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Our lamps’ eligibility for various environmental influences

The protection type defines the eligibility of electrical operating materials, such as lamps, for diverse environmental conditions. Depending on where a lamp is installed, it will be susceptible to the surrounding influences. Outdoor or bathroom lamps require a higher level of protection against penetrating moisture or splashing water, than lamps in dry, warm living areas.

IP-protection types

The IP-protection types reveal precise information on the degree of protection – the higher the number, the better the protection.  

Number 1 →
Number 2 ↓
No foreign
matter protection
foreign matter protection
> 50mm
foreign matter protection
> 12mm
foreign matter protection
> 2,5mm
foreign matter protection
> 1mm
dust protected dust-tight
Not waterproof IP00 IP10 IP20 IP30 IP40 IP50 IP60
Vertically falling water protection IP01 IP11 IP21 IP31 IP41 IP51 IP61
Water falling at an angle (up to 15°) IP02 IP12 IP22 IP32 IP42 IP52 IP62
Spraying water protection (up to 60°) IP03 IP13 IP23 IP33 IP43 IP53 IP63
Splashing water protection IP04 IP14 IP24 IP34 IP44 IP54 IP64
Water jet protection (all directions) IP05 IP15 IP25 IP35 IP45 IP55 IP65
Powerful water jets IP06 IP16 IP26 IP36 IP46 IP56 IP66
Short immersion protection IP07 IP17 IP27 IP37 IP47 IP57 IP67
Indefinite submersion protection IP08 IP18 IP28 IP38 IP48 IP58 IP68

IP protection classes

IP-protection classes, as opposed to protection types, define the protective measures taken against the dangers voltage may cause when coming in physical contact with a human being or animal.

Protection class I
All conductive console parts of an operating device are connected to the earth wire of the permanent electrical installation. This is a protective earthing.
In case of leakage current, a fuse will switch off the circuit. 

Protection class II
Operating materials in protection class II have a reinforced or double insulation between the grid circuit and conducting console.
This is known as a double insulation.  

Protection class III
Electrical devices in protection class III work with a maximum of 50 volts alternating current and in grid operation require a reinforced or double insulation between the grid circuit and outlet voltage. They require a safety transformer.   

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