7 Benefits of LED Lighting for Signs

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When it comes to illuminated signage for your business, you have three main choices: neon, fluorescent, or LED. Both neon and fluorescent signs have a long history and have proven themselves reliable, yet lately LEDs have gained attention for their colorful and creative displays.

So, what type of sign should you choose? Well, although a city street lit with the warm glow of neon certainly has a nostalgic appeal, we think LED is the lighting of the future. Consider these benefits to see if it’s right for your business.

1. Long Life

Quality LEDs can last as long as 50,000 to 100,000 hours, which is a full 3 to 6 years longer than fluorescent and neon. Not only do they outlast other bulbs, but because they don’t have any gases that can leak out and cause dimness, they also maintain a better level of brightness throughout their lifespans.

2. Eye-catching Brightness

One of the main things distinguishing LED signs apart from other signs is their striking brightness. LED technology is unique in that it produces a brilliant, yet clear light that is easy to read both close up and from a distance. Also, it stands out boldly in the night and is even intense enough to see when the sun’s shining. This means that no matter what time of day, and regardless of whether your customers are walking or driving past, they can get a clear impression of your sign’s message or logo.

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3. Better Appearance (more impressive to customers)

If you’ve ever owned a neon or fluorescent sign, you know it can sometimes feel like a constant battle keeping the sign fully lit and with consistent brightness. Inevitably it seems like one or more lights always needs replacing or is dimmer than the rest of the sign. This can pose a problem, since a dim, or half-lit sign sends a poor message about your business, and leads customers to believe you’re not conscientious.

LEDs eliminate much of this problem, because their long life and efficient technology keeps them illuminated far longer and more uniform than traditional lights.

4. Environmentally Friendly

Typical LED signs use only around 10 watts of power, which is around 80% less energy than neon systems. This lower power requirement results in less strain on the environment, helps you adhere to stricter energy standards, and makes a significant reduction in your lighting costs. Also, unlike neon and fluorescent lights, LEDs don’t have any toxic gases like mercury or argon and are “cleanly” recycled.

Furthermore, LEDs put off much less heat than other bulbs, so if your sign is indoors, you don’t have to worry about it warming up your rooms and driving up the air conditioning bill.

5. Low Maintenance

Considering their long lifespans, even brightness, and efficiency, it’s easy to understand why LED signs have far fewer maintenance demands than other systems. LEDs don’t contain any gasses or glass tubes, (which often leak or break), 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). However, there are “waterproof” LED systems for extremely wet or humid areas.

Ultimately, their simplicity and ruggedness make them a breeze to install and a headache free investment.

6. Thinner

As mentioned, LEDs don’t have any tubes, which means manufacturers can make them much thinner in size. For instance, a basic neon sign is usually 3- to 5-inches thick, whereas a LED sign can be as little as 1-inch thick. This smaller size often results in 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.

7. Greater Signage Options

With LEDs you can use virtually any combination of lights and create all types of movement, digital flashes, color 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 fairly comparable in price, so your ultimate 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 — all while saving you energy and maintenance — there’s nothing that can top LED.

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5 Responses to “7 Benefits of LED Lighting for Signs”

  1. AdrianaNovember 11, 2014 at 6:28 am #

    The most important advantage of LEDs over fluorescent tube is that :
    Fluorescent lights contain a small amount of mercury. This metal and its vapour is extremely hazardous to both humans and the environment. LEDs are completely safe and do not contain such poisonous materials, putting home owners and parents at ease while knowing that they are not contributing to pollution.

  2. AmandineNovember 17, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

    I think that everyone should use Led lighting nowadays. They are more advantageous than normal ones.

  3. Nash RichMay 2, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    I agree that LED signs catch your attention really well. They’re not hard to miss, especially at night. I didn’t know that they were so much better at saving energy. I feel like we should be using them more, just for that reason alone!

  4. Shad MorrisOctober 28, 2016 at 10:14 am #

    There are a lot of companies nearby that have their lights out in their signs, and I was wondering what kind of lights are the best for that. I really like that they are actually less of a strain on the environment. Since the community is trying to be more green, it’s nice that this can actually be a bit of help to that.

  5. Taylor BishopDecember 21, 2018 at 10:21 am #

    I wanted to thank you for explaining why LED lighting could be good for signs. It’s nice to know that they are actually pretty low maintenance and are easy to clean. This seems very idea if the signs need to be out in areas that aren’t easily accessible, since you know that they can probably last a very long time there.

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