Sixth Edition of UL 1283 Standard for Electromagnetic Interference Filters Now Available

EMI filterUL has released a new edition of UL 1283 the standard for Electromagnetic Interference Filters. This revision of ANSI/UL 1283 is being issued to incorporate a revision to section 27, temperature, to be in line with IEC 60939. The sixth edition can be purchased on the UL Standard Sales website.


“1.1 These requirements cover electromagnetic interference (EMI) filters installed on, or connected to, 1000 V or lower potential circuits, 50 – 60 Hz, or up to 1500V dc, and installed in accordance with the National Electrical Code.

1.2 These requirements cover filters used to attenuate unwanted radio-frequency signals (such as noise or interference) generated from electromagnetic sources. These filters consist of capacitors and inductors used alone or in combination with each other and may be provided with resistors.

1.3 These requirements cover facility filters, cord-connected filters, direct plug-in filters, and appliance filters.

1.4 These requirements do not cover transient-voltage surge suppressors (that is, devices for repeated limiting of voltage surges on power circuits such as silicone avalanche diodes, metal oxide varistors, gas tubes, spark-gaps, etc). Transient Voltage Surge Suppressors are investigated under the Standard for Surge Protective Devices, UL 1449. These requirements also do not cover EMI filters for outdoor use.

1.5 These requirements do not cover direct plug-in products and cord-connected products provided with more than two receptacles. A direct plug-in product employing more than two receptacles and having an EMI filter is investigated under the requirements for current taps in the Standard for Attachment Plugs and Receptacles, UL 498. A cord-connected product employing more than two receptacles and having an EMI filter is investigated under the Standard for Relocatable Power Taps, UL 1363. The EMI filter part of these products would be investigated to determine compliance with the requirements in this standard in so far as they apply.”

*Description from UL’s website.

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