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Low Voltage Directive (LVD)

Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU Testing

Low Voltage 2014/35/EU, formerly 2006/95/EC
Electrical products that have a voltage rating within the below parameters can be subject to the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU, formerly 2006/95/EC:

  • 50 – 1,000 volts for AC devices
  • 75 – 1,500 volts for DC devices.

DC devices that charge using an AC adapter are also subject to the LVD, even if the voltage is less than 75 volts DC.

Conformity to the Low Voltage Directive is mandatory if your product is within the voltage limits and not excluded specifically by the law (the Low Voltage Directive is a European law). Note that if your product is not within these voltages it may still be subject to other laws: most notably the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC.

LVD compliance is not assured by using all CE-marked components. That is the starting point and the device itself must carry a CE mark that indicates the overall assembly, tested and evaluated as a single unit, is in legal compliance with the Low Voltage Directive.

F2 Labs can perform the required evaluation and testing to ensure compliance with the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU, formerly 2006/95/EC. Our engineers will work with you, one-on-one, in cases of non-compliance in order to resolve any issues.

We are an accredited third party testing lab and our technical report(s) will satisfy the legal requirement to supply test reports (2014/35/EU, formerly 2006/95/EC, Annex IV (3)) if the European Market Surveillance Authorities make a formal request for your Technical File.

F2 Labs is regularly engaged in helping US manufacturers throughout the CE marking process; beginning with the determination of applicable EU Directives, suggesting appropriate EN standards for testing, performing the testing, and preparing the technical and legal documentation you will be required to store and/or present to the European authorities.

As your safety testing laboratory, we are ready to help you with your project – whether you are in the design or bid phase of the project or have equipment ready to ship. Call us today.

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Here are just some of the standards we can evaluate to:

Audio, video, and similar electronic apparatus – Safety requirements
Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety — Part 1: General requirements
Luminaries — Part 1: General requirements and tests
Automatic electrical controls. General requirements
Information technology equipment – Safety — Part 1: General requirements

Safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use — Part 1: General requirements

Audio/video, information, and communication technology equipment. Safety requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

 
What is the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU? 

The Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU, formerly known as 2006/95/EC, is a European Union regulation that ensures the safety of electrical equipment within certain voltage limits. It applies to electrical products with a voltage rating of 50 – 1,000 volts for AC devices and 75 – 1,500 volts for DC devices.

Which Products are Subject to the LVD? 

Electrical products within the specified voltage ranges are subject to the LVD. This includes AC devices within 50 – 1,000 volts and DC devices within 75 – 1,500 volts. DC devices that charge using an AC adapter are also subject to the LVD, even if the DC voltage is less than 75 volts.

Is LVD Compliance Mandatory? 

Yes, conformity to the Low Voltage Directive is mandatory for products within the voltage limits specified by the directive, unless they are explicitly excluded by law.

Does Using CE-marked Components Guarantee LVD Compliance? 

No, using CE-marked components is only the starting point. The final product must also be tested and evaluated as a single unit to ensure it is in legal compliance with the LVD and carry a CE mark indicating this conformity.

How Can F2 Labs Assist with LVD Compliance? 

F2 Labs can perform the required evaluation and testing to ensure compliance with the LVD. In cases of non-compliance, our engineers will work one-on-one with you to resolve any issues. We also assist with the preparation of technical and legal documentation required by European authorities.

What is the Importance of Third-Party Testing for LVD Compliance? 

Third-party testing, such as that provided by F2 Labs, offers an accredited evaluation that satisfies legal requirements for test reports. This is crucial if the European Market Surveillance Authorities request your Technical File for inspection.

What Standards Can F2 Labs Evaluate to for LVD Compliance? 

F2 Labs can evaluate electrical products to various EN standards for LVD compliance, including EN 60065-1, EN 60335-1, EN 60598-1, EN 60730-1, EN 60950-1, EN 61010-1, and EN 62368-1, among others.

 

How to Begin the Process of LVD Compliance Testing with F2 Labs? 

You can begin the process by contacting F2 Labs. We offer assistance throughout the CE marking process, from determining applicable EU Directives, to performing testing, and preparing necessary documentation, whether you are in the design phase, bid phase, or have equipment ready to ship.

Low volt panel tested by Low Voltage Directive
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