Understand IP Ratings
The IP (Ingress Protection) ratings system where applicable to lighting gives the user and installer a way choose a suitable lighting product for a specific use when it comes to atmospheric conditions. As a lighting manufacturer we produce all our products to BSEN60958:1:2015 in order to rate a our light fittings accordingly. IP rating consist of a prefix number – Dust and particle ingress, and a suffix number – water ingress. Where the decorative products that we produce are concerned only three are applicable.
Bathroom use for EU/UK installation in zone 2 of a bathroom. Splash proof. Uses G9 Bulbs.
Exterior use rain water up to 60 degrees from the vertical (suitable outside of a splash zone). 1.2m from the ground.
Adapted for EU/UK exterior use, can be used for installation in splash zones. Uses G9 Bulbs.
Hanging lights suitable for use in a covered area such a as porch.
The following tables provide the specific terms for IP Ratings:
LEVEL OBJECT SIZE
1 Not protected No protection against contact and ingress of objects.
2 >50mm Any large surface of the body, such as the back of the hand, but no protection against deliberate contact with a body part.
3 >12.5mm Fingers or similar objects.
4 >2.5mm Tools, thick wires, etc.
5 >1mm Most wires, screws, etc.
6 Dust protected Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment; complete protection against contact.
7 Dust tight No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact.
LEVEL OBJECT SIZE
0 Not protected 1 Dripping water Dripping water (vertically falling drops) shall have no harmful effect.
2 Dripping water when tilted up to 15º Vertically dripping water shall have no harmful effect when the enclosure is tilted at an angle up to 15º from its normal position.
3 Spraying water Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60º from the vertical shall have no harmful effect.
4 Splashing water Water splashing against the enclosure from and direction shall have no harmful effect.
5 Water jets Water projected by a nozzle (6.3mm) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
6 Powerful water jets Water projected in powerful jets (12.5mm nozzle) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
7 Immersion up to 1m Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1m of submersion)
8 Immersion beyond 1m The equipment is suitable for continuous immersion in water under conditions which shall be specified by the manufacturer. Normally this would mean that the equipment is hermetically sealed. However, with certain types of equipment, it can mean that water can enter but only in such a manner that it produces no harmful effects.
Bathroom Zones Explained
This Diagram shown the areas or ZONES of a Bathroom that must be taken into account when using lighting in Bathrooms.
We only make products suitable for Zone 2 where a the minimum requirement is IP44.
Zone one must use IP66 or above in order to cope with steam ingress and high pressure spraying water.
Standard chain length supplied with product. Please specify if extra chain is required.
Available in UL/CSA specifications for US and Canadian markets.
Not Available in UL/CSA specifications for US and Canadian markets.