LED Lamps: IP Protection Classes and Types

by | May 28, 2017

Electricity and Wasser(DAMPF) are anything but a dream team. In the bathroom you must not forgo light therefore still lucky-assuming the lamps comply with the appropriate IP protection classes. What is it with the IP protection class on and which lamp to use without hesitation where? Our article suggests BB´s.

What does the IP protection level on a lamp

To avoid safety hazards, special standards have been defined as the so-called IP protection classes, according to listofledlights. The abbreviation “IP” is in accordance with DIN EN 60529 and DIN 40 050 for’International Protection’. Sets the type of protection, to what extent an electrical component environmental influences may, be exposed without taking damage or risk to become.

LED lamps, the standards refer to the degree of protection of the lamp housing to

  • Contact,
  • Influence of impurities (dust, sand)
  • Water or moisture.

Two-digit number combination reveals the degree of protection

The exact degree of protection arises from the tens digit combination of foreign-and shock protection and water protection.

The table shows all possible combinations

Number1 Protection against contact Foreign body protection Number2 Water protection
0 No protection 0 No protection
1 large areas of the body Foreign particles with diameter > 50mm 1 Vertically dripping water
2 Fingers or similar objects Foreign bodies > 12mm 2 Obliquely dripping water (up to 15 degrees deviation from the vertical)
3 Tools, wires, etc. with thickness > 2, 5mm Foreign particles > 2, 5mm 3 Spray water (up to 60 degrees deviation from the vertical)
4 Tools, wires, etc. with thickness > 1mm Grain-shaped foreign bodies > 1 mm 4 Splash water
5 Full protection Dust protected 5 Water from a nozzle
6 Full protection Dust-proof 6 Flooding
7 Immersion
8 Immersion

Example: LED lamps with protection class IP54, are completely against touch and dust (1st digit=5) as well as splash water from all directions (2nd digit=4) protected. That is, they may be used in the bad places, where they can come into contact with water spray.