Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are quickly becoming the gold standard for business signs that need illumination. These light sources come in thin polymer sleeves and are easier to handle than the more fragile neon tubes. The latter feature vacuum tubes filled with the gas that becomes part of an electrical circuit to create light. The technology has been in use for sign lighting since the early 20th century. Why do business owners now clamor for LED lighting in illuminated signs in DFW?
LEDs are Great Money Savers!
LEDs use about 10 watts when you turn on the sign. Compare this to the almost 100 watts that a neon sign needs to provide its multi-toned display. Now, multiply the cost associated with operating the sign’s illumination around the clock or at least from dusk to dawn by the number of days in the month. The savings you enjoy are significant. What could you do with this extra money in your operating budget?
But the savings do not stop there. Fluorescent bulbs are expensive to operate, too. They take about twice the wattage the LED sign needs. Moreover, a typical bulb lasts between 10,000 and 20,000 hours – depending on the manufacturing techniques used. Trying to save money on fluorescent bulbs easily becomes a fool’s bargain when you have to replace them earlier than anticipated. LEDs, in contrast, log more than 50,000 hours before you need to schedule a replacement.
Impress Consumers with Consistent Illumination Quality
The hallmark of a well-received sign is its consistently high quality of the display. Colors are vibrant year after year. Illumination does not flicker or lose its strengths because temperatures drop. Most importantly, the lighting stays in place even when the weather is cold or windy. Fluorescent and neon bulbs are a lot more fragile. Vibrations from winds can result in breakage. Cold weather adversely affects the strength of the light – unless you have LEDs.
Since LEDs handle whatever Mother Nature throws at your sign, you need to call our technicians less often to come out for a service call. (You should still contact us for regularly scheduled sign cleaning and maintenance!). When there is no breakage, there are no dark letters that could spell out potentially embarrassing messages. More importantly, you avoid any sign downtime when shoppers are out in full force to make buying decisions. This period is typically the time after work when buyers have time to visit stores.
Channel Letters or Electrical Cabinets?
Our clients typically prefer channel letters because they allow for front-lit, backlit, or a combination of the two illumination choices. This quality turns them into versatile delivery options for your specific font and color combination. A lightbox cabinet informs the consumer about your company’s name, niche, and other details with an imprinted front.
Cannot Get Enough of Neon?
There is one time when neon can be a good option. If you are thinking of displaying an open-faced marker that reminds of a diner sign from the 1940s, we can create lettering using neon tubes rather than LEDs. When authenticity matters for your eatery’s vibe, this selection can make sense – but you will miss out on the savings that LEDs bring to the table. If you are unsure whether this is a good bargain, we gladly help you think through the display process.
What Could You Do with LED Lighting in Illuminated Signs in DFW?
If we have piqued your interest in seeing your name in lights on a building’s façade or monument sign near the entrance to the parking lot, discuss your thoughts with our experts. Whether you are thinking about a channel letter setup or lightbox cabinet, you cannot go wrong with LEDs.
Call us today to learn more about your options!