SAFEGUARDS | Electrical & Electronics NO. 184/17
On September 15, 2017, Amendment 1 to IEC 60598-1: 2014 was published.
This amendment introduces a number of changes that benefit the manufacturer. However, this only relates to the IEC standard, we await an Amendment for EN 60598-1 which will deliver real benefits for manufacturers wanting to import the luminaires to European market.
Amendment 1 includes a number of major changes. Firstly, 10 definitions were added, most of these definitions are related to luminaires which use lamp control gear or an LED lighting source.
Then, in the section on marking, the following new markings or changes will be required:
Rated input constant voltage, Rated input constant current and value of Uout, Rated input power.These relate to LED luminaires and luminaires designed for non-replaceable or non-user replaceable light sources
- Marking for leads and terminations used for the connection to extra low voltage d.c. supplies
- The warning symbol “Do not stare at the operating light source”, shall be visible as detailed by condition ‘a’ of Clause 3.2 and Table 3.1. In the old standard, this marking shall be visible as detailed by conditions ‘a’ and ‘c’ of Sub clause 3.2 and Table 3.1. This means currently the manufacturer only need attach this label in one position in the luminaire, not two positions or one position that meets both conditions
- Luminaires delivered without control gear shall be provided with the necessary information for the selection of the appropriate component
- Additional information should be put on the packaging when the terminal block is not supplied with the luminaire
One very important change is to the construction requirements part. It is the verdict rule for Test E for clip-mounted luminaires. In the old standard, this test is very difficult for clip-mounted luminaires to pass, because the requirement is that a clip shall not start moving on the glass at a pull of 20 N. In Amendment 1, this changes to the requirement that the clip shall not fall off the glass at a pull of 20 N. Thus clip-mounted luminaires will pass this test easily. Another change is maybe not such good news. If the luminaire uses internal wires with a reduced cross-sectional area, some important tests need to be conducted. The current limit rating of the protection device shall be a proven characteristic of the device used, and major changes were made to the standard framework for creepage distances and clearances requirements.
For the electrical tests section, the major changes are as follows. Firstly, the IPX2 test method is added, from now luminaires can be marked with an IPX2 rating. Another change relates to the endurance and thermal tests, test conditions for luminaires for constant voltage or constant current operation not equipped with control gear, which were clarified.
The above is a summary of the major changes in Amendment 1 2017 of IEC 60598-1: 2014, which we hope is helpful to all luminaire manufacturers and factories.
Clients planning to export these goods to Europe after 1-2 years must prepare products according to the test requirements contained within the new standard.
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