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Product Visual Inspection

• The DTI-BPS enjoins the consumers to scrutinize
the Christmas lights they buy for product
Don’t forget to look for the
reliability and safety.
• A set’s wire shall have an outside diameter size of
1.5 mm.
PS and ICC marks Guide
for safe and reliable
Christmas lights.
Consumers’ Guide


• A set’s plug has firm pins which are not easily bent.
PS mark ICC mark


Department of Trade and Industry
3F Trade and Industry Bldg.,

Christmas lights
361 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City

x Telephone numbers: (632) 751.4740, 751.4736

Facsimile number: (632) 751.4748
Email address:

Printed May 2008

Christmas Lights

Product Types and Parts Product Labels Based on PNS 189:2000

• Christmas lights are classified according to use - The following are the required markings on the
indoor or outdoor. package of Christmas lights based on the PNS
• The DTI-BPS only checks the quality and safety 189:2000:
requirements of the lights for indoor use.
• A set of lights has the following parts and • Name of manufacturer/supplier/distributor,
functions: Lampholder address and trademark
§ Flasher unit – acts as the controller of flashing • Rated voltage and rated wattage of the set
(blinking) and selection of music • Rated voltage and rated wattage of the lamp
§ Lampholder - holds the lamp or LED to provide a • The mark “For indoor use only”
connection to the power supply • The number of standard used - PNS 189:2000
§ Lamps/LED – acts as the source of light • The batch/lot number or bar codes
§ Plug – provides connection to the outlet • Country of origin
§ Outlet – provides extension of connection to • PS mark for locally-produced sets
the power supply • ICC mark for imported sets
§ Design frame – acts as support to the lighting
chain to form a desired shape • Suitable warnings such as:
§ Tinsel – additional design on the Christmas lights
§ Disconnect from supply before removing or
Wire inserting any lamp.
Product for Mandatory Certification § Avoid damage to insulation.
§ To avoid risk of overheating, failed lamps shall
• Christmas lights are regulated by the Department be replaced immediately by lamps of the same
of Trade and Industry (DTI).
rated voltage and wattage.
• Manufacturers and importers of Christmas lights § A fuse lamp (identified by being partially
should apply for a Philippine Standard (PS) license Plug white), if incorporated, must not be replaced
and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) by a normal (non-fuse) lamp.
certificate, respectively, before the products are § Do not cascade/attach more than the
distributed and sold. recommended sets of Christmas lights.
• The DTI - Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) Normally, only three sets are allowed to avoid
acquires a sample of the Christmas lights for overloading.
inspection and testing based on the Philippine § Do not overload electrical outlets. Too many
National Standard (PNS) 189:2000. plugs in one outlet may create enough heat to
start a fire.
Product with the PS or ICC Mark § Carefully check each set of lights for signs of
socket damage, frayed or scorched wire, loose
Design frame
• Only manufacturers and importers whose connections or damaged plugs.
products passed the PNS requirements will be
issued with the PS license and ICC certificate by
the DTI-BPS.
• Only manufacturers and importers with valid
licenses and certificates are allowed to use the
PS and ICC marks on their products.