Electrical enclosures are specially designed cabinets made to protect electrical components. They are made to house components such as cables, switches and knobs in order to protect them from anything that may damage them such as rain, dirt and dust from the environment around them.
Enclosures can be made from steel, stainless steel and plastic - with some of them including a window pane to make it easier to identify what is inside it. Not only do enclosures protect the electrical components inside them from any potential damage, but they are also more aesthetically pleasing to the eye, as opposed to seeing exposed equipment and wires.
Electrical enclosures must comply with certain protective regulations to ensure that they are at optimal performance, in particular when used in potentially hazardous areas such as plants or coal mines. They are given IP (Ingress Protection) ratings which determine the level of performance and effectiveness of the products. This determines how effective the enclosure is when subject from deliberate access, solid objects, harmful dust, condensation, water spray/submersion and pressure.
The most common IP ratings are IP65, IP66, IP67 and IP68 - the first number indicating the degree of protection for people, and the second showing the degree of protection of the equipment due to environmental factors. IP68 is the highest rated of the most common enclosures, which is proven to be completely dust tight and protected against submersion in water.
LED Controls stocks a wide range of electrical closures available in different sizes and materials, depending on your requirements. Electrical enclosures can vary dramatically in price, from as little as £12 to upwards of £800, depending on these differentiating factors. Shop our range of enclosures below.
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