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IP ratings explained.

Your essential guide.

What are IP ratings? What do IP numbers mean? and why do they matter? All answered here.


What are IP ratings?

Ingress Protection (IP) ratings measure how effective a device is at blocking foreign bodies such as dust, moisture and liquid. The ratings are determined by international standards and all houseof lights have an IP rating.

Why do they matter?

Understanding how these ratings work will ensure you chose a light fixture fit for purpose. For example, not all lights are designed to handle the moisture levels present in a bathroom, the IP rating will help you identify which ones are.

How do they work?

IP ratings, consist of an I (for ingress) and a P (for protection) followed by two numbers indicating the fixtures inbuilt level of resistance.

The first number (0-6) indicates resistance to solid particles, with '6' being 'dust-proof'. The second number (0-8) measures water resistance, where '8' signifies 'water-proof'.


Recommended ratings.

Area Protection IP
Outdoor Water and dirt IP44+
Workspace Dust IP44+
Bathroom Moisture IP44+
Kitchen Moisture IP20+
Dining Room Basic IP20
Living Room Basic IP20
Bedroom Basic IP20
Office Basic IP20

Bathroom Zones.

Additionally, bathrooms can be divided into three zones, based on proximity to the various water sources:

Zone 0 - Lights Lights submerged below water (e.g. in a bath), require a minimum IP rating of IPX7.

Zone 1 - Lights positioned directly above a bath or shower tray, require a minimum IP rating of IPX4.

Zone 2 - Lights fixed within 60cm of Zone 1 or of a sink, require a minimum IP rating of IPX4.


What does IP stand for?

IP stands for Ingress Protection. It's a rating system that shows how well lighting fixtures are protected against foreign bodies.

Does IP-rating matter indoors?

Yes, especially in areas like bathrooms and kitchens where moisture is common. The right IP rating ensures safety and longevity of your lights in these conditions.

Are higher IP-rated lights expensive?

Not necessarily. While they may sometimes cost more due to enhanced protective features, they offer better longevity and safety, proving cost-effective in the long run.

What is the right IP-rating for my space?

Consider the environment where the light will be used. Higher ratings for outdoor and wet areas, and lower ratings for dry, indoor spaces.

Do you sell higher IP-rated lights?

Absolutely! Our range includes eco-friendly, energy-efficient lights with ratings between IP20 to IP44, perfect for various settings while being kind to the planet.

Does IP-rating affect installation?

Installation is generally similar to standard lights, but always follow the specific guidelines for each product to ensure maximum safety and performance.
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