What is IP rating?
An IP rating is shorthand for an Ingress Protection mark, sometimes referred to synonymously as an International (or Internal) Protection mark. An IP rating is usually a two-digit grading system that’s applied to the enclosure of a mechanical or electrical item, giving customers a clear indication of the item’s resistance to various types of unwanted intrusion.
‘Intrusion’ in the context of an IP rating has a threefold definition: IP codes signify the level of protection to users (hands, fingers etc) from mechanical or electrical parts; the degree of protection an enclosure offers those key components against dust, dirt and other damaging foreign bodies; and its overall resistance to moisture.
While you might encounter slight differences in IP ratings depending on where in the world you’re buying from, they are standardised in most regions: in the UK, IP codes are assigned in accordance with British standard BS EN 60529:1992. In Europe, they fall in line with IEC standard 60509:1989, and internationally they conform to EN 60529 certification.
Why have an IP rating system?
The reason for having a universal IP rating system is so that buyers and users can be confident of how safe it is to use certain electrical or mechanical goods in specific environments and applications.
Unlike more vague marketing terms such as ‘waterproof’ - which don’t necessarily give a clear definition of precisely where and to what extent an item can resist moisture ingress - an IP rating is designed to provide a far more specific account.
As we’ll see further on in this guide, each of the digits in an IP rating reveals detailed information about the exact level of protection/resistance the item in question can be expected to deliver.
What does an IP rating measure?
As noted briefly above, IP rating denotes three key metrics:
Resistance to ingress, accidental or otherwise, by the user
Resistance to ingress from foreign bodies (dust, dirt etc)
Resistance to moisture ingress(Video) TLW | A Guide to IP Ratings and IP Zones
In general, an IP rating will consist of two digits, occasionally followed by a letter denoting specific materials, hazards or testing scenarios. The most common way you’ll see such a rating given will be in the format ‘IP43’, ‘IP67’, or similar.
The first digit will be a number between 0-6, and indicates the degree of protection from ingress of solid objects (the user themselves, and other potentially harmful particulates such as dust or dirt).
The second digit in an IP rating will be a number between 0-9, denoting the quality of resistance to moisture ingress at varying intensities, angles, depths and pressures of exposure or immersion.
In some cases, an additional letter may be appended to the end of an IP rating, e.g. ‘IP67M’. This is done to indicate either certified resistance to specific materials/hazards, such as oil or high voltages, or a particular scenario in which the IP testing was conducted (for example in moving water). This is relatively unusual in most day-to-day applications, however. For more information on any additional letters you see appended to an IP code, you can contact our support team any time.
In the following sections, we’ll explore the specifics of what each of the numbers in these codes means in practical terms.
IP ratings chart and table
The IP ratings table below tells you what each digit in a standard IP code means. You can use this ingress protection chart to get a clear picture of the specific hazards and scenarios a given item’s mechanical or electrical components should be protected against, and to what extent in what sort of environments.
First digit - protection from foreign body and particulate ingress:
(or X - see section below): Not rated (or no rating supplied) for protection against ingress of this type.
Protection against solid objects larger than 50mm (accidental hand contact with open palm), but not against deliberate body contact.
Protection against solid objects larger than 12mm (accidental finger contact).
Protection against solid objects larger than 2.5mm (tools and wires).
Protection against solid objects larger than 1mm (fine tools and wires, nails, screws, larger insects and other potentially invasive small objects)
Partial protection against dust and other particulates, such that any ingress will not damage or impede the satisfactory performance of internal components.
Full protection against dust and other particulates, including a vacuum seal, tested against continuous airflow.
Second digit - protection from moisture ingress:
(or X - see section below): Not rated (or no rating supplied) for protection against ingress of this type.
Protection against vertically falling droplets, such as condensation, sufficient that no damage or interrupted functioning of components will be incurred when an item is upright.
Protection against vertically dripping water when enclosure is tilted up to 15° off vertical.
Protection against direct moisture spray at angles up to 60° off vertical.
Protection against splashing water from any direction, tested for a minimum of 10 minutes with an oscillating spray (limited ingress permitted with no harmful effects).
Protection against low-pressure jets (6.3 mm) of directed water from any angle (limited ingress permitted with no harmful effects).
Protection against powerful jets (12.5 mm nozzle) of directed water from any direction.
Protection against full immersion for up to 30 minutes at depths between 15 cm and 1 metre (limited ingress permitted with no harmful effects).
Protection against extended immersion under higher pressure (i.e. greater depths). Precise parameters of this test will be set and advertised by the manufacturer and may include additional factors such as temperature fluctuations and flow rates, depending on equipment type.
Protection against high-pressure, high-temperature jet sprays, wash-downs or steam-cleaning procedures - this rating is most often seen in specific road vehicle applications (standard ISO 20653:2013 Road Vehicles - Degrees of protection).
In certain cases, you might see an IP rating given as ‘IPX7’, ‘IP5X’ or similar. The difference between an IP rating and an IPX rating is more straightforward than you might think: in fact, ‘IPX’ is not entirely valid as a separate IP code in and of itself.
Ratings that feature an ‘X’ somewhere in the code simply denote that a numerical rating has only been provided for one of the two main ingress types (foreign body or moisture), but not for the other. Hence IPX7 will indicate a moisture resistance rating of 7, but no assigned rating against foreign body ingress. Conversely, IP5X will mean the product has been coded 5 against foreign body intrusion, but no certified level of moisture resistance is stated.
Types of IP rated products
There are numerous types of IP-rated products available on the market. The standardisation of these codes is what enables customers and users to gain a clear understanding of each product’s abilities and limitations in different scenarios.
In this section, we’ll look more closely at some of the more common IP ratings you’ll find on a majority of everyday item types.
Weatherproof & waterproof IP ratings
A ‘waterproof’ or ‘weatherproof’ IP rating is one of the most frequent examples people look for in a wide range of everyday products, from mobile phones and Bluetooth speakers to kitchen and bathroom fixtures, lighting setups, CCTV enclosures and more.
Again, it’s worth noting that to use terms like ‘waterproof’ when discussing IP ratings can actually be somewhat self-defeating - the very reason IP ratings exist, in fact, is to more clearly define the exact parameters of potentially vague marketing claims. As such, the second digit in a typical IP code indicates a precise level of protection against moisture ingress under specific test scenarios.
The ratings widely accepted as ‘waterproof’ for most general purposes are IP65, IP66 and IP67. However, one common misconception regarding weatherproofing is that items intended for prolonged outdoor use require the highest numerical IP ratings for moisture resistance.
This isn’t always the case since most rainwater - even in windy conditions - tends to fall relatively close to vertical, and under very low pressure. An IPX2 rating should protect against dripping water equivalent to 3 mm rainfall per minute at angles up to 15°, while IPX3 indicates resistance to continuous spray at up to 60° from vertical.
In addition, it isn’t strictly accurate to think of IP ratings for water resistance as being ‘higher’ beyond IPX6: be aware that IPX7, IPX8 and IPX9 are codes specifically addressing immersion properties, and that items certified at these ratings need not necessarily meet the criteria for pressurised water jet resistance denoted by IPX5 and IPX6.
IP rated enclosures
There’s a vast range of different IP-rated enclosure types available across all sectors and industries, including a great many options for all manner of electronics and mechanical systems aimed at both home and industrial settings.
Enclosure IP ratings are assigned to everything from mobile phone housings to junction boxes, bathroom/outdoor lighting setups, and instrument cases intended for robust protection in harsh marine or chemical environments. In the following sections, we’ll examine some of the more widely used enclosure types, and consider some of the demanding IP standards each enclosure type might require to make it suitable for a range of specific applications.
IP rated enclosure accessories
When looking into the myriad configurations of enclosures and system housings on the market, you’ll find that there’s an equally wide range of IP-rated enclosure accessories and optional extra fittings available for most types of housing. IP ratings for these types of add-ons usually mirror those of the enclosures they’re designed to be used with.
The majority offer various tweaks and specialisations, each designed to make a generic enclosure more ideally suited to one particular application or another. These are usually focused around component-specific mounting solutions, attachment methods or additional security features, aimed at a particular type of application or enclosure contents.
Popular examples may include:
- Brackets, screws and nuts
- Additional panels, racks or dividers to add to a basic enclosure frame
- Locks, keys and keypads
- Stability accessories, such as self-adhesive feet, for added security or robustness
IP rated floor standing enclosures
A typical IP-rated floor-standing enclosure might see codes starting at around IP43 (resistance to entry from slender tools, wires, insects etc over 2.5mm; and resistance to water spray up to 60° from vertical). They’re most often used as sturdy protective metal surrounds for racks of sensitive electronic equipment or similar.
Depending on the construction materials and intended application environment, they can also be IP rated to indicate complete dust exclusion and full hose-cleaning resistance without risk of corrosion. Typical uses might include housing for busbars or block fuses in energy distribution applications (including residential electrical setups and cable handling), or to protect pneumatic/hydraulic controls and instrumentation in industrial settings.
IP rated general-purpose enclosures
General purpose enclosures are frequently sold with IP ratings, serving as flexible and multi-function storage units predominantly designed to house and protect electronics or other sensitive equipment.
General purpose enclosures are often found affixed to walls via dedicated enclosure-mounting accessories and tend to be adaptable for a wide range of uses. Smaller enclosures of this type are often referred to as junction boxes, and many will have additional security accessories fitted, such as a padlocking mechanism or a keypad.
When the unit isn’t tailored to fit any one specific application, it’s usually crafted as a simple but sturdy box without specialist features for particular housings or contents. Sizes and construction materials will depend on their intended application and environment, but they’re commonly rated at IP65 and above for general outdoor use.
IP rated handheld enclosures
Handheld enclosures are protective cases for controllers and electronic instruments, widely used for both simple mobile controls and more heavy-duty electronic devices including volt-meters, digital thermometers and flow readers.
Handheld enclosures are usually designed to mount digital or analogue LCD display modules behind an acrylic window and are typically constructed from sturdy but lightweight aluminium for portability. They often contain battery compartments with easily removable lids.
IP ratings for handheld enclosures tend to focus on keeping both users and contents (such as PCBs) safe from inadvertent contact with mechanical or wired parts, but it’s common to see IP ratings for full protection from water ingress (IP65+) depending on their intended application.
IP rated instrument cases
Instrument cases are another widely used housing type, most often found protecting every day electrical products from damage by dirt, dust or moisture ingress. Typical IP ratings for instrument cases might start from around IP40, indicating resistance to particulates only (i.e. not intended for outdoor use), but it’s also common to see ratings up to IP67+ for full immersion resistance.
Instrument cases are usually available in both heavy-duty and more lightweight configurations, depending on the level of protection and portability required. They can be used for anything from outdoor LED power supply casings to industrial camera housings, desktop electronics and measuring/control equipment.
IP rated power supply cases
Power supply cases generally need to be constructed from robust materials designed to safely and securely house high-voltage components such as transformers, PSUs and other key electrical items. Sizing and configuration will depend entirely on what the individual unit is intended to hold and protect.
IP ratings for power supply enclosures tend to be ‘lower’ (typically IP20+) to allow for breathability and heat transfer while protecting against accidental tool or finger ingress to protect users. These units often come with a range of additional safety features, including tamper-proof housings with strong resistance to corrosion and abrasion.
IP rated wall boxes
IP-rated wall boxes are an extremely familiar sight in all manner of household and industrial electrical systems very often used to secure access to delicate or potentially dangerous components such as fuse boxes. They can also be used for general storage of important or hazardous items. For this reason, they’ll usually include a locking door, giving easy access only to authorised personnel.
As they’re often deployed in tough outdoor environments, wall boxes commonly come in rugged plastic moulding with IP ratings for full moisture ingress resistance (IP67, indicating full hose-down protection and suitability for some marine applications). Transparent windows are often found on wall boxes of this type, allowing for quick visual checking of internal components and systems.
IP ratings for lights
IP ratings for lights are a key area of consideration in both home and industrial design when planning/installing a lighting setup, particularly in bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor areas and any other spaces likely to be exposed to particulates or moisture ingress from various sources (including weather).
While lighting systems use the same IP rating numbers and definitions as any other enclosure, it’s also important to be aware of different ‘zones’ in a given room or area, and how they might impact on the IP demands your lights need to meet. This is of particular concern in bathroom applications, as we’ll see below.
IP ratings for outdoor lights
IP rating for outdoor lights is key to both the safety and proper functioning of any unit installed where condensation, rain or wind-blown foreign bodies might pose a potential risk to circuitry and users alike. This includes accent lighting and soffit spots, safety or task floods, PIR/security sensor lights and more.
- The following are general industry rules of thumb for outdoor lighting, but it’s always wise to seek manufacturer or supplier advice for your specific application scenario before installation:
- IPX3 will protect against continuous spray at up to a 60° angle, which is generally considered sufficient in partially enclosed or covered areas.
- IPX4 is more commonly used as a minimum in more exposed spaces.
- If the lights are likely to be cleaned using pressurised jets, they should be rated at IPX5 or above.
- Any lighting intended for immersion (e.g. pond or pool lighting) up to a depth of 1m must be rated at least IPX7, but always check explicitly with the manufacturer before installing any lighting below the surface of the water.
- Immersion at greater depths will require IPX8, and should again be checked explicitly for precise ingress resistance capabilities before installation.
IP ratings for bathrooms
Bathrooms are typically divided into zones for lighting and IP ratings, and each comes with different regulatory specifications and criteria that must be met for safety purposes:
Zone 0 indicates an area inside a bath or shower itself (such as tray-level lights in a shower cubicle, or jacuzzi-style lighting in a bath). Fittings and enclosures used in zone 0 must be at least IP67 rated for full immersion, and low-voltage (max 12v).
Zone 1 indicates an area directly above a bath or shower enclosure, to a height of 2.25 metres from the floor. This would include any wall- or ceiling-mounted downlights within the vertical perimeter of a shower enclosure, for example. IP45 is technically the minimum resistance required here, although IP65 is a much more common standard, and most lighting for shower or bath areas will be rated to at least IP65 by default.
Zone 2 indicates a 60cm radius around any bath or shower enclosure, and here a splash-proof rating of IP44 is the minimum requirement. (This is also commonly extended to areas around sinks, where the 0.6m measurement is usually taken from the taps themselves.)
Bear in mind that you’ll need to plan for future cleaning in most bathrooms and kitchens, so IP ratings for bathrooms that protect against water jets (IP65) may be necessary even for lighting installed outside the regulated zones listed above.
Electrical IP ratings
As with all other types of enclosures, IP numbers for electrical applications follow the same universal coding system for clarity and ease of understanding. However, it’s even more important with electrical IP ratings to fully consider the potential exposure types and resistance protection you might need for any electronic components or systems, as ingress from either particulates or moisture of any kind can often result in damage or increase hazard risk.
Be especially mindful of potential ingress from less obvious sources of moisture or particulates, such as condensation, steam, accumulating dust in harder-to-reach areas, and corrosion or chemical attack if the enclosure is to be placed in any sort of challenging industrial environment.
IP ratings offer buyers, installers and users a convenient and universally consistent way to assess the likely performance of a wide range of enclosures in many typical applications and environments. If you’re in any doubt as to what IP rating you need for the specific use you have in mind, then please don’t hesitate to contact our expert technical support team for further advice and assistance when planning your purchase.
If an electrical product has an IP44 rating, it means it is protected against most solid objects and can easily withstand direct jets of water splashes or heavy rain. But IP65 rated products cannot withstand complete submersion in water.How are IP ratings determined? ›
The first numeral refers to the protection against solid objects and is rated on a scale from 0 (no protection) to 6 (no ingress of dust). The second numeral rates the enclosure's protection against liquids and uses a scale from 0 (no protection) to 9 (high-pressure hot water from different angles).Which is better IP54 or IP55? ›
IP54 Protected from limited dust ingress. Protected from water spray from any direction. IP55 Protected from limited dust ingress. Protected from low pressure water jets from any direction.How many IP ratings are there? ›
IP Rating Chart
For enclosures, the typical waterproof IP ratings are IP67, IP66, and IP65 enclosures. The chart below gives the specifics of what these ratings mean and how they are measured. Water projected by a nozzle (6.3 mm) against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
Is IP55 waterproof? The short answer: No, IP55 is not waterproof. That's not to say that IP55 is not a good water-resistant rating. It is, but the most important factor that makes a phone waterproof is the O-ring seal, which is typically found around the camera and on the back of some devices, such as the iPhone X.Can an IP44 be left in the rain? ›
IP44 outdoor lights can withstand rain and are safe to use outdoors, however should not be exposed to pressurised water such as a jet wash. Splashing water against the enclosure from any direction will not have a harmful effect.Can you self certify IP rating? ›
To get an IP rating for your product, you must arrange to test it. This should be done by an independent, certified company.Who can certify IP rating? ›
The testing requirements for electrical equipment using ingress protection (IP) are specified in International Standard IEC 60529 and Australian Standard AS 60529. Ex Testing & Certification is accredited by NATA to carryout IP testing up to IP68.WHO Issues IP rating? ›
The IP rating system was established by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). While the IP code was published by the IEC in the United States, IEC is a worldwide organization for standardization. In the U.S., the standard IP code is IEC 60529.Is IP54 OK for Heavy rain? ›
Rain falls at a low pressure, so ratings in the IP54 to IP65 range are enough to keep the screen safe and dry. These ratings are also enough to stop airborne particulates from damaging the screen and components inside the enclosure.
As such, the second digit in a typical IP code indicates a precise level of protection against moisture ingress under specific test scenarios. The ratings widely accepted as 'waterproof' for most general purposes are IP65, IP66 and IP67.Can I shower with IP55? ›
see less IP55 protection is almost complete protection from dust particles and a good level of protection against water. This means basically you can have basic protection from splashing water drops (rain and possibly a shower if you kept them from being directly sprayed with the shower head) and protection from sweat.What are the 4 classes of IP? ›
TCP/IP defines five classes of IP addresses: class A, B, C, D, and E. Each class has a range of valid IP addresses. The value of the first octet determines the class.What IP rating is best? ›
The first digit of an IP Rating is a number that describes the object's protection against solids, with 0 offering no protection and 6 offering the most protection.What is IP rating chart? ›
IP rating, (otherwise known as “Ingress Protection” rating or “International Protection” rating) defines the sealing effectiveness of electrical enclosures against foreign particles like accidental contact, dust, moisture, liquids, etc.Which is better IP55 or IP65? ›
The IP (Ingress Protection) enclosure system uses a 2-digit suffix to describe the degree of ingress protection for enclosures. IP55 provides dust protection against any particles that may interfere with operation, vs. IP65, which provides complete protection against the ingress of dust.Which is better IP55 or ip66? ›
An IP55 rating on a fixture denotes is intended to offer protection against dust ingress harmful for standard operation; however, compared to ip66 ratings, such ratings offer limited dust protection while being protected against sturdy objects water jets projections by a nozzle (6.3mm) from whichever directions.Which is better IPX4 or IP55? ›
IPX4, IPX5, IPX6, IPX7 and IPX8: What's the difference? The higher the number rises, the more water-resistant the device gets, of course. IPX4 is splash-resistant; IPX5 is resistant to a sustained low-pressure water spray; IPX6 means your earbuds can withstand a sustained high-pressure spray.Which is better IP44 or IP67? ›
The higher the number, the better the protection. For example, IP44 is protected against penetration of solid objects up over 1mm and from splashes of water. An IP67 light fixture, meanwhile, is completely dust tight and can withstand temporary water immersion.Is IP54 better than IP44? ›
The IP (Ingress Protection) enclosure system uses a 2-digit suffix to describe the degree of ingress protection for enclosures. An IP44 rating protects from solid particles that are over 1mm in size vs IP54 which offers partial protection against dust.
Deck and patio lights require a higher level of protection due to the fact that they are often walked upon and jet-washed. You should aim for a minimum of IP65, which will protect your deck lighting against the highest level of dust, harmful deposits and human contact.How much does it cost to get an IP rating? ›
IP Certification Services at Rs 55600/year | Kandivali East | Mumbai | ID: 22276758912.How long does IP rating last? ›
- Create a certificate request configuration file that uses a Subject Alternate Name.
- Use OpenSSL req command to gerenate the certificate.
- Verify the certificate content.
- Install the certificate to your server (Apache, Express, private Docker registry, etc...)
Within the home there are certain requirements that all equipment, including fixed wiring accessories such as sockets and switches, must meet. One of these is minimum IP ratings.Which is better IP65 or IP67? ›
An IP65 rated enclosure gives protection against low pressure water jets from any direction, as well as condensation and water spray. It's suitable for most outdoor enclosures that won't encounter extreme weather such as flooding. An IP67 rated enclosure offers much more substantial protection against liquid ingress.What does IP certified mean? ›
IP certifications stand for Ingress Protection, or simply put, how well protected a device is against the ingress or entering of solid or liquid particles. While calling particular gadgets water-resistant or waterproof may sound convenient, it may also end up being vague.Why IP rating is important? ›
IP ratings help you determine whether a product is sealed and protected from objects and varied levels of dust or moisture. An IP rating is a reference standard. Some types of products require full compliance with IEC 60529 standards, while others do not.Is IP65 enough for rain? ›
IP65 = Water resistant. “Protected against water jets from any angle” *Do NOT submerge IP65 LED lights, these are not waterproof.Can IP68 survive rain? ›
As mentioned already, the IP68 rating means it can survive being submerged. IP65 denotes that it's also good at handling spray. Technically, it's tested using water being projected by a 6.3mm nozzle. In real world use though, it just means it can survive the rain, or the shower.
An IP65 rated product will be fully protected against dust and airborne particles whilst also be protected against water jets which would allow the machine to be washed down, while an IP54 rating offers dust protection (but not total) and protects against splashing of water but not wash-down.Can IPX4 survive rain? ›
An IPX4 water resistance rating means the device can face only light water splashes. It cannot be submerged. This means that IPX4 water resistance devices are not waterproof and should be removed before you start swimming. IPX4 water resistance devices can be used on rainy days or while washing hands.Can I shower with IP68 waterproof? ›
A: Yes, it is shower safe. It is rated IP68, "which means that these devices are protected against water ingress to a maximum depth of 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes, as well as protected against dust ingress."Can you shower with IPX4? ›
If you want to use the speaker in the shower, the IPX4 rating should be more than enough. On the other hand, if you need a device to use in a bathtub where the speaker can be easily dropped into the water, IPX7, 8 or 9 ratings will be a better choice. It's the same with earbuds.What IP rating is needed in a bathroom? ›
A minimum rating of IPX4 (IP44) is required. In this zone, if there is likelihood of water jets being used for cleaning purposes, a minimum of IPX5 is required. Zone 2 - The area stretching to 0.6m outside the bath or shower and above the bath or shower if over 2.25m. An IP rating of at least IPX4 (IP44) is required.Can I wear IP67 in the shower? ›
Aeropex is rated IP67, which means they are fully protected from any dust ingress and immersion between 15 centimeters and 1 meter in depth. In layman's terms? You can't swim with Aeropex, but you can paddleboard, kayak, run in heavy rain, and shower with full confidence that water won't damage your headphones.Is IP 20 OK for bathroom? ›
Most bathroom light fittings are IP20 or above rated, and depending on their IP rating they can be mounted in the different zones in the bathroom.What are the 5 layers of IP protocol? ›
- Physical Network Layer. The physical network layer specifies the characteristics of the hardware to be used for the network. ...
- Data-Link Layer. ...
- Internet Layer. ...
- Transport Layer. ...
- Application Layer.
With an IPv4 IP address, there are five classes of available IP ranges: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D and Class E, while only A, B, and C are commonly used. Each class allows for a range of valid IP addresses, shown in the following table. Supports 16 million hosts on each of 127 networks.What are the 3 private IP address ranges? ›
- Class A: 10.0. 0.0 to 10.255. 255.255.
- Class B: 172.16. 0.0 to 172.31. 255.255.
- Class C: 192.168. 0.0 to 192.168. 255.255.
These models have a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes): iPhone 11.Which is better IP68 or IP65? ›
Most IP65 enclosures also come at a relatively lower price point, so they're a good choice for general applications that need a more basic enclosure. IP68 enclosures should be the choice when you need the most powerful protection for your outdoor devices.Which is better IP67 or IP68? ›
The differences between IP67 vs. IP68 enclosures are: An IP67 enclosure is rated to resist submersion, but only at a depth of 1 meter and for 30 minutes. An IP68 enclosure is rated to resist submersion of at least 1 meter and up to 30 minutes, plus an additional depth and length of time specified by the manufacturer.Is IP66 fully waterproof? ›
It's important to note that although an IP66 enclosure is waterproof against hose-directed water and falling drops of rain or snow, it's not intended to be submerged in water.What is iP54 waterproof? ›
Is IP54 waterproof? In a nutshell, iP54 is a certified ruggedness rating. This means that any iP54 certified device has been tested with water jets and drops to make sure it can handle being used in wet environments. Specifically, the rating means that the iP54 is resistant to ingress of water.What does IP55 waterproof mean? ›
IP55 – Protected from limited dust ingress. Protected from low pressure water jets from any direction. IP56 – Protected from limited dust ingress. Protected from high pressure water jets from any direction.What is IP65 and IP44? ›
IP44 vs IP65
IP44 rating is splash proof and can withstand light rain or water splashes from any direction. IP65 rating is partially waterproof and can withstand heavy rain and direct jets from showers but not complete submersion in water.
Rain falls at a low pressure, so ratings in the IP54 to IP65 range are enough to keep the screen safe and dry. These ratings are also enough to stop airborne particulates from damaging the screen and components inside the enclosure.Is IP65 waterproof good? ›
An IP65 rated enclosure gives protection against low pressure water jets from any direction, as well as condensation and water spray. It's suitable for most outdoor enclosures that won't encounter extreme weather such as flooding.Is IP67 better than IP44? ›
On smartphones and wearables IP67 and IP68 ratings are more common and can survive submersions at deeper depths for longer periods than IP44.
IP ratings of IP65, 66 and 67 are considered waterproof.Is IP68 better than IP65? ›
Most IP65 enclosures also come at a relatively lower price point, so they're a good choice for general applications that need a more basic enclosure. IP68 enclosures should be the choice when you need the most powerful protection for your outdoor devices.Is IP66 waterproof in rain? ›
It's important to note that although an IP66 enclosure is waterproof against hose-directed water and falling drops of rain or snow, it's not intended to be submerged in water.Can I use IP65 above a shower? ›
Zone 1 is the area above the bath or shower to a height of 2.25m from the floor. In this zone a minimum rating of IP45 is required but it is generally accepted that IP65 is to be used. It's also worth noting that most shower lights are rated at IP65 in any case.Can IP65 go above a shower? ›
With IP65 downlights, your total light protection can be installed over your shower or bath without the danger of any possible safety issues (such as electrocution), something that can not be guaranteed with IP64 or less downlights.Which is better IP65 or IP54? ›
An IP65 rated product will be fully protected against dust and airborne particles whilst also be protected against water jets which would allow the machine to be washed down, while an IP54 rating offers dust protection (but not total) and protects against splashing of water but not wash-down.Can IP67 be used for swimming? ›
Aeropex is rated IP67, which means they are fully protected from any dust ingress and immersion between 15 centimeters and 1 meter in depth. In layman's terms? You can't swim with Aeropex, but you can paddleboard, kayak, run in heavy rain, and shower with full confidence that water won't damage your headphones.Which is better IP66 or IP68? ›
IP68 enclosures also provide dust-tight performance against solids. However, they're also rated for significantly better defense against water ingress than an IP66 enclosure. An IP68 enclosure can withstand submersion for over 30 minutes at up to a specified water depth.Which is better IP66 or IP67? ›
IP65 Enclosure - IP rated as "dust tight" and protected against water projected from a nozzle. IP66 Enclosure - IP rated as "dust tight" and protected against heavy seas or powerful jets of water. IP 67 Enclosures - IP rated as "dust tight" and protected against immersion.