What’s the Difference Between LED and Neon Signage?
In terms of the mechanics, LED signs and light sources are derived from a string of Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s) spaced far enough apart such that the light sources overlap each other, giving a constant glow, compared to the ‘flicker’ of neon lights.
Why are LED Neon better than traditional Neon?
- Lighter Electricity Use
LED Neon signs use about 15x less electricity than traditional neon signs. One foot of traditional Neon signage typically uses about 20 watts per hour of electricity. The same length and thickness of LED light as a neon tube, would use only 1.2 watts of electricity per hour.
Neon signs can be difficult to see at a distance with detail, especially at night, when signage looks bleary. LED Neon lights can be easily dimmed to your personal requirements, for day or night-time display, making for greater energy consumption control. Our personalised neon lights are more energy efficient whilst also being brighter. Configurable brightness makes for flexibility of display.
Individual, sturdy bulbs make it easy to maintain LED signs, without having to handle components that are hot to touch. Cleaning LED signs, on or off, simply requires a damp cloth. Neon signs need to be off and allowed to cool before cleaning. This means that you’ll have one less this to worry about, and can be exposed to people due to its safety and sturdiness even if it falls.
LED signs, on average have a 100,000+ hour (11 year) lifespan is they are consistently brightly lit, before needing replacement, compared to the average lifespan of a neon sign of 30,000 hours, during which time, their strength fades considerably. Traditional neon signs use fragile glass tubing, whereas LED bulbs are robust to the touch. LED neon signs are also waterproof and less prone to weather damage, potentially saving more where you are subject to extremes.
Custom made LED neon signs generate little heat and are safe to touch, unlike neon signs that become extremely hot when on. Neon risk potential shock hazards and furthermore, LED bulbs are durable, so if the sign gets broken, broken glass doesn’t become a hazard, unlike the delicate glass tubing of traditional neon signs.
- Energy Savings
LED's can save you up to 70% or more in energy costs; traditional neon signs run hotter and demand more energy. Glass neon uses 15,000 volts, compared to LED lighting using only 24 volts. LED is also low voltage (12 v) as opposed to high voltage neon (120v) i.e. LED signs use 1/20th the electricity of neon ones.