What are IP ratings?
IP stands for Ingress Protection and means „protection against contamination“
Electrical equipment such as luminaries or power supplies is used in various environments. Correspondingly different are the requirements for the housing of such equipment: on the one hand it has to protect the user against contact with dangerous parts within the device; on the other hand the equipment should be protected against external contamination or moisture. Depending on their operational environment and strain, devices should always belong to a particular protection class which is significantly defined by the design. So-called IP ratings classify the level of protection in terms of contact as well as penetration of foreign substances and moisture. These protection ratings are defined by the standard DIN 60529. More: