SAA Certification, what does it mean and why is it crucial for a good quality LED Mirror?
Somewhere along the lines of electrical homeware, you may have heard the term ‘SAA Approved’ being thrown into product descriptions, like it’s a selling point. In fact, it is a HUGE selling point, especially when you are dealing with electrical LED bathroom lighting. However, for the majority of end-users, it is a selling point that goes unnoticed.
For most end-users, product cost is the overruling deal-breaker. Can I buy this illuminated mirror cheaper elsewhere? Should I buy another brand’s item because it is similar and a better price? Alternatively, another reason why end-users don’t seem to dig-for-dirt on some products, is because they don’t even know what to look for! A dodgy product will go unnoticed by the hands of falsification because the company knows that their audience is not educated on the subject, and they can guilefully get away with it.
So, without further ado, lets explain why knowledge on ‘SAA Approval’ is a critical advantage over dishonest companies.
According to SAA Approvals, “SAA Approvals is accredited by the Joint Accreditation Service of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ). [The JAS-ANZ] are a certification body to issue ‘Certificates of Approval for declared and non-declared electrical equipment’ that has proven to comply with the safety requirements of the applicable Australian Standard.”
Essentially, it means that a product with SAA Certification has passed the Australian and New Zealand standard for electrical requirements and is lawfully allowed to be sold to end-users in both countries.
Any electrical product sold in Australia and New Zealand must be proven to be safe. This certificate is physical proof that the item you are buying is electrically safe, and that is why any item with SAA Approval in its description should be considered very highly compared to products that do not have this approval listed.
Furthermore, other international approvals will not suffice; an electrical product sold in Australia must specifically be SAA Approved. According to SAA Approvals, “Australia has an independent requirement for Approval Certification. All declared electrical products must be covered by an Approval certificate and be marked in an appropriate way to show this.” Thus, if the product is approved by another country but not by Australian law, there is a strong chance it is not compliant to Australian safety standards, and therefore should be avoided.
Source: Platinum Electronics
Dangers of purchasing a LED bathroom mirror that is not compliant with Australian safety standards:
We all know about the fatal effects of electrocution. We are taught from a young age the dangers of electric devices, plugs and live electricity. Nevertheless, a blind eye can still occur to electrical products, not out of foolish ignorance but because danger was never suspected in the first place. An uncertified product could come with defective wiring which according to Platinum Electricians, can “increase the chance of fire, power surges, arc faults and other serious consequences.” These are high-risk scenarios that could be easily avoided by purchasing a product with the proper certification, and you can sleep easy knowing your electrical appliance is safe.
Ultimately, all you need to do as an end-user is ask the important question; “does this product have SAA Approval?” If it does, you have found a winner! If it doesn’t, keep on looking. Safety should ALWAYS be the ultimate deal-breaker, and if you have to pay a few extra pennies to ensure you have a legally approved product, that is certainly well worth your money.
Safety should ALWAYS be the ultimate deal breaker.