Light Emitting Diodes, otherwise known as LEDs, are bulbs that are about the size of a pea that fit easily into an electrical circuit. The use of LEDs in electrical signage has increased significantly over the past decade. They are more advanced, brighter, and eco-friendly lighting. This type of lighting has a number of advantages over neon, incandescent, and fluorescent lights, which make it the preferred light source of many customers for signage.
A portion of the growth of demand for LEDs can be attributed to business’s desire to be more sustainable. LEDs are very appealing to the companies that want to “Go Green.” LEDs typically convert 80 percent of its energy use into light and can last up to 10 years. LEDs are also safer in that they do not contain any mercury.
Below are several of the advantages that LEDs have over the other types of lighting in the signage industry:
- Lower Power Requirements – this makes them more efficient and safer to work with
- Higher Energy Efficiency: More of the power is converted into light rather than heat compared to other bulbs
- Long Life: LEDs do not have a filament that will burn out so they last longer than an incandescent light bulb. When properly installed, an LED can have an estimated life of over 100,000 hours
- Unlike neon, LEDs can be mass produced and installed without intense training.
- Focused light that doesn’t cause as much glare
- No “hum” as some neon signs have
Of course, there are trade-offs. LEDs are fine points, and therefore they must be carefully used to ensure even illumination. Also, they do not have the classic beauty of bare neon. Additionally, over time and in high heat, they degrade and the light output is reduced. Eventually they must be replaced.
North American Signs is a big proponent of LEDs as a lighting source in many signs. As a company that emphasizes producing signs of the highest quality, we manufacture our signs with the most innovative lighting systems. Our company has integrated the use LEDs in our products, from channel letters to cabinet signs. We also still love the look of classic neon.