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

The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) (2014/35/EU) ensures that electrical equipment within certain voltage limits provides a high level of protection for European citizens, and benefits fully from the Single Market. It has been applicable since 20 April 2016.

About the Low Voltage Directive (LVD)

The LVD covers health and safety risks on electrical equipment operating with an input or output voltage of between:

  • 50 and 1000 V for alternating current
  • 75 and 1500 V for direct current

Equipment covered under the Low Voltage Directive includes:

  • Electrical appliances
  • Lighting equipment
  • Electrical cables
  • Power Supply Units
  • Laser equipment
  • Components, for example, fuses

Where an electrical product satisfies the requirements of the LVD, along with the conditions of any other relevant directive, the manufacturer can affix the CE Mark, allowing them to freely circulate their products throughout the European market.

The Directive excludes:

  • Electrical equipment for use in an explosive atmosphere
  • Electrical equipment for radiology and medical use
  • Electrical parts for passenger lifts
  • Plugs and sockets for domestic use