High Efficiency Car Wash Lighting
- UL Listed Wet Location
- Fiberglass body
- Continuous poured, closed cell gasket
- Impact resistant lens
- Stainless steel mounting brackets for drill free mounting
- Polycarbonate latches standard, stainless steel latches optional
- Tamper proof screws optional
- Suitable for wall or ceiling mount
- 4, and 8 foot enclosures 1, 2, and 3 lamp cross sections
- Narrow body available for 1 lamp unit (4 foot only)
- 60C max ambient
- Body Attributes
- IP 67 (Dust tight, immerse 1m, 30min)
- 5VA flame rating
- UL Listed / Wet Locations
- NSF Rated for food safety
- (f1) rated for outdoor use
Amazon - T5HO & T8
Other Applications: Parking garages, Food processing and preparation, Horse barns, Pool areas Hallways and stair wells
- Drill-free stainless steel mounting brackets come standard with each unit
- Stainless brackets can attach to 1/4 in. all thread.
- Dual point mounting optional. Body has 3/4 in hole template for easy location and drilling
Amazon T5HO & T8
A busy midwestern carwash (Drive and Shine
) replaced its 400 watt Metal Halide fixtures (28 of them) with our 3 lamp, 4í T8 (70 of them). Their tunnel is now far better lit (they say it may be twice as good), and the light distribution has improved. Their electrical costs for tunnel lighting will go from $6,570 per year to $3,326. Thatís a savings of 49% in electrical usage, resulting in a payback in the first 20 months.
Case Study #2
A busy carwash in the Midwest (Southland Auto Wash
) is currently replacing its 250 watt Metal Halide fixtures (24 of them) with our 3 lamp, 4í T8 fixture (36 of them). The amount of light in their tunnel is improved by more than double, as well as better distributed. The annual electrical cost for the 24 Metal Halides was$3,520, and will be $1,710 with the T-8ís. Thatís a savings of 51% in electrical usage, resulting in a payback in the first 18 months.
Note: The savings in these two case studies are based on kilowatt hours of energy alone. Each of these locations will also save on maintenance. The 4í T-8 is much simpler to service, and a ballast is $22 vs. $90, and lamps for the T-8 are about $2 vs. $25. The T-8 fluorescents will continue to produce 95% of their initial light even after 5 years, while the Metal Halides lose nearly 40% of their rated output in as little as 6 months.
Why is proper lighting important for carwashes and retail businesses today?
Lighting is still an inexpensive form of advertising. Good lighting as contrasted with poor lighting will attract attention, project a more professional image, and provide a safer and more inviting environment for customers.
What are some reasons that businesses are choosing to change out older light fixtures for new fixtures?
Light fixtures today are far more energy efficient than older styles. Many electric utilities have ongoing programs to assist with the cost of upgrading to new fixtures, as the waste in older fixtures is clear to them. Flourescents have been very efficient over the past few years, and LED's are beginning to become affordable, Each of these types of lighting provides excellent light at a low cost per lumen.
How can light fixtures be designed to provide safe use inside a carwash?
Modern manufacturing has allowed lighting companies to produce fixtures inexpensively which are rated IP67. This rating means that the fixtures are totally enclosed and dust proof, plus they can withstand submersion in a meter of water for 30 minutes. Lenses are available clear, to allow the most possible light to pass through. Most ballasts today are "smart", meaning that they are 2 wire and will work on any incoming voltage between 110 and 277 without any rewiring. These cost effective fixtures allow a carwash operator to light the facility up really well, which makes the carwash experience safer and more inviting for the customer.
What type of light output was common with metal halide lighting? How efficient were they?
Metal Halide was the standard type of light for many years in all sorts of indoor and outdoor applications. Even the newer pulse start MH fixtures lose quite a bit of light output in a fairly short period of time. For example, a 250 watt Metal Halide lamp will produce around 23,000 lumens initially, but its sustained output is only rated at 14,333 lumens. This loss of light output happens over a period of several months to a year. What it means to an end user is that the light output is only around 62% of the electrical energy that they are paying for. The amount of energy required to drive that 250 watt fixture is the same at 23,000 lumens as it is at 14,333 lumens. Not a very efficient use of electric power.
How do new fixtures provide more light output after installation?
Flourescents today mean T8 or T5 lamps. The old standard T12 is no longer available. The newer lamps are rated for around 35,000 hours - keep in mind that if you ran them 24 hours a day that's still 4-5 years. These lamps are rated to lose less than 5% of their initial light output over that 35,000 hours, so little that it's impossible to detect without measuring equipment. LED's use even less power than flourescents (70% or less) and they also last many years without dimming.
What types of upkeep tasks should owners perform on their light fixtures?
With fluorescent fixtures properly sized and planned for a wash, the only maintenance that's recommended is keeping the lenses clean, and replacing any failed lamps.
What is the typical life of newer fixtures? How is this comparable to lighting technology used previously?
The Amazon fixture is perfect for carwashes, given the technology today. We like the T8 lamps as they provide the right amount of light based on the ceiling heights in most carwashes. The fixture last 20 years, although technology advances may induce us to replace them. Lamps and ballasts will last 10 years with no service. In the event a ballast goes, they cost around $25, and lamps run around $4 each. Metal Halides used to be the standard, and would typically last 10 years, but would require at least one $100+ ballast replacement and 5 or more $35 lamp replacements in that 10 year period. The cost of T8 fixtures is less than 20% the cost of Metal Halides, when you compare original purchase costs, maintenance, lamp replacement, and energy used.