76% LED bulbs sold in India found to be spurious

Spurious LED bulbs flout consumer safety standards threat to'Make in India: Study

Spurious LED bulbs flout consumer safety standards threat to'Make in India: Study

Three-fourths of light emitting diode (LED) bulbs sold in India's $1 billion market were found non-compliant with government's consumer safety standards, market research firm Nielsen said in a survey on Monday.

As many as 76 per cent of the brands of LED bulbs and 71 per cent of LED downlighters in India flout consumer safety standards, as prescribed and mandated for lighting products by the BIS and Electronics and Information Technology Ministry, a Nielsen study said.

Hyderabad, in particular, did not fare well in terms of compliance with Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) norms in both LED bulbs and downlighters brands segments, with nearly seven out of every 10 LED bulbs surveyed in the southern city being non-compliant with BIS norms.

The survey conducted in July 2017 showed that 48 percent of LED bulb brands had no mention of manufacturer's address and 31 percent brands did not have a manufacturer's name, which is a violation of the Indian legal metrology regulations that mandates manufacture to provide these details in the packaging. LED bulbs and tubelights are also being popularized by the government through the public sector Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) which procures them in bulk from manufacturers.

Among all the other cities, Mumbai recorded only two percent of the manufacturers violating the laws regarding the printing of manufacturer's address and name in the package. "It threatens fair competition in the LED lighting market, especially for those companies that are compliant to all mandatory consumer safety standards, " said ELCOMA President Rakesh Zutshi.

According to the association, the total LED market in India is valued around Rs 10,000 crore and LED bulbs and downlighters constitute almost half of the overall LED market.

"As per an ELCOMA study, the Indian LED Lighting market has grown from Rs 500 crore in 2010 to Rs 10,000 crore today and constitutes over 45 percent of the overall Rs 22,000 crore lighting industry in India, comprising of all categories like GLS, FTL, CFL and other lamps", Sumit Joshi, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Philips Lighting India said.

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