com, “As a consequence, many importers must stock uncertified and low-cost products,” according to Diniz.
As for the tests, according to Inmetro, they should be done only in accredited laboratories. In this time frame, companies will only have three laboratories to meet the demand for tests of hundreds of importers, which is not simple, since it involves several equipment and has a minimum duration of 3 thousand hours of life tests-totaling approximately four Months. Therefore, it is not surprising the possible shortage of quality products in the market. In addition, small importers, who make up a good chunk of the market today, do not have enough engineering and financial structures to fit the standard.
Compliance With Standards In Progress
Companies consolidated in the market and that bet on the quality of their products are already with the certification processes in progress. This is the case with Golden Lamps, which already have 100% of their products approved in initial tests, only missing the conclusion of the tests after 3,000 hours of seasoning, explains the executive. Diniz also states that the Brazilian standard is one of the most rigid in the world, combining aspects of the European standard (Electromagnetic Compatibility) with the high life and performance requirements of the American standard (25,000 hours of life and low light depreciation).
Regarding the packaging, the certification determines that they must bring, in addition to the seal of Inmetro correctly applied, the equivalence to the incandescent and fluorescent lamps properly described. While the standard is not in full operation, Diniz directs the consumer to be aware of the information not to be deceived. “Compare the luminous flux and choose models that have an approximate number of lumens. Do not be fooled by brands that promise a better degree of equivalence, but with different luminosity. Remember that power is not light, but consumption, “concludes the executive.