The Department of Consumer Protection of the Executive Yuan(hereinafter referred to as the DCP) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (hereinafter referred to as the BSMI) sampled 29 sets of commercially available "LED light bulbs" (5 bulbs in each set) for inspection. The results show that 9 sets do not meet the requirements for "quality items" and 7 sets do not meet the requirements for "labeling items".
Light bulbs are one of daily necessities. In recent years, manufacturers have announced that they are complying with the energy conservation policies to produce light bulbs that are known to save energy and last for a long lifetime. However, the authenticity of their labeling is questionable. Therefore, the DCP and the BSMI purchased in 2019 a total of 29 sets of commercially available "LED light bulbs" from the physical and online stores in northern Taiwan for inspection and examination. Quality testing was conducted by the BSMI on such items as "power", "luminous flux", "luminous efficiency", "color temperature, chromatic aberration and color rendering" and "lumen maintenance" (i.e. lifetime), while the labeling check was respectively carried out by the BSMI and the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Central Region Office in accordance with relevant regulations such as the "Commodity Inspection Act" and the "Commodity Labeling Act".
The results of this test and check are described as follows:
1. Quality items: Tested were 29 sets, of which 20 meet the regulations, while 9 sets fail to meet the regulations.
(1) "Power": All meet the requirements.
(2) "Luminous flux": All meet the requirements.
(3) "Luminous efficiency": All meet the requirements.
(4) "Color temperature, color difference and color rendering": 3 sets fail to meet the requirements.
(5) "Lumen maintenance" (i.e. lifetime): 9 sets fail to meet the requirements.
2. Labeling items: Tested were 29 sets, of which 22 meet the regulations, while 7 sets fail to meet the regulations.
(1) In terms of “Commodity Inspection Act”: 1 set fails to meet the regulations.
(2) In terms of “Commodity Labeling Act”: 6 sets fail to meet the regulations.
For those which do not meet the requirements for "quality items", the BSMI will rescind their registration of product certification in accordance with Paragraph 1 of Article 42 of the Commodity Inspection Act, and notify the violators to recall or correct the commodities within a given time limit in accordance with Article 63-1 of the Act. Otherwise, the violators shall be imposed with a fine not less than NTD 100,000 but not more than NTD 1,000,000. In addition, for those which do not meet the requirements for "labeling items", according to the "Commodity Inspection Act", the BSMI will notify the violators to rectify the defects within a given time limit in accordance with Article 59 of the Act; according to the "Commodity Labeling Act", the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Central Region Office shall require the competent authority under a special municipality or county (city) government to investigate and punish in accordance with Article 15 of the Act.
The DCP has asked the relevant competent authority not only to promptly urge the suppliers to rectify the specified violations, but also to reinforce the inspection and examination of the LED light bulbs, as well as promptly propose a method to reduce the violation rates of light bulb products, so as to effectively prompt light bulb producers to manufacture and sell qualified, flawless products, with an aim to protect consumer rights.