Earlier this month, U.K. trade publication Lux Magazine reported that "twenty LED lighting products have been banned or recalled in the European Union so far this year due to risks of electric shock or fire." Most were made in China, with two coming from Germany, Lux noted. Products included bulbs, lighting strips and flashlights ("torch" in Brit speak). Lux added:
The worst hit brand was China’s Jiage, which has had two of its LED torch products banned in Hungary because they could cause electric shocks, burns or fire. Even some well-known brands such as Philips, Sylvania and LED Hut have voluntarily recalled LED products on sale in the UK and Spain in the last few months due to safety fears.
Not long ago, LED bulbs sold for $40 or $50 - a staggering amount for a consumer used to paying a dollar or two for a conventional bulb. It's not hard to find LED bulbs for around $10 now.
Vendors promote them as long term money savers because they use only about 20 percent of the electricity of a conventional bulb and because they supposedly last for 25 years. But if they are prone to electrical faults, that lifetime suddenly becomes shockingly shorter.