Electrical equipment safety

The Low Voltage Regulations

Directive 2014/35/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits has been transposed in to Irish legislation by the European Union (Making Available on the Market of Electrical Equipment Designed for Use within Certain Voltage Limits) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 345 of 2016) (the Low Voltage Regulations).

The legislation provides that Electrical Equipment as defined below cannot be placed on the market unless it complies with essential health and safety requirements in the Low Voltage Regulations.

How is a low voltage product defined?

The Low Voltage Regulations covers most electrical equipment with voltage:

  • Between 50 Volts and 1000 volts for A/C; and
  • Between 75 Volts and 1500 Volts for D/C.

In practice, this accounts for nearly all electrical devices found in the home and office.

What electrical equipment is NOT covered by the Low Voltage Regulations?

The Low Voltage Regulations do not apply to electrical equipment for use in an explosive atmosphere, for radiology and medical purposes, for goods and passenger lists, plugs and socket outlets for domestic use, specialised electrical equipment for use on ships, aircraft or railways, electricity meters and electric fence controllers.

Do Low Voltage products have to carry a CE mark?

Yes, all low voltage products which are in compliance with the Low Voltage Regulations must carry a CE mark.

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