76% Led Bulbs In India Risky To Use

76% Led Bulbs In India Risky To Use


76% LED bulbs in India risky to use:
Survey
NEW DELHI: 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.
The report, based on a study of 200 electrical retail outlets across major
cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and New Delhi in July, found
the products to be spurious and riskier, with the highest number of
violations in the national capital.
"The spurious and non-branded LED products are a serious threat to not
just the organised and compliant market players but also to the
government's key programs like Make in India," the report said, referring
to the government's programme to set up more manufacturing units in the
country.
In August, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) had ordered LED makers
to register their products with BIS for safety checks, in a market where
smuggling of Chinese products is rampant.
India is tightening quality controls for consumer and capital goods,
officials say, a move that follows calls to curb cheap imports from China
amid diplomatic tensions between the world's two most populous nations
over their shared border.
"They (spurious products) also impact government's tax revenue
collections...defeat investment objectives and go against the 'ease of doing'
business philosophy," it said.
The findings showed that 48 per cent of LED bulb brands had no mention
of manufacturer's address and 31 per cent did not have a manufacturer's
name.