(although I can hear rebuttals forthcoming too)...
One self inflicted detriment seems to be this Law
, which as Ross P. warned , has created a 'huge sucking sound'
of manufacturing sector out of the country.
Fueled by simple economics, this means most 'luminares' made elsewhere.
A driving factor is the asthetic appeal , which constitutes a luminares marketability far and away over compatibility, longevity, and even it's basic function.
[thread highjack]Obviously, being that all of today's fixtures are NFG for pre-1985 wiring, and thus the majority of the population
, respect to our trades concerns should be rather apparent.[/thread highjack]
The end result is those big orange places beating out the competition via goods made in countries i can't even spell, much less desire to stand behind....
Then ask yourself this, when the common denominator of quality dips , what do the NRTL's do? Who do they work
for? Who cuts them the check
They proceed to take a Bic lighter....no joke here, and try to light the materials.
uh...ya..sure, fine ......
( insert pix of white coat lab guys)
So whadda I do? I DON"T buy anything I don't personally specify, If the customer wishes to choose luminares ,(face it, Mama rules in residential work here)
I will require cut sheets or communication with the lighting shop/ supplier beforehand.
Basically, all you need do is say you will not stand behind any non-American make/model.
I make a point of stating this to my customers....