Are your high bay lamp equipped with MEAN WELL driver? If you think with this MEAN WELL driver, your LED high bay lamp can last 5 years or more, we are sorry to tell it possibly cannot. Because your MEAN WELL driver may be fake.
As a high bay lamp manufacturer, we are glad more and more LED high bay lights are used for industrial lighting. The led driver is the core of a LED high bay lamp. It affects the life span, even the property safety. Many Quality LED high bay retrofits use Taiwan MEAN WELL drivers. While the MEAN WELL brand driver is so famous, there appear many counterfeit and high imitation drivers on the market and many online so-called MEAN WELL official website or direct selling platform.
1.The real Taiwan MEAN WELL driver’s official website
Besides the official website www.meanwell.com, Taiwan MEAN WELL company has other two factories in Suzhou and Guangzhou, China. So if you see MEAN WELL driver from factories of other cities, it is fake one. Besides, it has two offices in USA and Europe. The companies are respectively named as MEAN WELL USA, INC. and ?MEAN WELL EUROPE B.V.
2. Besides the fake official website, there are also counterfeit powers.
Some are near the famous brand, that is the trademark or company name is very close as the name MEAN WELL brand to achieve the purpose of confusion.
For examples, the real MEAN WELL driver Chinese name is 明纬. Some called明伟，名纬，铭纬 or with other city MEAN WELL, such as Hongkong MEANWELL.
The real MEAN WELL driver logo is as below. Its abbreviation is MW. Some fake one’s MW is connected together or added more words.
3.Another situation is high imitation.
The fake drivers logo is absolutely same as the real MEAN WELL driver. But this kind of driver workmanship is significantly different from the real one. The real shell is more delicate and the label is also more formal. While the fake driver label printing is usually rough.
Here are some main points of identifying genuine MEAN WELL drivers:
1.Logo (trade mark) – make sure the official “MW” trademark is printed on the housings, circuit boards, and other parts like transformers.
2.Mind the consistency of label prints. Fake Mean Well products may have labels with inconsistent code (serial number) on different parts or packings. Genuine Mean Well drivers have serial numbers printed on the housings and switch transformers respectively with the first two digits are the same.
3. Compare the models and specifications carefully. Some models may not be offered by Mean Well but are available on the market. For example the fake model LPV-200-12 is not in the Mean Well range, and its housing is metal but the Mean Well LPV series use plastic housings.
4. Check the workmanship and circuit design for obvious defects.
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