Business signage is an important part of your advertising budget and you want to make the right decision. Business Art DeSigns assembled a list of the most important differences of LED signs versus neon signs.
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Pricing. Typically, there is not a significant difference in pricing when purchasing either type of lighted sign, although LED is often a little cheaper. However, when you compare the overall cost of purchase, maintenance, and operation of LED signs versus neon signs, the difference then becomes sizable.
Space usage. This may not be a big deal for some businesses, but LED signs are 1/3 to 1/5 the thickness of neon signs. Because neon is a little more bulky than LED lights, neon signs tend to be a little wide and taller than its LED counterparts. That usually is not an issue for most business owners hanging signs in their windows or walls. The biggest difference is in depth. An LED sign will only be 1 inch thick whereas a neon sign will most likely be 3-5 inches deep because the the glass tubing must extend away from its backing.
Shipping and installation. Because LED signs are thinner than neon signs, they are also lighter. This makes them easier to ship and install.
Brightness. One of the most important features of LED signs is their brightness and clarity. LED technology produces a sign that is very bright yet clear and easy to read from a distance. Neon signs, however, tend to look a little blurry at a distance. Therefore, the clear glow of an LED sign is more appealing to customers and leaves a clear image in their mind as they drive by your business. And, LED signs are bright and easy to see even in direct sunlight, whereas it can be hard to tell if a neon sign is on in the daylight.
Green friendly. LED signs and lighting use less power. LED signs use only 10 watts of power—that’s 6-10 times less than comparable neon signs. This low-power consumption also makes LED signs safe and cool to the touch. What that means for you is money saved for operating your LED signs. Also, unlike neon, LED signs do not leak toxic gases (like argon and mercury). Neon signs slowly leak their gases out, which is why you sometimes see neon signs flickering or with part of the sign out.
Maintenance. LED signs have virtually no maintenance. There are no gases, no glass tubes, no argon or mercury problems and LED lights don’t run out. LED lights are small extremely bright lights (LED stands for light-emitting diodes). Neon signs will eventually lose all of the neon inside the glass tubes which means you have to replace the gas by taking it to professional neon sign manufacturer or buying a new sign. Another added bonus of LED signs—they are easier to clean than neon signs because there are no tubes to clean off (and those tubes get hot!). LED signs are also very durable and last up to 100,000 hours, even if they’re on 24/7.
Animation Capable: LED business signs are capable of flashing and animation options. Because they are made of many separate lights, certain LED signs can offer more animation options than their neon sign counterparts. Also, many are available in your choice of custom colors to match your business’s unique style and personality.