This part of IEC 60670 applies to boxes, enclosures and parts of enclosures (hereafter called
“boxes” and “enclosures”) for electrical accessories with a rated voltage not exceeding 1 000 V
a.c. and 1 500 V d.c. intended for household or similar fixed electrical installations, either
indoors or outdoors.
Boxes and enclosures complying with this standard are suitable for use at ambient temperatures
not normally exceeding +40 °C, but their average over a period of 24 h does not exceed +35 °C,
with a lower limit of the ambient air temperature of −5 °C.
During the installation the temperature may be outside the above temperature range according
to the classification of the boxes and the enclosures.
This International Standard is intended to apply to boxes and enclosures for electrical
accessories within the scope of IEC technical committee 23.
This standard may be used as a reference document for other IEC technical committees and
A box or an enclosure which is an integral part of an electrical accessory and provides protection
for that accessory against external influences (for example mechanical impact, ingress of solid
objects or water, etc.) is covered by the relevant standard for such an accessory.
This standard does not apply to
– ceiling roses;
– luminaire supporting couplers;
– boxes, enclosures and parts of enclosures specifically designed to be used for cable
trunking and ducting systems complying with IEC 61084 and which are not intended to be
installed outside of these systems.