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The twist from the fluorescent light to the LED light box sign
- 2019-06-17-
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The following is a tortuous process of fluorescent lamps turning to LED light box signs. It is well known that fluorescent lamps are initially a slender tube-mounted white light source with 360° viewing angle, high energy efficiency, and sales. The price is low. In the 1980s, fluorescent lamps were used in large quantities for commercial use. This new economical solution influenced the signage industry to produce large light box signage, poster light boxes, menu boards, canopy lighting and other applications. In a blink of an eye, in 2014, it was the turn of the LED.

Today, LED solutions are no longer new to the signage industry, they have become trusted and familiar friends. In the past decade, LEDs have slowly entered the core of the signage industry and stores, replacing a variety of lighting sources. LED products continue to increase their application areas and are gradually replacing the application of fluorescent lamps.

According to a survey conducted by global management consulting firm McKinsey's Zui, it is estimated that in 2016, the LED industry will grow from 10 billion in 2010 to 54 billion. Of course, most of its applications are outside the signage industry, but it is indeed a leap. The field of lighting is changing, consumer awareness and technology are constantly adapting to LEDs, which will lead to faster progress both inside and outside the signage industry.

Turning from a fluorescent light to an LED may be faster than a neon change. LED is a new technology when signage stores are transformed from neon lights. Today, sign manufacturers are familiar with LED technology and understand the many advantages of LEDs in general applications, making this conversion smoother.

In LED lighting, sign makers have become connoisseurs. They understand the monochromatic nature of LEDs, their viewing angles, and the advantages of choosing one color temperature instead of another.

Signagers learned a painful lesson during the recession, when many signage manufacturers were looking for ways to reduce costs and increase competitiveness. Some people use cheaper closed hard-shell LEDs, but soon found that various LED systems have different effects; reputable signage stores have stopped, using high-quality LED systems.

Cost Savings

The cost of an LED system is much higher than the cost of a fluorescent system; however, when the sign is considered as a whole, the cost difference is less noticeable.

As LED technology becomes more and more mainstream, costs will continue to decrease. Lower energy costs, longer warranty (5 years for LEDs, 90 days for fluorescent lights) and faster installation time ensure that you can see a return on investment within three years.

Easy to install

Compared to the new structure of the signage light box, the wiring of the ballast and the transformer during the installation of the fluorescent lamp takes more time because of the more complicated wiring, and the LED can Quickly wire the system. Some lighting manufacturers have created a look and feel that is like a fluorescent light replacement, inserting the luminaire into an existing outlet, like a patch based on the habits of fluorescent lights.

New productions can get a faster return on investment because LEDs are easier to install than fluorescent lights. Several manufacturers have created alternative systems for fluorescent lamps for a variety of signage applications. SloanLED offers a time-accelerated video on YouTube that shows that installing LEDs in large signage boxes is easier and less time-consuming than installing fluorescent lights.

Many lightbox LED solutions are designed for retrofit and new builds. These LEDs are durable and easy to transport; most systems can be installed using only common tools and are easy to retrofit; in addition, because the LED solution uses low voltage, it is safer to install.

Most LED solutions are custom made, suitable for cloud signage and unique shapes, and are easier to customize than fluorescent lights. For narrow position applications, the side-mounted LED system illuminates by hitting light onto the second surface.

Functional Appearance

Fluorescent lamps provide a 360° viewing angle with limited LED viewing angles. This makes LEDs ideal for single-sided lighting, such as poster light boxes, menu boards, canopies, wall lighting, and soffit lighting. LEDs only focus light where they are needed, saving energy.

Fluorescent lamps are available in daylight and cool white versions. Due to the frequent replacement of fluorescent lamps, the installer may have the wrong color, causing the sign to change color. In addition, aging fluorescent tubes can also change color. Fluorescent lamps have a scattered spectrum. After aging, the spectrum of the luminescence becomes more red or green.

LED luminaires have a more fused color luminescence spectrum that provides signmakers with a more vibrant solution that is easier to match the PMS (Pantong Color System) specification.

Aging and cold weather are big problems that affect the life of fluorescent tubes. Aging can cause the fluorescent tube to flicker until the zui is finally extinguished, and the cold weather increases the influence of aging. LED luminaires are gradually dimmed, which gives owners plenty of time to update signage without affecting business operations.

Environmentally friendly

Fluorescent lamps are more energy efficient than incandescent lamps, but there is still a gap between fluorescent lamps and LED lamps.

Comparing LED luminaires and fluorescent lamps, LEDs have a longer lifespan, no hazardous waste, and are easier to recycle. At the same time, LED solutions use low voltage and require less energy, which is not only an eco-friendly solution. The solution is also a candidate for use with solar panels.

"LEDs can be used for more cost-effective solar projects, and fluorescent lighting signs can't be done," said solar power company Stephanie Holloran. “Solar signage lighting systems have various types and sizes of interior lighting signs. Solar Power offers a wide range of solar signage lighting solutions tailored to each application and customer's needs.

Solar energy not only It's an environmentally friendly option, it also provides more flexibility, without worrying about whether it can be connected to a standard grid. The benefits of LEDs, including the absence of mercury, can be powered by solar energy, which makes the supporters of fluorescent lamps envious. "

Maintenance

LED technology is not only an environmentally friendly solution, but it also eliminates the need to replace the lamp frequently, greatly reducing maintenance costs.

Long life reduces the need for frequent access to signage, which is especially convenient for applications that are difficult to reach, such as tower doors, signage on high-rise buildings; and frequent maintenance of signage for those on the verge of damage A sign or a sign that needs to be replaced can also pose a risk.

Conclusion

The signage industry has a rich history as a creative industry. Now, with the advancement of LED technology, acrylic, digital media and vinyl materials, it is becoming more eclectic and more interesting. The addition of LEDs is just another step in making a signage.