LED Lights: What is Ingress Protection Rating?

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LED Lights: What is Ingress Protection Rating?

What does Ingress Protection Rating really mean?

Ingress Protection Rating IP Code (or International Protection Rating, sometimes also known as Ingress Protection Rating*) consists of the letters IP followed by two digits and an optional letter. The code, as laid out in international standard IEC 60529, it classifies the degrees of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects (including body parts like hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water in electrical enclosures. The IP Rating standard aims to provide users with more detailed information regarding their lighting products performance than vague marketing terms such as waterproof.

Can you really get a Waterproof Light?

There are a few factors to consider when looking for waterproof LED Lighting options. A good starting point is the Ingress Protection (IP) Rating for the product, in addition to the manufacturer’s specifications. For example, the Earthtrack Work Buddy 50W has a rating of IP68, which  means this work light is dust-tight and suitable for submersion over 1 meter (3.3 feet), up to 30 minutes. The established time, depth and pressure any LED light can withstand is established with the actual LED lighting manufacturer. So when comparing LED Lighting products, if you intend to be in or near the water frequently, particularly for boats, it is always a good idea to ask for manufacturer specs on pressure, time and water depth.

All Earthtrack LED Lights feature a minimum IP67 or IP68 rating, one light in particular, Earthtrack Enforcer 60W Work Light, has an Ingress Protection Rating of IP69 – which at first glance is off the charts! This special rating means the Enforcer 60W has total dust ingress protection and can withstand steam-jet cleaning. They don’t get much tougher than that.

For full Ingress Protection Rating information, see our chart included below:

LED Lighting: Ingress Protection Rating

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