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Reference EN 60081:1989
Title Tubular fluorescent lamps for general lighting service
Project Number 3574
Abstract/Scope This recommendation covers a range of tubular fluorescent lamps for general lighting service which are operated on a.c. mains. Lamps of the following types are included: 1) lamps with pre-heated cathodes operated with the use of a starter; 2) lamps with pre-heated cathodes operated without the use of a starter; 3) lamps with non-pre-heated cathodes operated without the use of a starter. The specific lamp types included are listed on page 13. Section II consists of a series of standard data sheets, each one giving the characteristics of a specific lamp type. In the case of general service lamps, complete characteristics are given together with reference to Section III for the test and compliance requirements. In the case of some new lamps, or lamps not yet in general demand, only limited characteristics are given and limited reference to testing requirements is made. Section III covers the technical requirements with which lamps shall comply and the testing methods to be used for checking quality and interchangeability for type testing, for individual lamp batches or for the whole production of a manufacturer, in an endeavour to maintain the community of interest of user and manufacturer. Note. - It may be expected that lamps which comply with this recommendation, when operated with a starter complying with IEC publication l55, Glow Starters for Tubular Fluorescent Lamps, and with ballasts complying with IEC publication 82, Ballasts for Fluorescent Lamps, will start and operate satisfactorily at 90% of rated voltage and at temperatures between + l0 C + 50 C. However, for 50 C, starting only and not immediate restarting of a hot lamp may be obtained.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 1989-12-15
Current Stage code deadline 1990-12-01
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IEC Technical Body IEC/SC 34A
Reference Document IEC 60081:1984 (EQV) + A1:1987 (EQV) + A2:1988 (EQV)
Keywords Lighting; Tubular fluorescent lamp
Note Superseded by EN 60081:1998
Special National Condition(s)  


Categories - Aspects
Product Life Cycle


Deadline Date
6060 1989-12-15 1990-12-01 export to doc file  EN
5099 1989-11-01 1990-01-04  
5020 1989-05-22 1989-09-30  
1599 1986-01-06 1986-04-15  
1520 1986-01-06 1986-04-15  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 1989-11-01
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 1989-12-15
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 1990-06-01
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 1990-12-01
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 1990-12-01


Supersedes EN 60081:1987
Superseded by EN 60081:1998
Normative reference (6)  

(1) Date of ratification (dor) date when the Technical Board notes the approval of an EN (and HD for CENELEC), from which time the standard may be said to be approved

(2) Date of availability (dav) date when the definitive text in the official language versions of an approved CEN/CENELEC publication is distributed by the Central Secretariat

(3) Date of announcement (doa) latest date by which the existence of an EN (and HD for CENELEC), a TS or a CWA has to be announced at national level

(4) Date of publication (dop) latest date by which an EN has to be implemented at national level by publication of an identical national standard or by endorsement

(5) Date of withdrawal (dow) latest date by which national standards conflicting with an EN (and HD for CENELEC) have to be withdrawn

(6) This list of normative references is purely indicative. The only official list of normative reference is the list of the published standard.