According to a study conducted by Nielsen most of the LED brands do not follow the consumer safety standards, as prescribed and mandated for lighting products by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The study has revealed that almost 76 per cent of LED Bulb brands and 71 per cent of LED downlighter brands across 200 electrical retail outlets have been found to be non-compliant with consumer safety standards.
Nielsen study was conducted across four major Indian cities–New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad and one of the major findings of the study was that spurious products pose a serious safety hazard for consumers besides causing significant loss in tax revenues for the Government, as they are illegally manufactured and sold. 48 per cent of LED bulb brands had no mention of manufacturer’s address and 31 per cent brands did not have a manufacturer’s name. Similarly, the study conducted on LED Downlighters showed that of the total sample size, 45 per cent brands did not have a manufacturer’s name and 51 per cent brands had no mention of the manufacturer’s address.
As per this study, almost three quarters of LED bulb brands surveyed in the national capital (73 per cent) did not conform to BIS standards (absence of the BIS mark) and same is the case when it comes to LED downlighters. On a national scale, Delhi ranks as the city with the highest degree of violation of BIS norms in the country as the illustration below demonstrates.