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Your business signage that proudly hangs outside your office is the first impression of your business. Therefore, a sign that’s worn out with burnt bulbs and dim lights is not the best way to make a great first impression. More than 50% of prospective customers say that poorly maintained business signs deter them from choosing a business. Don’t let that happen to you; consider an LED retrofit.

When it comes to illuminating your business signage, you can either use neon lights, fluorescent lights, or LEDs. Even though neon and fluorescent lights are reliable, LEDs have grabbed a lot of attention for their creative and colorful characteristics. Not only this, but an LED retrofit can provide your business with a plethora of advantages. By switching to LEDs, you can improve energy efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, improve the life-span of your business signs, and boost sales.

10 Reasons Why You Should LED Retrofit Your Business Signs

1. Better Energy Efficiency

LEDs provide more light for less electricity and last longer than neon and fluorescent bulbs. On the one hand, a 12.5-watt LED bulb provides light for 25,000 hours on an average, and on the other hand, a 15-watt fluorescent bulb lasts only 8,500 hours. A 60-watt incandescent bulb lasts even less, 1,000 hours on an average. Also, LEDs use 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs.

2. Low Maintenance Costs

By investing in LEDs, you can save a lot of money in frequent maintenance expenses. Along with an extended lifecycle, LEDs also come with product guarantee and greatly reduced maintenance costs. LED lights typically require maintenance only once every 5-10 years, as opposed to neon and fluorescent lights which require maintenance quarterly, semi-annually, or annually.

3. Significant Return on Investment (ROI)

When it comes to energy savings, LED lights save approximately $444 every year on electricity bills over other lights. Not only this, but an LED lighting system can recoup its cost in 2.2 years, a 46% ROI. If you include labor costs, the savings increase to $4,775 over a 10-year duration. Looking at the complete picture, and the LED-model can get you an overall ROI (including labor costs) of 30% or more.

4. Lower Environmental Impact

Unlike fluorescent lights which come with poisonous chemicals such as mercury, LED lights do not contain any harmful chemicals. Therefore, there’s no risk of chemical contamination of the environment when they’re disposed.

5. No Risk of Fire Hazard

Since LED lights function on very low voltage as compared to traditional incandescent bulbs or neon lights that run on 15,000 volts, the risk of a fire accident is minimal. Neon lights also use glass tubes that can break due to external shock. LED lights are made of epoxy lenses and not glass. Therefore, they are more resistant to breakage. They hardly produce any heat, further reducing the risk of fire hazards or burns.

6. Immediate Light

LED lights reach their full brightness as soon as you turn them on. They have no warm-up time, unlike CFL light bulbs. Especially during the cold winter months, LEDs light up instantly, whereas CFL lights flicker and take time to light up.

7. Easy Installation

If you’re planning to LED retrofit your business signs, don’t worry about the installation. The existing range of LED lighting systems for business signage comes with convenient installation provisions. The bulbs come with E27 threaded type holder, and the LED tubes can replace the existing neon tubes by removing the choke and adapter and redirecting the circuit to one end of the LED tube. Your signage partner will be able to complete the job in a snap!

8. Increased Visibility of Your Business

Since LED lights are brighter than neon or fluorescent lights, an LED retrofit business sign can lead to enhanced visibility of your business, especially during the gloomy and dark winter months. LEDs are less prone to failing which implies that your business will remain illuminated and visible to your prospective customers.

9. More Colors

Traditional signage lights require color filters to provide a certain hue. LED lights can emit different colors without adding any filters. This can lead to lower production costs and better efficiency.

10. A Variety of Signage Options

With LEDs, you can use any combination of lights to create different types of business signs such as color changes, digital flashes, and animations. You simply cannot get such versatility with fluorescent or neon lights. LEDs are made of distinct lights that can be programmed to fade, flash, or light up independently.


At Brady Signs, we’re a third-generation family business that’s served as a premier provider of business signage solutions throughout the North Central Ohio region and beyond for nearly 50 years.

Want to learn how we can convert your brand into a statement using our eye-catching signage for business? We’re here to talk.

Author: Ryan Brady
CFO at Brady Signs. Finance guy turned sign guy. Best move ever.

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