Meeting Canadian Electrical Standards | LED Standards

Canadian Electrical Standards

Written By Harvey


March 22, 2020

LED lights, drivers and power supplies continue to flood into the Canadian market direct from the US and abroad. There are currently hundreds of websites promoting and selling these products. LED Lights Canada is concerned that many of the line voltage (120V, AC) products sold in Canada do not meet current Canadian electrical standards. By choosing to buy and use a line voltage electrical product not correctly certified for use in Canada, you could be putting yourself at insurance risk in the event of a fire. If you have a question or concern about any electrical product you want to purchase, please call and speak with the safety commissioner in your province. You should only buy a replacement bulb, LED driver or power supply that has one of the seals listed above marked on the product. Products marked with one of these seals assure you that the manufacturer has applied for and received approval from the proper Canadian authority to sell the product in Canada. Taking a product through the certification process is expensive for the manufacturer but a necessary one to assure your safety. Many products available on the web have just a UL approval from the United States. This approval alone is not accepted in Canada without additional testing to meet Canadian standards. All line voltage products must have cUL, CSA or cETL certification and labeled with one of the seals listed below. Almost all products imported to Canada will have CE approval. Although this is a respected European standard, it also is not recognized in Canada.

Please be very cautious when considering buying LED products on web auction sites, big online stores or direct from the manufacturer located outside of Canada. There is no legal reason they cannot sell to you in Canada as the final liability passes to the person or company that imports the non-certified electrical product into our country. Before you purchase a product, if you do not see the certification listed in the product specs, we suggest you pass and look elsewhere for a product that is properly certified.

All of the line voltage products we sell meet or exceed current Canadian standards, as required.

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