LED Sign Retrofits: Five Reasons to Upgrade Today

There are many advantages to retrofitting commercial signage to LED technology, including energy cost savings and a lower environmental impact. Here are five reasons to consider an LED sign retrofit for your business today: 

1. Energy efficiency = cost savings 

It’s no secret that LED technology is more energy-efficient than its traditional fluorescent counterpart. LED signs use up to 80% less energy than fluorescent and neon signs. Investing in an LED sign retrofit means your signage energy costs will be just a fraction of what they were previously. Our customers often note this substantial savings is seen almost immediately, quickly cancelling out the cost of the signage retrofit. 

2. BC Hydro Rebates = faster ROI 

We work with our customers and complete the paperwork for rebates through BC Hydro to ensure our customers get the best rebates possible for LED lighting conversions, including LED signage retrofits. This means in addition to substantial savings through lower energy bills, and customers see a faster ROI on LED sign retrofits. 

3. Longer lifespan = less maintenance 

Did you know that LED signs last exponentially longer than their traditional alternatives? Incandescent bulbs last up to 1000 hours and fluorescent bulbs last up to 10,000 hours, whereas LED bulbs last anywhere from 30,000 hours to 50,000 hours. Therefore one of the biggest cost advantages of investing in LED sign retrofits – aside from substantial energy savings – is through the long life span of LEDs. This means less maintenance, fewer repairs, and lower replacement costs than the shorter life span of fluorescent and neon signage. LED signs are also extremely durable, making them suitable for indoor and outdoor signage. They have sturdy, weather-resistant components, and they will never burn out suddenly. Instead, they dim over time, which allows you to plan for maintenance rather than emergency repairs.

4. Brighter and more even illumination = better exposure 

LED signage means brighter and more consistent illumination when done by qualified installers. This creates a better aesthetic and makes the signage easy to see from up close and from a distance. At Relight, we also offer LED signage with dimming controls, which allows you to configure the brightness of your signage. This brighter and even illumination provided by LED signage means no warm-up time, even in winter conditions. It’s far superior to “flickering” neon lights and fluorescent technology, which takes time to achieve full brightness. 

5. No harmful components = lower environmental impact 

One of the most significant benefits of upgrading to LED signage is that LED lights are 100% recyclable. They have far less environmental impact than fluorescent signs, which contain harmful chemicals such as mercury. With a much shorter lifespan than LEDs, fluorescent lightbulbs cause considerable waste, chemical contamination, and harm to the environment when disposed of. Compared to fluorescent and neon technology, LED signage also runs on lower voltage, meaning there is less chance of environmental damage due to fires. 

At Relight, we have been helping businesses upgrade to LED signage for over seven years; in fact, LED signage is at the heart of our business. We keep up to date on the latest LED technology, as well as the latest sign and installation technologies allowing us to ensure our customers get the best value out of LED sign retrofits. We employ qualified installers and work closely with BC Hydro so customers can see the quickest return on investment. Contact us today for your free quote! 

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