Gas Monkey Garage (GMG) is a Dallas, Texas, automotive garage known to TV viewers of the “Fast N’ Loud” reality style series for restoration and fabrication work on rare cars and unique hot rod creations. Inspired by the tremendous demand for its superior work, GMG recently began expanding its shop to make room for more builds and other efforts to support the Gas Monkey brand. Lighting is critical for GMG’s business that demands precision work, excellent aesthetics, and edgy design.
“Our business depends on being able to see clearly, whether that be to see the finest paint details or to safely work with our equipment,” Rawlings said. “Dim, unreliable lighting was simply not an option for our facility.”
In addition to the lighting requirements for visual clarity, GMG has no room for downtime with its extremely tight production schedules. Therefore, the crew cannot afford to stop work and move cars and other equipment around to repair and maintain lighting in the facility. Time is money, and for GMG, time spent changing bulbs wastes money.
GMG Demanded Maintenance-Free Lighting
GMG looked for a cutting-edge lighting technology that would meet its standards for quality and performance and live up to its need for maintenance-free equipment. Rawlings and GMG chose Dialight a maker of industrial LED lighting, to supply new LED fixtures for its workshop, new lounge area, merchandise warehouse, paint booth, and exterior. The brightness of the luminaires allowed GMG to use fewer fixtures while producing brighter light with more lumens throughout for a clearer and safer environment for the mechanics and technicians. The mechanics and fabricators need to be able to see every fine detail to complete their intricate work that their craft often requires.
“We know a thing or two about industrial-grade performance and design,” Rawlings said. “When we saw the Dialight fixtures, that was it. The rugged design, performance, and longevity of these fixtures sold us, and we’ve been blown away by just how much better we can see now versus the fluorescent fixtures we used to have.”
Dialight LED Lighting in Main GMG Shop
Inside the main shop, GMG replaced all of its 4-foot, four- and six-lamp T8 fluorescents and 8-foot, two-lamp T12s with 152 of Dialight’s DuroSite 4-foot Linear fixtures. The new fixtures provide clarity and brightness throughout the garage for the mechanics and fabricators that use the space for precision work in a safe setting.
For the garage’s new outdoor lounge area, the team selected Dialight’s 26,500-lumen Vigilant High Bay fixtures to replace the 4-foot, four- and six-lamp T8 fluorescents. Another 44 DuroSite Linear fixtures went into GMG’s expanded merchandise building.
Dialight LED Lighting for Garage Exterior
Outside, GMG placed a combination of DuroSite single floods and 5 new Dual Vigilant Flood Lights, along with 8 new 40-watt Vigilant Area Lights to replace the garage exterior’s outdated 250-watt HID wall packs. While the main goal in the outdoor illumination upgrade was to enhance exterior aesthetics and security, the energy savings from the new high-efficiency Dialight fixtures is a bonus.
“Upgrading to Dialight LED High Bay and Linear fixtures meant we were actually able to use fewer fixtures, saving money on top of significant energy savings from the superior efficiency of these fixtures,” Rawlings said. “Plus, these lights will last for the long haul without any maintenance. I can’t say that for fluorescents.”
“We are extremely happy with the Dialight fixtures and now we use them throughout our entire site,” Rawlings added.