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Peace of mind for Outdoor lighting systems Philips Surge Protection Device 277V – Maximum protection

Peace of mind for Outdoor lighting systems

Philips Surge Protection Device 277V – Maximum protection for Outdoor LED investments

mind for Outdoor lighting systems Philips Surge Protection Device 277V – Maximum protection for Outdoor LED

Philips Surge Protection Device 277V maximizes the lifetime value of outdoor lighting installations.

Rapidly increasing acceptance of LED-based light sources for outdoor applications brings with it new challenges on system durability. In order to ensure the lifetime of the solution, it is vital to protect the light engine against surges on the mains line. Even the most robust LED drivers offer a limited level of surge protection, not enough to defend against high surges, e.g. (indirect) lightning strikes. Applications such as road lighting and parking lots are especially susceptible. The new Surge Protection Device from Philips offers a reliable solution for protecting all outdoor power supplies from excessive surge voltages.

Why not make a LED driver with built-in surge protection? LED luminaire design makes it practically impossible to integrate high-level surge protection into the LED driver. While it is theoretically possible to design a driver which survives a 10 kV hit, this driver would not prevent damage to the LEDs. In a typical LED system, the LED board is mounted on a heat sink which is connected to earth ground for thermal reasons. To prevent light engine failures, voltages must be clamped in the driver to a level which the LED-to-heat sink insulation can safely withstand. The clamping voltage necessary for LEDs to survive is too low to pass the hi-pot test, the driver would not comply with IEC regulations. An external surge protection device delivers a sufficiently low clamping voltage while ensuring all necessary tests can be passed.

Maximum reliability management The Philips Surge Protection Device (SPD) 277V is the ideal solution to the challenge of using LEDs in Outdoor lighting. The SPD clamps the voltage at the terminals of the luminaire, protecting the complete system against multiple nominal surges of up to 10 kV / 5 kA. For maximum-level of protection, the SPD can withstand a single hit of 10 kV / 10 kA. The device also eliminates the need for all luminaire internal components – wires, connectors, wire nuts, etc. – to be designed to withstand 10 kV. Essential for LED systems installed in high-risk areas, the advantages of using the SPD are not limited only to LED systems. The product can be used in any new or existing lighting solution, regardless of technology.

Exclusive Class I and Class II suitability The SPD offers protection without requiring a protective earth connection, making it a unique 1 solution in the market, suitable for Class II systems. In a Class II application the functional earth (housing) of the luminaire safeguards the light engine. For Class I designs, the protective earth connection is used.

The Xtreme standard The Surge Protection Device is specifically designed for use in outdoor luminaires. The product delivers a long- lasting solution with robust protection against a wide range of temperatures, moisture and vibrations. When used in combination with Xitanium LED drivers, the entire light engine benefits from Xtreme protection against lighting strikes.


Maximize the lifetime value of outdoor lighting applications

No down-time due to calamities (storms, lightning strikes, etc.)

Lower maintenance costs

Easy to apply in new or existing installations

Peace of mind on product performance


Resistant to peaks and surges of up to 10 kA / 10 kV

Suitable for Class I and Class II luminaires

Xtreme standard: Long lifetime, robust protection against moisture, vibration and temperature extremes

Can be used with all lighting technologies



Rural roads

Parking lots

Area lighting

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Product specifications


Line voltage

Protection level

Protection level

Open circuit

Nominal surge

Number of surges, nominal current (Comm/Diff. mode)


Up (L-N)

Up (LN-earth)


current IN







Surge Protection Device 277V







/ 100




/ 100


45 / 35


Maximum surge

Isolation classification

Suitable for

current IMAX

Number of surges, maximum current

Lifetime @ Tc life, 90% survivals (hrs)

Outdoor use?


Surge Protection Device 277V


Comm. mode: 1 Diff. mode: 1

Suitable for Class I & Class II




General product characteristics T ambient (°C): -40 to +70 °C Tcase life (°C): +70 °C

Compliances and approvals IEC61643-1: 2005 (second edition) IEC61643-11: 2002 +A11: 2007












Mounting screw type: M8

A2 A1 D1 M8 B1 C1

Ordering & packing data




Minimum order quantity

Surge Protection Device 277V

9290 006 65202

8718291 161806 00


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Date of release: February 2012 / 3222 635 66686 Printed in the Netherlands