When browsing the Martec’s wide range of products, you might have noticed many products have an IPX rating, whether in the product description itself or within the specification list. But not everyone knows what an IPX rating is or why it is so important. Today we’re going to explain what an IPX rating is and why it’s important.
What is an IPX Rating?
IPX stands for International Protection or Ingress Protection. And IPS rating is an international code that describes the level of protection, provided by the casing or enclosure of the device. This protection is against dust, water and in some cases, the ingress of other particles or fluids.
Each rating starts with the IPX abbreviation followed by a number value, such as IPX2. IPX is the general beginning for products that are waterproof/water resistant/splash proof for devices being used outdoors or in wet rooms, like bathrooms and laundries.
Why Do We Have an IP Rating System?
In order for buyers and users to be confident in the safety of their products, we have the universal IP rating. This allows you to be sure you can use specific goods and devices in different environments. An IP rating gives a far more specific account of how water or dust proof a device is, rather than using vague terms like “waterproof”.
The Meaning of Martec IPX Ratings
The IPX, IP or water resistant rating is one of the most important things you should check when buying a device that will be set up outside or in a wet room like a bathroom or laundry. Below are some of the IP ratings held by Martec products.
Martec IPX Ratings
A device labelled with an IPX2 has a level 3 water resistance rating. It can survive drops of water falling on it while being tilted at a 15. This amount corresponds to 15° angle. The devise is tested 4 times, in4 positions and the amount of water resistance corresponds to 3mm per min rainfall.
The Vapour 3-in-1 Heater, Light and Exhaust
The Martec Vapour is a good example of an IPX2 rating. The Vapour 3-in-1 features a dedicated 12W Tricolour integrated LED panel light. As a convenient 3-in-1 the Vapour also has industry leading 1000W powerful PTC ceramic heating elements, and a state-of-the-art exhaust fan to properly circulate air in your bathroom.
With a powerful and efficient Turbo Fan Blade Design, and PTC heating element means you’re comfortable all year round. This 3 in 1 Bathroom Heater Exhaust and Light, suits small to medium bathrooms with its high performance, ball bearing motor and quiet function.
The Vapour features a modern, ultra-low profile, to suit all bathroom decor. Rated at IPX2 water resistance, the Vapour is drip protected while the built-in safety thermostat switch will automatically turn off the unit if the internal temperature exceeds 80°C.
IPX4 – a device labelled with an IPX4 rating has a level 4 water resistance rating. It can survive splashes of water from any direction. It can also survive sprays of water, sprayed by a nozzle with a counterbalanced shield.
Forme 2 Light 3 in 1 Bathroom Heater and Exhaust Fan with Tricolour LED Light
The Forme 2 is a great example of a Martec IPX4 rated product. The powerful and efficient Forme 2 Light 3 in 1 Bathroom Heater comes with a high quality turbo fan, known for it’s excellent, yet quiet, operation. The Forme 2 also features a 45W motor with a powerful turbo fan. It also comes with 1.5m of flexible aluminium ducting, and an exterior grill with self-closing back shutter.
Each Forme 2 Light 3 in 1 Bathroom Heater comes with 2x E27 275W infrared heat lamps, providing instant heat to your bathroom or space. Alongside the infrared lamps, the Forme 2 also features 10W tricolour switchable LED lights. The Forme 2 Bathroom Heater also includes a safety cut out thermostat switch. It is ideal for small to medium sized bathrooms.
Martec IP Ratings
An IP44 rating means the device has protection against solid objects large than 1mm, such as fine tools, wires, screws, nails, larger insects, and other small, potentially invasive objects. It also has protection against splashing water from any direction, tested for a minimum of 10 minutes with an oscillating spray. A limited ingress is permitted with no harmful effects.
Patrol Tricolour LED Security Light with PIR Sensor
Martec’s Patrol is an good example of an IP44 rated device. The Patrol Tricolour LED security light is a fantastic product to deter intruders from your property. The PIR motion sensor technology can detect movement in a 120° angle. It can also welcome you home, providing an impressive 1800 lumens. The overall brightness can reach up to 12 meters away.
The LED security light is not only powerful, but it’s also energy-efficient. It can last up to an amazing 25,000 hours. This is equivalent to nearly 3 years. The exterior is made from polycarbonate and aluminum. As a result, the chassis is super durable and long-lasting.
It has an IP44 rating for weather conditions. This means it can handle water splashing against it. It’s also protected from most external wires.
A device with an IP rating of IP54 has partial protection against dust and other particles. Any ingress will not damage or impede the satisfactory performance of internal components. And, like the IP44, the IP54 has protection against splashing water from any direction, tested for a minimum for 10 minutes with an oscillating spray. Limited ingress is permitted with no harmful effects.
Ranger Tricolour LED Security Light
The Ranger is a great example of a Martec product with an IP54 rating. The Ranger Tricolour LED single security light is a durable outdoor light with a modern design. This 12W LED light features an adjustable head and can be wall or ceiling mountable. Making the Ranger the perfect light for entry ways, alfrescos, garages and walkways.
A product with an IP65 rating has full protection against dust and other particles, including a vacuum seal, with testing against continuous airflow. It also has protection against low-pressure jets, 6.3mm, of directed water from any angle. It allows for ingress permitted with no harmful effects.
Solar Powered LED Batten Light Kit
Martec’s solar powered LED batten light kit is a good example of an IP65 rated product. Martec’s solar powered led lights are a step above traditional solar power tube lights. Our pioneering Solar Powered LED Batten Light Kit model is perfect for a range of rooms and locations.
The Inbuilt PIR sensor also reduces power consumption for those gloomy days. Further, our industry leading designs make for easy installation for installer. Our solar powered led lights are the ultimate portable and versatile lighting solution.
This innovative model also features a 5V USB port for convenient charging of compatible devices and an external switch for light kit operation.
Looking for the perfect lights, exhaust fans, ceiling fans or 3-IN-1 bathroom units? Martec has a wide range of products perfect for your home. Whether you’re looking for exterior lights or the best way to light and heat your bathroom, Martec has the answer. Explore our products today!