IP65 vs IP67 it’s not a real doubt if you understand about their differences.
When we buy an LED lighting product one of the characteristics that we must choose is its IP. Learn all about IP and the relationship an LED strip has to dust and water.
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IP65 vs. IP67: BUT WHAT ARE THEY?
First of all let’s understand what the IP is for LED strip lights.
It’s very easy: IP is the acronym for Ingress Protection, which measures the degree of impermeability of the product.
You have to know that LEDs are sensitive to water and abrasion caused by grease and dust in the environment. Therefore, these acronyms were created for universal use to indicate how protected LED strip lights are from these agents.
The IP is based on 2 numbers that indicate protection example: ip65 vs ip67. The first number refers to protection against solid agents and the second against liquid agents.
IP65 vs ip67: the FIRST FIGURE (protection against objects and dust)
The first figure refers to protection against objects and dust. The higher the number, the more protection you have. The maximum is 6
- IP0: No protection
- IP1: Protection against objects with a diameter greater than 50mm
- IP2: Protection against objects with a diameter greater than 12mm
- IP3: Protection against objects with a diameter greater than 2.5mm
- IP4: Protection against objects with a diameter greater than 1mm
- IP5: Protection against dust deposits inside
- IP6: Complete protection. Dust proof.
IP65 vs ip67: the SECOND FIGURE (protection against liquids)
The second figure refers to the protection that the LED strip lights has in relation to liquids. As in the previous case, the higher the number, the more protection there is.
- IPx0: No protection
- IPx1: Protection against drops of water
- IPx2: Protection against dripping water with a 15 degree incline
- Ipx3: Protection against spraying.
- IPx4: splash protection
- IPx5: protection against water jets
- IPx6: protection against downpours
- IPx7: protection against immersion for a specified time
- IPx8: protection against staying under water.
This second number is very important when choosing LED strip lights since it will depend on where we want to install them.
The installation of LED lights strip in a bathroom is not the same as on the head of the bed or in the garden. Both need different IP’s.
IP65 vs. IP67? WHEN TO CHOOSE which?
One of the most frequently asked questions people ask is which IP to choose for their LED lights strips.
The answer is very easy: it depends on where your linear system will be installed.
Consider environmental factors, such as dust or water and there you will have the answer.
If you are deciding between IP65 vs. IP67 it will depend on how much water pressure the strip will take.
If your LED strip lights will be installed in a safe place and protected with an aluminum channel, the IP20 is more than enough.
In environments where there’s risk of dust and dirt entering our LED strip lights as well as splashes of water, or they’re being installed without a LED channel, it is better to always choose IP65 vs IP67 protection which are for short time immersion.
Example: under the kitchen cabinets or in a bathroom.
If, on the contrary, the LED strip will be in contact with water OR WITH THE RISK of being submerged in water, then you must necessarily choose IP67 protection.
If the LED strip will be inside the water permanently, then it must be IP68.