The possibilities involved with channel letter signs are virtually endless. You can make a strong professional impact by incorporating custom fonts and logos, and the only restrictions on your imagination are the lettering size constriction determined by local code and developer allowances. Virtually every serious business has been using channel letter signs for years, but one of the major changes in the industry has to do with the increasing popularity of LED lighting over neon.
Using LED lighting creates almost no new restrictions when compared to neon lighting, but there are several reasons why the industry is trending toward LED lighting for new channel letter signs. The facts here represent a few of the reasons why you should consider using LED lighting for your channel letter sign.
- When compared to neon, LED signs have energy savings of up to forty percent. Running an LED sign is more cost efficient than running a neon sign.
- Installing an LED channel letter sign is less invasive than neon. LED uses smaller pass through holes, and therefore makes a smaller impact on your building.
- Neon signs are easily broken during transportation and installation. The side effect of a broken neon sign is expensive repairs and costly business delays. On the other hand, LED signs are extremely durable.
- LEDs are always “off the shelf” and can be installed in just a few minutes, even in the field, making installation, repair, and replacement quick and easy. Neon units must be handcrafted for every letter by an experienced neon bender. Repairs on neon can keep your sign out of service for weeks.
- LED retains brightness even in cold weather. Because neon signs contain mercury, their brightness can lower dramatically in temperatures below 35 degrees.
- Many new “Green Laws” are currently targeting neon. The mercury used in neon signs is hazardous to the environment. Using LED makes a smaller impact on the environment.
- The secondary power of LED is 12 volts. Neon runs up to 15,000 volts, which means that neon is more susceptible to problems which can cause fires. LED signs are safer than neon signs.
LED lit signs are lower maintenance, have a lower possibility of toxic leaks, and will cost less in terms of electricity bills. Even with the higher initial purchase price, using LED tends to save on overall costs in the long run because of higher durability and ease of repair. For all of the reasons above and more, LED signs tend to be a more practical choice than neon signs.