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Convert your Sign from Fluorescent to LED

Posted by Frank Murch | Jun 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

LED RETROFIT FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENT SIGNAGE. Having an older sign, such as a monument, or a pylon sign, is a pricey investment. And it may be obsolete if it is setup for fluorescent lighting. But if the rest of the sign looks good, it's a great candidate for a retrofit. There are many advantages:

  • Sign maintenance costs will be dramatically reduced. LED signs have a long life and the power supplies last an extremely long time. When dealing with older signs, we see failures at the start: wiring pulls apart, infant failures in the solid state power supplies, and so on. Once the new LED system is installed, it's common to go a year without needing to touch it. And after 5 years, rarely needing maintenance is very common.
  • Energy costs are reduced by up to 85%. It depends on the cost of electricity in your area, but LEDs typically spend 1/7th of the amount of electricity, compared to other bulbs.
  • LEDs are much safer. They don’t break apart or release toxic gasses and powder, and the voltages are 12V DC (very safe).
  • The results are brighter. The number of LEDs really determines this, but generally LED sign looks brighter, attracts more attention, and makes you more money. Often, the difference in brightness it is dramatic.

Should you convert a fluorescent double-face pylon and other fluorescent signage to LED lighting? Normally the answer is YES. The energy and maintenance costs savings are accumulative, so the payback is the cost to retrofit / the savings. A 5 year payback is common.

Want to get an estimate? Give us a call. Signs for San Diego makes signs with LED lighting every day. We do a lot of retrofits for customers that are looking at a “repair or replace” an older electric sign. Let's get started!

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Whether you need a channel letter set, a monument signs, ADA signs, wayfinding signs, lobby signs, or any other type of commercial building signage, we can help! Signs for San Diego is the best sign company for building signs.


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