BS EN 62246-1:2015 - Reed switches. Generic specification

BS EN 62246-1:2015

Reed switches. Generic specification

Status : Current   Published : March 2015



This part of IEC 62246 which is a generic specification applies to all types of reed switches including magnetically biased reed switches of assessed quality for use in general and industrial applications.


Mercury wetted reed switches are not covered by this standard due to their possible environmental impact.

It lists the tests and measurement procedures which may be selected for use in detail specifications for such reed switches.

This standard applies to reed switches which are operated by an applied magnetic field; it is not restricted to any particular type of contact load.

For elementary relays with reed switches, this standard is recommended to be used together with the standards IEC 61810‑1, IEC 61811‑1 as applicable.

For applications of reed switches, this standard is recommended to be used together with specific product standards.


Where any discrepancies occur for any reasons, documents rank in the following order of authority:

  1. the detail specification,

  2. the sectional specification,

  3. the generic specification,

  4. any other international documents (for example, of the IEC) to which reference is made.

The same order of precedence applies to equivalent national documents.

Standard NumberBS EN 62246-1:2015
TitleReed switches. Generic specification
Publication Date31 March 2015
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)IEC 60068-2-27:2008, IEC 60068-2-11:1981, IEC 60068-2-17:1994, IEC 60068-2-13:1983, EN 60068-2-11:1999, IEC 60068-2-1:2007, EN 60068-2-27:2009, EN 60068-2-30:2005, EN 60068-2-20:2008, IEC 60068-2-78, EN 60068-2-78, IEC 60068-2-21:2006, IEC 60068-2-20:2008, IEC 60068-2-2:2007, IEC 60068-1:2013, IEC 60096, IEC 60068-2-30:2005, EN 60947-5-1:2004/CORR:2005, EN 60068-2-7:1993, EN 60068-2-1:2007, EN 60068-2-17:1994, EN 60947-5-1:2004/CORR:2004, IEC 60068-2-7:1983, EN 60068-1:2014, EN 60947-5-1:2004, EN 60068-2-2:2007, EN 60068-2-14:2009, IEC 60068-2-6:2007, IEC 60947-5-1:2003, EN 60068-2-21:2006, EN 60068-2-6:2008, EN 60068-2-13:1999, IEC 60068-2-14:2009
Informative References(Provided for Information)EN 61810-2:2017, IEC 61810-2:2017, IEC 60050-444:2002, EN 61810-1:2008, EN 62246-1-1:2013, EN 61811-1, IEC 60050, IEC 60617, IEC 61811-1, EN 60027, IEC 60027, EN 61000-4-5:2014, IEC 60317-1, IEC 61000-4-5:2014, IEC 62246-1-1:2013, IEC 61810-1:2008
ReplacesBS EN 62246-1:2011
International RelationshipsEN 62246-1:2015,EN 62271-1:2008,IEC 62246-1:2015
Draft Superseded By13/30278343 DC
DescriptorsRatings, Reed relays, Marking, Electrical testing, Impact testing, Qualification approval, Assessed quality, Vibration testing, Quality assurance systems, Electric contacts, Inspection, Relays, Environmental testing, Specification (approval), Thermal testing, Switches
Title in FrenchContacts à lames souples. Spécification générique
Title in GermanReedschalter. Fachgrundspezifikation
ISBN978 0 580 81977 3
File Size1.974 MB

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