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Thursday, May 31, 2018

The 1, 2, 3 on LEDs

3 Quick tips to remember the next time you're considering LEDs.

1. Not all LEDs are cre­at­ed equal

  • Due to a low cost of entry into LED mod­ule indus­try, the mar­ket has been flood­ed with low-cost, low per­form­ing LED prod­ucts that are not opti­mized or test­ed for effec­tive out­door sign applications.
  • Our team has test­ed many LED brands and providers over the years but we have 1 to 2 pre­ferred brands that pro­vide a high­er qual­i­ty, high­est per­form­ing LED illu­mi­na­tion for our client’s needs. 
  • A qual­i­ty LED prod­uct should last 50,000 hours or longer. 
  • Remem­ber, you get what you pay for.

2. White vs Col­or (RGB)

  • Today, RGB LEDs are only 10-20% high­er priced than white LEDs due to the con­troller. This was not always the case, as with new tech­nolo­gies pric­ing has come down substantially.
  • Col­or can real­ly trans­form any sign instal­la­tion to some­thing more cre­ative, dynam­ic and interesting.
  • LED illu­mi­na­tion does not dim in cold weath­er and per­forms well in extreme cold, unlike tra­di­tion­al flu­o­res­cent lighting.

3. Tech­nol­o­gy

  • LED tech­nol­o­gy can replace neon and flu­o­res­cent in exist­ing signs. They are also envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly as there is no mer­cury like in neon and some fluorescent.
  • No glass means LEDs are resis­tant to shock and breakage.
  • Today, using LED results in ener­gy sav­ings as high as 7x over tra­di­tion­al lighting.

Won­der­ing if LEDs will pay off in your application? 

Check out our partner’s Ener­gy Cal­cu­la­tor and ROI Cal­cu­la­tor here.