Planning to spruce up your backyard, balcony, or patio for your next hosting event? Add some outdoor lighting to keep your summer nights lively. Although a seemingly simple addition, it is important to differentiate between weatherproof and waterproof lighting. You can figure this out by understanding each source's IP rating.

IP stands for Ingress Protection, and this scale ranks the light source by how much it can be protected from the elements with two digits. The first digit ranks the level of protection from solid objects, whereas the second digit ranks the waterproof level.

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Lighting that will be installed on the floor should have a high IP rating due to the fact that it will sustain more impact from water and solids. A lower IP rating will suffice for hanging lights that will be safer from solid objects. Waterproof lighting should have a minimum of IP68 rating in order to safely install them in areas such as ponds, or pools. Need more assistance installing your outdoor lighting vision? Visit our website or give us a call at (210) 899-2430!

*Information from this article was gathered from Moonlight Design.