LED Conversions: What are they?
Lately, the Classic Signs team has been on a mission to convert signs from neon, fluorescent, and halogen lighting to LED. What exactly what does that mean?
Back in the day, neon signs were all the rage. Think Radiator Springs rejuvenated from the Disney movie Cars. They’re bright, colorful, and (dare I say) retro.
As time moves on, though, new technology emerges, and the only thing we can do is adapt with it and embrace it. It’s like feeling the excitement of purchasing a new smart phone just to watch how fast it becomes “outdated” when the next best thing is introduced.
The signage industry is no different, especially when it comes to lighting. Older channel letter signs used neon lighting because it was the only option available and the least expensive. But, there’s a new kid on the block now: LED.
Basically, converting signage from neon to LED means giving it a much needed upgrade.
5 reasons to convert your sign to LED lighting
1. LED reduces energy costs by up to 94%.
Who doesn’t like saving money, especially on overhead costs? Running a business is no easy task. There are numerous things to keep track of, and sometimes it feels overwhelming. It’s normal to seek ways to save money and reduce costs. With an LED conversion, that’s possible!
2. LED has a long life span.
Even the Energizer Bunny can’t compete. LED lighting in channel letter signs lasts for 30,000-50,000 hours. That equates to approximately 10-12 years of nightly use. That’s some serious illumination.
3. Lower insurance costs.
LED conversions provide not one, but two ways to save businesses money. Insurance costs can add up quickly, especially when it comes to the age of your building’s roof, electrical system, and signage. With LED lighting, there’s a lower risk of fire, so insurance costs are reduced. That means more safety for employees and less money. It’s a win-win!
4. LED doesn’t attract bugs.
Not everyone is a fan of insects. I can easily name five people off the top of my head that would be terrified if they came into contact with a bug of any sort. Luckily, with LED lighting, those individuals have no need to fear. No heat is emitted, so insects won’t be attracted to the sign. It’ll be bright and clear from flying bugs.
5. The system is low-voltage.
This reason goes hand-in-hand with lower energy costs. LED runs on a low-voltage system of 12-volts. I’m no electrical expert, but once I learned that neon runs on a 120-volt system, I knew there was quite the difference right away. Technical speaking aside, LED lighting is just as vivid as neon but less invasive.
LED lighting usage
LED lighting isn’t just for channel letter signage. It can be placed in any illuminated signage solution, such as monument signs and cabinet signs. Any sign that was previously lit with halogen, incandescent, fluorescent, or neon lighting can be the perfect candidate for an upgrade.
LED lighting in signage creates a more inviting setting, offers architecturally appealing highlights, and provides supreme reliability.
If you’re looking to save money on something super reliable, contact us and we’ll convert your sign to LED!
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