Concrete Blonde by Carter Williamson. Photo by Katherine Lu.




After a lot of work behind the scenes, we’re very excited to share that both our Terra and Attalos ranges now come with an IP44 rating, which means they can safely be installed in a bathroom environment, standing up to all the heat and humidity without an issue. It goes without saying, the last thing you want is moisture getting into a light fitting. But the choice is limited when it comes to beautiful, versatile bathroom lighting. This is something we know first-hand and set out to solve by designing products that can be easily and reliably specified within this often tricky environment.

Bathroom spaces are more than just functional, they represent a place to unwind, rejuvenate and relax and having just the right lighting feature can set the tone, adding sophistication and finesse. But it has to be a light that meets strict requirements.


This is where IP ratings come in. 


Understanding IP44 ratings


What is an IP rating?


IP stands for Ingress Protection and is an internationally recognised rating system that categorises lights by the volume of solids and liquids the light and its fixture is protected against. Governed by the Swiss-based, independently-run International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), IP ratings set a global standard for lighting products and where they can safely be installed. IP ratings are also given only after serious testing and validating.


Using the universally recognised system, the first number represents the product’s permeability to things such as dust and dirt. While the second number communicates the product’s degree of protection against water.


Both digits run on a scale, the first from 0 to 6, with 6 meaning no ingress of dust for up to eight hours. The second digit runs from 0 to 8, the highest level means it can withstand being submerged in water.



Breaking down an IP44 rating


What does an IP44 rating mean? 


Breaking it down to the nuts and bolts, an IP44 rating means the fixture is protected against an object bigger than 1mm. So no little fingers are going to be able to get in. The second 4 means it can be used in an indoor damp location and can stand up to water splashing from all directions for up to 5 minutes.