Your Electrical Safety and WoLED
Every month new LED businesses are starting up either online or somewhere nationally. World of LED are all for the spirit of competitiveness and we are happy to see competition drive down the price of LED lighting, but because of the nature of lighting in general, there will always be an element of human safety risk and fire hazard
Pretext terms and definitions relevant to this article (Source : Energy Safe Victoria ESV website):
“Prescribed” Electrical Equipment
The list of prescribed electrical equipment can be seen here
The prescribed electrical equipment listed in this guideline is prescribed by class definition, as published in the Victoria Government Gazette. It is an offence under the Act to supply or offer to supply prescribed electrical equipment, unless the equipment is approved by Energy Safe Victoria, an interstate Electrical Regulatory Authority or the New Zealand Energy Safety Service, or is certified in accordance with a prescribed method or process.
“Non-prescribed” Electrical Equipment
Electrical equipment which is not prescribed may be supplied to the public without first being approved by a relevant Electrical Regulatory Authority; however, it is the responsibility of the supplier to ensure that non-prescribed electrical equipment offered to the public meets relevant minimum safety standards.
One way of ensuring that the electrical equipment meets relevant minimum safety standards is to submit the equipment on a voluntary basis for issue of a “Certificate of Compliance” by Energy Safe Victoria.
Your Electrical Safety and World of LED
Every month new LED businesses are starting up either online or somewhere nationally. World of LED are all for the spirit of competitiveness and we are happy to see competition drive down the price of LED lighting, but because of the nature of lighting and electricity in general, there will always be an element of human safety risk and/or fire hazard.
It is for this reason the government have set up a list of “prescribed” electrical equipment which must be tested against their relevant safety standards. However, LED Lighting falls under the list of “non-prescribed” electrical equipment and can be legally sold without prior approvals and certification. However, this does not mean “non-prescribed” electrical equipment is free of danger. The same human safety risk of electrocution and/or fire hazard is present in ALL prescribed and non-prescribed electrical equipment especially any equipment which contains an electrical transformer or driver.
World of LED do not take this responsibility lightly as we will never risk the safety of yourself, your customers or your family. Each of our products which contain an electrical transformer or driver has been thoroughly tested, certified and approved for sales in Australia and New Zealand. This entire process is costly and multiplicatively adds up for each different product a business may offer. It is important to note that other certification such as C-tick, RoHS and ISO 9000-9001 are not sufficient and not acceptable in themselves to achieve proper approvals. Full testing must be done to the relevant AS/NZS standards for each product.
Even if you don’t end up buying your LED lighting from us, World of LED urges you to ask the business you are buying from for a “Certificate of Compliance” or the relevant testing reports at the very least. After all, is saving a little bit of money worth the safety risk to yourself, your customers or your business? Non-approved lighting products can even void insurance claims.
World of LED Team