What is an IP Rating?

Jun 7, 2023

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.