When it comes to manufacturing illuminated signage one has a choice of three main signage types- neon, fluorescent, or LED.
Neon and Fluorescent signs have a long history and over the years have proven to be reliable but lately LED’s have now become an alternative mainly because of their colourful and creative displays.
Although the warm glow of neon signage has an overall appeal, it is now apparent that LED is the lighting source for signage in the future.
How will LED signage benefit your business ?
Good quality LEDs can last as long as 50,000 to 100,000 hours, which is a full 3 to 5 years longer than fluorescent and neon. Not only do they have an extended life-span outlasting other lighting types, they also can’t leak gases or dim during their lifetime, but they maintain a better level of brightness throughout their life time.
One of the main distinguishing features of LED signs which sets them apart from other signs, is their very striking brightness.
LED technology is very unique in that it produces a brilliant, but clear light that is easy to read both close up and from a distance. LED signs are bright at night and are even intense enough to be seen even in bright sunlight.
LED sign are night and day signs which means no matter what time of day, and regardless of whether your customers are walking or driving past, they cannot avoid seeing your sign’s message or logo.
Unfortunately with either neon or fluorescent signage, there is that constant battle keeping the sign fully functional and having consistent brightness – it seems inevitable that a few fluorescent tubes need to be replaced or a few tubes are dimmer than the rest. This does send a poor message about your business, but also indicates that additional monies now have to be allocated to rectify the problem which can be expensive.
Having LEDs eliminate many of these problem, because of their extended life and efficient technology.
LED’s are Environmentally Friendly
LED signs use only around 10 watts of power, which is around 80% less energy than any equivalent neon systems. This lower power requirement translates into less strain on the environment, assists you in adhering to energy standards, and also provides a significant reduction in your lighting costs.
LEDs produce little heat, so if your sign is indoors, you don’t have to worry about it driving up the air conditioning bill if you have LED signage. In addition to this LEDs don’t have any toxic gases like mercury or argon and are “cleanly” recycled.
Lower Maintenance Costs
Considering their long lifespans, brightness, and efficiency, it is easy to understand why LED signs have less maintenance requirements compared to conventional signage systems.
- LEDs don’t contain any gasses or glass tubes
- They’re easy to clean (no hot or fragile tubes to deal with), and they essentially never burn out.
- They work well in outdoor applications and don’t need significant protection from the elements (unlike fluorescent and incandescent bulbs).
- “Waterproof” LED systems are available for extremely wet or humid conditions...
LEDs are not encased in tubes which means manufacturers can make signs much thinner in profile.
A basic neon sign is usually 76-127 mm thick, whereas a LED sign can be as little as 25.4 mm thick. This smaller size often translates into lower shipping and installation costs, and a smaller footprint is also helpful if you’re working in a tight space or want to have less weight on your business’ windows or walls.
LEDs allow you to use virtually any combination of lights and create all types of movement, digital flashes, colour changes, and animations.
This versatility is simply not possible with neon and fluorescent signs.
LEDs are composed of multiple, separate lights (not long glass tubes) and can be programmed to flash, fade, or light up independently.
This flexibility makes it possible to show off your business’ distinctive logo or to display any other type of attention-grabbing image.
LED and neon signs are comparable in price, so your sign decision will likely come down to what you want to get from your sign. If you’re looking for a sign to stand out from the crowd and get noticed, combined with saving you energy and maintenance, nothing can compare with LED technology.
The most important advantage of LEDs over fluorescent tube is that:
- Fluorescent lights contain a small amount of mercury. This metal and its vapour are extremely hazardous to both humans and the environment.
- LEDs are completely safe and do not contain such poisonous materials, putting business owners, home owners and parents at ease while knowing that they are not contributing to pollution.