IP (Ingress Protection) Ratings Explained

An IP Rating or IP Code is an international numerical standard used to classify the degree of protection
provided against the intrusion of solid objects and water in electrical enclosures. This standard provides users with a more detailed explanation for products other than the vague term ‘waterproof’.

The IP rating is listed as ‘IP’ followed by two digits. The first digit indicates a protection level against solid objects such as dust, and the second digit indicates the degree of protection against the ingress of water. The lower the number the lower the protection and the higher the number the harsher environment the item can withstand.

MobileHID HID work lights have an IP rating of IP67 and our LED work lights have an IP rating of IP68
       

The IP ratings are defined in the Australian standard AS 60529-2004, ‘Degrees of protection provided by
enclosures (IP Code)’ and in the International standard IEC 60529 Ed 2.1:2004.

1st Characteristic Digit
Description
Definition
0
Non Protected -
1
Protected against access to hazardous parts with the back of a hand. Protected against solid foreign objects of equal or greater than 50mm Ø The probe, sphere of 50mm Ø, shall not fully penetrate and shall have adequate clearance from hazardous parts.
2
Protected against access to hazardous parts with a finger. Protected against solid foreign objects of equal or greater than 12.5mm

The jointed test finger of 12mm Ø, 80mm length, shall have adequate clearance from hazardous parts. The probe, sphere of 2.5mm, shall not fully penetrate.

3
Protected against access to hazardous parts with a tool. Protected against solid foreign objects of 2.5mm Ø. The probe of 2.5mm Ø shall not penetrate at all.
4
Protected against access to hazardous parts with a wire. Protected against solid foreign objects of ≥1mm Ø. The probe of 1mm Ø shall not penetrate at all.
5
Protected against access to hazardous parts with a wire. Dust-protected. The probe of 1mm Ø shall not penetrate. Intrusion of dust is not totally prevented, but dust shall not penetrate in a quantity to interfere with satisfactory operation of the device or to impair safety.
6
Protected against access to hazardous parts with a wire. Dust-tight. The probe of 1mm Ø shall not penetrate. No intrusion of dust.

 

2nd Characteristic Digit
Description
Definition
0
Non Protected -
1
Protected against access to hazardous parts with the back of a hand. Protected against solid foreign objects of equal or greater than 50mm Ø The probe, sphere of 50mm Ø, shall not fully penetrate and shall have adequate clearance from hazardous parts.
2
Protected against access to hazardous parts with a finger. Protected against solid foreign objects of equal or greater than 12.5mm

The jointed test finger of 12mm Ø, 80mm length, shall have adequate clearance from hazardous parts. The probe, sphere of 2.5mm, shall not fully penetrate.

3
Protected against access to hazardous parts with a tool. Protected against solid foreign objects of 2.5mm Ø. The probe of 2.5mm Ø shall not penetrate at all.
4
Protected against access to hazardous parts with a wire. Protected against solid foreign objects of ≥1mm Ø. The probe of 1mm Ø shall not penetrate at all.
5
Protected against access to hazardous parts with a wire. Dust-protected. The probe of 1mm Ø shall not penetrate. Intrusion of dust is not totally prevented, but dust shall not penetrate in a quantity to interfere with satisfactory operation of the device or to impair safety.
6
Protected against access to hazardous parts with a wire. Dust-tight. The probe of 1mm Ø shall not penetrate. No intrusion of dust.
7
Protected against the efects of temporary immersion in water. Intrusion of water in quantities causing harmful effects shall not be possible when the enclosure is temporarily immersed in water for 30 minutes in 1 meter depth.
8
Protected against the effects of continuous immersion in water. Intrusion of water in quantities causing harmful effects shall not be possible when the enclosure is continuously immersed in water under conditions which shall be agreed between manufacturer and user but which are more severe than for number 7.
9k
Protected against water during high pressure/steam jet cleaning. Water projected in powerful jets with high pressure against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.

 

 

 


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