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IP RATINGS FOR SECURITY CAMERAS

Lorex security cameras are given an environmental rating to indicate their suitability for installation in different indoor and outdoor environments. This rating is based on the camera's Ingress Protection (IP) rating. In most cases, Lorex security cameras are rated IP66, making them suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations.

IP weather rating

What is an IP rating?

The IP rating tells you how resistant the equipment is to dust and liquids. It is a simple code that covers a range of international standards for enclosures and electrical equipment. This code was developed to provide customers with more information about how weatherproof an enclosure is, rather than just claiming that it is weatherproof.

What does the IP rating mean?

IP ratings are given as a two-digit code, such as IP54 and IP65. The first digit represents the level of protection against dust; the second digit represents the level of protection against fluids. The higher the number, the stronger the level of protection.

IP65 rating

IP Rating Codes

The following chart explains each element of an IP rating and provides examples of all possible ratings:

Guide to Ingress Protection (IP) Ratings

DUST (1st Number)
1

Solid objects over 2" / 50mm (e.g. hand)

IP ratings Dust 1
2

Solid objects over 0.5" / 12mm (e.g. fingers)

IP ratings Dust 2
3

Solid objects over 2.5mm (tools and wires)

IP ratings Dust 3
4

Solid objects over 1mm (small wires)

IP ratings Dust 4
5

Dust - limited ingress (no harmful deposits)

IP ratings Dust 5
6

Dust - completely protected (no ingress)

IP ratings Dust 6
LIQUID (2nd Number)
2

Vertically - dripping water

IP ratings liquid 2
3

Sprays of water when tilted up to 15°

IP ratings liquid 3
4

Sprays of water when tilted up to 60° vertically

IP ratings liquid 4
5

Water sprayed from all directions - limited ingress

IP ratings liquid 5
6

Low pressure jets from all directions - limited ingress

IP ratings liquid 6
7

Strong jets of water from all directions - limited ingress

IP ratings liquid 7
8

Temporary immersion between 6" and 40"

IP ratings liquid 8
9

Long periods of immersion under pressure

IP ratings liquid 9

IP Ratings Chart

Security cameras can be broken down into four classifications of environmental resistance:

Classification IP Rating Location Description66 - 67

Indoor

< 44

Indoor

Not intended for submersion in water.
Installation in an indoor location required.Text

Weather Resistant

44 - 65

Indoor / Outdoor (under shelter)

Not intended for submersion in water.
Installation in a sheltered location required.

Weatherproof

66 - 67

Indoor / Outdoor

Not intended for submersion in water.
Installation in a sheltered location recommended.

Submersible

68

Underwater

Full immersion.

hot and cold thermometers

Extreme Climate Security Cameras

Many Lorex security cameras have been engineered to withstand both extremely hot and cold climates. In fact, these cameras can continue to operate in temperatures as high as 140°F / 60°C and as low as -22°F / -30°C. That is not to say that these security cameras won't continue to operate after they hit one of these temperatures. They very well may continue to function in much higher and lower temperatures than those stated.

Outdoor Installation Tip

For outdoor installations, it is recommended that you position your cameras in a sheltered location even if they are weather resistant or weatherproof rated. Under shelter, the camera lens is protected from adverse weather conditions such as rain and snow, which can affect image clarity. Consider mounting the camera underneath an eaves or another structure that will protect the camera against the elements.

security camera under eaves