Luminaires - Part 2-21: Particular requirements - Rope lights

IEC 60598-2-21:2014 specifies requirements for rope lights (sealed lighting chains) fitted with non-replaceable series- or parallel- or a combination of series/parallel-connected light sources for use either indoors or outdoors on supply voltages not exceeding 250 V.
The contents of the corrigendum of December 2016 have been included in this copy.
This publication is to be read in conjunction with IEC 60598-1:2014.

Luminaires - Partie 2-21: Exigences particulières - Cordons lumineux

L'IEC 60598-2-21:2014 spécifie les exigences applicables aux cordons lumineux (guirlandes lumineuses scellées) munis de sources lumineuses montées en série, en parallèle ou en combinaison série/parallèle pour emploi à l'intérieur ou à l'extérieur, pour des tensions d'alimentation ne dépassant pas 250 V. Le contenu du corrigendum de décembre 2016 a été pris en considération dans cet exemplaire.
Cette publication doit être lue conjointement avec la CEI 60598-1:2014.

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IEC 60598-2-21
Edition 1.0 2014-11
INTERNATIONAL
STANDARD
NORME
INTERNATIONALE
Luminaires –
Part 2-21: Particular requirements – Rope lights
Luminaires –
Partie 2-21: Exigences particulières – Cordons lumineux
IEC 60598-2-21:2014-11(en-fr)
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IEC 60598-2-21
Edition 1.0 2014-11
INTERNATIONAL
STANDARD
NORME
INTERNATIONALE
Luminaires –
Part 2-21: Particular requirements – Rope lights
Luminaires –
Partie 2-21: Exigences particulières – Cordons lumineux
INTERNATIONAL
ELECTROTECHNICAL
COMMISSION
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CONTENTS

FOREWORD ........................................................................................................................... 4

21.1 Scope ........................................................................................................................ 6

21.2 Normative references ................................................................................................ 6

21.3 Terms and definitions ................................................................................................ 7

21.4 General test requirements ......................................................................................... 7

21.5 Classification of luminaires ........................................................................................ 7

21.5.1 General ............................................................................................................ 7

21.5.2 Protection against electric shock ...................................................................... 7

21.5.3 Protection against dust, solid objects and moisture ........................................... 7

21.6 Marking ..................................................................................................................... 8

21.6.1 General ............................................................................................................ 8

21.6.2 Rope light marking ........................................................................................... 8

21.6.3 Rope light and packing marking ........................................................................ 8

21.6.4 Packing or instruction marking .......................................................................... 8

21.7 Construction .............................................................................................................. 9

21.7.1 General ............................................................................................................ 9

21.7.2 Terminal blocks ................................................................................................ 9

21.7.3 Terminals and supply connections .................................................................... 9

21.7.4 Control units ..................................................................................................... 9

21.7.5 Mechanical strength ......................................................................................... 9

21.8 Creepage distances and clearances ........................................................................ 13

21.9 Provisions for earthing ............................................................................................. 13

21.10 Terminals ................................................................................................................ 13

21.11 External and internal wiring ...................................................................................... 13

21.11.1 General .......................................................................................................... 13

21.11.2 Cables for rope lights ..................................................................................... 13

21.11.3 Cord anchorage test ....................................................................................... 14

21.11.4 Plugs and cable length ................................................................................... 14

21.11.5 Maximum length of extendable class II rope lights .......................................... 14

21.12 Protection against electric shock .............................................................................. 14

21.13 Endurance tests and thermal tests ........................................................................... 14

21.13.1 General .......................................................................................................... 14

21.13.2 Test voltage ................................................................................................... 15

21.13.3 Short-circuit test of rectifier ............................................................................ 15

21.14 Resistance to dust, solid objects and moisture ......................................................... 15

21.15 Insulation resistance and electric strength................................................................ 15

21.16 Resistance to heat, fire and tracking ........................................................................ 15

Annex A (normative) Requirements for interconnecting connectors for use in rope

lights ..................................................................................................................................... 16

Figure 1 – Example of test device suitable for winding a flexible pipe ..................................... 10

Figure 2 – Cold bend test apparatus ...................................................................................... 11

Figure 3 – Impact test apparatus ........................................................................................... 12

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Table 1 – Mass of hammer .................................................................................................... 12

Table 2 – Cables for rope lights ............................................................................................. 13

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INTERNATIONAL ELECTROTECHNICAL COMMISSION
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LUMINAIRES –
Part 2-21: Particular requirements –
Rope lights
FOREWORD

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International Standard IEC 60598-2-21 has been prepared by subcommittee 34D: Luminaires,

of IEC technical committee 34: Lamps and related equipment.
The text of this standard is based on the following documents:
FDIS Report on voting
34D/1146/FDIS 34D/1154/RVD

Full information on the voting for the approval of this standard can be found in the report on

voting indicated in the above table.

This publication has been drafted in accordance with the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2.

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This standard is intended to be read in conjunction with IEC 60598-1 Luminaires – Part 1:

General requirements and tests.

A list of all the parts in the IEC 60598 series, published under the general title Luminaires can

be found on the IEC website.
In this standard, the following print types are used:
– requirements: in roman type;
– test specifications: in italic type;
– notes: in small roman type.

The committee has decided that the contents of this publication will remain unchanged until the

stability date indicated on the IEC web site under "http://webstore.iec.ch" in the data related to

the specific publication. At this date, the publication will be
• reconfirmed,
• withdrawn,
• replaced by a revised edition, or
• amended.

The contents of the Corrigendum 1of December 2016 have been included in this copy.

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LUMINAIRES –
Part 2-21: Particular requirements –
Rope lights
21.1 Scope

This part of IEC 60598 specifies requirements for rope lights (sealed lighting chains) fitted with

non-replaceable series- or parallel- or a combination of series/parallel-connected light sources

for use either indoors or outdoors on supply voltages not exceeding 250 V.

NOTE 1 In some countries the term “sealed lighting chain” is used instead of "rope light".

NOTE 2 For products where the rope light is fixed to a frame or the like as ornaments like Santa Claus, snowman

and similar, relevant clauses of IEC 60598-2-4 and/or IEC 60598-2-7 can also apply.

Rope lights provided with, fixed or detachable, extra attachments of different kinds, e.g.

ornamental element in temporary decorative configurations due to festivals, celebrations, etc.

or in two or three dimensional reproductions of persons or animals (real or imaginary) are

considered to be covered by this standard.
21.2 Normative references

The following documents, in whole or in part, are normatively referenced in this document and

are indispensable for its application. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments)

applies.

IEC 60227-5:2011, Polyvinyl chloride insulated cables of rated voltages up to and including

450/750 V – Part 5: Flexible cables (cords)

IEC 60245-4:2011, Rubber insulated cables – Rated voltages up to and including 450/750 V –

Part 4: Cords and flexible cables

IEC 60320 (all parts), Appliance couplers for household and similar general purposes

IEC 60529, Degrees of protection provided by enclosures (IP Code)
IEC 60598-1, Luminaires – Part 1: General requirements and tests

IEC 60811-504:2012, Electric and optical fibre cables – Test methods for non-metallic materials

– Part 504: Mechanical tests – Bending tests at low temperature for insulation and sheaths

IEC 60811-506:2012, Electric and optical fibre cables – Test methods for non-metallic materials

– Part 506: Mechanical tests – Impact test at low temperature for insulations and sheaths

IEC 60811-508:2012, Electric and optical fibre cables – Test methods for non-metallic materials

– Part 508: Mechanical tests – Pressure test at high temperature for insulation and sheaths

IEC 60906 (all parts), IEC system of plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar

purposes
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IEC 60598-2-21:2014 © IEC 2014 – 7 –

IEC 61347-2-11, Lamp controlgear – Part 2-11: Particular requirements for miscellaneous

electronic circuits used with luminaires

IEC 61347-2-13, Lamp controlgear – Part 2-13: Particular requirements for d.c. or a.c. supplied

electronic controlgear for LED modules
IEC 61984:2008, Connectors – Safety requirements and tests

ISO 4064-4:2002, Paper, board, pulps and related terms – Vocabulary – Part 4: paper and

board grades and converted products
21.3 Terms and definitions

For the purpose of this document, the terms and definitions given in IEC 60598-1 as well as the

following apply.
21.3.1
lighting chain

luminaire comprising an assembly of series-connected lampholders, parallel-connected lamp-

holders or series/parallel-connected lampholders and interconnecting insulated conductors

[SOURCE: IEC 60598-2-20:2010, 20.4.1]
21.3.2
rope light
sealed lighting chain

lighting chain with non-replaceable light sources enclosed in a rigid or flexible insulating

translucent pipe or tube, sealed at the ends, with or without joints

Note 1 to entry: A rope light may incorporate control devices (e.g. flasher units, see 21.7.4).

21.4 General test requirements

The provisions of Section 0 of IEC 60598-1 apply. The tests described in each appropriate

section of IEC 60598-1 shall be carried out in the order listed in this part of IEC 60598.

21.5 Classification of luminaires
21.5.1 General

Rope lights shall be classified in accordance with the provisions of Section 2 of IEC 60598-1

together with the requirements of 21.5.2 and 21.5.3.
21.5.2 Protection against electric shock
Rope lights shall be classified as Class II or Class III.
21.5.3 Protection against dust, solid objects and moisture
Rope lights for outdoor use shall be classified at least IP 44.
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21.6 Marking
21.6.1 General

To provisions of Section 3 of IEC 60598-1 apply together with the requirements of 21.6.2

to 21.6.4.
21.6.2 Rope light marking
The following information shall be marked on the rope light:
– rated voltage of the complete rope light,
– rated wattage of the complete rope light.

Where the information is on the cable, it shall be marked on a durable non-removable sleeve or

label.
21.6.3 Rope light and packing marking

The following marking shall be placed on the rope light and on the accompanying packing of

rope lights for indoor use only.
– “FOR INDOOR USE ONLY”

– As an alternative to the text, the rope light can be marked with the symbol [SOURCE:

IEC 60417-5957 (2004-12)]. The symbol shall be explained in the instructions.
21.6.4 Packing or instruction marking

The following or similar marking shall be placed on the accompanying packing or instructions.

a) For all rope lights where the packing has not been adapted for display purposes:

– “Do not connect the rope light to the supply while it is in the packing or wound onto a

reel”;
– “Do not use the rope light when covered or recessed into a surface”;
– minimum allowed bending radius, if applicable;
– “Do not open or cut the rope light”.

b) For rope lights which rely on gaskets to provide the specified degree of protection against

dust, solid objects and moisture:
– “WARNING – THIS ROPE LIGHT MUST NOT BE USED WITHOUT ALL GASKETS
BEING IN PLACE”.
c) For rope lights intended for interconnection:
– “Do not connect this rope light to another manufacturer’s product”;

– “Interconnection shall be made only by the use of the supplied connectors. Any open

ends must be sealed-off before use”;
– maximum system length that may be interconnected;
– maximum wattage that may be interconnected.
d) For rope lights incorporating lamp bridging device(s):
– information stating that the rope light is fitted with a bridging device(s).
e) For class III rope lights delivered without a supply source:
– relevant information concerning the required supply source.
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21.7 Construction
21.7.1 General

The provisions of Section 4 of IEC 60598-1 apply together with the requirements of 21.7.2

to 21.7.5.
21.7.2 Terminal blocks

Clause 4.6 of Section 4 of IEC 60598-1 referring to terminal block does not apply.

21.7.3 Terminals and supply connections

Clause 4.7 of Section 4 of IEC 60598-1 referring to terminals and supply connections applies

together with the following requirement.

Interconnecting connectors for rope lights shall, in addition, comply with the requirements and

modifications given in Annex A

Compliance is checked by inspection and by carrying out the tests of this standard.

21.7.4 Control units

Control units and similar devices forming an integral part of the rope light shall be enclosed in

non-flammable insulating material. In addition they shall be securely fixed to the rope light or

the cable.

Compliance shall be checked by inspection and, for the non-flammability of the insulating

material, by the tests of Clause 21.16.

Any electronic control device (e.g. flasher units) shall, in addition to the requirements of this

standard, comply with the requirements of IEC 61347-2-11.
LED-drivers shall comply with the requirements of IEC 61347-2-13.
Compliance shall be checked by carrying out the relevant tests.
21.7.5 Mechanical strength
Rope lights shall have adequate mechanical strength.
Compliance is checked by the following tests:

a) For rigid rope lights, compliance is checked by subjecting the pipe to each of the following

tests carried out in turn.

1) A pull of 60 N, the stress being applied to the ends of the pipe, 45 times without jerks,

each time for 1 s.

2) A torque of 0,15 Nm, the stress being applied to the ends of the pipe in the most

unfavorable direction (alternatively in cases of doubt) without jerks for 1 min.

During and after the above test tests, the conductors shall not have moved noticeably in the

terminals and the pipe shall not be damaged.

b) For flexible rope lights, compliance is checked by the tests of 1) and 2) above followed by

the additional tests 3) and 4) below.

3) Wind the pipe in full test length (1 m) on a cylinder of 150 mm diameter with a pull of

60 N for the number of operations and at the ambient temperature given below:
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– for rope lights having an IP number 20
10 times at 25 °C ± 2 °C
– for rope lights having an IP number over X0
10 times at 25 °C ± 2 °C followed by 10 times at –15 °C ± 2 °C

Before the low temperature tests the pipe is kept for 16 h in the low temperature cabinet

at a temperature of –15 °C ± 2 °C.

NOTE 1 An example of a test device suitable for winding a flexible pipe is given in Figure 1

Dimensions in millimetres
IEC
Key
1) Diameter of wooden cylinder.

2) Distance between the fixing point of the flexible pipe and the weight prior to commencement of the test.

Figure 1 – Example of test device suitable for winding a flexible pipe

4) After test 3), with the test specimen at room temperature, the pipe is wound on a

mandrel of between 4 and 5 times the diameter of the test piece and then is placed in

the low temperature cabinet (-15 °C ± 2 °C) for 16 h.

After this time period the sample is wound around the mandrel for two turns in the

cabinet.
There shall be no cracks.

NOTE 2 An example of a test apparatus suitable for winding a flexible pipe is given in Figure 2

(corresponding to Figure 1 in IEC 60811-504:2012).
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Dimensions in millimetres
Mandrel
Test piece
S.P. Adjustable round bar
Tube X
H.P.
Rotation points
Counter weight Approximately 270
X – approximately 30
Front view Right side view
Tube
Test piece
Nozzle Mandrel
Ajustable round bar
Detail A S
Detail B (fixing of the test piece)
IEC
Notes
3. In horizontal position (H.P.),the tube should not
1. d S S
press the test piece down too much
2. d = 1,2 to 1,5 X d 4. In slope position (S.P.) the tube should not press
1 S
the test piece upwards too much
Figure 2 – Cold bend test apparatus

c) For rigid and flexible rope lights compliance is checked by subjecting the pipe to the

following impact test at low temperature.

Three pieces of the complete rope light each having a length at least five times the

diameter of the rope light with a minimum of 150 mm is taken and subjected to the following

test.

– The apparatus according to Figure 3 and the test pieces to be tested are placed side by

side in a suitable low temperature cabinet and maintained there for at least 16 h at a

temperature of –15 °C ± 5 °C.
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Dimensions in millimetres
Hammer
∅ 10,5
A B
100
R – 300
Steel intermediate
piece 100 g
Test piece
∅ 20 40
Steel 10 kg
8,6
Slightly rounded edges
8,6 8,6
Section A-B IEC
Figure 3 – Impact test apparatus

– At the end of the prescribed period, each piece in turn is placed in position as shown in

Figure 3 and the hammer of mass as specified in Table 1 is allowed to fall from a height

of 100 mm.
Table 1 – Mass of hammer
Overall diameter Mass of the hammer
mm g
Up to and including 6,0 100
Over 6,0 up to and including 10,0 200
Over 10,0 up to and including 15,0 300
Over 15,0 up to and including 25,0 400
Over 25,0 up to and including 35,0 500
Over 35,0 600

Before examination the test pieces are allowed to attain approximately room temperature. The

three pieces shall show no cracks with normal corrected vision without magnification. However,

if one piece shows cracks the test is repeated on three further pieces and if none of these

three new pieces shows cracks the test is deemed to be met, but if any one of these new

pieces shows cracks the test is deemed to have failed.
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NOTE 3 An example of a test apparatus suitable for the impact test on the pipe is given in Figure 3 (corresponding

to Figure 1 in IEC 60811-5
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