Although the type of bulbs used in your car taillights or those in a stoplight might not interest you, they should. In recent years, advancements in science and technology have allowed LEDs, which previously held a minority of the market, to be installed in countless machines from cars to airplanes, but their most eye-catching use by far has been in the illumination of LED signs for businesses. Vivid colors and intense brightness make them ideal for attracting new customers, but what else makes them so special?
Known scientifically as light-emitting diodes, the light seen from LEDs is actually the result of released photons from excited electrons. Unlike traditional lights with circuits and wires, these modern alternatives can be powered with very little electricity. The US Department of Energys estimates that the highest-rated LED bulbs use about 75% less energy than traditional lighting options, and these savings can be directly reflected by your decreased monthly energy bill.
While the bulbs used for business signs in years past had a short life span and needed replacing on a regular basis, one LED light can last for 50,000 continuous hours. This all but eliminates the need for employees to maintain the lights on your business sign for over 13 years (depending on how many hours per day your sign is operational). Even though the upfront cost might first deter store owners from changing their traditional lighting system, in the long run, LED lights are far cheaper.
As an added benefit, unlike standard lights that will simply burn out when they have reached their expiration, LEDs will slowly fade, as the diodes can no longer output such high levels of light. This means the stress and inconvenience caused by a suddenly dark light or a missing letter in your business's name is a thing of the past since LEDs actually give you a warning of their impending failure.
As evidenced by their use in outdoor conditions, LEDs are able to withstand extreme temperatures and weather with little effect on their overall operation. This is great news for business owners looking for exterior signage and lighting options. Besides just weather, they are also resistant to shock and impact, making outdoor LED lighting the superior choice to any other system.
The final main benefit of LEDs for your sign is their ability to produce a wide range of colors, patterns, and effects. While traditional neon and fluorescent signs come in a limited spectrum of colors (with little room for flashes or animation), LEDs are individually programmable for a more eye-catching image.