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We’ve built a library of helpful information that can help you make the right lighting decision for your business.

  • What is an LED
  • Primary LED Benefits
  • Understanding Color Scale
  • Comparing Fixtures

What is an LED

A light-emitting diode (LED) is a solid state lighting source that uses a semiconductor to produce light rather than electrical filaments, plasma, or gas. There are no gases to escape, filaments to burn out, bulbs to crack, or high voltage requirements to produce light. LEDs have been around since the 1960s, but recent developments in producing white LEDs are now making their way into the supply chain. Your local home improvement store now stocks LED replacements for most of the popular size light bulbs in your home. Please use our Savings Calculator to see how much you can save on annual maintenance and power.

Primary LED Benefits

LED Lights are energy efficient, cost effective, and durable. They are the latest technology in lighting and offer a great alternative in replacing your current Metal Halide or standard lights.

Energy Efficient


LED Lights will produce more light output per watt. A standard 50W Metal Halide lamp turns 90% of electricity used into heat with only 10% into light. The benefit of LED Lights are that they use only 15% of the energy a standard metal halide uses and create less heat making them so cool to touch. This makes LED Lights not only energy efficient but extremely cost effective as air conditioning use can be lowered. This chart shows the dramatic gains from using LEDs vs. other light options.

Long Life Span

LED Lights have the benefit of a super long life span of up to 100,000 hours. That’s over 25 years running at 12 hours a day. This means you can cut maintenance costs as the lamps last up to 8-10 times longer than standard Metal Halide lamps.

Improved Durability

LED's have no filaments so can withstand a greater intensity of vibration and shock than standard lights making them durable with less risk of breaking and need to replace.

Fast Switching

LED Lights will start at full brightness, instantly, every time, therefore there is no need for backup lighting. LED Lights are a benefit because they switch on and off instantly making them ideal for flashing signs, traffic signaling and automotive lights, compared to standard compact fluorescent lights which fade in and out or flicker


Most LED lights operate at low voltage so are cool to touch and much safer to handle during installation and maintenance and can be exposed to rain and snow.

Environmentally Friendly

The benefit of LED Lights is that they are an eco-friendly form of lighting as they do not contain mercury or other harmful gases or emit any harmful UV rays. For example, a 13w LED light emits 68% less CO2 than a standard 40w incandescent bulb running 10 hours per day. LEDs also output a very specific frequency of light, with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies that can attract bugs like conventional lighting.

LED Light is Directional

100% of the light is produced and emitted in the direction you want it. A metal halide fixture loses over 60% of its output because the majority of that output is going in the wrong direction and must be redirected using reflectors.

Understanding Color Scale

kelvin color temerature scale mhls

A consideration in purchasing an LED fixture is the color temperature of the LED. The higher the temperature, the more blue the light. See to the right.

LEDs are easier to produce (and therefore cheaper to purchase) in the 6,000 – 7,000K color temperature range. We think car wash lighting should be a natural white light so we use LEDs in the 4,500K temperature range. This produces a very dynamic, natural color that is very similar to sunlight and doesn’t make your customer feel like they are in a hospital.

Comparing fixtures

When comparing different manufacturers of LED lighting with different size fixtures and lumen output, you can take the cost of the fixture divided by the total lumens produced by the fixture to figure out what you are paying per lumen. For example, a fixture that produces 8,500 lumens and costs $379 costs $0.0446 per lumen, a second fixture that produces 6,300 lumens and costs $500 costs $0.0794 per lumen. Cost per lumen shouldn’t be the only consideration, but it is a useful comparison tool.

Standard incandescent fixtures (100W light bulb) emit approx 15 lumens per watt. LED bulbs sold at home improvement stores (Home Depot, Lowes, etc.) will typically have output in the 50 – 70 lumens per watt range. High end commercial LED fixtures will have output in the 70 – 90 lumens per watt. LED Research and development labs have exceeded 250 lumens per watt. The LED lighting we sell all use Cree LEDs that output over 130 lumens per watt. Our kits and lights will be some of the most energy efficient you can buy in the market.

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