Lightinstar: LED Light Buying Tips for Australian Importers

While importers have been shifting their focus to LED lamps and are importing from Chinese manufacturers, it is important they get the right kind of information about requirements and qualifications of their Chinese suppliers. Here is an article by LED Lights Supplier - Lightinstar

In recent years, there has been a progressive transition in the Australian lighting market with more and more customers moving from traditional lamps to modern LED lights. These modern LED lights are preferred to the traditional lamps because of the many benefits they come with such as versatility, efficiency, longer lifer and low operating costs.

The Australian government provides substantial subsidies for energy saving products including these LED lights. While importers have been shifting their focus to these lamps and are importing from Chinese manufacturers, it is important they get the right kind of information about requirements and qualifications of their Chinese suppliers.

1. All Australian suppliers should acquire SAA certification which proves that their products comply with the necessary safety regulations. This certificate is necessary for Australian dealers and suppliers who need to apply for the C-Tick, a compliance tick, on their products. This compliance mark is provided by the RCM or Regulatory Compliance Mark and is necessary because all such products need to have an ABN or Australian Business Number and the RCM label.

Once an importer has the RCM, they can then sell their products to non-subsidized customers. Importers who need government subsidies must apply for VEET approval. There are other documents that are also necessary for customers who need subsidies. These include the AS/NZS CISPR 15:2011 certification that proves compliance with Electromagnetic Compatibility requirements and Energy Star LM 80-8 that proves the quality of LED light source.

2. While most LED light bulbs are manufactured in China, different countries have their own local requirements. Therefore, Australian importers are advised to consider certain factors that have important significance to Australian consumers. It is important to find manufacturers who take into consideration Australian values, cultures, norms and so on. For instance, Australians prefer single-end LED tubes and have a mistrust of double-end LED tubes. In these light fixtures, the in-line fuse replaces the traditional starter found in the old model fluorescent lights.

Another example of LED lights that conform to the Australian market includes the standard 4000-5000K color temperature light bulbs. In China, many consumers use 6000K cool white color temperature light bulbs. The former are popular in countries such as USA and Australia.

Detailed specifications can be found in manufacturer's website,

3. When it comes to paying for imports, manufacturers in China usually demand full payment before shipping of their merchandise. This can result in a number of serious financial challenges to the importer as cash flow can sometimes be a problem. However, this problem can be adequately addressed by use of alternative payment options. For instance, a buyer can make an upfront payment of 30% of the total purchase order with the balance of 70% paid out in due course of time. A third party, usually an insurance company, will be party to this agreement and will insure the supplier. Non-payment of the credit will result in the importer losing their credit worthiness while the unpaid amount will be paid by the insurance company.

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