The right enclosure for you, whatever the weather...
All of our enclosures have some sort of weatherproofing. The level to which your enclosure will protect your electrical items is covered by the enclosures IP rating. To get the low down, check out IP ratings explained. To help you on your way, this page highlights what you should be looking for if you want your enclosure to be weather or water proof.
Most of our enclosures will give some protection against the elements. How much protection you need depends on the type of weather you anticipate. If your enclosure is to be located in an area that is regularly rainy, or has damp weather, anything from IP66 would suit you. If the weather is simply a little dusty, you could probably use an IP66 enclosure.
Enclosures that are totally waterproof - those that are constantly immersed in water, or immersed for a long period of time carry IP 67 (for temporary immersion in water) or IP 68 (for prolonged immersion one week in 1 meter deph water under pressure). The IP Code, International Protection Marking, IEC standard 60529, sometimes interpreted as Ingress Protection Marking, classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against intrusion (body parts such as hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures. The first digit indicates the level of protection that the enclosure provides against access to hazardous parts (e.g., electrical conductors, moving parts) and the ingress of solid foreign objects. The second digit indicates the level of protection that the enclosure provides against harmful ingress of water.
SOLID PARTICLE PROTECTION
LIQUID INGRESS PROTECTION
No protection against contact and ingress of objects
No protection against water
Any large surface of the body, such as the back of a hand, but no protection against deliberate contact with a body part
Dripping water (vertically falling drops) shall have no harmful effect on the specimen when mounted in an upright position onto a turntable and rotated at 1 RPM
Protected against solid objects over 12.5mm e.g. hands, large tools
Vertically dripping water shall have no harmful effect when the enclosure is tilted at an angle of 15° from its normal position. A total of four positions are tested within two axes
Protected against solid objects over 2.5mm e.g. wire, small tool
Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect, utilizing either: a) an oscillating fixture, or b) A spray nozzle with a counterbalanced shield. Test a) is conducted for 5 minutes, then repeated with the specimen rotated horizontally by 90° for the second 5-minute test. Test b) is conducted (with shield in place) for 5 minutes minimum
Protected against solid objects over 1.0mm e.g. wires
Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect, utilizing either: a) an oscillating fixture, or b) A spray nozzle with no shield. Test a) is conducted for 10 minutes. Test b) is conducted (without shield) for 5 minutes minimum
Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment
Water projected by a nozzle (6.3 mm) against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects
No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact (dust tight). A vacuum must be applied. Test duration of up to 8 hours based on air flow
Water projected in powerful jets (12.5 mm nozzle) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects
Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 m of submersion)
The protection allows this equipment to be inmersion in to 1 meters of water without ingress during 7 days
Powerful high temperature water jets (80ºC)