Mike-AustinMike Austin, Gerard Lighting Group Technical Manager and Member of Lighting Council NZ on the latest development of the AS/NZS 60598.2.2 Standard.


The Draft Review of the AS/NZS 60598.2.2 Standard Particular Requirements – Recessed Luminaires, will be issued for public comment next week.

This review and update of the Standard has been conducted by a “joint” Australian and NZ Committee which is in essence run by the Aussies.

However, all is not bad – the Aussies have finally realised our 2011 NZ-Only Amendment to 60598 has some merit and have incorporated the majority of our amendment (with some changes of course to satisfy their purposes) in this draft.

All our classifications such as CA and IC remain and there will be some labelling changes. However, there will be a 12 to 24 month amnesty period before these come into force.


What is the AS/NZS 60598.2.2 Standard?
Downlights and associated fittings, or recessed luminaires to use the technical terminology, generate significant amounts of heat. As a consequence the installation of downlight fittings requires particular care. In order to address the hazards that arise from the increased use of thermal insulation, Standards New Zealand published Amendment A to AS/NZS 60598.2.2 Luminaires Part 2.2 Particular Requirements – recessed luminaires in July 2011. This New Zealand-only amendment introduced four new categories of downlight fitting that allow for thermal insulation to either abut the fittings (CA 80 and CA 135), or abut and cover the fittings (IC and IC-F). Source: Energy Safety www.med.govt.nz