IP Ratings Explained

IP Ratings Explained

Products are given an IP rating to indicate the levels of protection that it holds. Two numbers normally represent the IP rating; the first digit indicates the level of protection the product has from solid objects or materials whilst the second digit shows the protection from liquids (water).

 

1st digit Protection 2nd digit Protection
0 No special protection. 0 No special protection.
1 Protection from a large part of the body such as a hand (but no protection from deliberate access); from solid objects greater than 50mm in diameter. 1 Protection against condensation.
2 Protection against fingers or other object not greater than 80mm in length and 12mm in diameter. 2 Protection from vertically dripping water.
3 Protection from entry by tools, wires, etc., with a diameter greater than 2.5mm 3 Protection from sprayed water.
4 Protection from entry by solid objects with a diameter or thickness greater than 1.0mm 4 Protection from splashed water.
5 Protection from the amount of dust that would interfere with the operation of the equipment. 5 Protection from water projected from a nozzle.
6 Dust tight. 6 Protection against heavy seas, or powerful jets of water.
    7 Protection against temporary immersion.
    8 Protection against complete, continuous submersion in water.

 

Take the IP rating IP68 for example, 6 describes the level of protection from solid objects and 8 describes the level of protection from liquids. Which means that the product is dust tight and protected against complete, continuous submersion in water.

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