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Where are IP65 Waterproof LED Panel Lights Used?

First of all, Let’s discuss about: What are LED IP Ratings? What does IP stand for? Then we discuss where IP65 waterproof LED Panel Light can be used?

IP is an acronym “Ingress Protection”. It is a measurement of the protection an item will have against solid objects (dust, sand, dirt, etc.) and liquids.


An IP rating is comprised of 2 numbers. The first number refers to the protection against solid objects (dust, etc) and the second number refers to protection against liquids.

What is an IP Rating?

Each IP rating has two numbers, both of which give you information about the protection level. A higher number means greater protection against solids and liquids.

– The first number (0-6) refers to the level of protection against solid objects and moving parts, such as dust, debris, or other solid matter. The first digit ranges from 0–6 and reflects protection from solid particles.
• IP0X: The product is not protected against any physical contact or objects.
• IP1X: Only protected from objects larger than 50 mm. You won’t accidentally stick your hand into this product, but you can still easily get, say, your finger in. You probably shouldn’t.
• IP2X: Protected from any object larger than 12.5 mm. This now includes fingers.
• IP3X: Protected from things above 2.5 mm, which includes most tools and thick wires.
• IP4X: Protected from anything bigger than 1 mm.
• IP5X: Dust resistant. Some dust may get through, but it won’t be enough to damage the product.
• IP6X: “None shall pass!” This product is fully dust tight.

– The second number (0-8) references the level of liquid and moisture protection. The second digit ranges from 0–9 and shows how well the product is protected from water.
• IPX0: The product offers no special protection from water.
• IPX1: Can resist water that drips vertically onto the product.
• IPX2: Can resist water that hits the product at a 15° angle or less.
• IPX3: Can take water sprays of up to 60°.
• IPX4: Is resistant to water splashes from any direction.
• IPX5: Can resist a sustained, low-pressure water jet spray.
• IPX6: Can resist high-pressure, heavy sprays of water.
• IPX6K: Can resist water jets of extremely high pressure. Rarely used.
• IPX7: Can be submerged up to 1 meter in water for 30 minutes.
• IPX8: Can be submerged deeper than 1 meter. The exact depth is specified by the manufacturer.
• IPX9K: Resists high-pressure, high-temperature sprays at close range. A very special case that’s dictated by a separate standard. Rarely used.

Take a look at the chart below to better understand the protection offered with each number.

Example :With an IP65 rating, the LEDs can be used in an outside setting and are water-resistant but they are not waterproof and are not suitable to be submerged. An IP68 can be submerged in water.

What is the difference between IP65, IP67 & IP68?

The differences between commonly sold IP65, IP67, & IP68 strips are slight, but very important.

Using the above chart as a guide, we can see that all strips are protected at the highest level from solids and dust. The variations come with the protection against liquids.
IP65 = Water resistant. “Protected against water jets from any angle” *Do NOT submerge IP65 LED lights, these are not waterproof.
IP67 = Water resistant plus. “Protected against the events of temporary submersion (10 minutes)”*Do NOT submerge IP67 LED lights for extended periods, these are not waterproof.
IP68 = Waterproof “Protected against the events of permanent submersion up to 3 meters”

What IP Rating Will You Need?
If you don’t anticipate a harsh environment that is extremely dusty or wet then a lower IP rating would suffice.
In places that will have a lot of dust, debris, or potential to be in contact with any solids or liquids, you’ll want to make sure that the IP ratings are high and that you have adequate water resistant or waterproof coatings on your LED strip lights.

Examples of IP Ratings and Uses
Low IP ratings are appropriate for:
– Indoor use
– Protected use inside sealed products
– Inside sealed signage
– When using aluminum extrusions
High IP ratings are appropriate for:
– Unsealed outdoor locations
– Places that have a lot of debris
– Areas with heavy foot traffic
– High splash areas
– High contact areas (people touching them)
– Wet locations

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