IP ratings: Buy outdoor lighting with confidence

July 16, 2019 2 min read

IP ratings: Buy outdoor lighting with confidence

 Here we explain which IP ratings to look for when shopping for outdoor lights…


Q: How important is IP rating when you’re shopping for outside lights?

A: Given the unpredictability of British weather, you want to be sure your outside lights are made to withstand the elements. However, if you’re not familiar with the IP system you may be uncertain which rating is necessary for the outdoor space you wish to light.

IP44 bathroom light the evo organic from calexLike lighting for a bathroom, shower room or wet room, the appropriate IP rating for lighting in outdoor spaces depends upon the expected exposure to particle and moisture ingress.

We explained how to read IP ratings in our last blog (click here for more). However, a good rule of thumb is that the higher the IP rating, the more protection from water and dust provided by the product’s enclosures. 


IP44 and above

IP ratings of between 44 and 65 may be used for both indoor and general outdoor use. Anything lower than IP44 should only be used indoors, however. 

IP44 outdoor lights can withstand rain and are safe to use outdoors, however should not be exposed to pressurised water such as a jet wash. Splashing water against the enclosure from any direction will not have a harmful effect.

IP54 outdoor lights carry the same protection for water ingress, however their enclosures have further resistance to the ingress of dust particles (solid bodies larger than 1mm).

Many people are surprised to discover that The Light Yard offers a range of pendant and floor lights which are specially designed for outdoor use, including our new Orbital Pendant Light and our 600mm-high hot-rolled steel Orbital floor light.


Stunning outdoor options

So, it begs the question – why illuminate your outside spaces with uninspiring lighting fixtures when there are beautiful options which have been specially designed to create a stylish and relaxed environment?

Feast your eyes on some of the options below, all of which are rated IP44 or above:


ECO Classic LED bollard light made from bamboo Product: The Eco Classic LED Bollard Light

IP rating: IP65

Style: Contemporary

Top selling points: Hard-wearing, made from sustainable MOSO Bamboo

Recommended for: Driveways, footpaths, perimeters


Exterior wall lights Product: Brik Flush LED Step Wall Light

IP rating: IP65

Style: Contemporary

Top selling points: Handmade to order, energy efficient

Recommended for: Stairs, terraces, patios

Orbital outdoor pendant light Product: Orbital Outdoor Pendant Light

IP rating: IP54

Style: Contemporary

Top selling points: Natural raw steel or patina (rusty) finish

Recommended for: Patios and outdoor entertainment areas

Our full range of outdoor lighting fixtures can be viewed here.

Struggling to decide? Good news… The Light Yard offers full complimentary concierge service. We’ll work with you to choose the right lighting fixtures for your residential or commercial property, for a look you’ll love. And since our lighting is bespoke, our fixtures can be made to suit your individual design specifications, ensuring you achieve your ideal desired effect.

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