LED Signs: Fact or Fiction?
LED signs are popping up all over these days. You may have heard a lot things about LED signs, but sometimes it’s hard to sort through what’s true and what’s not to decide if LED is the way to go.
Here are a few common myths:
LED Signs Get Really Hot.
This is not true. On the other hand, you may have heard that LEDs don’t produce ANY heat. This is also not true.
They do generate conductive heat, but it’s more similar to computer screens than to traditional light bulbs – they emit far less heat.
LED Signs are Too Dull for Daytime Use.
False. Did you know that many traffic lights and other roadside sign displays are made with LEDs? These signs need to be seen at ALL times of the day, so they probably wouldn’t use LEDs if they weren’t visible enough for drivers to see during the day.
LED Signs aren’t Really Energy-Efficient.
Switching to an LED sign isn’t going to solve the world’s global warming crisis, but they do use much less energy and you will save more money on electricity than using halogen or incandescent bulbs.
LED Signs Last Forever.
Nothing lasts forever. Like almost everything else (except maybe a Twinkie), LEDs do have a shelf life, but it’s much longer than a regular bulb. The individual LEDs in signs are designed to last more than a decade with 24/7 use before they dim past the point of being useful.
LED Signs are Incredibly Cheap/Way Too Expensive.
Not necessarily true or false, it all depends on what exactly you’re looking for – there’s usually an LED option for every budget. But be wary of one that seems too inexpensive and too good to be true, you may be sacrificing some quality.
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