High quality LED and fluorescent signage products are both capable of producing in excess of 100 lumens per watt, meaning they will produce a great deal of light while using very little power. This translates to much lower monthly energy bills, even if your sign is on for 18 hours a day (LEDs can really cut costs when we consider durability and replacement costs, but more on that in a minute.) Neon lights, in comparison, typically produce between 10 and 60 lumens per watt, meaning they require much more power to generate the same amount of light.
Both neon and fluorescent luminaires are made with fragile glass parts, and fluorescent lights contain an added danger in the form of mercury. Exposure to this highly toxic heavy metal is associated with a wide range of neurological, behavioral, and nervous system disorders. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends special handling to prevent mercury exposure should you accidentally break a fluorescent luminaire. Consider what this means with millions of people around the world dumping fluorescent lamps into landfills; the mercury from just one household bulb can contaminate 6,000 gallons of water! LED lights contain no breakable glass parts and no toxic mercury to worry about. Further, they remain cool to the touch even after several hours of use, unlike neon and fluorescents.
LED lighting is widely known for brightness and clarity, making it easy to read at greater distance or even in direct sunlight. Customization is also easy – LEDs are dimmable, and can easily be programmed or controlled via remote. RGB/multicolor LEDs are now widely available as well, adding dramatic emphasis to your brand image. Neon signs tend to look blurry from far away, and it can be rather expensive to produce neon lights for larger applications. Fluorescent lighting is notoriously uneven, and is prone to noticeable flickering. Detractors often refer to it as “cold” or “artificial”.
Considering all of these factors, it is easy to see why most business owners today choose LED lighting for commercial signage. LEDs produce bright, direct light that shines evenly across the entire surface of your sign, and is clearly visible from great distance. Highly efficient technology means you will save on energy and maintenance costs for years to come, and there are no toxic ingredients to worry about.