IP Ratings Explained

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IP ratings refer to the protection against contact and foreign bodies and protection against water. The first digit of an IP rating refers to the protection against contact and foreign bodies, 0.x meaning no protection through to 6.x meaning full protection against ingress of dust. The second digit of an IP rating refers to water protection, x.0 meaning no protection through to x.8 meaning full protection against continuous submersion.

Protection against contact and foreign bodies   Protection against water
No protection   No protection
Protected against penetration of solid objects larger than 50mm   Protected against direct dripping water
Protected against penetration of solid objects larger than 12mm   Protected against indirect dripping water
Protected against penetration of solid objects larger than 2.5mm   Protected against spraying water
Protected against penetration of solid objects larger than 1mm   Protected against splashing water
Protected against dust deposits   Protected against water jets
Protected against ingress of dust   Protected against heavy seas (flooding)
Protected against immersion under defined conditions of pressure and time
Protected against continuous submersion under defined conditions