76 percent of LED bulbs in India are risky to use: Survey

Three-fourths of the manufactured LEDs (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs sold in India were found to be non-compliant with government’s consumer safety standards, market research firm Nielsen said in a survey on Monday.

The report which is based on a study of 200 electrical retail outlets across major cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad 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, BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) had ordered LED makers to register their products with BIS for safety checks, in a market where smuggling of Chinese products is rampant.

In a move to curb cheap imports from China, amid the diplomatic tensions between the world’s two most populous nations, India is tightening quality controls for consumer and capital goods.

“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 31 percent of the LED bulb did not have a manufacturer’s name and 48 percent had no mention of manufacturer’s address.

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