Twenty LED lighting products have been banned or recalled in the EU so far this year due to serious risks of electric shock or fire.
Finland continues to lead the way on market surveillance in Europe, dealing with more than a third of the dangerous products, despite accounting for barely one per cent of the EU’s population.
The products affected included retrofit lamps, floodlights, torches and linear fittings. In Slovakia, an LED night light in the shape of Jesus on the cross was voluntarily withdrawn to due risk of electric shock.
Most of the banned products were made in China, with two made in Germany. Most cases resulted in compulsory recall and withdrawal from sale.
The worst hit brand was China’s Jiage, which had two different torch products banned in Hungary in April and July due to risks of fire, electric shock and burns.
Even some well-known brands such as Philips, Sylvania and LED Hut have had to make voluntary recalls in the UK and Spain in the last few weeks.