Don’t Wait for the Storm to Pass, Display in the Rain

Displays are often used in applications that require outdoor installation, especially during the summer season. Outdoor events such as live concerts and festivals, art shows, auto shows, and various exhibits can pose challenges to sensitive electronic equipment. To make sure the video wall you are selecting will survive the environment, a standards body has developed a rating system, while Planar® and Leyard® have developed the Leyard® CarbonLight™ Series to accommodate your potential protection needs.

The International Protection (IP) rating (also known as Ingress Protection rating) explains which types of environments your device is able to withstand. This rating uses two numbers in the form “IPXX.” The first digit determines the level of protection against solid materials that might be thrown at the display, similar to the protection that lab goggles provide for your eyes. The second digit determines your device’s level of protection against liquids, most often referring to water. In many ways, this protection acts as an indistinguishable umbrella for your device.

The first digit, the description of which solids can penetrate the display enclosure or design, is measured from zero (no solid protection) to six (full solid protection). Here is what every numbers in-between mean:

Solid Protection

Level Protected against
0 No protection
1 Large body surfaces greater than 50mm (2 inches), excluding intentional contact
2 Fingers and objects greater than 12.5mm (0.5 inches)
3 Tools and objects such as a screwdriver that are greater than 2.5mm (0.1 inches)
Objects such as wires and screws greater than 1mm (0.04 inches)
5 Full protection against contact and limited protection against dust. Dust ingression does not interfere with operation
6 Full protection against dust and contact


The second digit ranges from zero (no liquid protection) to eight (device can be immersed in liquids beyond 1 meter (3.3 feet) for long periods, usually specified by the manufacturer). Here is your guide to every number in-between:

Liquid Protection

Level Protected against 
0 No protection
1 Vertically falling drops of liquid, dripping water has no harmful effect
2 Vertically falling drops with enclosure tilted 0-15 degrees from the vertical, limited ingression with no harmful effect
3 Sprays of water 0-60 degrees from the vertical have limited ingression and no harmful effect
4 Splashes of water from any direction, limited ingression with no harmful effect
5 Water jets, limited ingression with no harmful effect
6 Powerful water jets with limited ingression and no harmful effect
Immersion in water between 150 mm (6 inches) and 1 m (3.3 feet) for up to 30 minutes
8 Device can be immersed in liquids beyond 1 meter (3.3 feet) for extended periods of time, usually specified by the manufacturer

So, what does an IP rating mean to you?

When it comes to your outdoor needs, you need a digital display system you can feel comfortable installing in the environment of your choice. Paying attention to product specifications, such as IP ratings, is just one way to make sure you are getting a quality screen, fit for your needs. With protection ratings of IP45 and IP65, our high performing, industry award-winning Leyard® CarbonLight™ LED displays stand up against dust and water, and defend the display performance against the elements. So you don’t have to wait for the storm to pass. You can display, with confidence, in virtually any weather condition.