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IP Rating Advice

Please check the IP Rating of your exterior light before purchasing so you are aware of where it is suitable to be installed.  If the product is not IP Rated they may still be compatible in an exterior position but must be well covered away from direct exposure.  Items with high IP ratings are suitable for most exteriors.  
For further more in-depth information about IP Ratings please read the information below.

SOLIDS – FIRST DIGIT

The first digit indicates the level of protection that the enclosure provides against hazardous parts and the ingress of solid foreign objects.

 

Level

Object Size Protected Against

Effective Against

0

-

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

 >1mm

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

 
LIQUIDS – SECOND DIGIT

Protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against harmful ingress of water.

 

Level Protected Against Testing For Details

0

Not protected

-

-

1

Dripping water

Dripping water(vertically falling drops)shall have no harmful effect

Test duration: 10 minutes Water equivalent to 3-5mm rainfall per minute

2

Dripping water when tilted up to 150

Vertically dripping water shall have no harmful effect when the enclosure is tilted at an angle up to 150 from its normal position.

Test duration: 10 minutes Water equivalent to 3-5mm rainfall per minute

3

Spraying water

Water falling as a spray at any angle up to60from the vertical shall have no harmful effect

Test duration: 5 minutes Water Volume: 0.7 litres per minute Pressure: 80-100kNm2

4

Splashing Water

Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect

Test duration: at least 3 minutes Water volume:10 litres per minute Pressure: 80-100kNm2

5

Water Jets

Water projected by a nozzle(6.3mm) against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects

Test duration: at least 3 minutes Water Volume: 12.5 litres per minute Pressure: 30kN/m2 at distance of 3m

6

Powerful Water Jets

Water projected in powerful jets (12.5mm nozzle) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.

Test duration: at least 3 minutes Water Volume: 100 litres per minute Pressure: 100kN/m2 at distance of 3m

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 1m of submersion)

Test duration: 30minutes

Immersion at depth of 1m

 

8

Immersion beyond 1m

The equipment is suitable for continuous immersion in underwater conditions which shall be specified by the manufacturer. 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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