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What is an Ingress Protection (IP) rating?
An IP (or Ingress Protection) rating is a two-digit number used to define the sealing effectiveness of a piece of electronic equipment or electronic enclosure. It is useful as a standard measurement of electronic equipment’s resistance against external harmful elements. Written as a two-digit number (i.e. IP65), the first digit represents the ingress protection against solid objects, such as dirt, and the second digit represents ingress protection against liquids, such as rain. The first digit (protection from solids) ranges from 0 to 7, where 0 indicates no protection and 7 indicates 100% dust tightness. The second digit (moisture protection) ranges from 0 to 9, where 0 represents no protection and 9 represents protection from full prolonged immersion under water. Take a look at the breakdown of IP ratings below.
IP Rating Chart
First Digit: Ingress Protection of Solid Objects
Second Digit: Ingress Protection of Liquids
Protection from objects larger than 50 mm
Protection from water drops at a 90-degree angle and moisture
Protection from objects larger than 12 mm
Protection from water drops in between 75 and 90 degrees
Protection from objects larger than 2.5mm
Protection from water drops at any angle
Protection from objects larger than 1mm
Protection from water splashes at any angle
Limited protection against dust
Protection from low-pressure water jets at any angle
Total protection against dust
Protection from high-pressure water jets at any angle
Protected from short periods of low-pressure water immersion
Protected from long periods of low-pressure water immersion
Protected from long periods of high-pressure water immersion
How is IP rating used with LED panels?
Given the above information, you can see why IP rating is the perfect way to measure the durability of an LED video panel. The IP rating is the most important variable in distinguishing outdoor rated LED video panels vs. indoor ones.
As illustrated, outdoor LED tends to have a much higher IP rating. What does IP65 mean? IP65 makes this screen virtually impenetrable by any of nature’s elements – which is a big advantage of using LED display technology for outdoor applications.
IP Rating in Conclusion
IP ratings are very important to consider when renting and buying an LED video screen. Now that you know, you can make a much more educated decision on what type of LED screen to get and what provider to use. IP rating is just one factor to consider when renting or buying LED. Learn more about LED technology at Insane Impact’s LED Academy.
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