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IP Ratings

 

A GUIDE TO IP RATINGS


IP Ratings are commonly found on lighting products to determine how well they are protected against specific conditions namely water and dust. The letters ‘IP’ stand for ‘Ingress Protection’. IP Ratings include 2 numbers, the first one refers to the level of protection against solids, such as hands, tools, grit and dust. The second refers to protection against liquids. The protection is numerically rated between 0 and 6, with 0 being not protected and 6 being the highest level of protection. An IP rating of IP43 is suitable for outdoor use.

 

The table below describes exactly what each level of protection represents.

IP Ratings Table