What to Look for in Garden Lights
When it comes to garden lights, it’s important to make sure they are safe. They will likely be left out in all weathers, especially if you live in the UK.
You can tell by the rating if a product is suitable for wet conditions. There are two main ratings you will see:
The short story… IP44 is highly water-resistant, IP65 is waterproof.
What is IP44 weatherproof rating?
This is the minimum you would want to have for your outdoor lights. The definition of how resistant to water this rating is:
“Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect.”
In short, spray such as rain against the object should be ok as long as it’s not horizontal.
What is IP65 weatherproof rating?
IP65 is the next level up and in terms of water it has the following definition:
“Water projected by a nozzle (6.3mm) against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.”
In short, it’s waterproof.
Depending on where you live, where you are putting the lights and how often they will be left out you can choose what rating you think is most appropriate for your situation.
IP65 rated lights will often be more expensive because it’s harder to make a product waterproof vs water-resistant.