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IP Ratings : indicate the degree of protection against dust, liquids and impacts. The IP degrees of protection are defined by the French standard NFC 20-010. To rate a device's degrees of protection, the letters IP are followed by up to three numbers. These numbers are defined as follows:

First Number
Protection against solid objects
Second Number
Protection against liquids
Third Number
Protection against mechanical impacts
IP0
No protection
IP0
No protection
IP0
No protection
IP1**
Protected against solid objects over 50mm (e.g. accidental touch by hands.)
IP*1*
Protected against vertically falling rain or condensation
IP**1
Impact 0.225 joule 150g falling from 15cm
IP2**
Protected against solid objects over 12mm (e.g. fingers)
IP*2*
Protected against direct sprays of water up to 15° from vertical
IP**2
Impact 0.375 joule 250g falling from 15cm
IP3**
Protected against solid objects over 2.5mm (tools & wires)
IP*3*
Protected against sprays to 60° from vertical
IP**3
Impact 0.50 joule 250g falling from 20cm
IP4**
Protected against solid objects over 1mm (small tools & small wires)
IP*4*
Protected against water sprayed from all directions
 
IP5**
Protected against dust (no harmful deposit)
IP*5*
Protected against low pressure jets of water from all directions
IP**5
Impact 2.00 joule 500g falling from 40cm
IP6**
Totally protected against dust
IP*6*
Protected from strong jets of water (e.g. for use on ship decks)
 
  IP*7*
Protected against the effects of immersion between 15cm and 1m
IP**7
Impact 6.00 joule 1.5kg falling from 40cm
    IP**9
Impact 20.00 joule 5 kg falling from 40cm
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