LED car wash lights provide high-quality illumination because they render colors well. Most LEDs have a good color rendering index (CRI) of 80 and above. They show cars in their real colors, which comes in handy when seeing the level of cleanliness. Customers can see how clean their cars are and identify any dirty spots.
These lights also direct customers’ attention to particular services. They highlight specific areas, for example, the detail area and the vacuum area. LEDs enhance the aesthetics of the wash area and give it a clean and modern look. The lighting also gives customers a safe and welcoming feeling.
High Energy Efficiency
The biggest benefit of LED car wash lights is their unrivalled energy efficiency. LEDs can produce the same amount of light as traditional systems (or more) and use much less energy. They do not have a warm-up period and produce instant light . Facilities can see up to 80% savings in energy. By reducing the total operating costs and a seeing a quick return on investment.
Incentives and Rebates
The government and utility companies offer rebates to businesses that adopt energy-efficient lighting. When a facility retrofits all its lights, it also gets rebates and incentives.
This reduces initial costs and gives them incentive to adopt LED technology. To qualify for rebates, fixtures should have certifications including DLC and Energy Star.
Even Light Distribution
Traditional lighting systems produce light that is either higher or lower than required in a particular area. The multi-diode design of LED car wash lights allows them to produce a consistent lighting pattern, there are no poorly lit areas or shadows. This improves visibility and safety in the facility.
With LED car wash lights, it’s easy for the light to be directed to specific areas, because their light is highly directional. It can be aimed at specific areas, enhancing light efficiency and reducing light trespass. The lights don’t need ballasts to work, electrical components that waste energy. Half of the light emitted by conventional lighting systems is wasted if reflectors are not used.
Handling vehicles is risky in a car wash, especially because the customers may not be familiar with the operations. They are likely to drive in or out of a tunnel or bay incorrectly. With possible distractions like children in the car and cellphones, the risk of damaging equipment or hurting someone is high.
Color changing LED lighting installed in wash zones can minimize this risk by helping the customers to know when they should go, stop, or put the car in neutral. LED lighting strips on the floor of the bay help customers to know where they should place their cars, thereby reducing accidents. LEDs offer uniform, high-quality light that eliminates dark spots. Because the facility is well-lit, vandalism and theft are less likely to happen.
With the longest lifespan of all lighting systems (50,000-100,000 hours), LED car wash lights require little to no maintenance. They can operate for 24 hours a day for 5-10 years without getting replaced. They also retain most of their lumens during their lifespan because of the L70 rating.
LEDs have no fragile parts like ballasts that must be replaced often. This eliminates the huge costs of purchasing new lamps, transportation, repairs, and labor for many years. They help also increase the bottom line of a business.
Ability to Withstand Harsh Conditions
LED car wash lights have sturdy structures and are shatterproof. The housings are aluminum. They can withstand harsh conditions in car washes and don't corrode.
Hot wax, high pressure washes, corrosive detergents, and humidity are rough conditions. The lights endure extreme weather conditions. And dimming or frequent switching do not affect their useful life.
LED car wash lights are versatile. They allow professionals to install lighting where they couldn’t with traditional technology. These areas include automatic and self-serve bays, vacuum canopies, application arches, tunnel entrances and exits, and signage.
One awesome quality of LED car wash lighting is that it works well with lighting controls. The controls can integrate in an existing system or bought with the lights. Motion detectors and daylight sensors give car wash operators full control.
Motion sensors switch the lights on and off depending on the activity. Daylight sensors turn lights on and off depending on the natural light available. These controls reduce energy costs even further.