What is IP65 lighting

IP65 - This is what this degree of protection means for luminaires

What does the IP65 mark mean? You can find this on many lights and electrical appliances. The abbreviation IP stands for the degree of protection and the digits 65 describe the exact degree of protection against contact, the ingress of foreign bodies and moisture. Here you can find out all the details about protection class IP65, especially in connection with LED lights, and where they can be used.

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What does IP65 mean?

The Marking IP65 is an indication of the degree of protection of an electrical device. You can find these on many LED lights and other electrical devices. The sign IP is an abbreviation for International Protection and the following digits 65 describe the exact degree of protection. The first number stands for protection against contact and foreign bodies. The second digit describes the protection against moisture.

The IP code is internationally standardized and ensures that lights and other electrical devices do not pose any risk. An IP65 luminaire must comply with certain regulations so that it can be labeled with protection class IP65.

Degree of protection IP65 in detail

IndicatorsProtection against contactProtection against foreign bodiesProtection against water
1st digit: 6Complete protection against accidental contactProtection against ingress of dust (dust-tight)
2nd digit: 5Protection against water jets from any direction

The first digit of a luminaire with protection class IP65 indicates that it is completely against touch and against ingress of dust is protected. With the second digit the lamp is still against water jets protected from all directions.

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The protection against water jets indicates the waterproofness of an IP65 luminaire. But that is only partially correct. A lamp with protection class IP65 may, for example, be hosed down with a garden hose. However, this is allowed not submerged become. At least IP67 degree of protection is required for this.

IP65 lights are protected against water jets and are therefore ideally suited for outdoor use. While luminaires with protection class IP44 should only be attached directly to the house wall or under a roof, IP65 lamps can also be used outdoors when it is raining.

Is there an IP65 protection class?

The terms protection type and protection class are often confused with one another. A There is no IP65 protection class. In contrast to the IP degree of protection, the protection class describes safety measures against dangerous voltages on conductive, touchable parts.

IP65 locations

For which installation locations and environments are IP65 luminaires suitable? Thanks to the water jet protection from any direction, the luminaires are often suitable for outdoor use or for damp rooms. Where exactly the degree of protection IP65 may be used always depends on the exact installation location.

IP65 outdoors

Luminaires with IP65 protection can be installed in various places outdoors or in the garden. Through the Protection against water jets from all directions are the lamps protected against rain. Due to the dust-tightness you can also no insects get into the interior of the luminaire and contaminate or damage it.

There is a large number of IP65 luminaires for outdoor use on the market. The selection ranges from classic LED outdoor wall lights to outdoor spotlights to path lights.

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IP65 is not waterproof

Especially when using recessed floor lights, it should be noted that IP65 outdoor lights are not completely waterproof. If the luminaire can be temporarily under water at the place of use, at least protection class IP67 is required.

IP65 in the bathroom

In the bathroom and other damp rooms, special care is required due to the combination of water and electricity. Different requirements and regulations apply here, depending on the installation location. IP65 lights are from water jets protected and allowed in the area above the shower or bathtub up to one Height of 2.25m can be used. Their operating voltage must not exceed 25V / AC or 60V / DC.

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IP65 unsuitable for immersion water

IP65 bathroom lights may really only be used above the shower and bathtub. If these are temporarily under water, the lights must be protected against submersion water (IP67).


Luminaires with protection class IP65 are completely protected against contact and dust-tight. Furthermore, they are resistant to water jets from any direction. Due to this very high level of protection, IP65 luminaires are a good choice for many installation locations in damp rooms or outdoors.