Updates to Lighting in IEC 61000-3-2:2018

IEC 61000-3-2 relates to limiting the harmonic currents injected into the public low-voltage mains electricity supply system by electrical and electronic equipment. Here are the latest updates you should be aware of.

With LED lighting coming to the fore in recent years, there were issues with it not being fully defined in the 2014 edition of the standard. Previously, all LED lighting less than 25W didn't require testing as no limits were available under Class C requirements.

With the update, new regulations for LED lamps greater than 5W but less than 25W have been introduced and products will need to comply with one of three requirements; which could potentially be onerous for lighting manufacturers.

In addition, the requirement for reference lamps and ballast has been removed and there has been a modification to the requirements for dimmers when operating non-incandescent lamps from this edition.

Although this standard is some way from being introduced into the Official Journal for CE Marking, the Gulf States GSO Mark has already adopted it. We are set up to test to this new version.

If you’d like to find out more about the update, give Julian a call on 02380 271111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tags: EMC Directive , EMC Testing, LED, lighting

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