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UL & IEC enclosure standards comparison

IEC definition

Protected against solid objects


greater than 12mm
Protected against solid objects
greater than 2.5mm
Protected against solid objects
greater than 12mm and dripping water
Protected against solid objects
greater than 2.5mm and dripping water
Protected against solid objects
greater than 2.5mm and dripping water
Protected against dust & splashing liquid
Dusttight, protected against waterjets
Dusttight, protected against heavy seas
Dusttight, protected against heavy seas

Dusttight, protected against heavy submersion

Protected against dust & splashing liquid

8.94
AC 1000 - 11/03

Protection to
IEC 144/BS5420

Protection to UL 50
enclosure type

UL 50 definition

IP 20

1 (ventilated)

General purpose indoor

IP 30

General purpose indoor

IP 21

2 (ventilated)

IP 24

3R (ventilated)

IP 34

3R

IP 54
IP 65
IP 66
IP 66

12
3S
4

4X

IP 68

13

IP 54

Discount schedule CC

Falling water and dirt, indoor


Rain proof, sleet (ice) resistant,
outdoor use
Rain proof, sleet (ice) resistant,
outdoor use

Indoor use, dusttight and driptight


Dusttight, driptight
Dusttight, watertight
Dusttight, watertight,
corrosion resistant
Submersible, watertight, dusttight, sleet (ice), resistant indoor
or outdoor
Oiltight and dusttight, indoor
Protection against settling airborne dust,
falling dirt and dripping noncorrosive
liquids, indoor

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