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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  1. Purchased and had installed Sierra Slim Recessed Ceiling lights. Since installation have had constant AM Static on all radios and TV freezing on occasion whenever they lights are turned on .

    Are there lights which prevent this from happening if so what make and model are they ? Are there any other ways to eliminate the disruptions to radio and TV’s.

    • Sorry to hear of your difficulties Bryan.
      I enjoyed skimming through a related article to the issues you are having-
      I would try an alterative to the slim recessed ceiling lights that you purchased. There seems to be interference occurring from the lights themselves. So a quick fix would be to replace the lights.
      Some fixtures are designed with extra-shielding around the different components to eliminate this risk. You can try a Lotus product, or YG product that we have carried for many years. Neither have had reports of interference.

  2. Great words of advice Harvey! There are some great looking lights from China drop shippers that you see being resold in the Canada and the States. None of which are certified for Canada! People please research before you decide to sell!

  3. Is the certification only required for Line voltage products, or does this extend into the low voltage market as well (5-48v)?

    • Thank you for your question, Ty. Depending on where you are there may be provincial regulations that require low-voltage products to be certified. We are specifically thinking of Ontario in this regard.