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Warning over millions of unsafe goods entering our ports

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Cheap Products, like LEDs: buyer beware

 

Warning over millions of unsafe goods entering our ports

Latest figures from National Trading Standards reveal nearly two million unsafe or noncompliant products were identified between April and December 2014.

Children’s toys, cosmetics and DIY products are biggest offenders Children’s scooters, beauty products and LED lights are among 1.9 million items that were intercepted at entry points in England and Wales between April and December 2014, estimates from National Trading Standards reveal.

The new figures, which equate to more than 6,500 detained items every day, are thought to be the ‘tip of the iceberg’ as consumers are urged to take extra care when shopping online.

During the nine-month period analysed by National Trading Standards*, nearly two in five interventions by its Safety at Ports and Borders teams identified products as ‘unsafe or noncompliant’, meaning they posed a risk to the health or safety of consumers. Taking these products out of the supply chain is estimated to save the UK economy over £57 million** in potential costs of injuries, fatalities or fires.

Items detained by the NTS Safety at Ports and Borders teams, who work across 14 local authorities at ports, airports and postal hubs, included 397 home tooth whitening kits containing unsafe levels of hydrogen peroxide, thousands of cosmetic products like shampoo, skin lightening cream and body lotion, LED lights, children’s scooters and other toys.

With consumers increasingly shopping online and searching for a bargain, National Trading Standards is urging everyone to think before they buy and has produced a checklist to help people shop more safely. Top tips include checking out the reviews of the product you want to purchase – or the seller you wish to buy from – and checking that there is a way to contact the seller offline.

To support the work of the NTS Safety at Ports & Borders teams, more funding is being channelled to the teams following a grant from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Products detained by NTS Safety at Ports and Borders teams include: Between July – November 2014, 64% of LED lightbulbs tested across various UK border points were found to be unsafe or noncompliant

In Coventry, parcels containing 397 home tooth whitening kits that contained 61 times the permitted amount of hydrogen peroxide were detained

Nearly 1,000 chainsaws imported from China were seized and shown to have a number of crucial faults, including brakes that did not work when the engine was running and a ‘kill switch’ which did not stop the engine immediately

20 unsafe children’s scooters were detained by teams in Suffolk, as well as aquarium lights, electrical chargers, black henna and skateboards

Since April 2013, 9,809 carcinogenic skin lightening creams have been intercepted at Tilbury and Gateway ports

Between April – December 2014, 670,891 cosmetic products including shampoo, skin whitening cream, soap, skin lightening oil, henna products, body lotion and face cream were identified at UK border points as unsafe or noncompliant.

 

Source: ITV REPORT, 6 March 2015 at 11:44am

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The New tForceLED Smart PIR Motion Sensor T8 Fluorescent Tube

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The tForce Smart PIR Motion Sensor LED Tube fits into your exiting fluorescent T8 light fixtures Simply replace the tube and starter and you’re done! It is an ideal lighting solution for areas such as car-parks, corridors and storage areas. How do you position the sensors in all areas so people don’t accidentally get left in the dark at their car? The Smart LED Tube addresses this issue by distributing the sensor technology to each and every light bulb. This way lights are only on in the areas which are actually occupied. Installer can pre program the Time Delay, Lux Level and also rotate the endcap to make sure the lighs are only on the correct areas. Compared to conventional fluorescent tubes, the tForce Smart T8 LED Tube with PIR motion sensor will save over 90% of operational energy usage. They remain in standby (sensing) mode and still emit 10% of their total light output (or up to 40%)

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GU10 LED Bulb incredibly dangerous product

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This GU10 LED spotlight is marketed as giving a lot of light at low cost, but the adverts don’t mention that it’s an incredibly dangerous product! When you hold the metal casing to insert the light, there’s a 50% chance that live mains will be within a few microns of the casing. Since there’s no earth, you have no protection from that charge.

Basically, using this product is equivalent to playing Russian roulette with 240v AC mains. LED products are safer on balance, but products like this give the technology a bad name. Steer clear, the money saved isn’t worth the risk of harming yourself, your employees or your family.

Given the risks associated with shoddy LED products, it’s essential to purchase safe, high-quality products rather than buying from cheap providers who skimp on safety. TForce LED enforces tough safety standards so we can guarantee that our products are high-quality and 100% safe.

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Summer is coming – get ready with LED lights!

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The warm weather is finally here, and with the World Cup being just around the corner we’re sure many of you will be dragging your barbecues out of the garage and preparing yourself for warm nights in the garden as Roy Hodgson’s boys do their business in Brazil.

Because of the time difference, some of the games will be on quite late and you won’t want the lights to go out on your party. Well, they don’t have to. Check out our LED bulbs, 2D lamps, T8 tubes and spotlights and keep things going long after the sun has set. Our tforce eStore stocks the highest quality LED lighting products possible and we want to do our part in making your summer memorable.

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Why choose tForce LED

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It’s not often you can predict with absolute certainty that a product will dominate its market, but LED lighting is an exception to the rule. LED lights are more efficient, both in terms of energy and cost, they last longer, they are safer, more versatile and are easier to use.

At tForce LED, we recognise the importance of this growing market and want to provide reliable, top-quality service to customers who are switching to LED. To prove it, we’ve listed five customer guarantees to illustrate why you should shop with us.

1. Excellent product quality
We work exclusively with accredited manufacturers producing top of the range LED bulbs. We have fostered close relationships with our manufacturers so that we can stay up-to-date with their processes, technology and output. As such, we can guarantee that if you shop with us you will get the best products on the market.

2. Product variety
We understand that businesses, offices and individuals have diverse lighting needs that have often not been met in the traditional light bulb market. We offer a wide range of products, including bulbs, tube lights and spotlights, with different strength, tone and brightness. Additionally, we encourage you to get in touch if you’re not sure what product you require or if you don’t see what you need. We will do our best to provide a custom service to fulfil your request.

3. Helpful, highly-trained staff
We ensure that all our employees receive continuous training and updates so that they understand the technology they’re dealing with and can advise customers appropriately. We also carefully select our team and demand excellence in the area of customer service, so that we can promise you a pleasant shopping experience.

4. Good value
We assure our customers that we are providing them with the ideal balance of cost and quality. We do not have the cheapest products on the market, but that’s because we refuse to sell shoddy products. We will offer you the best bulbs at reasonable, affordable prices.

5. Free delivery
We offer free delivery on orders over £75 anywhere within England or the UK. LED bulbs are a long-term investment, lasting up to ten years. It makes sense to bulk buy your supply and we will reward you by delivering them to your door for absolutely nothing.

If you have any questions or recommendations about our service, please contact us. We are always happy to hear from members of our community.

LED Online Shop Launch Today 17 April

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tForce Lighting Ltd, one of the leading and most respected suppliers of LED lighting, has announced that from today, customers can purchase products through a dedicated online shop.

Tforce Lighting is one of the pioneers of the LED lighting industry and has a reputation for adapting the very best LED technology to provide customers with cost effective solutions that are both inventive and attractive. The provision of their new online shop will therefore be welcomed by clients both old and new.

For those who are usually apprehensive about purchasing online, they should have no concerns. Tforce Lighting’s new online store is exceptionally well designed, efficient, attractive, secure and very easy to use. As one would expect from one of the leading companies in the LED lighting sector, the choice and quality of the products available from the online shop are both superb.

The continuing excellent quality of the Tforce Lighting products is achieved by working directly with quality accreditation manufacturer partners. This allows the company to influence both the design and production process of items. As a result, Tforce have no problem developing LED lighting projects that match the requirements of their customers exactly.

Fully aware of the importance placed upon social networking in today’s expanding market and to celebrate the launch of their new online shop, Tforce Lighting are offering a massive 40% pre-grand opening discount for Facebook and Twitter users. The company has its own Twitter tag, @tForce_Lighting and also publishes a blog at https://tforceled.wordpress.com

One element of the business that has made Tforce lighting so successful and promoted them to the top of the LED lighting sector is their excellent customer support. The company have a team of experts who already offer advice to ‘real world’ customers and this facility has now been incorporated into the design of the online shop’s website. A dedicated support link enables both existing and prospective clients to contact the team and obtain support and advice at any time before, during or after purchase.

This support facility is yet another example of the customer focused honesty and integrity that is part of the Tforce Lighting ethos, ensuring that customers have exactly what they require for the completion of a successful project, regardless of size, by offering the best and most professional advice possible. It is hard to see how any customer could not be impressed by the dedication and expertise of the Tforce team.

For those taking their first steps into LED lighting, the new Tforce Lighting online shop also includes a comprehensive FAQ link which offers valuable advice, clear explanations and an outline of the benefits of using LED lighting over conventional lighting systems.

When purchasing anything online, efficient delivery and quality assurance are both paramount. Tforce Lighting has this fully covered by offering both a 3 year warranty on its products and free shipping to anywhere in the UK for orders of £75 or more. These additions, together with all the other benefits offered by their new online shop, puts Tforce right at the top of the LED lighting supply and installation league.

Customers can take advantage of Tforce Lighting Ltd’s massive 40% pre-grand opening discount by visiting the new online shop at www.tforceled.co.uk

How many tForce LED customers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

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Don’t worry, we’ll spare you the corny jokes and focus instead on what our products can do for you, your home, your energy bills and your carbon footprint.

LED lighting is still a fairly new industry and many people remain unsure about what it is and whether it has benefits for them. With our new website, we want to open this technology up to the average consumer, giving you the opportunity to purchase top-quality LED bulbs at the best possible prices, as well as providing support and information to our customers. 

Our new site has just gone live and we’re offering a pre-Grand Opening special. With 40% off all products, including LED t8 tubes, LED spotlights, mr16 and gu10 bulbs, this is the perfect opportunity to stock up for all your lighting needs. We also offer free delivery on orders over £75. 

You could be thinking that £75 is a lot of money to spend on light bulbs and in the old world that was true. But LED bulbs use 90% less electricity than traditional filament bulbs. As a result, they have a lifespan of over ten years. Contrast that with having to dash down to the supermarket every month or two to replace a blown bulb. So, even if you make a bigger single investment in our bulbs, over time you will save a huge amount of money. Not to mention avoiding the inconvenience and frustration of blown bulbs. 

But why are LEDs so much more energy efficient? The traditional light bulb depends on a burning filament. That’s why most of us have burned ourselves on a blistering hot bulb at some point. In fact, although they’re described as light bulbs, the primary product of a traditional bulb is heat. Light is simply a by-product. That’s changed with LED lights. Previously, LED was only used for small light fixtures, such as watches, bedside clocks and displays on electronic appliances. The expansion of LED is a huge technological advance, with manifold benefits and tForce wants to share the benefits of the technology with the entire community. 

The energy efficiency of LED bulbs reduces the amount that you have to spend on energy bills, which is essential in an era of rising power costs. They also allow you to make a contribution to reducing carbon emissions and have a greener household. 

When discussing the potential of LED lighting, the primary concern we hear from consumers is aesthetic. We hear people worry that the lights will be duller, not provide the same quality of illumination, or fail to provide a flattering tone of lighting for their homes. 

At tForce we appreciate these concerns and are committed to providing you with top-quality lighting that exceeds the standard of the traditional light bulb. We offer a range of different light fixtures to meet the needs of your home or office, including tube lights, spotlights, embedded ceiling bulbs and candle bulbs. We offer many different wattages and beam angles, as well as different tones, including warm, cool and soft lighting. 

Since this is quite a new technology, mainstream stockists like supermarkets have not entirely made the change to LED lighting. The tForce online store can offer you a matchless range of products, all guaranteed to be of the highest quality. While we do encourage the DIY mentality, we’re also committed to having an excellent sales service. Our customer service team will be happy to advise you on what products are best suited to your needs, as well as sharing information about installation and maintenance.

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