IP ratings explained
It is important when installing any lighting products that the IP rating is suitable for the application. Ingress protection (IP) is an international standard for classifying the degree of protection provided against the intrusion of items such as human contact, dust and water.
There are generally four types of IP ratings for LED strips. Ensuring that the correct level of protection is used will minimize safety issues and premature failure of the lights.
For example, installing an IP20 LED strip in an external environment will result in the product failing in a very short time. Here are the four most common IP ratings for LED strip:
- P1– IP20 rated products are for internal use only. They have no protection against dust, moisture, or water.
- P3– IP65 rated products are suitable for internal or external installation. The luminaire is protected against dust, rain, and low-pressure water jets. IP65 LED strip is coated in a silicone gel.
- P4– IP67 rated products are the same as IP65 but are also suitable for temporary immersion in water. IP67 LED strips are enclosed in a silicone tube.
- P5– IP68 rated products are the same as IP67 but are suitable for permanent immersion in water to a depth of 1m. IP68 LED strips use the same silicone tube as the IP67 tape, but it is injection filled with silicone.
Mayfield’s supplies both IP65 and IP67 LED strips. The reason for using two types is that a smaller diameter strip is required for our Clearview range (IP65). Both have been specifically chosen to integrate into our unique balustrade systems.