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Proposition 65

As an initiative to address the growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals, California voters passed an Enforcement Act better known by Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986). This requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause birth defects, cancer, or other reproductive harm. By law, a warning must be given for listed chemicals unless exposure is significantly below levels observed to cause birth defects, or is low enough to pose no significant risk of cancer or other reproductive harm.

Proposition 65 requires all business to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or

workplaces, or that are released into the environment of society. By providing this information it enables Californians to make informed decisions about protecting themselves from exposure to these chemicals. Proposition 65 also prohibits California businesses from knowingly discharging significant amounts of the listed chemicals.

The administrators of Proposition 65 are done through The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), which is a part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) whom also evaluates the scientific information on substances considered for placement on the Proposition 65 list.

 

Incandescent Rough Service Light Bulbs – Gaining High Popularity!

Rough Service bulbs are built for heavy-duty applications presenting more sturdiness that lasts up to five times longer. Rough-service bulbs are less susceptible to vibrations, due to an extra wire supporting the filament. Automobiles and subways were the initial introduction for rough service bulbs in the market. However, they can be used in home applications like the standard incandescent bulbs (that are being phased out). With five times longer life than regular bulbs, the rough-service bulbs are also gaining tremendous popularity.

 

Current Demand - LED Light Bulbs are HERE!!!

Commercial, Industrial, and Residential lighting systems have already began to migrate to LED Technology. The reasoning behind this is because LEDs lasts a lot longer (25 to 30 years longer) than fluorescent and incandescent lights. LEDs use less energy and maintenance so the total cost of ownership is reduced even though the initial purchasing price may be higher. The customer's return on their investment occurs within months, in some cases.

 

ETL Certification versus UL Listed Certification

Similar to the UL Listed Mark, the ETL Listed Mark presents the product as being independently tested by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). With this certification, it has met the minimum requirements of widely accepted product safety standards, and the manufacturers have agreed to a periodic follow-up inspection to verify continual compliance. The difference between the marks is in the service of testing laboratories behind them. Both UL and ETL have testing facilities which require the same testing requirements. The requirements are co-written by the NRTL, therefore, the main differences are in enforcement and the actual markings used by each company. The standards of each are equivalent.



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