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IP Protection rating

The IP Code (or International Protection Rating, sometimes also interpreted as Ingress Protection Rating) consists of the letters IP followed by two digits and an optional letter. As defined in international standard IEC 60529, it classifies the degrees of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects including body parts like hands and fingers, dust, accidental contact, and water in electrical enclosures. The standard aims to provide users more detailed information than vague marketing terms such as "waterproof".

All of our lighting products have been tested in accordance with IEC 60529 and have an IP rating to help you better understand how and where they can be used. The tables below describe the IP ratings in detail.

First digit

The first digit indicates the level of protection that the enclosure provides against access to hazardous parts (e.g. electrical conductors, moving parts, etc.) and the ingress of solid foreign objects.

Level Object size protected against Effective against
0 N/A No protection against contact and ingress of objects
1 >50mm Any large surface of the body, such as the back of a hand, but no protection against deliberate contact with a body part
2 >12.5mm Fingers or similar objects
3 >2.5mm Tools, thick wires, etc.
4 >1.0mm Most wires, screws, etc.
5 Dust protected Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment; complete protection against contact
6 Dust tight No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact
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Second digit

The second digit indicates protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against harmful ingress of water.

Level Object size protected against Effective against
0 Not protected N/A
1 Dripping water Dripping water (vertically falling drops) shall have no harmful effect
2 Dripping water when tilted up to 15° Vertically dripping water shall have no harmful effect when the enclosure is tilted at an angle up to 15° from its normal position
3 Spraying water Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect
4 Splashing water Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect
5 Water jets Water projected by a nozzle against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects
6 Powerful water jets Water projected in powerful jets against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects
7 Immersion up to 1m Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 m of submersion)
8 Immersion beyond 1m The equipment is suitable for continuous immersion in water under conditions which shall be specified by the manufacturer. NOTE: Normally, this will mean that the equipment is hermetically sealed. However, with certain types of equipment, it can mean that water can enter but only in such a manner that produces no harmful effects
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More information is available at the IEC website should you need it.

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