Touted as a safer and environmentally friendlier alternative to conventional light bulbs, LEDs have taken the spotlight among recommended lighting products for energy efficiency. However, while it’s true that LEDs in general offer significant energy savings compared with traditional lighting, not all LED bulbs are made the same.
As LEDs gain traction among consumers, it’s unfortunate that cheap, substandard products have begun to inundate the market in the recent months. Numerous substandard LED light bulbs with dubious specs and build quality are now being sold in bargain retail shopping centers in the Philippines. These little-known brands have been reported to have inconsistent product details on the packaging, not to mention poor product performance.
The current lack of LED quality standards in the country has made it possible for these light bulbs to break in the local market. Substandard bulbs may continue to proliferate especially since they are much cheaper than name brand LEDs from major manufacturers. Unfortunately, they pose serious risks such as fire incidents and electrocution.
“It’s not enough to consider energy savings when purchasing LEDs. The overall quality is also important if consumers want to protect themselves from incidents caused by product failure,” says Chestnut Andaya, Philips’ General Manager for Lighting. “That’s why we at Philips take quality very seriously. With international manufacturing standards serving as a guide, we ensure that our LED bulbs offer not only long-term utility savings, but also safety, better productivity, and comfort.”
With poor-quality LEDs becoming more prevalent in the market, consumers are urged to stay alert when making purchases as shoddy design and quality control may lead to fires and possible loss of life. Awareness is critical when switching to LED products, which is why knowing which brands are trustworthy is the first step to making the responsible choice.
A recognized brand in LED lighting solutions and products, Philips has built a reputation that consumers can trust for their lighting needs. Part of this is making sure that basic product information is consistent across the packaging, including the bulb’s brightness, light appearance, and average lifespan in hours, along with other benefits such as estimated energy savings as well as the lack of mercury and UV or IR radiation.
More importantly, all Philips LED light bulbs sold in the Philippines are manufactured in compliance with international quality and safety standards, even though such regulations are yet to be established in the country.
These basic details are just some of what consumers should look out for when evaluating the trustworthiness of an LED brand. By providing accurate product information in addition to complying with international regulatory standards, Philips gives consumers the peace of mind they are looking for as they adopt LED lighting for their homes and offices.
To learn more about Philips products, log on to www.philips.com.ph or like the Philips Home Living Philippines Facebook fan page.