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Information regarding EN IEC 60598-1:2021

Review recent changes to the standard and gain an understanding of what comes next.


What’s coming next? Being informed about upcoming changes to standards makes the development of new products and modifications to existing ones easier and quicker. Sometimes these changes enable potential cost savings or deliver new guidelines for developing innovative products.

The IEC published the update of the IEC 60598-1:2020 in November 2020, expecting that some national deviations would occur for the update of the EN 60598-1:2021 - but these deviations have not yet been added or the standard harmonized.

In this paper we will provide an overview of the changes so that you can start thinking about how to leverage this knowledge, and discuss your options pending the harmonization of the new standard.

There are 39 modifications to the standard: 14 revisions, six additions, three introductions, two removals, two cross references and finally 12 minor changes have been made. While we will mention all of the changes, this paper will focus on and discuss the three introductions

  • Protective Extra Low Voltage (PELV) – The use and design of PELV circuits will increase the reliability of LED solutions, even in the presence of transients disturbing or destroying the LED module.
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) or USB — Brings together IT and lighting. The technology enables luminaires to be powered by the IT power supply.
  • IP X9 – A new level of protection against the ingress of water, important for cleaning of tunnel lights and others.

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