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XtraLight Brings McCarthy Ford Into The Light

Jan 12, 2018 12:15:52 PM

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McCarthy Ford switches to XtraLight™ LED lighting to help reduce their energy and maintenance costs and to help showcase their inventory in a better light.


XtraLight LED McCarthy Ford Before and After Chicago Illinois









The Opportunity

For many years the exterior lighting at the McCarthy Ford dealership had been a real issue. Routine maintenance had been an expensive ongoing battle and the poor lighting conditions created problems for both salespeople and visitors alike. With bulbs burning out, ballasts overheating, and a percentage of lights not even working, it was time to make a change for the better. The automotive professionals at McCarthy Ford understood that selling a vehicle involved a visually stimulating experience that spark emotional decisions.

In order to create that experience, they knew that all the exterior lighting had to finally be redone.


XtraLight LED Viento Area & Site Viento Before and After McCarthy Ford Chicago Illinois





Our Solution

John LaFevour, the owner of McCarthy Ford, contacted a local electrical distributor to start the process. Their goal was to find a practical solution for the lighting problems they had. In turn, that distributor partnered with a local manufacturer’s rep, Vertical Lighting + Controls, to create an LED lighting solution that would feature XtraLight products and help improve the lighting design overall.


LED Automotive Dealership Lighting Pole LightsIn total, 185 Viento LED Area/Site luminaires were installed using existing poles on the property. The Viento sets the stage for the next generation of illumination performance for site and area lighting applications. Masterfully engineered, the Viento was designed specifically to leverage the optical and thermal characteristics unique to LED technology. By utilizing the proprietary optics, mounting and available photocells, this would dramatically improve the curb appeal of the lot and focus the light when and where it’s needed.



With all the new lighting installed, it’s dramatically increased visibility and improved the curb appeal at night. With the confidence of having new XtraLight LED lights backed by a 10 year warranty, McCarthy Ford knows it will continue to provide a safer environment for employees and customers for many years to come. The new LED lighting solution has also reduced the total wattage outdoors from 272,145 to 46,402 – resulting in a 83 percent energy savings. With the amount of savings achieved and eligible lighting controls installed, the overall energy rebate back to McCarthy Ford was $95,584.

Download the case study here:  Auto_McCarthy.pdf (1.4 MB)




About Vertical Lighting + Controls:

Vertical Lighting + Controls (VLC) is a leading agency in the LED lighting industry. Located just outside of Chicago, Vertical Lighting + Controls excels at writing business on a national and regional basis. With many years of experience they are able to offer a strategic competitive advantages to their customers, and through their industry solution specialists they continue to deliver market leading, cost-saving solutions that fit each of their customers unique goals and objectives.


About McCarthy Ford:

As a premier Illinois Ford dealer, they have a huge selection of new and used vehicles from which to choose from. They have been the number-one volume dealer in Chicago for 13 years. McCarthy Ford online and offline customers enjoy vehicle specials every day. They offer Ford service & parts, an online inventory, and outstanding financing options, making McCarthy Ford a preferred dealer serving Chicago, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Midlothian and Alsip area Ford buyers.


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The XtraLight Team

The XtraLight Team

The resident LED lighting experts of XtraLight Manufacturing pull from their 30+ years of experience in the lighting industry to bring you up to date news and information about the LED lighting industry.