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Posted By Topic: Importing light pendant from europe

Nov 30 2019 22:07

Hi all, hoping someone can help. I'd like to import the following pendant from a European store:

You can buy it here in NZ but far more expensive. Is European wiring compatible with NZ and will i have any issues having this installed by an electrician?

Chers, Jesse

Dec 01 2019 18:20

It shouldn’t be a problem for a sparky to quickly verify it’s safe and then install it.

Dec 01 2019 20:13

Hi Jesse

Lighting items fall into the medium risk category, and your installing sparkie will/should want to see a Supplier Declaration of Conformity (see link below for more information).
How will GST changes that come into force today affect the economics of your lighting- Warranty?

Dec 01 2019 21:30

Thanks both, I'll email the store to see what sort of documentation it comes with. I see there is also a mutual recognition agreement between the EU and NZ as to the testing of electrical products which might be helpful.


Dec 02 2019 10:04

Fact is that this product is a declared medium risk article, so anyone offering it for sale / supply in NZ - including via a foreign-based website - is breaking NZ law unless a Supplier Declaration of Conformity has been issued by the NZ manufacturer / importer. That would effectively be you.
The SDoC has to state, among other things, which applicable Standard(s) the product complies with, and where the relevant test report by a recognised lab can be found. Putting fittings through a test lab costs heaps.

The applicable schedule 4 Standard will most likely be part of the 60598 series. These are based on, but different from, the IEC Series.

It's very unlikely an overseas supplier will have had their fittings tested to the particular requirements of AS/NZS; so they won't be able to offer an SDoC that states where the relevant test report can be found.

Similarly NZ installation requirements are based on, but different from, IEC Standards.

You can't just assume compatibility. And being CE marked counts for absolutely nothing.

But while you're the importer, since you're not supplying / selling to anyone else you may choose to ignore the SDoC requirement. After all, who's going to complain?

Next step is installation, and the installer (your electrician) has to certify that whatever he has connected to supply is electrically safe. (S)he can rely on an SDoC; or (s)he can take a risk and make own judgement. In which case, you should expect to pay a bit more for them assuming the additional risk; than for someone who's so risk-averse that they'll only connect after sighting an SDoC.

For completeness, somewhere down the track, you sell the house; including this fitting. Now you're supplying / selling within NZ, and the SDoC requirement kicks in again. Though in reality, you're unlikely to be caught.

The system is designed to protect NZ public from shoddy electrical fittings by getting those involved in the supply chain to follow a set of procedures; thus saving the cost of having a huge Govt. department checking everything that comes across the border. It doesn't handle direct imports very well.

Dec 04 2019 10:08

Electrical Workers Registration Board has put together a tool box talk on Sdocs