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Old 12-02-2009, 01:29 PM   #1
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Default EU: 30% of Christmas lights are unsafe

They get lights the same place we get them, China.




http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8390310.stm

Many Christmas lights unsafe, EU survey shows
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The EU advises people to be vigilant when buying Christmas lights

One in three sets of Christmas lights tested in an EU survey presented a direct risk of fire or electric shock.

In Hungary, 95.7% of the lights tested were hazardous. In the Netherlands 56% of those checked fell short of compliance standards.

The European Commission, which sets EU-wide safety standards, found thin wiring, weak cord anchorage and poor insulation in many sets of lights.

It says shoppers should go to reputable dealers and switch lights off at night.

Lights should also be switched off when a property is left empty, the commission says.

Hazards were found in 30% of the 196 random samples of lights checked in five EU member states - Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Lighting chains frequently failed more than one of the safety tests.

About 50% of the dangerous products revealed by the survey came from China.
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About 50% of the dangerous products revealed by the survey came from China.
Oh now I'm just shocked and dismayed.

Where did the other 50% come from ??
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Made in China....

it says, as she looks at the box of NOMA LEDs she bought last night.

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Made in China....

it says, as she looks at the box of NOMA LEDs she bought last night.


I don't think you have much of a problem with LEDs even from China.

All of the GE brand I got this year were made in China but they have fuses in the plugs. Plus, they draw so very little they don't get very hot. The wires they use are probably WAY over rated. They just use it because they have wads of it from the incandescent days.

In a modern house, good wiring, good breakers and GFCI on the exterior plus I doubt you would have much problem.

Incandescents are a different matter. They get hot. They draw a lot of power. Wire sizes have gotten smaller as the years go by because copper has gotten expensive. Plus, a lot of them aren't fused.

I don't even know if i would but C7 or C9 incandescents not. Super cheap wire and insulation.

While bad, it might be ok in a really modern house in the west. But can you imagine what the fomer Soviet Era electrical home wiring in home in Hungary? Slovakia? Slovenia?
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