IP65 Waterproof Level
The IP ratings comprise two numbers. The first ranges from 0 -6 which is used to measure the degree of protection of the device against solid objects such as debris, sand, dirt, and dust. The zero (0) indicates that the device is not protected from hard items while six (6) states that the device is highly secured from the solid objects.
The second number ranges from 0 – 9 whereby zero (0), means that the device is not protected from liquids while; nine (9) indicate that the level of waterproof protection is high or so the device is waterproof.
In the case of IP65, the first number indicate an IP rating of six (6) which means the devices are solid tight and has no ingress of dust. The device is, therefore, suitable to use in places with a lot of dust, dirt or moving objects like debris. The second number has an IP rating of 5 means that it gets secured from water jetting from any angle. It, therefore, mean IP65 is not waterproof, and it is not suitable to be submerged. It, therefore, means that IP65 is not recommended to go with it swimming or showering. The water will leak and eventually damage the device, which has no warranty for water damage.
The IP65 LED tri-proof lights are suitable for indoor settings and are water resistant but not fit for submersion since they are not waterproof. When looking for devices suitable for swimming or deep diving, don’t settle for IP65 since they shall get damaged. Choose a device with a high IP rating.
The IP65 characteristics
• It has a complete protection from oil, dust and non-corrosive materials
• It gets protection against contact with enclosed items
• It gets from water projection from a nozzle against enclosure coming from any direction.
When shopping for any IP65 LED device, it is crucial to understand its IP rating for these reasons;
1] The equipment will give you full assurance that it won’t fail even when exposed to dust, sand or any other moving objects.
2] That the item is suitable for humid conditions and it won’t get spoiled by water drops but not suitable for swimming or going with it to shower.
That said and done, you are now able to do your shopping with the knowledge of the importance of IP rating, its condition, and suitability. Choose your device wisely and be cautious not to use in ways it is not recommended.