Understanding IP Ratings for Lighting Fixtures
Selecting the the right lighting solutions for a specific environment or application involves various factors, with Ingress Protection (IP) rating being one of the most critical, they ensure your lights shine bright, come rain or shine!
In this article we explain what IP ratings are, how they work and how to choose the right IP rating for your lighting project.
Keep reading to learn more!
What is IP rating for lighting fixtures?
In the world of lighting Protection Classes, also known as IP ratings, are standardized measures used to determine a fixtures resistance to dust, sand, dirt, water and other environmental factors. Common IP ratings for lights include IP44, IP55 and IP65.
What are the different levels of IP Ratings?
The IP rating is composed of two digits, each indicating a specific level of protection. The first digit represents the level of protection against solid objects, ranging from 0 (no protection) to 6 (complete protection). The second digit denotes the level of protection against moisture, ranging from 0 (no protection) to 9 (protection against high-pressure, high-temperature water sources)
How does IP ratings levels impact the installation location of lighting fixtures?
Understanding IP ratings ensures that a fixture is appropriately chosen and installed for optimal performance and durability in various conditions. For instance an exterior light often requires a high IP rating, meaning an IP65 can, withstand heavy rain, climate changes, insects and all other debris that can found in the outdoors.
Lower IP ratings – such as those at IP20 or lower- are mostly suited for indoor use in spaces that have virtually no exposure to dust or water, like your living room or bedroom. However, in bathrooms or kitchens where water splashes or high humidity is common, it is advisable to choose lighting fixtures with a higher IP rating such as IP44 or higher.
Any additional questions about IP Ratings?
Our team at Zaneen has the expert guidance and knowledge to assist our clients in understanding IP ratings in order to select the right fixtures for specific applications and spaces. Whether you’re looking for fixtures to illuminate a garden or tackle large commercial project we got you covered!
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