How to Find an LED Lighting Company in China?
China is one of the leading LED lighting hubs in the world, and its LED lighting industry is making a name for itself all over the world for its quality products. On top of that, the industry is saturated with several LED manufacturers, who are constantly competing with each other in terms of the best products. Therefore, if you are looking to import LEDs, China is one of the best places to get them.
That being said, finding an LED lighting company in China is not an easy task. As already mentioned, the market is saturated with a myriad of LED lighting companies, which can make choosing the best one a daunting task. On top of that, finding a good LED lighting company can be quite confusing, especially if you have never visited China before. But do not let that discourage you as this article has a step-by-step guide on how to source the best LED lighting supplier/company in China.
1. Channel to source
The first step to finding a good LED lighting company is to first identify a channel where you can source a list of companies operating in China. There are several channels you can use for this purpose, but the best ones include:
One of the best platforms to use when looking for LED lighting companies in China is Google Search. By searching “the LED lighting company supplier vendor manufacturer exporter in China”, you can find a list of several companies that you can consider. For the best results, check out all the companies that appear on pages 1 to 5 of the search results – this is where you will find companies with great Google search engine rankings.
b) B2B platforms
B2B platforms are great places to look if you are in need of a reliable company/manufacturer/supplier/vendor/exporter. When it comes to LED lighting companies, some of the best B2B platforms you can use include Alibaba.com, Globalsource.com, and MadeInChina.com.
c) Custom Data platforms
If you are looking for only the best LED lighting companies in China, one of the best places to look is custom data platforms. These platforms will provide you with details of the top manufacturers, suppliers, companies, vendors, and exporter of LED lighting products. Some of the best custom data platforms you can use include ImportGenius.com and Panjiva.com.
Note: Custom data platforms are premium websites, where you will pay a subscription or a fee to access information about companies. Therefore, you should be prepared to spend some money when using these platforms. However, if you do not want to pay the custom data fee involved, you can contact me and I will provide you with the information, free of charge, for the first time.
d) Exhibition platforms
Another great place to find LED lighting companies in China platforms that offer exhibitions. These platforms feature the products of various companies from all over the world, and you can find a good number of LED lighting companies in China. Some of the top exhibition platforms you can use include InfoComm (infocommshow.org) and NAB (nabshow.com).
e) Recommendation from friends and family
You can also find LED lighting companies in China by asking for recommendations from friends and relatives. You can also ask them to recommend a great platform that you can use to source a good company. This can help to save you a lot of time and effort (and even money), and also provide you with a great list of LED lighting companies to consider.
f) Yellow pages
Yellow Pages is one of the best platforms for finding a business. And even though there are doubts as to whether people still use Yellow Pages, a good number of companies and business from all over the world still use it for advertisement. Yellow Pages even has an online platform YellowPages.com, where you can search for LED lighting companies in China.
If you are not eager to spend several hours searching for an LED lighting company in China, you can outsource the task to other people for a fee. Some of the best platforms where you can outsource the task of finding LED lighting companies in China include UpWork.com, Fivver.com, and numerous other websites where you can post a classified ad.
2. Verify the qualifications of the companies
Now that you have found a list of LED lighting companies that you can consider for your order, the next step involves verifying the qualifications of each and every company. This will help you to narrow down your options and ensure that you are only left with reliable and trustworthy companies. Below is a look at how you can verify the qualifications of companies you find in step 1 above:
a) Searching for the companies’ info at Whois.com
Whois.com offers domain history of websites found online. Therefore, if the companies you are considering have an online presence, Whois.com is a great place to start.
b) Searching for companies’ info at Archive.org
Archive.org is another great place to search for information on the companies you are considering. It contains detailed information on various companies from all over the world. Therefore, you can be able to find out if the companies you are considering really deal with LED lighting, where they operate from, how long they have been in business, etc.
c) Paying for the custom data of the companies
The custom data platforms covered in (1. C) above can also help you verify the qualifications of the companies you are considering. These platforms contain information such as products sold, the area of operation, how long the company has been operating, a history of export data, etc. Therefore, you can be able to find out if a company you are considering is reliable or not.
d) Using Google Street View
By searching for the companies in step 1 above on Google Street View, you can be able to see and verify where they are located. The information can also help you estimate the size of the company.
e) Conducting a Google Image search
Another great idea on how to get information on the LED lighting companies you are considering is by using Google Image search. By simply searching for the companies you are considering on Google Image, you will find their pictures, their headquarters, key persons, products they sell, etc.
f) Searching for the companies on Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites
Nowadays, most companies use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and other social media networks to advertise their brands. The social media profiles of these companies will usually contain important information such as where they are located, the products and services they offer, how long they have been in business, and much more. Therefore, searching for the LED lighting companies you are considering on social media is one of the best ways of verifying that they are legit.
g) Outsourcing the due diligence work to a professional
Verifying the qualifications of each and every one of the companies above is a task that is easier said than done. Fortunately, you can outsource this task to a professional business investigation firm/company. The investigators you hire will provide you with detailed information about the Led lighting companies, thus saving you a lot of time and effort.
h) Flying to China and visiting the company in person
Lastly, the most effective way of verifying the qualifications of the LED lighting companies you have chosen in step 1 above is to visit China in person and tour each and every one of the companies. This way, you will be able to find for yourself where the companies are located, the products they offer, and other important information that will tell you if they are legit or not.
3. Familiarize yourself with LED lighting
After verifying that the companies you have chosen are legit (and striking out any that is not), the next step to finding the right company is to familiarize yourself with the world of LED lighting. Doing this will provide you with all the information you need to know about LED lighting, thus making the process of choosing the right company easier. It will also help to ensure that you are able to choose a company that offers high-quality LED lighting products that are manufactured using the right technologies and processes.
Below is a look at some of the ways on how you can obtain more information about LED lighting:
a) Reading LED lighting magazine – you can find and download these magazines online through Google search. Alternatively, you can buy print copies (paper) of the top LED lighting magazines.
b) Searching “LED lighting process” on Google and/or YouTube – this will give you access to lots of informative articles, papers, and videos about LED lighting, which will help you understand the process better.
c) Visiting LED lighting forums – LED lighting forums are other great platforms where you can learn more about LED lighting. On these forums, you can interact with experts in the LED lighting sector, who can provide you with detailed information about LED lighting. You can even post any questions you have about the process and receive very informative answers.
d) Visiting a local LED lighting factory or store – what better way to learn about LED lighting other than from the source? By visiting a local LED lighting factory or store, you can learn, first-hand, everything you need to know about LED lighting.
e) Outsourcing information – Don’t want to spend hours searching for information about LED lighting? How about you pay someone to find the information you need? This way, you will save a lot of time and effort and get access to high-quality, enlightening information about the LED lighting process.
4. Contact the companies
You have chosen a number of LED companies to consider, verified their qualifications, and familiarized yourself with the LED lighting process. What’s next?
The next step to finding the right LED lighting company in China is to contact the companies you have chosen. Contacting these companies will help you to learn more about them, which will put to rest any doubts you might have about their qualifications. You will also be able to find out if the products they offer are the right fit for you, whether they ship to your home country or not, and so no.
Below is a look at some of the methods you can use to get in touch with the companies:
a) Contacting them via phone or email
b) Visiting the branch offices located in your country or region. Alternatively, you can go to China in person and visit their headquarters.
c) Inviting their sale representatives to your home country
d) Visiting them at exhibitions, expos, and conferences they are participating in
5. Compare the companies and place a sample order
By now, you have already narrowed down your options for LED lighting companies. However, you will still find yourself with a number of companies to consider. In this step, you are going to compare all the remaining companies so that you can determine which one is the best fit.
The best way to compare the remaining companies is to place a sample order so that you can compare things like the quality of products, prices, and other important factors. Below is a look at how you can do this:
a) First, start by choosing around three companies from the list of the remaining LED lighting companies
b) Provide them with the requirements for your order, i.e., the desired quality of LED lighting, required certification and safety standards and regulations, and your preferred lead time (time taken for the company to deliver your order after you have placed it)
c) If the companies can meet your requirements, you can then place a sample order and compare the experience of all the companies
d) Repeat this process around one or two times to find out which company is the best among the remaining ones.
6. Choose your preferred company
With the above 5 steps, you will come up with a list of several LED lighting companies you can consider for your order, verify their qualifications, familiarize yourself with the LED lighting process, get in touch with the best companies, and then compare their products and services. By doing this, you can be able to choose one company that is a right fit for the LED lighting products you are looking to import from China.