What Are IP Ratings for lights?

IP ratings for lights

This article is for customers navigating IP ratings and asking the question “ What are IP ratings for lights?” The article provides an explanation of IP ratings followed by example ratings and light fittings available from Prosperous Home with those ratings, as well as useful links to sites explaining IP ratings in more detail.

What Are IP Ratings for lights?

Ingress Protection Ratings for lights deal with the issue of contamination and failure of electrical fittings due to external contaminants and are used to define levels of sealing effectiveness of electrical enclosures against intrusion from foreign bodies.

For outdoor, or bathroom lights IP ratings are used to describe the amount of ingress protection the light fitting has against external influences like solids and water and are expressed in a two digit number. The first digit defines the level of protection from solid objects like dust and dirt. The second digit defines the level of protection from the ingress of liquids such as water. The higher the numbers the greater the level of ingress protection.

As an example, the Stockholm garden spike lighthas an IP65 rating. The “6” is defining the level of protection from solid objects like dust and dirt, while the “5” is defining the level of protection from the ingress of liquids such as water. From the table below we can see that this means it provides complete protection from dust while also providing protection against low pressure jets of water from all directions.

Common IP Ratings and Lights Examples

IP20 rating

Protected against solid objects over 12mm in size like fingers and adult hands, but has no protection from water ingress.

IP33 rating

Protected against solid objects over 2.5mm in size, as well as protected against direct spraying water up to 60 degrees from vertical.

IP40 rating

Protected against solid objects over 1mm in size, but has no protection from water ingress.

IP43 rating

Protected against solid objects over 1mm in size as well as protected against direct spraying water up to 60 degrees from vertical.

example lights:


Cambridge 1lt Black, and Cambridge 1lt Bronze.
Cornwall Wall Light Black, as well as Cornwall Wall Light Bronze.
Coventry Small Bronze, and Coventry Large Bronze.
Nottingham 1lt Black, and Nottingham 1lt Bronze.
Oxford Wall Light Black, and Oxford Wall Light Bronze.
Plymouth 1lt Black, as well as Plymouth 1lt Bronze

IP44 rating

Protected against solid objects over 1mm in size as well as protected against direct spraying water and splashes from all directions.

example lights:

Anglesea 1lt Black.
Brugge 2lt Silver, plus Brugge 2lt White, and Brugge 2lt Charcoal.
Chester Black Exterior.
Devon Wall Light Black as well as Devon Wall Light Bronze.
Hartwell Wall Light Black, and Hartwell Wall Light Bronze.
Madrid Small Black, Madrid Large Black, Madrid Small Bronze and Madrid Large Bronze.
Norfolk 1lt Black.
Regina Black Exterior, and Regina Silver Exterior.
Snorkel Bronze.
Stockholm 2lt Rail Titanium, Stockholm 3lt Rail Titanium, Stockholm 4lt Rail Titanium, Stockholm 2lt Rail Black, Stockholm 3lt Rail Black, Stockholm 4lt Rail Black,
Temma Black Exterior, as well as Temma White Exterior,
Tucson Pewter Wall Light

IP54 rating

Providing Limited protection against dust ingress – no harmful deposits of dust, as well as protected against direct spraying water and splashes from all directions.

example lights:

Busselton Aluminium, Busselton Black, and Busselton White.
Calgary Black Exterior, as well as Calgary Silver Exterior.
Fargo Black Exterior, and Fargo Silver Exterior.
Genoa Black Exterior, Genoa Silver Exterior, and Genoa White Exterior.
Glenelg Exterior Aluminium, Glenelg Exterior Black, and Glenelg Exterior
White.
Graz Silver Wall Light, as well as Graz Charcoal Wall Light,
Lisbon Charcoal Exterior, and Lisbon Silver Exterior,
Logan Black Exterior, and Logan Silver Exterior,
Lyon 1lt Silver, Lyon 1lt White, and Lyon 1lt Charcoal,
Modena White Wall Light, and Modena Charcoal Wall Light,
Ottawa Black Exterior, Ottawa Silver Exterior, and Ottawa White Exterior,
Quebec Silver Exterior,
Ramada Charcoal Exterior, and Ramada Silver Exterior,
Tacoma Black Exterior, as well as Tacoma Silver Exterior,
Yukon Silver Exterior

IP56 rating

Providing Limited protection against dust ingress – no harmful deposits of dust, as well as protected against heavy seas or strong jets of water from all directions.

IP64 rating

Provides complete protection from dust, and is protected against direct spraying water as well as splashes from all directions.

IP65 rating

Provides complete protection from dust, and is also protected against low pressure jets of water from all directions.

example lights:

Stockholm 1lt Wall Titanium, Stockholm 2lt Wall Titanium, Stockholm 1lt Wall Black, Stockholm 2lt Wall Black, and Stockholm Spike Black.

IP66 rating

Provides complete protection from dust, and is protected against heavy seas or strong jets of water from all directions.

IP67 rating

Provides complete protection from dust, and is protected against temporary immersion in water up to 1 metre deep.

IP68 rating

Provides complete protection from dust, and is protected against continuous immersion in water up to 1 metre deep.

Learn More about IP Ratings

Companies produce great resources about IP ratings and how to read them. We like to use the quick reference chart provided by Amplex which can be found here.

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