Lack of market surveillance leaves us in the ‘wild west’

Europe’s failure to police its electrical safety standards has made the lighting world ‘the wild west’, says Gareth Jones of testing lab Lux-TSI.

The lack of accredited testing and market surveillance creates a situation where ‘everybody can CE mark and everybody does,’ Jones told the Lighting Fixture Design Conference.

The solution that Jones proposed is non-mandatory marking schemes such as ENEC, a third-party accredited mark showing conformance with EN safety standards, and its younger cousin, ENEC+, which accredits performance standards too.

ENEC+, launched this year, is designed to allow fair comparisons of the performance of different products, and unified specifications in tender proposals.