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IEC 60598-2-20 Testing

Lighting chains

IEC 60598-2-20 Scope:

IEC 60598 2 20 and EN 60598 2 20 testing 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.

For combinations where rope lights (also known as sealed lighting chains) are included, see IEC 60598-2-21. Lighting chains provided with fixed or detachable attachments e.g. ornamental or decorative, are considered to be covered by this standard. For lighting chains fitted with lampholders of the push-in type, the appropriate requirements of this standard applies.

NOTE 1: A Christmas tree lighting chain is an example of a lighting chain fitted with series or series/parallel connected lamps. A chain for illuminating ski-tracks or promenades is an example of a lighting chain fitted with parallel connected lamps. For lighting chains with non-standardized lamps (e.g. lamps of the push-in type) the lamps are regarded as a part of the lighting chain and consequently included in the testing.

NOTE 2: For products where the lighting chain is permanently fixed to a frame or pre-lit Christmas tree the relevant clauses of IEC 60598-2-4 and/or IEC 60598-2-7 can also apply.

NOTE 3: In some countries the term “strings” is used instead of “chains”.

NOTE 4: Candlestick luminaries are tested according to IEC 60598-2-4.

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Related Standards:

IEC 60598-2-1 Fixed general purpose luminaires

IEC 60598-2-2 Recessed luminaires

IEC 60598-2-3 Luminaires for road and street lighting

IEC 60598-2-4 Portable general purpose luminaires

IEC 60598-2-5 Floodlights

IEC 60598-2-7 Portable luminaires for garden use

IEC 60598-2-8 Handlamps

IEC 60598-2-9 Photo and film luminaires (non-professional)

IEC 60598-2-10 Portable luminaires for children

IEC 60598-2-11 Aquarium luminaires

IEC 60598-2-12 Mains socket-outlet mounted nightlights

IEC 60598-2-13 Ground recessed luminaires

IEC 60598-2-14 Luminaires for cold cathode tubular discharge lamps (neon tubes) and similar equipment

IEC 60598-2-18 Luminaires for swimming pools and similar applications

IEC 60598-2-19 Air-handling luminaires (safety requirements)

IEC 60598-2-21 Rope lights

IEC 60598-2-22 Luminaires for emergency lighting

IEC 60598-2-23 Extra low voltage lighting systems for filament lamps

IEC 60598-2-24 Luminaires with limited surface temperatures

IEC 60598-2-25 Luminaires for use in clinical areas of hospitals and health care buildings