May 18, 2017: It is very important to carefully plan LED retrofits, which are often expensive.There is no short-cut in LED retrofits, everything needs to be done in a safe and legal manner. Experts suggest that all LEDs and LED fixtures need to be properly certified by reputed certificate providers like Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
UL, a global independent safety science company,issued a warning about LED retrofit kits. In a statement UL warned of potential hazards from improper installation of lighting retrofit kits. UL warned authorities having jurisdiction, building owners, installers and consumers over the growing number of reports of improperly installed and uncertified retrofit lighting kits that may pose a fire or shock hazard.
UL said that care must be taken to use certified retrofit kits and install them properly. A qualified electrician must complete the retrofit according to accompanying installation instructions, as improper installation may pose a fire or shock hazard.
Only few incidents are reported
The incidence of wrong installations may be 10% higher than what is actually reported, according to a UL spokesperson. This means that UL receives reports of only a small part of wrongly done LED installations. Until now, there has been no complaint of a fire hazard. Nonetheless, the danger exists and there are some issues that need to be solved.
Usage of uncertified elements
UL pointed out that some installers use uncertified elements, which are nothing but ‘pieces and parts’ of components purchased from electrical suppliers. Thus, indicating that they are actually making their own impromptu retrofit kits.
No heed to instructions
Most installers do not pay heed to the instructions accompanying the kits. Some even make certain physical changes to the installation like drilling holes in the equipment with no proper guidance, UL pointed out.
Such state of affairsmay become worse. Following the increased popularity of LED, there has been arising growth in the number of retrofit kits available. Such issues are just not limited to a single region. However, the problems are bit more evident in rural areas where rules and regulations aremore relaxed.
There are certain situations in which the new LED can be set up without changing the legacy luminaire. In order to modify the luminarie, an expert with a nationally recognized testing laboratory certificate needs to be called upon.