LED Light Modules v Neon For Signs
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Feb 17 2011

LED Light Modules v Neon For Signs

Neon lighting is comparable to incandescent lighting in terms of power consumption and luminescent output, while LED lighting realises more power saving than fluorescent lighting, requiring in some cases only one-tenth the wattage for a similar light output to an equivalent neon sign.

Up to 30 percent of the United States energy budget is consumed by lighting, most of which is still being consumed by older, less efficient lighting. The use of newer technologies, such as LED lighting, can create brighter light sources with far less consumption of energy. In addition to superior efficiency, both of these new types of bulbs have much longer life spans than neon equivalents, reducing waste and the need for landfill space when they are no longer in service.

Furthermore, the “life span” of LED lighting is not measured traditionally to the point of failure but to the point where the light emitted reaches 70% of the original lumens. So in respect, the life of LEDS could and should exceed the estimate 50,000hrs by a considerable amount. Typical fluorescent lamps convert about 22% of the power input to visible white light, on the other hand LED lighting converts 50% or more of the power input into visible white light.

For decades the landmark sign at Gillette’s world shaving headquarters (the top of proctor and gamble’s south Boston manufacturing plant) has been running every night using 5000ft of neon tubing. Early 2010 Proctor and Gamble decided to convert the 16ft x 400ft sign to use LED modules. This would drastically improve the efficiency of the sign, cutting the annual running cost for $32,000 to only $5,000. This together with a grant of $56,000 from a Massachusetts gas & electricity utility ensures Proctor and Gamble a full payback in less than 3 years.

If every standard shop front light box in the US and UK was converted to use led modules it would have a huge positive impact on the environment. A Light box sign fitted with fluorescent tubes would have to be changed 6 times to match the life of LED modules, and would use 5 times more power. It really is only a matter of time before we all convert to LED.

Titan LEDs
Chatwood Road
Manchester, Greater Manchester M40 3LR
Phone: 07577932668
E-Mail: sales@titanleds.com
Website URL: www.titanleds.com

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