Carwash lighting how we design professional lighting solution

Car wash lighting how we design professional lighting solution

Carwash lighting may seem like a simple task at first glance, but it’s actually quite complex in its creation. These difficulties are related to a number of adverse factors. The main task is to provide good lighting at 100% humidity.

In addition to having to provide good moisture protection for the luminaires, it is also necessary to create conditions for the luminaires or underwater wires to be tightly sealed. Any broken wire, broken glass, or damaged lamp body poses a huge risk of injury to electrical maintenance workers.

Another major issue is condensation on the diffuse glass of LED light fixtures, which can reduce the lighting in the room or car wash area if the light fixture is not used by the car wash.

The use of waterproof lighting fixtures in car washes can help to deal with emerging issues and to economically organize rationally illuminated car washes with the necessary degree of safety.

The task of carwash lighting

The tasks involved in car wash lighting are first and foremost related to the specifics of what it does – high humidity, the presence of a corrosive environment, and all-weather operation. The main tasks of the process:

  1. Create a comfortable enough lighting level (recommended level not lower than 150 lux, preferably 300-500 lux, and should not be lower than 750 lux in polished places on car surfaces);
  2. 24/7 operation, including continuous power consumption, highlights the economic parameters of the system;
  3. Security lighting. From the point of view of preventing electric shock and ensuring process flow, lighting must not only be comfortable but also safe.

Carwash lighting fixtures requirements

According to hygienic regulations, car washes belong to the type of places that contain a large number of vapors of harmful substances, which form a weakly corrosive environment in contact with moisture. To protect against this and other factors, lighting fixtures require the following requirements:

  • The dustproof and moistureproof protection grade of lamps shall not be lower than IP65;
  • Mechanical strength of the luminaire – resistance to exposure to foreign bodies (hoses, cleaning guns, other equipment);
  • Lamps complying with protection against the electric shock of Class I;
  • The dazzling effect achieved by the opaque light diffuser without the use of monolithic materials;
  • The cabin is usually cleaned with a portable light that does not exceed 50 volts. For this, it is recommended to use a wall lamp with a LED light source rotatable device.

It is also worth mentioning the lighting requirements for reception areas and polishing areas for organizations with excellent service. They are slightly different. In addition to the previously specified illumination level of 750 lux, the following parameters should be considered in these areas: illuminance ratio; color rendering index; light source ripple ratio; general indicators of discomfort.

Lighting that is resistant to moisture, hot steam, has excellent electrical protection, is made of durable materials, and is energy efficient is required in all areas of a car wash. A great option is industrial LED lighting designed by experts.

YIBAI experts will develop the car wash lighting project in the shortest possible time, comply with all specifications and recommendations, and help bring it into reality

Take a look at our luminaires that can be used to illuminate carwash lighting applications:

NOVA-UM Series LED Floodlight

NOVA-UM Series LED Floodlight
NOVA-UM Series LED Floodlight
NOVA-UM Series LED Floodlight
NOVA-UM Series LED Floodlight

With multiple of optic lens design, the Nova-UM series flood light can hit lighting requirements of carwash lighting in many different applications



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