In recent years, the export scale of China's lighting industry has continued to expand. Various styles of hot-selling lamps and lanterns are emerging in an endless stream. The ins-style lamps and lanterns are labeled as "retro, simple and fashionable", and have gradually become the "Pearl of the Hand" in the domestic and foreign markets. Christmas lights are also a popular "export item" for many small partners ". Under the opportunity of the quietly rising sales of lamps and the continuous expansion of the export scale of lighting products, Amazon sellers should not ignore the power of "compliance"!
According to the OECD report, in 2021, in the data of the countries of origin of recalled products worldwide, export products from China accounted for about 45% of the total recalls; similarly, in the EU's 2019 annual report, products from China The proportion of recalled products is more than 50%. From January 2020 to June 2022, 23 lamp recalls worldwide came from China. As far as lighting products are concerned, from November 12 to December 10, 2021, in just one month, the European Commission's non-food rapid early warning system (RAPEX) issued a notice to recall 11 domestic lighting-related products. Among them, the most notified products are light strings (Christmas lights), which were notified 7 times in total.
The quality hidden dangers of lighting products, in addition to the main personal and property injuries caused by overheating or leakage (for example: fire, electric shock, etc.), there are also dangers such as falling and smashing caused by wiring problems; Create hazards such as fire; risk of falling or electric shock due to unreasonable design of mirror lights, pendant lights and fan lights. Christmas string lights, hanging and recessed lights, mirror lights, ceiling fan lights, and more are common products in the recall catalog on the CPSC website.
Next, I will introduce you to the detailed summary of Amazon's lighting compliance policy.
1. United States
Key lighting products sold at US sites include: Seasonal/Decorative Lighting, Portable Lighting, Fixed Lighting, Torches, Hand Lights with Batteries, Work Lights, Light Sources, Night Lights, Low Voltage Garden Lights, LED Drivers, Controllers; LED modules, etc.These products must first meet the local safety standards in the United States
①Safety UL standards for common products:
If the lamps and lanterns have functions such as radio frequency remote control, switch, dimming, etc., they also need to submit the relevant radio frequency device (FCC) certification. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates electronic devices that emit radio waves (called "radio frequency devices" or "RF devices"). These devices may interfere with authorized radio communications and must be authorized under the appropriate FCC procedures for promotion, import, or use in the United States.
2. European Union
Mandatory Mark – "CE Mark": In the European market, "CE Mark" is a mandatory mark for products to be placed on the market. The "CE" mark is affixed to indicate that the product complies with the requirements of the relevant EU directives and has passed the corresponding conformity assessment procedure, and the manufacturer has made a declaration of conformity.
With the continuous advancement of the Brexit process, after January 1, 2023, the United Kingdom (including England, Scotland, Wales) will be forced to use the "UKCA mark", and the Northern Ireland region can continue to use the "CE mark". Products certified by the notified body should also be affixed with the "UKNI logo".
How to comply with the Christmas lights?
?Special Note! String lights with plugs need to comply with:
①EC Declaration of Conformity, showing that the product complies with applicable regulatory requirements. Depending on the function of the product, these regulations should include, but are not limited to:
Low Voltage Directive/EU, refer to EN60598-2-20:2010 or EN60598-2-20:2015
Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive/EU
Radio Equipment Directive/EU (for Bluetooth technology)
BS 1363 (UK only)
②A document issued by a certification body showing that your product has been tested according to the following regulations:
EN60598-2-20:2010 or EN60598-2-20:2015: Lamps, special requirements, string lights.
BS 1363 (UK only)
Likewise, some products must be authorised under the appropriate directives in order to be promoted, imported or used in Europe.
Examples of products available for sale:
PSE certification: In Japan, PSE certification is Japan's mandatory safety certification to prove that electrical and electronic products have passed the Japanese DENAN law.
①PSE certification is divided into two categories:
Diamond Certification: Parts Certification in Lamps
Round Certification: Whole Lamp Certification
②For RF wireless products, you need to apply for TELEC certification
Specific requirements are as follows:
The golden period of Christmas lighting sales is coming soon, hurry up and seize the opportunity of lighting export. But before exporting lamps and lanterns, we recommend that you give priority to compliance issues, and remember not to let compliance become a stumbling block!