One of the questions we are most commonly asked when talking with clients about lighting projects is “where is the product made?”. Lighting product made in China has a bad reputation for being low cost and low quality. Today we are here to bust this myth, and call on you to reassess your lighting prejudice!
Here’s why lighting made in China does not equate to low quality:
Made in Canada = Assembled in Canada
Product origins can be deceptive. Very few LED chips are manufactured in North America, if a light is marked as ‘Made in Canada’ it likely means that most or all components are manufactured elsewhere, such as China, and assembled in Canada.
A lot of good stuff comes from China!
China is a source for products at a wide range of quality levels. The quality of Chinese products is often indicative of the relationship Canadian companies have with factories, in addition to the checks and balances that regulate the manufacturing process along the way. Some of your most coveted premium items come from China – just take a look at Apple!
Product safety and quality compliance mitigates risk
You should only purchase lighting products with one of the seals pictured below. This indicates that the manufacturer has been authorized to sell the product in Canada – an expensive process that in itself indicates a manufacturer’s credibility. All products recommended by Kambo meet or exceed the Canadian lighting quality and safety requirements.
While a Made in China mark doesn’t guarantee a good product, it also doesn’t guarantee a bad product. So next time you’re reviewing a lighting project don’t ask ‘is this product made in China’ then jump to conclusions. Instead, try asking about the product quality, the warranty terms, and about the credibility of the supplier. It’s important to also remember that a long product warranty doesn’t always mean a superior product – what use is a 10-year warranty if the supplier doesn’t exist after 5 years! It’s for this reason that Kambo only recommends quality products from trusted suppliers.