On February 29, 2016 Standards Australia published the Joint Australian/News Zealand Standard for luminaire safety.
Technical committee EL-041, Lamps and related equipment, reviewed data obtained from incidents that occurred during the Federal Government’s Home Insulation Program, and data supplied by electrical safety regulators and industry participants in relation to thermal insulation placed over recessed luminaires.
The committee identified that updating relevant lighting standards could aid in minimizing the risk of ignition.
“The publication will assist manufacturers with achieving the required safety outcomes for their products when used in real building applications,” advised Owen Manley, Chairman of EL-041 on behalf of the committee.
This new Australian and New Zealand Standard compliments AS/NZS 5110:2011, Recessed luminaire barriers. This earlier standard specifies safety requirements for barriers to provide adequate separation from combustible building elements, insulation, and/or debris. This new edition replaces AS/NZS 60598.2.2:2001 and New Zealand Amendment A 2011.
AS/NZS 60598.2.2:2016 now includes classifications of various types of recessed luminaires suitable for different installation processes. This includes labeling requirements of each classification to assist installers of thermal insulation. The new labelling requirements are specifically addressed in Appendix ZD (refer to PDF document).
The new edition aligns with international standard IEC 60598-2-2:2011, Luminaires – Part 2.2: Particular requirements – Recessed Luminaires with some additional requirements relevant to issues identified from Australian and New Zealand data.
Stakeholders from government, regulators, industry associations, consumers, academic institutions, testing and research bodies constitute EL-041. This Standard has been developed with input from Australia and New Zealand Stakeholders to align the requirements in both countries.
The statement and Guide to recessed luminaire classification , symbols, application and general restriction on use.
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