How to get an understanding of the lighting protection codes before you purchase.
There is an international code system, developed in order to prevent confusion about vague product descriptions that have ‘waterproof’ in them. The IP44 coding provides more detailed information. So, the higher the number, the stronger the protection. For example, IP44 rated lights are designed for use as bathroom lights, and wet environments.
You’d be surprised how many visitors to our online lighting store ask, ‘what does IP44 rating mean in lighting?’ That’s just one of a multitude of questions. So, we’ve written this blog post to help you understand and find what you’re looking for!
You can find a page on Wikipedia that explains what the IP code means if you want to research further. It stands for International Protection Marking (some websites refer to IP as Ingress Protection, it's the same thing). The equivalent European standard is EN 60529. You don’t really need to know this EU bit though. All you’re concerned with is, what does IP mean, and does the protection work?
There are other numbers to look out for, including IP67, IP66 and IP65. Don’t worry though, we’ll quickly explain these below.
IP ratings mean some lights can be used in the bathroom
Yes, IP rated lights are ideal for use in bathrooms and as outdoor lights too. For example, have a look at these examples of some of our bathroom and outdoor lights with IP ratings:
We mentioned above what the IP number stands for, and although some websites differ on what IP means, they all agree that the ‘P’ stands for PROTECTION.
The IP code is used to identify the type of sealing strength around electrical items. The higher the number, the stronger the product is against those environmental elements like water, dust, or pressure. The number tells you how much protection is provided against those elements, that includes moisture in a bathroom.
The first number tells you about protection from solid objects and dust. This could mean protection from accidental touching from an animal or insect, or even prevent children from tampering with a light (especially if the bulb is encased). Children can and sometimes will touch outdoor lights, especially ones embedded in a flower bed or shrubbery.
The second number tells you about protection from liquids, which is probably more important to you. The main liquid being water.
The IP tables below will help you to get an understanding of the various types of IP code. The first table shows you what the primary number signifies: