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Switches for household and similar fixed-electrical installations - Part 1: General requirements

Executive summary

General requirements for switches intended for household and similar fixed-electrical installations.

Abstract

This part of EN 60669 applies to manually operated general purpose switches, for a.c. only with a rated voltage not exceeding 440 V and a rated current not exceeding 63 A, intended for household and similar fixed-electrical installations, either indoors or outdoors.

Unless otherwise specified in subsequent parts, this standard applies to switches intended to be used at 50 Hz.

The European Standard also applies to boxes for switches, with the exception of mounting boxes for flush-type switches.

This standard also applies to switches such as:

– switches incorporating pilot lights;

– electromagnetic remote control switches (particular requirements are given in part 2 of this series);

– switches incorporating a time-delay device (particular requirements are given in part 2 of this series);

– combinations of switches and other functions (with the exception of switches combined with fuses);

– electronic switches (particular requirements are given in part 2 of this series);

– switches having facilities for the outlet and retention of flexible cable.

Switches complying with this standard are suitable for use at ambient temperatures not normally exceeding 25 degrees C, but occasionally reaching 35 degrees C.

History and related standards

This European Standard supersedes BS EN 60669-1:1996 which is withdrawn.

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