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When used properly, electrical tape should act as an insulator - that is to say, it should protect against transfer of any electrical current passing through the wires to people or components potentially coming into contact with them. As such, properly rated and applied insulating tape should NOT conduct electricity.
1. What is a Weatherproofing Level, and why is it important?
You wouldn't store your books in a bathtub would you? The same principle applies to your LEDs too, a place for everything and everything in its place. If your LED product is specifically labeled as "weatherproof" then it's rated to withstand basic moisture and splashing like rain or a sprinkler system. Weatherproof products are also abrasion resist meaning they can stand up to a stray rake or an accidental footstep. Now if you're looking for something a little stronger, you'll want products that are specifically listed as "waterproof." These are capable of being totallysubmerged underwater, meaning you can illuminate a swimming pool from the inside, or give your fish tank some extra pizazz!
2. Which Weatherproofing Level do I need for my project?
The weatherproofing level all depends on where your project is going to be happening. If you're doing some accent lighting inside or another indoor project, then indoor strips will do just fine. Indoor strips, while not water resistant, can still hold their own against dust and abrasion, so there's no need to be overly worried about them. However, if you're going to be installing a project in the bathroom or near a sink or other water source, then weather or waterproof LED light strips are going to be a better choice for safety's sake. The weatherproofs are also the best choice for general outdoor projects, unless of course you plan on submerging the strips in water. If you plan on using the waterproof strips, remember that they can be submerged in up to a meter of water and still be expected to perform for the entirety of their rated lifespan.
3. What is an IP Rating?
Easy question, it's the strength of an internet signal, let's move on! I'm kidding, an IP rating is a rating of a product's durability against water and abrasion. I know what you're thinking, I covered this in the first question, here's the thing, the IP rating is the OFFICIAL weatherproof ratings. Our indoor LED light strips are rated as IP-30's, which means they are safe from typical household things like tools, heavy wires, your hands, and other similar things. That being said, take care of your strips, just because it's protected from these things doesn't mean they can't be damaged. The weatherproof strips are rated as IP-65 and can stand up to light amounts of water and abrogation, and the waterproofs are IP-67, which protects them from up to a meter of water.