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Frequently Asked Questions

In conversations with customers, we asked what questions they had before purchasing LED car wash lights. Here’s the list below. If you couldn’t find the answer to your question, contact us at (888) 423-3191 and we’ll be happy to assist you.


What Is the Best Lighting for a Car Wash?

There are several lighting fixtures that would work well within your car wash. No two car washes are the same. What works well in one facility may not work well for yours. We’d be happy to create a free lighting plan for you to assess your exact needs.

Is It Better to Retrofit Existing Lights or Use New Fixtures?

Wet environments are particularly hard on fixtures. So, unless there is a need to use a new fixture, or the fixture is in good condition, then retrofitting is an option. New LED Car Wash Lights are preferable in this case.

What Is the Difference Between IP65 and IP66 (Waterproof) Rated Lighting?

The IP system is a way of determining how well lights protect from dust (the first digit) and water (the second digit). The higher the digit, the better the protection. So, IP66 is better than IP65, and IP68 is better than IP66. IP65 is adequate for car wash requirements.

LED Car Wash Lighting


What Is the Ideal Lighting Level for a Car Wash?

There are two types of car washes. Self-serve washes where customers wash the cars themselves, and fully automatic washes. Self-serve washes should be brighter than fully automatic washes. Fully automatic car washes should be bright enough for maintenance work and cleaning. For self-serve car washes, 20 to 30-foot candles are a good target.

Do You Offer Lighting for a Car Wash Tunnel?

Yes we do. We’ve supplied wash tunnels with linear vapor-proof fixtures.

Will the Soap from the Car Wash Affect the Lights?

It shouldn’t unless the soap does not wash off completely and leaves a film. The film could reduce lumen output over time.

What Lighting Is Better for My Car Wash – Vapor Proof or IP65 Rated?

Vapor proof lights design keeps the inside of the fixture dry and dust free. It prevents corrosive gases from entering the fixture and shortens its life. IP65 fixtures are not vapor-proof. But they’re designed to keep dust and water from entering the fixture. Also, most vapor-proof fixtures are also IP65 or higher rated.

Do You Have Fixtures with Motion Sensors So That They Dim Down 50% If Not in Use at Night?

We have several fixtures that can dim with motion sensors.

What Are the Best Canopy Lights for a Car Wash?

The best canopy lights for car washes are either IP6x-rated or vapor-proof fixtures. They should have a wide beam spread as the mounting height inside a car wash is less than 20 feet.

What Are the Best Bay Lights for a Car Wash?

The best high bay lights for car washes are IP65 plus rated. They provide a broad beam pattern since mounting heights are below 20 feet. We recommend low bay lighting instead of high bay lighting. Tell us your requirements and we will recommend the best option.

Vapor Proof Fixture Canopy Low Bay LED Round Canopy - IP65
IP66 Vapor Proof IP65 Low Bays IP65 Round Canopy

Corrosion Is a Big Concern. Will Your Fixtures Be Able to Hold Up?

They should. We even have marine-grade fixtures that can withstand the rigors of saltwater environments. Our LED Car Wash Lights are high quality and have been installed in many car washes without any issues.

If We Have a Failure Because Water Got In, Will You Honor the Warranty?

Yes, because water should not have entered the fixture if it was installed and used properly. All our LED Car Wash Lights have at minimum a 5-year warranty.

Hand car wash facility. Entrance view.

Are your light fixtures waterproof?

Yes, many of them are. Look for the IP rating icons, they appear for all our fixtures that are waterproof.

IP65 IP66 IP69K


Do You Offer Color Changing Lights?

Only a few of our LED Car Wash Lights are color selectable. You can choose between 3000K and 5000K.


How Do You Seal an Existing Fixture After Retrofitting?

If the fixture is still good, you should be able to use the existing seal. If the seal’s broken, you should consider replacing the fixture.