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Low Voltage Directive

For the purposes of this Directive (73/23/EEC) "electrical equipment" means any equipment designed for use with a voltage rating of between 50 and 1,000 V for alternating current and between 75 and 1,500 V for direct current.

The Annex 1 of the Directive gives principal elements of the safety objectives for electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits. These requirements are described hereafter.

Safety requirements

  • The electrical equipment shall be resistant to non-mechanical influences in expected environmental conditions, in such a way that persons, domestic animals and property are not endangered,
  • The electrical equipment shall not endanger persons, domestic animals and property in foreseeable conditions of overload,
  • The electrical equipment, together with its component parts, shall be made in such a way as to ensure that it can be safely and properly assembled and connected,
  • Electrical components and the electricity supply connections are so designed and manufactured as to ensure that protection against all hazards of electrical nature is assured providing that the equipment is used in applications for which it was made and is adequately maintained,
  • Persons and domestic animals must be adequately protected against danger of physical injury or other harm which might be caused by electrical contact direct or indirect,
  • Temperatures, arcs or radiation which would cause a danger, must not be produced,
  • Persons, domestic animals and property are adequately protected against non-electrical dangers caused by the electrical equipment which are revealed by experience,
  • The insulation shall be suitable for foreseeable conditions

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