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.
There are suggestions that this amount items identified is only the tip of the iceberg.
Finland, spotted more than a third of the dangerous LED products dealt with in the whole of Europe – even though the country is home to barely one per cent of the EU’s population.
The products affected included floodlights, retrofit lamps, linear fittings and torches. Most were made in China. In the majority of cases the products were ordered to be recalled and withdrawn from sale.
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.