Published : 2019-03-29 10:05:04
Categories : Practical advice
For safe use, all electrical components of the luminaires must comply with the EN 60-529 IP (Protection Index) standard by mentioning the level of resistance of the equipment against the intrusion of external agents. Thus this classification tells you the conditions of use and guides you in your purchase on Silumen.
The protection index is two digits after the IP symbol. Its first defines the degree of protection vis-à-vis the penetration of solid bodies and dust. Its second is the degree of protection against liquid intrusion / sealing.
Let's take the example of the LED Fairy Lights 220V 9M IP44 180LED Multicouleur :
This product is classified in the category of luminaires with protection degree IP44.
Its first digit IP4_ indicates that its electrical part is therefore protected against all solid bodies greater than 1mm.
In other words :
Also understand that this luminaire IP2_ is not protected against the screw or against the hairpin.
His second digit IP_4 informs us that its electrical part resists against splashing water from all directions.
Here is an explanatory table::
Left: First digit of IP (degree of protection against penetration of solid bodies)
Right: Second digit of IP (degree of protection against penetration of liquid bodies)
The Protection Index is an important criterion for installations in specific areas.
Below are the recommended minimum protection ratings based on the type of space.
Type of space
Interior - Dry
Interior - Wet
Reconcile electric power and water is possible by opting for waterproof luminaires for your bathroom.
Compose your lighting of different luminaires according to the installation area.
Around the bath / shower
Surface up to 2.25m high, around zone 1.
Surface located 60cm from zone 0 with risk of splashing
Surface distant at 2.25m from zone 0
>IP20 low tension 12V
Give priority to 12V lighting.
Entry doors / Awnings
Facades / Under the roof
Recessed under a canopy
Take the example of the LED Wall Light 6W IP44 Design House.
You will find the protection rating in the product name. (1) and further down in the data sheet (2).
This product has a protection index of 44. It is therefore resistant to solid bodies> 2.5mm and against liquid splashes in all directions. You can light your front door, i.e area along the facade, in your bathroom or any dry interior.