Another key designation is the product’s inclusion on The DesignLights(TM) Consortium (DLC) Qualified Products List (www.designlights.org), which is an independent listing of “qualified LED fixtures that meet energy efficiency, color quality, and projected lifetime requirements.” Used to promote the latest quality energy efficient technologies, the DLC requires manufacturers to submit demanding industry standard test data on products as part of their applications. The purchase of DLC List products – the DLC logo can be found on spec sheets and other marketing materials — can then make car wash owners eligible for any available rebate programs offered in their areas.
In addition, reliable LED lighting manufacturers offer quality warranties accompanied by excellent customer service. This includes a limited 5-year limited warranty for products surpassing industry standards and manufactured within the U.S. under stringent quality-control conditions.
But again and most importantly, never risk the safety of employees and customers as well as the bottom line on lighting products that fail to display the proper certification for use in very demanding car wash settings. Without the UL label, there is no clear-cut indication of the LED fixture’s efficacy or even long-term durability in these harsh, wet and extremely hot applications. Choosing UL Listed products not only removes the guesswork, it also greatly diminishes the exposure to liability should tragedy strike.