Do you know which lights are safe to use in wet locations and which can be used underwater? People always get confused about the lights that are rated for wet locations, whether the lights rated for wet locations can be used in the pool? Let’s clear out this confusion and find suitable LED lights for these wet areas.
A bulb or fixture that can be used in a wet location is one that can be used in an area where water can come into contact with it. Wet-rated fixtures may be used in public restrooms, garages, barns, porches, and other locations. Although these fixtures are built to withstand rain and water drips, they are not water-resistant. You'll need to search for items with clear IP ratings for water submersion.
What is IP rating?
IP ratings give more levels of differentiation. IP scores, which are made up of two numbers, indicate how well a fixture protects against solid objects and water entry. The first number refers to things such as fingers and dust, while the second refers to liquids such as water. There are three scores to look for while using something near or in water:
- IP68 refers to the complete submersion of water for up to 13 feet.
- The IP67 rating allows for a 30-minute submersion in up to 3 feet of water.
- IP65 covers Water jets from any angle.
For any lighting project that will be permanently mounted in water, using products with an IP68 rating is highly recommended for protection. Since IP67-rated products are only for temporary submersion, it is not recommended to use them. IP65 ratings would be more widely used for general outdoor applications, including parking lot area lights.
Tape Lights are completely waterproof!
Underwater lights and waterproof tape lights are examples of entirely waterproof products. On decks and patios, as well as in pools and fountains, waterproof tape lights are used. Waterproof tape light should not be cut in order to keep its rating. It has a hermetic seal that prevents water or moisture from penetrating the circuitry. That safety will be revoked if the tape light is cut. Make certain that all connector cables are also waterproof.
Since LED security light fixtures are built to be mounted on a wall or under eaves, they will have a wet position ranking. As long as the rope light is uncut, it can be used in wet environments. The rating is void once it is cut, much like waterproof tape light. Unlike waterproof tape lights, Rope lights can be sealed with shrink tubes and silicone glue to keep water out. Rope lights may be used to illuminate walkways, flower beds, decks, and patios in the outdoors.