Dozens of LED lighting products have been banned in Europe, due to serious risks of electric shock or fire.

During winter 2016, European authorities from 17 EU member countries conducted market surveillance to assess whether LED floodlights / work lights met EU requirements.
The Norwegian Authority DSB (Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection) conducted this market surveillance in Norway and chose Nemko to carry out the required tests on a number of selected LED luminaire products.

The main goal of this market surveillance was to assess whether LED floodlights / work lights met EU requirements in terms of electrical safety (LVD), electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and other formal requirements (e.g. correct CE-marking). Nemko tested a total of five LED lamps sold on the Norwegian market.  The results showed that four out of five had serious non-compliances. DSB has announced compulsory recall and withdrawal from sale of the products found to be non-compliant.

"Only one of the floodlights tested fulfilled all technical and formal requirements. This is very serious. We sincerely hope that this market surveillance will improve compliance with regulatory requirements in the future" says Anne Rygh Pedersen, Senior Vice President at DSB.

In other parts of Europe the results were equally disappointing.  As many as 47 % of the tested products were withdrawn from the market and only 10 % complied with all requirements. The products affected included retrofit lamps, floodlights, torches and linear fittings. Most of the banned products were made in China.

"Through participation in this project, DSB has helped remove a significant number of dangerous LED lamps from the European market, thereby contributing to making the EU a little safer" concludes the department director.