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Study: Lighting Challenges Faced By Ohio Car Wash Company
A car wash in Ohio contacted our office, seeking a new lighting system for
their drive through areas and building edifice. Like many car washes, this
facility featured a “drive through” design that required as much light as
possible. Local wind zones had to be taken into account, and occasional heavy
snowfall in the winter was a factor to consider as well. Lighting for the car
wash had to be evenly distributed throughout all areas of traffic and also
around the building in such a way as to make the entire facility visible from
the neighboring roadway, regardless of weather conditions.
This was the client’s primary concern, in fact, due to the
fact that the winters in Ohio can be severe, and falling snow can obscure the
visibility of average parking lot lights. This car wash needed light that was
clearly visible in order to continuously advertise its presence.
Both our experts and the client were all in agreement that
the basic design of the car wash lighting system should follow the architectural
“flow” of the facility itself and the movement of vehicles through the drive
through areas. The car wash features a multiple entrance at the front that opens
into a drive through area where the cars are actually washed. Past the drive
area, there is a separate detailing area where the cars are dried and polished.
The client specifically requested that we use a certain
amount of decorative lighting to add aesthetic to their facility. The main
areas that needed this extra affect were the building façade itself, which faced
the street, and the sign near the entrance that advertised the business.
Photometric Analysis Software Helped Us Develop A Custom
Car Wash Lighting System Unique To This Challenging Environment
The client sent us a detailed set plan in CAD. Using data
from this site plan, we assessed various angles of incidence and foot candle
options for the car wash. Lighting calculations were made based upon elevation
of buildings, total area of the parking and drive through areas, and the
entrance. Using the 3D rendering capability of our software, we were able to
experiment with different hypothetical scenarios until we developed a system
that enabled us to accommodate client tastes, light the car wash with luminance
that was more than adequate for even snow and rain conditions, and utilize the
most efficient lighting technology available.
Final Lighting System Porposed
We chose 25’ poles to meet the local wind zone requirements
for the community surrounding the car wash. Lighting fixtures had to
concentrate light onto the detailing area and throw some into the entrance drive
and exit. We used Type V, 400W shoebox fixtures for this task. For our
client’s decorative lighting requirements, we used canopy & gooseneck lights. All
gooseneck lights were building mounted in a low profile position that minimized
their own appearance and emphasized the building edifice. For the sign near the
entrance, we used a linear fluorescent floodlight designed for energy efficiency
and low profile uplighting.
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