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Outdoor products must be able to withstand the elements. That's why it's ideal for them to have an IP protection class. We'll explain why it's recommended to use at least the IP44 protection class outdoors.

You're standing on your patio, enjoying the mild evening air. The day is drawing to a close and a storm is approaching. But this doesn't dampen your spirits, because IP certification ensures that your electrical devices and installations will function safely and reliably even in adverse weather conditions. In this article, we'll explain everything you need to know about the IP44 protection class for outdoor use.

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Weatherproof in any weather: IP44 for reliable electronics in your outdoor area. Source: Gira

What does IP44 mean?

Let's start with the basics: What does IP44 stand for? The abbreviation stands for “Ingress Protection” and is supplemented by two digits: The first digit, here the “4”, tells us something about the protection against foreign objects such as dust or sand. The second digit, also a “4”, refers to the protection against water. IP44 therefore means that the device is protected against solid objects with a diameter greater than one millimetre and is also splash-proof.

All kinds of devices can be awarded this protection class – from outdoor lights to the cable of your lawnmower or your outdoor sockets – all devices that are exposed to the elements should have IP44 protection.

Advantages of IP44 in outdoor areas

Using IP44 outdoors has a wealth of advantages: These products are true warriors against the elements. Come wind, rain, or dust – they defy everything and remain durable and resistant. The splash water protection minimizes the risk of short circuits and corrosion. And the best thing? They require minimal maintenance, so you can sit back and relax.

Areas of application for outdoor lights with IP44 certification

IP44 outdoor lights can be used on both, covered and uncovered house walls or entrance areas. Outdoor lighting provides orientation, especially during the evening hours, protects against tripping hazards and deters unwanted guests. But safety doesn't have to come at the expense of aesthetics. Patios and balconies can easily be transformed into inviting retreats using outdoor lights.

When choosing products, look for high-quality materials and solid construction. Whether wall, floor, or hanging lights: Choose a light type that suits your style. Also, consider energy efficiency and the choice of the optimal light source.

Using IP44-rated sockets outdoors

IP44-certified sockets are specially developed solutions that can withstand the harshest weather conditions. Their robust construction ensures that they are protected against splash water, dust, and other environmental influences. These characteristics make them the ideal choice for gardens, patios, and balconies.

By using IP44 sockets, you can not only operate electrical devices outdoors but also create a safe environment for your family and guests. From using electric grills to lighting your outdoor birthday party, these sockets offer flexibility and convenience.

Installation and maintenance of IP44 outdoor solutions

The positioning of your outdoor lights and sockets is crucial for the desired effect. Ensure that the electrical installation is carried out by a qualified electrician – safety first! By having your outdoor solutions regularly cleaned and inspected, you can ensure that they remain in top condition.

Before you decide on the right outdoor solutions, do your research, and compare products. For example, consider the climate in your area to choose the right lights.

IP protection classes: an overview

When installing outdoor lights and sockets, choosing the right IP protection class is crucial. In addition to the IP44 protection class, here are other protection classes and their meanings: 

  • IP23: This class is suitable for lights under a roof overhang. It protects against foreign objects with a diameter of 12.5 mm and dripping water with an angle of up to 15 degrees.

  • IP65: Ground-level lights under an overhang require this protection class. They are dustproof and can withstand water jets. Cleaning with a garden hose is safe.

  • IP67: Ground lights without a protective cover should have this class. They can withstand heavy rain and can be temporarily submerged.

  • IP68: Perfect for permanent underwater use, such as pond lights in the garden.

By understanding these IP protection classes, outdoor lights and other particularly demanding products can be selected according to their environment to ensure longevity and functionality.

The IP rating is a guarantee of the protection for your outdoor products. When buying, always look for durability, resilience, and aesthetics to get the most out of your outdoor space. Avoid using unsuitable products and always have installations carried out by a qualified electrician. Because the safety of you and your guests comes first.