LED Drivers Sold in Australia Must Have Australian Electrical Safety Certification

9 July 2020
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Not all MEAN WELL LED drivers are listed on the MEAN WELL Australia website. This is because not all MEAN WELL LED drivers have an Australian electrical safety certificate.  

In Australia it is a legal requirement for all in-line LED drivers to have an Australian electrical safety certificate.  

By ‘in-line’ we mean a LED driver that is connected to an LED luminaire and plugged into the mains power supply, as shown in the below diagram. 

Inline LED driver that requires Australian electrical safety certificate

If the LED driver is an integral part of a light fitting it may not require an Australian electrical safety certificate. However, the light fitting itself may have to be tested and certified to the relevant Australian electrical safety standards.  

Certain MEAN WELL LED drivers sold overseas, such as the LPV series do not have this certificate.  

In some cases, it is because the LED driver in question has been designed for a different market, where the electrical safety requirements are different to those here in Australia. Due to the design of the LED driver it will never meet the electrical safety standard requirements in Australia.  

For example, the AC input wires on the LPC-35 do not meet Australian electrical safety standards.  

MEAN WELL LCP-LED Driver No Australian Electrical Safety Certificate

If you are buying LED drivers from an overseas supplier, it is you who are responsible for ensuring the LED driver complies with the Australian electrical safety standards and is correctly certified.  

Buyer beware! It's very easy to stamp the Australian regulatory compliance mark onto a LED driver.  

Don’t rely on the RCM mark alone, we strongly recommend that you request a copy of the Australian electrical safety certificate and test report before committing to purchase a LED driver.  

If you have any questions about MEAN WELL LED drivers and Australian electrical safety certification, please do not hesitate to contact MEAN WELL Australia.