Choosing the right LED’s to suit your needs
Real Savings can be made when using LED for illuminating your signs, however knowing the right questions to ask will be the difference between a significant saving or none.
To get the most energy efficiency using LED’s to light up your sign, it is important to work with your sign company to ensure the design an energy efficient sign and use quality LED’s with lensing to get the best outcome.
With the drop in cost to use LED illumination in your signage, it is important to understand that choosing LED illumination does not always automatically reduce your energy running costs.
The most important factor in reducing energy consumption costs is to design the sign in a way to use LED’s in the most economical way. For example light boxes which are very thin (less than 100mm deep), often use far more LED modules and transformers than light boxes which are 150mm deep or more. When needing to use additional LED’s for a thinner box, it can result in energy consumption similar to Fluorescent tubes.
To maximise energy savings, a deeper sign ( from 150mm) will allow you to use less but more powerful LED products. Choosing a shallow sign under 75mm can require lots of tiny lower brightness LED’s to avoid spotting on the surface, which general will cost more to make and can result in higher operating energy costs. ( Deeper is Cheaper)
We recently quoted a project for a client to retrofit their pylon sign with LED’s. Using Osram BoxLED products, we were able to offer them an Energy saving of $2,292 per annum compared to fluorescent tubes based on Dusk to Dawn operation. Further to this, the client was offered Osram’s standard 5 year warranty on LED and Transformers which also reduced potential maintenance costs with the peace of mind that Osram Lighting products are well supported throughout Australia.
In summary, to avoid any surprises, here is the top 4 things to ask your signage company when requesting a quote for your illuminated signage:
- An estimation of energy running costs– always make sure it includes how many hours a day it is based on
- How long is the warranty period?
- What is included in the warranty? Most warranties cover the lighting and power supplies. At Kingman if your sign fails within the warranty period we also include the labour. Specific on site access equipment or traffic management is not included in the warranty.
- Is the warranty subject to a specific amount of hours per day running time? Some warranties are for 24 hours a day and others are based on 8 hours running time per day. Knowing this will help you determine what will suit your business’s needs.