BS EN 61000-3-2:2019 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 3-2: Limits - Limits for harmonic current emissions (equipment input current ≤16 A per phase9

BS EN IEC 61000-3-2:2019

Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). Limits. Limits for harmonic current emissions (equipment input current ≤16 A per phase)

Status : Current, Under review   Published : March 2019



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What is this standard about?

It deals with limiting the harmonic currents injected into the public low-voltage mains electricity supply system by a large variety of electrical and electronic equipment.

Who is this standard for?

  • EMC test laboratories
  • Electrical testing laboratories
  • Manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment which can be operated from the public mains supply, particularly those manufacturers producing categories of equipment present in the market in large volumes (e.g. IT Equipment, lighting equipment)
  • Inspectors and quality assessors

Why should you use this standard?

A public low-voltage mains distribution network exists if more than one independent consumer can draw power from it. It’s important to protect such networks from harmonic currents as these can cause overheating of electrical distribution system wiring, transformer overheating and shortened transformer service life.

Therefore this standard covers a large variety of electrical and electronic equipment having an input current up to and including 16A per phase and intended for use by both the general public and professionals. The standard specifies limits for harmonic components of the input current which can be produced by equipment tested under specified conditions. The tests according to this document are type tests.

This standard covers the essential requirements of the EMC Directive 2014/30/EU and the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU, therefore manufacturers of products complying with this standard will be able to claim compliance with these Directives.

For systems with nominal voltages less than but not equal to 220 V (line-to-neutral), the limits have not yet been considered.

NOTE: Arc welding equipment which is not professional equipment, with a rated input current up to and including 16 A per phase, is included in this document. Arc welding equipment intended for professional use, as specified in IEC 60974-1, is excluded from this document and can be subject to installation restrictions as indicated in IEC 61000-3-12.

What’s changed since the last update?

This is a technical revision of BS EN 61000-3-2:2014 and includes the following significant technical changes:

a)      An update of the emission limits for lighting equipment with a rated power ≤ 25 W to take into account new types of lighting equipment

b)     The addition of a threshold of 5 W under which no emission limits apply to all lighting equipment

c)      The modification of the requirements applying to the dimmers when operating non-incandescent lamps

d)     The addition of test conditions for digital load side transmission control devices

e)     The removal of the use of reference lamps and reference ballasts for the tests of lighting equipment

f)       The simplification and clarification of the terminology used for lighting equipment

g)      The classification of professional luminaires for stage lighting and studios under Class A

h)     A clarification about the classification of emergency lighting equipment

i)       A clarification for lighting equipment including one control module with an active input power ≤ 2 W

j)       An update of the test conditions for television receivers

k)      An update of the test conditions for induction hobs, taking also into account the other types of cooking appliances

l)       For consistency with IEC 61000-3-12, a change of the scope of IEC 61000-3-2 from equipment with an input current ≤ 16 A to equipment with a rated input current ≤ 16 A

Standard NumberBS EN IEC 61000-3-2:2019
TitleElectromagnetic compatibility (EMC). Limits. Limits for harmonic current emissions (equipment input current ≤16 A per phase)
StatusCurrent, Under review
Publication Date05 March 2019
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)IEC 61000-4-7:2002/AMD1:2008, EN 61000-4-7:2002, IEC 60335-2-24:2010, EN 61000-4-7:2002/A1:2009, IEC 61000-4-7:2002, EN 60335-2-24:2010, EN 60155, IEC 60268-3, IEC 60155, IEC 60050-161, EN 60268-3
Informative References(Provided for Information)IEC 60335-2-2, IEC 60335-2-17, EN 61000-2-2, IEC 61000-3-12, EN 60974-6, EN 62756-1, EN 60107-1:1997, IEC 61000-2-2, EN 60974-1, IEC 60974-6, IEC 60335-2-14, IEC 62756-1, IEC 60335-2-79, IEC 60974-1, EN 60335-2-14, EN 60335-2-17, EN 61000-3-12, EN 60335-2-2, EN 60335-2-79, HD 483.1 S2:1989, IEC 60268-1:1985/AMD1:1988, IEC 60107-1:1997
ReplacesBS EN 61000-3-2:2014
International RelationshipsEN IEC 61000-3-2:2019,IEC 61000-3-2:2018
Draft Superseded By16/30348107 DC16/30348110 DC
DescriptorsElectromagnetic radiation, Harmonics, Fault currents, Electric power networks, Low-voltage equipment, Electromagnetic fields, Electric power system disturbances, Noise (spurious signals), Electromagnetic compatibility
Title in FrenchCompatibilité électromagnétique (CEM) Limites. Limites pour les émissions de courant harmonique (courant appelé par les appareils = 16 A par phase)
Title in GermanElektromagnetische Verträglichkeit (EMV) Grenzwerte. Grenzwerte für Oberschwingungsströme (Geräte-Eingangsstrom = 16 A je Leiter)
ISBN978 0 580 88013 1
File Size1.272 MB

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