It is a known fact that water and electricity do not mix and that when they do it is not a pretty sight. For ages lighting for outdoors or areas that tend to experience moisture are substandard or not versatile at all. Thanks to innovation, today's lighting options include LED fittings. LED has been known to have many benefits, one of which is its capacity to with outdoor outdoor conditions or even indoor spaces. Both the business and residential sector have come to realize that LED has many factors that are unparallel by older lighting options.
The use of lights in potential wet environments as outlined has never been considered as ideal. LED strips however break the boundaries so allowing many users to employ lights in areas that would not have been possible in the past.
LED tape can be purchased with waterproofing or without the coating. Coating to make it water resistant is generally needed when the installation of these lights are for bathroom, kitchen, outdoor purposes and other functions that can expose the lighting to moisture or condensation.
The amount of protection afforded to users by waterproof coated LED fittings varies immensely. The levels can often be distinguished through its IP rating. The typical LED strip waterproof coating should have a rating of IP65, this type if most suited for indoor applications. The upper portion of the light fitting is coated with a clear silicone gel that safeguards the fitting from condensation, splashes, water droplets and similar elements. In general this IP rating does not make the fitting suitable for outdoor use or any full immersion usage.
One of the main benefits of utilizing the IP65 ranked LED strip lighting is that it can be shortened with a few snips without causing any compromise to the protective coating.
When utilizing strips of LED in conditions that are harsh, it is necessary to use a level of protection that is higher or greater than the IP65 rank. A coating level of IP67 will allow users to install LED strips outdoors; however a rank of IP68 may be needed for purposes that involve complete submersion. The reason behind this is that IP68s are hermetically sealed whereas the bulk of IP67 fittings are designed to have a hallow sleeve plastic which affects the strip instantly when cut. A special sealant is necessary in order to be able to use the strip if cut. It is wised to consult your retailer since they are the ones most capable of performing the needed repairs.
Always bear in mind that there is no harm in being safe rather than sorry. There is absolutely nothing wrong with ensuring or over-proofing strip lights. It will entail minor additional costs but it is well worth the additional safety it can offer. Just a small amount of moisture that enters the cut can instantly short circuit not on the light strip but the entire electrical system.