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#1 (permalink) Old 01-08-2006, 05:18 PM
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Cleaning in the dark

What's the best kind of light to use to wash a car?

I just had a 22 hour road trip (both ways) and it's dirtier than the war in the middle east. Only problem is I work till 5:30 everyday and by the time I get back home its a bit dark.

Question is what would be the best lights to use so that I will not miss any spots (a bit of a perfectionist )?

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ok.... so everyone uses the sunshine...

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success!

i used a spot light, house lights, garage lights, and a flash light!

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i always wash my car at night...just turn on the outside lights....i do this so it wont dry and spot

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I use a couple of 500 watt work lights (found at Home Depot), a 75 watt yellow spot light and a couple of 75 watt white spot lights that are on my house. I'm sure the work lights would be fine by themselves. You may have to move them occaisionally to get the right lighting angle.

Be sure not to get any water spray on them!

I don't spray the water from my hose anymore, I just let the water run straight and let the water sheet off before and after washing.

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Lightbulb hps

Well i have tried high pressure sodium lamps or metal halide, The light isn't natural but gives you plenty of area to work with.
every bump, seam, chip, scratch shows up under these light i have found their bloody power full and rather economical to run ..
The only down turns when using these lights they are very heavy due to the transformer and large area reflectors make them hard to move around..

Four lights positioned around the vehicle should give a fast and overall lightened area for washing and drying .
Be careful with temporary lighting when using extension leads, make sure there is a safety device connected to you leads to minimize the risk of electrocution,
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better than that have some lights installed on post around the area in which you designate your wash zone . to easy very convenient if you cant get home early enough and wash during the evening..

try blind folding your self and then wash your car, rinse and dry see how you did no needs for light :lol:
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