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What are IP Ratings?

What is an IP Rating?

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.

- 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 second number (0-8) references the level of liquid and moisture protection.

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

ip rating chart

Waterproof LED Strip Light IP Ratings

IP65 - IP rated as "dust tight" and protected against water projected from a nozzle.

IP66 - IP rated as "dust tight" and protected against heavy seas or powerful jets of water.

IP68 -  IP rated as "dust tight" and protected against complete, continuous submersion in water.

Waterproof Name Max Length  Color Temperature Deviation

IP20 Non-waterproof


100m No
IP65 Silicone Glue


10m +150K~200K

IP65 Silicone Extrusion

IP65 Extrusion

100m -30K~-50K

IP66 Silicone Tube


10m +50K~100K

IP67 Silicone Extrusion

IP67 Extrusion

100m -50K~-100K

IP68 Silicone Glue in Tube


10m +300K~500K

IP68 Silicone Extrusion

IP68 extrusion

100m +300K~500K

How to Choose Waterproof LED Strip Light?

Lower IP rating would be sufficient if you don’t use led strip in a harsh environment that is extremely dusty or wet.

High IP ratings are highly recommended if the plase have a lot of dut, deris, or potential to be in contact with any solids or liquids.

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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