How to Choose The Best Tri-proof Lights? (Complete Guide)

by Penglight | Updated On 23th-Jan, 2023

Best Tri-proof lights – Complete guide for LED Tri-proof lightingWhen it comes to LED tri-proof lights, we are all familiar with these luminaires. It’s waterproof, robust, and versatile. Thanks to their outstanding performance, the tri-proof lights have been widely used in many applications.

To serve different purposes, there are lots of new designs of tri-proof lights in the market now, giving us more options to choose the best tri-proof lights for our projects. But when it comes to buying tri-proof lighting, you might encounter a bunch of choices that can meet every taste and need, and which models are the most cost-effective.

For this reason, we’ve spent hours researching various sources of information about the most popular tri-proof lights in the market and come up with this useful buying guide. Our goal is simple: to help you have a deep insight into tri-proof lighting so that you can have the best purchasing decision. Now let’s get started!

What are Tri-proof lights?

Tri-proof lights mean waterproof, dustproof, and corrosion-proof. They are made with special corrosion-proof materials and silicone sealing rings to realize protection requirements for the fixtures. From the ends where the cable comes out, there are waterproof PG connectors for a seamless connection, it secures the cable and keeps water and dust from entering. LED tri-proof lights are specially designed and also can withstand high pressure. The IP rating for tri-proof light is normally IP65, IP66, some can even reach IP68 and IP69.

What are the benefits of Tri-proof light?

  • Anti-glare, with low UGR. Tri-proof lights made with a milky diffuser emit a soft, warm light that is safe for our eyes. Especially when the fittings are mounted in the parking lot, light with low UGR is safe for drivers to drive a car.
  • Maintenance-free – Tri-proof fixtures are heavy-duty and specially made to withstand harsh conditions. It requires less maintenance and has a long life span.
  • IP 65 waterproof – For applications like farms, slaughter-houses, food factories, etc, IP 65 fixtures are a must for the wet environment.
  • Long life span – Working hours are more than 50000 hours
  • High efficiency – High light output from 130lm/w to 140lm/w
  • Simple wiring
  • Easy installation

What is the application?

LED Tri-proof lights are designed for rough conditions and moist environments. It’s perfect for commercial lighting, warehouse lighting, parking garage lighting, supermarket lighting, outdoor areas, pedestrian bridges, awning backlighting, and more.

What is the installation method?

Tri-proof fixtures can be mounted on a wall with included hardware kit, or suspended from ceilings with hanging kits. Considering the working environments, the surface mounting method is the most commonly used.

Different types of the best Tri-proof lights in the market.

In order to serve various requirements and purposes, LED tri-proof lights have evolved from time to time. There are a bunch of unique design waterproof lights in the market, with a special look and useful functions, catering to various project requirements.

We have collected the most popular tri-proof lights in the market, indicating the pros and cons of each luminaire, hope to give you a little thought before making the decision to purchase.

1. Tri-proof Fixture with LED Tubes

Tri-proof fixture with led tubes

Before LED lighting comes into popular, light source and the fixture are separated, (not integrated design like the LED light we see now). Normally we need to buy a light source and install it into a fixture, then do the cable wiring. Considering the application and environment, this way installation is not convenient, and sometimes it’s also not easy to maintain when there is a problem.

Conventional Tri-proof fixtures are equipped with T8 LED tubes (some fixtures can hold T5 tubes, but not common), with 1*18w or 2*18w, some bigger fixtures can hold 4 pcs of LED tube, 4*18w. The wattage is normally from 18w to 40w, cannot reach a higher watt. Luminous efficiency is around 100lm/w, not a high level.

The fixture itself has clips on both sides to fasten the diffuser, so it protects the tubes from entering water and dust.

Specification of Tri-proof Fixture with LED Tubes
2ft 600mm2*9w1600lm>0.9LED T8IP65665*125*90mm
4ft 1200mm2*18w3200lm>0.9LED T8IP651270*125*90mm
5ft 1500mm2*24w4300lm>0.9LED T8IP651570*125*90mm


  • Cheap, low cost
  • Easy replacement, the light source is replaceable. No need to remove the whole fixture.


  • Wiring is not simple
  • Single function
  • Wattage and light output are limited
  • Out of date

2. LED Tri-proof lights – PC Integrated Type

LED Tri-proof Light PC Type

The LED Tri-proof light integrated type shares the same tri-proof fixture as the first one. The difference between them is, it replaces the tubes with LED modules (LED board + LED driver), and combines them together as an integrated lighting fixture. You can also say it’s an upgraded model to the traditional waterproof light fixtures.

The integrated fixtures can be improved with many new functions to meet different requirements, such as On/Off sensor, Emergency backup, and DALI dimmable. Also, the integrated LED tri-proof light can reach higher wattage up to 80w and the length is also extended to 1800mm.

These features have made this tri-proof light stand out from all other counterparts.

Specification of LED Tri-proof Lights - PC type
2ft 600mm20w130lm/wPC>0.9IP65Internal
4ft 1200mm40w/45w130lm/wPC>0.9IP65Internal
5ft 1500mm50w/60w130lm/wPC>0.9IP65Internal
6ft 1800mm70w/80w130lm/wPC>0.9IP65Internal


  • Price is affordable
  • Higher wattage, more bright light output
  • More functions: On/Off, Emergency, DALI


  • Linkable wiring method is not easy,
  • Profile is old and ordinary, low-end type
  • Product material is PC, not aluminum.

3. LED Tri-proof Lights – Aluminum Profile

LED Tri-proof lights Aluminum Type

LED Alu tri-proof lights are made with a completely new design with a modern appearance, product shape is more appealing to the general public. Unlike the conventional tri-proof fixture, the aluminum one is with end caps on both ends to seal the light.

As its housing is made with aluminum alloy, LEDs have a longer life span since it’s with better heat dissipation. The wattage can be also higher than the PC tri-proof lights of the same size. And more functions can be added together in the light, making it really versatile.

Specification of LED Tri-proof light - Aluminum type
LENGTHPOWERLMWMaterialIP GradeWarrantyDriver
2ft 600mm20/30w140lm/wAluminumIP665 yearsInternal
4ft 1200mm40/50w140lm/wAluminumIP665 yearsInternal
5ft 1500mm60/70w140lm/wAluminumIP665 yearsInternal
6ft 1800mm80w140lm/wAluminumIP665 yearsInternal
8ft 2400mm90w140lm/wAluminumIP665 yearsInternal
10ft 3000mm100w140lm/wAluminumIP665 yearsInternal


  • Aluminum profile, high-end quality
  • More functions: On/Off, Emergency, DALI
  • Higher wattage, more bright light output
  • More length options, up to 3 meter


  • Price is high

4. LED Waterproof Lights – Slim Profile

LED Waterproof lights Slim design batten type

The batten type waterproof lights are alternative to aluminum triproof lights, it’s slim and designed at more affordable prices. Compared to other types of tri-proof lights, the height of the lamp is lower, only 46mm.

With less material use in the diffuser and heat sink, the price of batten type waterproof light is more competitive than the aluminum one. For projects with a small budget, this model is suitable.

Specification of LED waterproof light - Slim profile, batten type
LengthPowerLuminousMaterialIP gradePFDriver
2ft 600mm20w110lm/wAluminumIP65>0.9Internal
4ft 1200mm40w110lm/wAluminumIP65>0.9Internal
5ft 1500mm60w110lm/wAluminumIP65>0.9Internal


  • Price is affordable
  • Aluminum profile, good heat dissipation


  • Single function
  • Light output is low

5. Alu Tri-proof lights – Detachable Endcap

LED Tri-proof Light with Detachable endcaps for DIY connection

This tri-proof light is the improved version of alu tri-proof lights. It’s equipped with a detachable terminal on both ends. The detachable terminal is for easy wiring and quick installation.

With it, you can easily do the wiring according to the actual installation, giving you more flexibility. What’s more, it’s also highly efficient to link all the lamps together, saving wiring costs and installation time. Maximum linkable quantities are around 10-15pcs depending on the wattage.

For some countries, the cost of hiring an installer or electrician could be rather high, and they charge on working time. If you would like to further reduce the installation cost, this tri-proof light with detachable endcaps will be the best choice for you.

Specification of LED Tri-proof lights - Detachable type
2ft 600mm22w3050LMAluminumIP655 years>0.95
4ft 1200mm40w5600LMAluminumIP655 years>0.95
5ft 1500mm60w8400LMAluminumIP655 years>0.95
8ft 2400mm100w14000LMAluminumIP655 years>0.95


  • Linkable, enables the lamps to be interconnected
  • Quick installation, easy wiring
  • More functions: Dimmable, Emergency, Sensor


  • Price is expensive

6. IP69K Tri-proof Lights

IP69K Tri-proof lights

Tri-proof lights are normally with IP65 or IP66 level, it’s enough for the general requirements. But for some industrial places such as food processing, where hygiene and cleanliness are paramount, the lamp will be even washed and sanitized to avoid the accumulation of dust. Under this circumstance, the IP69K waterproof lights are required.

What is IP69K mean? You can check on this post IP Rating – Complete Guide for detailed information.

IP69K tri-proof lights are designed to withstand rigorous high pressure, high-temperature wash-down procedures. Compared to other tri-proof lights, it’s with IK10 grade, higher than IK08 of other standard lightings. And, most of the IP69K triproof lights are in round shape.

Specification of IP69K Tri-proof lights
LengthPowerLMWMaterialIP GradeIK levelPF
2ft 600mm20w120lm/wPC/PEIP69KIK10>0.9
4ft 1200mm36w120lm/wPC/PEIP69KIK10>0.9
5ft 1500mm45w120lm/wPC/PEIP69KIK10>0.9


  • IP69K, withstand rigorous conditions
  • IK10, can withstand higher pressure


  • Lumen is not high
  • Not popular


After reviewing these tri-proof light series, we know that each lighting has its own advantage and disadvantage, and hard to say which is better. It is better only when the light can match your project requirements.

These tri-proof lighting listed above are the typical ones we saw from the market, of course, there are many other new and special tri-proof fixtures, we will keep searching and give you a detailed analysis next time.

If you have any questions about finding the right tri-proof fixtures, or you’re looking for a sourcing agent, you’re welcome to contact us or leave us a message at We’d love to help you out!

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