IP Rating

IP (“Ingress Protection”) ratings are defined in international standard EN 60529 and rate the degree of protection provided by electrical enclosures against intrusion from solids and liquids (objects, particles, dust, water, etc.).
The higher the value of each digit, the greater the protection.

Ingress Protection Solids Rating Liquids Rating
IP 6 7


Rating Definition
0 No protection against contact and ingress of objects
1 Protected against solid objects greater than 50mm in size, like a hand
2 Protected against solid objects greater than 12.5mm in size, like a finger
3 Protected against solid objects greater than 2.5mm in size, like a screwdriver
4 Protected against solid objects greater than 1mm in size, like a thick wire
5 Dust protected. Limited ingress of dust permitted. Will not interfere with operation of the equipment.
6 Dust tight. No ingress of dust


Rating Definition
0 No protection
1 Protected against water drops
2 Protected against water drops at a 15° angle
3 Protected against water spray at 60° angle
4 Protected against water splashing from any angle
5 Protected against water jets from any angle
6 Protected against powerful jets of water
7 Water tight against the effects of temporary submersion in water. Test requires 30 minute at 1 meter depth
8 Watertight against the effects of continuous submersion in water (up to 4 hours)


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