Sunday, August 2, 2015

ARRL Files Interference Complaints over Lighting Devices

The ARRL has formally complained to the FCC that The Home Depot has been marketing RF-ballast lighting devices in violation of FCC rules. According to the ARRL Letter, the League alleges that the home improvement chain has been selling RF lighting devices to consumers that are rated only for commercial and industrial use. These devices have a higher level of permitted emissions - which can cause RF interference - than those rated for consumer/residential use. 
The ARRL has also filed three new interference complaints regarding so-called "grow lights," along with urging the Enforcement Bureau to take action regarding a similar complaint that it filed more than a year ago. These grow lights are used for cultivating plants indoors, and are commonly used by marijuana growers.