Tips for buying Christmas lights

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Pangasinan warned the public against buying uncertified Christmas lights and to buy only those with valid Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers or Philippine Standard marks, and provided tips for buying a set.

Natalia Basto-Dalaten, DTI provincial director, said certified Christmas lights have passed the tests and conformed with the Philippine National Standards 189:2000 (PNS) prior to its distribution or offering for sale to the market.

Tips for buying: Check –
1) If the set of lights has complete parts and functions with use of flusher unit, lamp holder, lamps/LED, plug, outlet and design frame.

2) If the set’s wire is well secured to the lamp holder’s terminal and if the set’s plug has firm pins that could not be easily bent.

3) If lights are for outdoor or indoor. 

4) If the name of the manufacturer/supplier/distributor address and trademark, rated voltage and wattage of the set/lamp/batch/lot number or bar code, country of origin and the standard used PNS-189:2000 are on the product.

For added safety, consumers should follow strictly the instructions and warnings on the use of Christmas lights i.e., before removing or inserting any lamps overheating, replacement of lamps and fuse lamp. (PhilStar Wire Service)

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