What is an IP Rating?

What is an IP Rating?

An IP (Ingress Protection) rating is a method of measuring how effective an electrical enclosure is of resisting liquid or particle ingress to ensure the internal parts remain fully functional.

The first edition was set by the IEC Technical Committee (EN 60529) in 1976 with the aim of creating a universal standard for enclosure protection throughout the electrical industry. Previously, there had been separate standards which only covered a limited number of low voltage items.

IP ratings are made up of two numbers, the first being its protection against solid objects and the second, its protection against liquids. The higher the IP rating, the more protection the enclosure has.

We provide a minimum of IP54 rating on our products, right up to IP69K so you can be assured that we have an option within our range suitable for your requirements.

What is an IP Rating?

IP Ratings Explained

The IP Rating System, or to give its full name Ingress Protection Rating System is a scale of how waterproof and airtight an electronic device is as specified by the International Standard IEC/EN 60529.

IP ratings are made up of two numbers, the first being its protection against solid objects and the second being its protection against ingress of liquids.

The chart is very simple to follow once broken down:

It’s clear to see, the higher the IP rating, the more durable a device will be.

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IP Ratings

IP Rating (Ingress Protection)

The IP rating system (or Ingress Protection rating) is a scale of how waterproof and airtight an item is.

Words like ‘waterproof’ can be fairly vague so using the IP system gives a clear and concise guide to ensure that an item is suitable for the environment it will be installed in.

Each IP rating is made up of two numbers:
The first being its protection from solid objects, ranging from body parts to dust. For example if you were to install an electrical product in a dusty environment like a beach or desert you would need the first number to be at least 5 or 6 to protect the products electrical circuits from being damaged by dust ingress.
The second being its protection from water, ranging from dripping water to complete submersion. For example if you were installing an electrical product in a marine area where is might end up in under water, you would need the second number to be at least 7 or 8.

The table below shows this in more detail:

Without the IP rating system you could order something ‘waterproof’ that might be protected from heavy rain but would fill with water if submerged, this is why the IP rating system is so widely used and extremely helpful to save time and money.

DG Controls offer a wide range of IP65 rated beacons and sounders, we also offer an IP66 and IP68 range too!

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IP Ratings Explained

IP Ratings Explained

The IP Rating System (or Ingress Protection rating) is a scale of how waterproof and airtight an item is, as specified by the International Standard IEC/EN 60529.

IP ratings are made up of two numbers; the first being its protection from solid objects, and the second being its protection from water.

The majority of our range of products are IP65 rated, making them suitable for outdoor use.

In addition, we have some products which are rated IP66, offering even more protection against the elements:

Series B Beacons

IP66 beacon 135mm High x 94 Dia.

 

 

– Xenon Strobe

– Revolving / Pulsed/ Static LED

– Pulsed High Power LED Version

– Triple – Colour Red / Amber / Green

– ICAO Version

 

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ISB-C Combined Beacon & Sounder

112 dB Multi-tone Sounder with Integrated LED Beacon 85mm High x 94mm Dia.

– 64 Tone combinations

– Maximum output 112dB(A)

– High intensity LED array integrated into horn

– Clear Horn with Red, Amber, Green, Blue or White LEDs

– Internal volume control

– 10-40Vdc, 115-230Vac/dc and VRD (45-65Vac/55-95Vdc) models

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IAS-C Electronic Sounder

114dB Multi-tone Electronic Sounder 85mm High x 94mm Dia.

– 64 Tone combinations

– Maximum output 114dB(A)

– Internal volume control

– 10-30Vdc, 24Vac, 115-230Vac/dc and 45-65Vac/55-95Vdc models

– 2-wire connection with third-wire for alternate tone selection

– Compatible with full Series B and Series C ranges to provide a fully customised and integrated signalling solution

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On top of these, we have our Series G Range, which have an IP Rating of IP68, making them extremely durable and suitable for marine use:

Series G Beacon

IP68 Beacon 220mm High x 256 Dia.

– Rotating Mirror – LED

– Xenon Strobe

– Revolving LED

– Pulsed / Static LED

– ICAO 10cd+

– ICAO 32cd+

 

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