IP Ratings for Enclosures (IEC60529)

IEC 60529 is an international standard that was created for the purpose of clarifying the capability of an enclosure to protect the contents from solid and liquid bodies.

Protection against solid bodies

IP0(A)
0

No Protection
IP1(A)
1

Protected against solid bodies larger than 50 mm
(e.g. a hand)
IP2(A)
2

Protected against solid bodies larger than 12 mm
(e.g. a finger)
IP3(A)
3

Protected against solid bodies larger than 2.5 mm
(tools, wires)
IP4(A)
4

Protected against solid bodies larger than 1 mm
(fine tools, small wires)
IP5(A)
5

Protected against dust
(no harmful deposits)
IP6(A)
6

Totally dust tight


Protection against liquids

IP0(B)
0

No Protection
IP1(B)
1

Protected against vertically falling water droplets (condensation)
IP2(B)
2

Protected against water droplets deflected at up to 15° from vertical
IP3(B)
3

Protected against rainwater at up to 60° from vertical
IP4(B)
4

Protection against water spray from all directions
IP5(B)
5

Protected against low - pressure water jets from all directions
IP6(B)
6

Protected against powerful water jets from all directions
IP7(B)
7

Protected against the effects of immersion
IP8(B)
8

Protected against prolonged effects of immersion under pressure