Car Wash LED Lights
for your car wash and parking lot is by far the most energy efficient way to go, plus the amount of illumination produced by LED is second to none. We are passionate about digital illumination from LED lights and believe that this is the wave of the future for car wash lighting for decades to come. We are pleased to offer LED lights in various models and packages. We are confident you will find the right LED package to fit your car wash location.
Benefits to making the switch to LED lighting include: Longer Life, Energy Effecient, Environmentally Friendly, Zero UV Emissions, Design Flexibility, Light Dispersement, Low Voltage.
What is an LED?
A light-emitting diode (LED) is a solid state lighting source that uses a semiconductor to produce light rather than electrical filaments, plasma, or gas. There are no gasses to escape, filaments to burn out, bulbs to crack, or high voltage requirements to produce light. LEDs have been around since the 1960s, but recent developments in producing white LEDs are now making their way into the supply chain. Your local home improvement store now stocks LED replacements for most of the popular size light bulbs in your home.
Why use LED Lights at Your Car Wash?
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LEDs can produce light at up to an 80% greater efficiency than other conventional sources. See chart below:
Furthermore, LED light is directional. 100% of the light is produced and emitted in the direction you want it. A metal halide fixture loses over 60% of its output because the majority of that output is going in the wrong direction and must be redirected using reflectors.
LEDs also have extremely long life. Today’s best LEDs have ratings exceeding 100,000 hours. That’s over 25 years running at 12 hours a day. Even at the end of 25 years the LED will still emit light, but at a rate that is 50% of what it was when new. Contrast this 2% per year decrease in LED light output with a metal halide bulb that loses 3% of its output each month. After one year a metal halide bulb outputs only 70% of the light it did when it was new. After 2 years and it is less than 50% of its original output. This is the lower maintenance advantage of LEDs. No bulbs to change. LEDs do use a driver that converts AC line voltage to DC to power the LEDs, but these drivers are not like your typical ballast. They are lower voltage and are quick changeouts.
Since LEDs are a solid state circuit, they are quick start with no cycling delays, and cold weather does not affect them like cold can effect fluorescents. LEDs also output a very specific frequency of light, with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies that can attract bugs like conventional lighting.
LED Light Disadvantages:
Cost. LEDs have a higher initial cost than conventional lighting. However, the economics have improved such that you can now expect to receive a two year payback in just electricity savings with the LED lighting we sell.
LED Lights Buying Considerations.
One of the most important considerations in choosing an LED light is the lumens per watt that the fixture produces. Like miles per gallon, lumens per watt is a measurement of the efficiency of a fixture. The greater the lumens per watt, the more energy efficient the fixture is. A fixture at 130 lumens per watt is 2X as efficient as a fixture at 65 lumens per watt.
1: Standard incandescent fixtures (100W light bulb) emit approx 15 lumens per watt.
2: LED bulbs sold at home improvement stores (Home Depot, Lowes, etc.) will typically have output in the 50 – 70 lumens per watt range.
3: High end commercial LED fixtures will have output in the 70 – 100 lumens per watt.
4: LED Research and development labs have exceeded 250 lumens per watt.
The LED lighting we sell all use Cree LEDs that output over 130 lumens per watt. Our kits and lights will be some of the most energy efficient you can buy in the market.
A second consideration in purchasing an LED fixture is the color temperature of the LED. The higher the temperature, the more blue the light. See chart:
LEDs are easier to produce (and therefore cheaper to purchase) in the 6,000 – 7,000K color temperature range. We think car wash lighting should be a natural white light so we use LEDs in the 4,500K temperature range. This produces a very dynamic, natural color that is very similar to sunlight and doesn’t make your customer feel like they are in a hospital.
Finally, when comparing different manufacturers of LED lighting with different size fixtures and lumen output, you can take the cost of the fixture divided by the total lumens produced by the to figure out what you are paying per lumen. For example, a fixture that produces 8,500 lumens and costs $379 costs $0.0446 per lumen, a second fixture that produces 6,300 lumens and costs $500 costs $0.0794 per lumen. Cost per lumen shouldn’t be the only consideration, but it is a useful comparison tool.