March 13, 2017 Westmount Signs

Neon vs LED Signs – Which Should You Choose?

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Are you looking to invest in a new sign for your business and you’re not sure which type to choose? Two of the more popular choices are Neon and LED signs. But which is the better choice? Here is a comparison of these two eye catching sign lighting choices. Based on six different categories. The categories are purchase price, power usage, maintenance, safety, brightness, and accessibility.


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Neon Vs LED Signs – A Quick Comparison

For a quick comparison of Neon vs LED signs, take a look at the chart below. At a glance, you can see which type excels in the 6 categories: purchase price, power usage, maintenance, safety, brightness, and accessibility.

Neon Vs LED Signs

The following is a more detailed analysis of the differences between neon and LED signs. Read our blog post entitled The Effectiveness of LED Lighting for Signs to learn more about the advantages of LED lighting.

1. Purchase Price

Neon Vs LED Signs

The initial pricing of neon and LED lights is comparable, although LED signs may be slightly cheaper. The prices will vary depending on the size and style of your choice.

2. Power Usage

Neon signs can use up to 5 to 10 times more power than LED signs. This makes it more costly to maintain over time. In this case, LED signs are a better choice in reducing your carbon footprint, and energy consumption.

3. Maintenance

LED signs are almost maintenance free and dramatically lower running costs. For neon signs, the neon tubes will need to have their gas filled after a period of time. This procedure is best done by a professional, and will require a maintenance fee. A transformer is required to easily hang your neon sign, which will typically last 5 to 7 years. The expected lifespan of a neon sign is between 8 – 15 years.

4. Safety

Neon signs use real glass tubing so there is always the potential for breakage. The mercury in neon signs is no more dangerous than what is presently used in run-of-the-mill fluorescent lights. LED signs do not contain detrimental materials like mercury or phosphor. There are no special treatments for disposal and they can be recycled easily. LED’s are shock proof and have very little heat emitted, which makes them absolutely safe to use.

5. Brightness

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Neon signs have a warmer, more aesthetically pleasing light than LED signs. On the other hand, LED lights are brighter and can be seen from a greater distance.

6. Accessibility

Neon signs can come in many colours and is flexible in design. They are reliable and can operate 24 hours a day to better serve your business. LED signs can be easily controlled by wireless modem & remote control. LED signs are a newer technology and they are increasing in popularity.

Westmount Signs & Printing Can Help You Create Your Perfect Sign!

Choosing which type of sign you want is a big decision; let the qualified staff at Westmount Signs & Printing step you through the selection process. If you would like your older lighting technology converted to the most modern LED lighting, come speak to the experts at Westmount Signs & Printing. We have the know-how, the latest equipment, and the experience to help make creating a new sign for your business a breeze. If you already have LED fixtures, our trained technicians can service and maintain them even if we didn’t install them. We have our own aerial lifts which make the installation and maintenance easy, even in those hard to reach spots.

Albert Schmidt

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