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Ingress Protection

The international standard for equipment that rates the degree of protection against intrusion is called Ingress Protection or “IP”.  It is an indication of how effective an electrical enclosure is sealed against any foreign bodies like dust, dirt or moisture that can damage or prevent the electrical device from working effectively…

First Digit ( Degree of intrusion protection)

 

0Zero protection
1Protection from accidental access from solid objects like a human hand, but not from deliberate access, for objects with a larger diameter than 50mm.
2Protection from objects like fingers with a larger diameter than 12mm.
3Protection from objects like tools with a larger diameter than 2.5mm.
4Protection from objects like fine tools with a larger diameter than 1mm.
5Protection from dust that can potentially damage the device.
6Complete protection from dust.

First Digit ( Degree of intrusion protection)

 

0Zero protection
1Equipment has protection against condensation.
2Equipment has protection against water droplets.
3Equipment protected against spray from angles less than 60° from vertical.
4Equipment protected against water spray from all angles.
5Equipment protected against spray from low-pressure water jets.
6Equipment protected against spray from water jets and waves.
7Equipment protected against temporary immersion underwater.
8Equipment protected against prolonged immersion under water.

For quick reference, see specifications below:


IP 65 RatedEquipment is dust-tight and protected against water sprayed and projected from a nozzle.
IP 66 RatedEquipment is dust-tight and protected against heavy sprays or jets of water.
IP 67 RatedEquipment is dust-tight and protected against temporary immersion.
IP 68 RatedEquipment is dust-tight and protected against complete immersion in water.
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