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European Union – Upcoming Standard Changes for Lighting Products

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April 2, 2018

By: Elena Andreula / UL EMEA Regulatory Program Expert

Harmonized Standards Dates of Withdrawal

Electrical equipment in compliance with a harmonized European Standard (EN) cited in the Official Journal of the European Union shall be presumed to be in compliance with the corresponding requirements of harmonization legislation.

New European harmonized standard editions or amendments become mandatory starting from the Date of Withdrawal (DOW) of the superseded standard.

This date marks the end of the period during which both the old and the new version of the standard can be used to claim, 'presumption of conformity', to the essential requirements of the relevant directive. After that date, 'presumption of conformity' can no longer be claimed for a product manufactured according to the old version of the standard.

Here is an overview of the recent and expected changes in harmonized standards.

EN 60598-2-20:2015 - DOW 2017-12-30 - Supersedes EN 60598-2-20:2010

EN 60598-2-20:2014 specifies requirements for lighting chains fitted with series, parallel or a combination of series/parallel connected light sources for use either indoors or outdoors on supply voltages not exceeding 250 V. This edition includes significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition, where the requirements for rope lights (sealed lighting chains) have been removed and are now dealt with in IEC/EN 60598-2-21.

EN 62776:2015 - DOW 2018-01-15 - New Safety Standard

EN 62776:2015 specifies the safety and interchangeability requirements, and the exchange operation together with the test methods and conditions required to show compliance of double-capped LED lamps with G5 and G13 caps, intended for replacing fluorescent lamps with the same caps, having a rated power up to 125 W and a rated voltage up to 250 V. National standards conflicting with this new standard must be withdrawn.

EN 62493:2015 - DOW 2018-04-14 - Supersedes EN 62493:2010

EN 62493:2015 applies to the assessment of lighting equipment related to human exposure to electromagnetic fields.

The assessment consists of the induced internal electric field for frequencies from 20 kHz to 10 MHz and the specific absorption rate (SAR) for frequencies from 100 kHz to 300 MHz around lighting equipment. This edition constitutes a technical revision and includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition:

  • Identification of lighting product types deemed to comply with the standard without the need for testing (for example, luminaires for tungsten filament lamps and LED luminaires);
  • Deletion of the need for CISPR-15-compliance as a prerequisite for IEC 62493 compliance;
  • Inclusion of the consequences of the ICNIPR 2010 guidelines (up to 100 kHz);
  • Adding some guidance to the Van der Hoofden test head method to improve reproducibility of results;
  • Inclusion of the compliance demonstration method for products having intentional radiators.

EN 60598-2-5:2015 - DOW 2018-09-10 - Supersedes EN 60598-2-5:1998

EN 60598-2-5:2015 specifies requirements for floodlights for use with electrical light sources on supply voltages not exceeding 1000V. This edition cancels and replaces the edition published in 1998 and includes significant technical changes introducing requirements for the glass breaking test.

EN 60929:2011/A1:2016 - DOW 2019-03-11 – New Amendment

EN 60929:2011 specifies performance requirements for electronic control gear for use on a.c. at 50 Hz or 60 Hz and/or d.c. supplies, both up to 1 000 V, with operating frequencies deviating from the supply frequency associated with fluorescent lamps and other fluorescent lamps for high-frequency operation.

This amendment includes changes in requirements for dimming.

EN 60598-2-4:2018 publication expected soon (will replace EN 60598-2-4:1997)

Specifies requirements for portable general-purpose luminaires for indoor and/or outdoor use (e.g. garden use), other than handlamps, designed to be used with or incorporating electrical light sources on supply voltages not exceeding 250 V.

In this edition of EN 60598-2-4, all requirements listed in IEC 60598-2-7 will be incorporated. As a consequence, EN 60598-2-7 will be withdrawn.

EN 60598-2-17:2018 publication expected soon (will replace EN 60598-2-17:19889/A2:1991)

Specifies requirements for stage, television, film and photographic studio luminaires (including spot and floodlighting projectors) for use outdoors and indoors, with electric light sources on supply voltages not exceeding 1000 V. This edition constitutes a technical revision and includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition:

  • Extension of the applicable scope from “light source” to “electric light source” and replacement of "tungsten filament, tubular fluorescent and other discharge lamps" with "electric light source" in 17.1;
  • Consideration of the fact that there are many LED luminaires with non-replaceable light sources, and light sources without a glass bulb, or with low operation temperature: The applicable scope of relevant clauses therefore only applies to replaceable light source luminaires with a glass bulb lamp or with high surface temperature.

EN 60570:2003/A1:2018 publication expected soon

Applies to track systems for ordinary interior use with two or more poles and with provision for earthing (Class 1), with a rated voltage not exceeding 440 V between poles (live conductors), rated frequency not exceeding 60 Hz and a rated current not exceeding 16 A per conductor for the connection of luminaires to the electrical supply

How UL can help

UL is expertly qualified to assist companies in demonstrating their products meet the essential requirements of harmonized legislation and can help customers achieve compliance testing according to the applicable harmonized standards.

In addition, UL certifies products according to the ENEC and ENEC+ marks. Widely recognized throughout Europe, the ENEC and ENEC+ marks are voluntary for luminaires, and they demonstrate compliance of products with harmonized European standards verified by an independent third party. Therefore, they can be complementary marks to the mandatory CE marking which is based on a self-declaration.

Our Global Market Access team is prepared to help you achieve compliance with new requirements around the world. For more information or to contact our experts, visit our Global Market Access site at

These updates are for information purposes only and are not intended to convey legal or other professional advice.