What is the Low Voltage Directive?

Put simply, the Low Voltage Directive (2014/35/EU) outlines essential safety requirements for electrical equipment, operating with a voltage between 50-1000V AC and 75-1500V DC.

Click here to read the directive in full

As a result of the directive, the Fire Industry Association (the largest fire protection trade association in the UK) has issued guidance, requiring all flame retardant batteries within fire and security systems to have a UL 94 V-2 or better flammability rating. For more information on the FIA’s guidance click here.

Yuasa’s NP, NPL and RE FR ranges have a flame retardant casing with a UL 94 V-0 rating, going above and beyond the current guidance, and ensuring your installations will always be compliant with your customer’s requirements.


What does this mean for electrical installers?

Installers and maintenance technicians should confirm if the batteries they are using in fire and security systems need to be flame retardant. If not specified, it may be preferable to use flame retardant (FR) batteries regardless. Our broad range of industrial batteries features over 100 flame retardant references, meaning we’re sure to have a Low Voltage Directive compliant option, no matter the application.


*FR batteries only



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