UL warns Skylite brand cable is potentially hazardous

For the second time in a year, UL issued a notice stating the Skylite cable brand uses the UL mark but does not have the authority to do so.

Images from a box of Skylite brand cable identified by UL as containing copper-clad aluminum conductors and using the UL mark without authorization
Images from a box of Skylite brand cable identified by UL as containing copper-clad aluminum conductors and using the UL mark without authorization

Underwriters Laboratories recently issued an alert to consumers, retailers, manufacturers, regulatory agencies and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), stating that communications cable sold under the brand name Skylite bears a counterfeit UL mark. “The communications cable has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate standard for safety for the United States, and is not authorized to bear the UL mark or any reference to UL,” the organization said.

Furthermore, UL’s notice said the cable “employs copper-clad aluminum conductors, which may cause an increased risk of fire.”

UL says the cable is known to be sold at the website 1000ftcables.com. The box contains the words “Skylite Communications” as well as a toll-free phone number. The cable jacket displays the following: CAT5E 350 MHz CMR RISER UTP 4-PAIR 24AWG EIA/TIA-568-B.2-1 (UL) E302757.

It was the second time in the past year that UL has issued an alert about this particular brand of cable. In October 2011 UL alerted the marketplace to a Skylite cable with different markings on its jacket; that cable also used the UL mark although it had not been evaluated by UL.

You can see the full text of UL’s alert, including additional photography of the box and the cable jacket, here.

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