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LED Lights for Car Dealerships

LED Lights for Car Dealerships are a variety of different types of lights. Outdoors they need LED Parking Lot Lights to light up the cars stored outside. Equipped with motion sensors, they can provide bright lighting when needed and energy savings when the lot is empty. Indoors, a car dealership needs great lighting in the showroom and also in the service bay. A combination of High Bay LED Lights and panels in your car dealership lighting will provide the right combination of energy efficient lighting.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We spoke to our customers to find out their questions when it comes to buying LED lights for car dealerships. If you couldn’t find an answer to your question below, feel free to call us at call us at (888) 423-3191.  One of our lighting experts will will be able to assist you.


Are Street Lights Needed in Front of Auto Dealerships?

While you can use LED Street Lights (Cobra Heads), a better option is to use LED Parking Lot Lights. These lights are capable of replacing up to 1000 Watt metal halide, which is something that would be hard to do in a street light format.

What’s the Best Strategy for Lighting Up the Outside of a Car Dealership?

Lighting up the cars closest to the street means drivers will always see well lit cars. The poles further away from the street should include motion sensors so they dim when no one is around. This strategy provides good appeal but also saves the dealership money. Also, many dealerships use photocells or centralized timers for lighting control.

Why LED Lights for Car Dealerships Better Than Metal Halide Lights?

There are quite a few reasons – over and above the lower lighting bills and maintenance costs. A car dealership needs great high quality lights to highlight the cars. And LEDs can deliver high quality lights. The spec you need to pay attention to is the Color Rendering Index – or CRI, which is a standard on the quality of light. LEDs start at 70+. Plus, it’s easy to add motion sensors and dim LED lights – which could reduce your light bills even further.

How Do You Avoid Glare from Lighting in a Car Dealership?

One technique is to add back shields and side shields. But this strategy also limits light distribution and the fixtures available. Not all have these options. Adding motion sensor dimming could reduce the light output on the lot . There is no need for 100% brightness at 3 AM. But for security reasons, having lights turn on or up right away when motion’s detected is also ideal. LEDs perform well handling this.

Are There Any Restrictions on the Type and Amount of Lighting You Can Have in a Car Dealership?

This is more of a city or town bylaw question and will vary depending on where you’re located.

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Can You Help with Both Indoor and Outdoor Lighting?

We can, we have both outdoor lighting and indoor lighting options. We can handle showrooms, service bays, security lighting and car lot lighting. We can provide lighting plans for all your needs.


How Many Fixtures Do I Need for Adequate Car Dealership Lighting?

The best way to answer this question is to create a lighting plan. A lighting plan will model your indoor or outdoor spaces. It will place lights in your existing light locations (or new locations). It will present you with a report detailing light levels and show you how well balanced the lighting is. There is no need to guesstimate what might work. We have done 100’s of indoor and outdoor lighting plans for car dealerships.

What Color Temperature for New Car Dealership Parking Lot Lighting?

Use either 5000K but sometimes we also get requests for 4000K. We also suggest a higher CRI – it will help red cars especially.

What Wattage Should You Use When Replacing 1000 Watt Metal Halide Fixtures in a Car Dealership?

We have several options. Indoors, we offer many UFO and panel style high bays that can replace 1000 Watt metal halide. Outdoors we offer powerful parking lit fixtures that can also replace 1000 Watt metal halide – 1 for 1.

What Type of Light Can I Use in the Service Department?

Use either High Bay LED LIghts or low bay lights, and for lower ceilings (< 10 ft), LED Shop Lights.

Do Car Dealerships Need 50 Foot Candles?

50 foot candles, indoors, is a lot of light. Just as important as brightness, is balance of light. A bright room with a lot of shadows is not good.

Outdoors, 50 foot candles may be overkill. 50 foot candles is a target we try to achieve when creating lighting plans for infield lighting for baseball fields, and what we target for the infield. While you want the outdoor car lot to be bright, 50 foot candles outdoors is probably too much.

What Color Temperature Should You Use in a Car Dealership Showroom?

The same as outdoors, 4000K or 5000K. We offer color changing LED panels that can do 3000K to 5000K. So you can adjust the lighting in the room to match or meet your needs.

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What Are the Different Types of Car Dealership Lights?

For outdoors, we suggest either wall mounted LED Wall Packs, pole or wall mounted LED Flood Lights. Use pole mounted parking lot lights for the car lot.

Interior showrooms, we have color changing 2X2 or 2X4 panels, or powerful retrofit kits.

In the service bay, we offer low bay, high bay and shop lighting.

What If I Have Expensive Outdoor Lights That I Want to Keep, but Convert to LED?

We offer a full range of parking lot retrofit kits that you can use to convert your metal halide lights to LED.  You can use your existing fixture.

Are Color Temperature Adjustable Lights a Good Fit for Car Dealerships?

They can be. You may not be sure what color temperature you or your customer find best. It may be 4000K, or 5000K. By using a color changing panel, you can decide after you install. These panels are also dimmable. So you can dial in the right lighting – and not worry about what you should choose before you buy.

Is It Better to Use Motion Switches or a Timer for Lighting in a Car Dealership?

The two controls are actually different and perform different functions. Many of the dealerships we work with use timers or photocells.

A timer’s used to turn on and off lights. A better option to replace a timer is a photocell that turns the light on at dusk and off at dawn.

A motion sensor acts to turn the lights to full power when motion’s detected and off when no activity is present. This allows you to dim the lights at night when no one is around. It will lower the lighting bills but still leaving lights on.


Is There an Install Guide That Comes with the Product?

Every product that we sell comes with a set of instructions that are clear and easy to follow.

Do You Have Bullhorns and Other Mounting Options?

We can offer bullhorns and other mounting options if that is what you need.