What is IP Rating?

IP stands for Ingress Protection.

It is an international method used to describe the protection a device will have against solid objects and liquids.

An IP rating was comprised by 2-digit numbers, which give you information about the protection level.

  • The first number refers to the protection against solid objects – such as dust, sand, dirt, etc.
  • The second number refers to the protection against water.

 


First Digit


Second Digit

0

No Protection

No Protection

1

Protection against solid object > 50mm

Proctected against vertical water drops

2

Protection against solid object > 12mm

Proctected against water drops at a 15 degree angle from vertical

3

Protection against solid object larger > 2.5mm

Proctected against water spray at a 60 degree angle from vertical

4

Protection against solid object larger > 1mm

Proctected against water splashing from any angle

5

Protection against duct, limited ingress

Proctected against water jets from any angle

6

Complete protection against dust

Proctected against water jets and heavy seas

7

N/A

Protection against the effects of immersion (30 mins at 3 feet)

8

N/A

Protected against immersion

 

For example, IP 20 (ordinary)

No. 2 = Protection against objects greater than 12mm in diameter. Eg fingers and hands.

No.0 = No protection from entry of water.

Most of our lighting fixtures are IP 20, they are designed for all indoor applications only.

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