It depends — LED strips are available with both non-waterproof and waterproof covers. To determine how waterproof a strip is, you should refer to its Ingress Protection (IP). This grades the resistance of an enclosure against the intrusion of dust or liquids. The higher the IP, the better protection against water the strip offers. For extra protection, you can equip an aluminium profile to your LED lights. These dissipate harmful heat, but can also can offer some protection from moisture.
A waterproof strip can be installed almost anywhere where water-resistance is needed. This includes bathrooms, kitchens, pools, fountains, and other external locations. For this reason, and the fact that LED Strips can be cut and soldered to size to suit any application, LED Strips are a popular choice.
What Is Ingress Protection?
As IEC explains, electric and electronic equipment deteriorate or malfunction when water or dust enters the device. Ingress Protection (IP) determines how resistant an enclosure is against such intrusions of dust or liquids.
To express how resistant a specific enclosure is, there is a code. The IP code is composed of two numerals:
- The first numeral refers to the protection against solid objects and is rated on a scale from 0 (no protection) to 6 (no ingress of dust).
- The second numeral rates the enclosure’s protection against liquids and uses a scale from 0 (no protection) to 9 (high-pressure hot water from different angles).
To put this into perspective, our ColourFuse External LED Strips have an IP67 silicon extrusion finish, meaning they are suitable for outdoor/wet locations. Our Micro-Pure and Elevate-Pure Strips, on the other hand, are rated IP20 and are not waterproof at all. Other examples include IP65 and IP66 which are semi-waterproof, and IP68 which can be immersed in water for a long time.
Waterproof LED Strip Examples
Here are some of our waterproof LED Strips in action. The first image is our Colour-Fuse RGB (1P67) which is able to provide a consistent flow of colours — even in the wettest of conditions. The second is an example of just one of the external residential fittings we have done, suited again for outdoors/wet weather.
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