Before purchasing a LED sign, used in advertising your business, it’s recommended to inform yourself about the various technologies used in building them and the difference in quality, so you can make a proper decision.
To cover the basics, LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode. In essence, it can be viewed as a very small light bulb. The main discrepancy between them and incandescent light bulbs is they are more energy efficient, last far longer and don’t have a filament. In traditional light bulbs, the filament is where the light is generated, when electrical current passes through. But besides light, there is also a lot of heat being produced, as anyone who’s ever touched a functioning light bulb could tell you. Considering the only scope of a light bulb is to produce light, then there is a lot of energy wasted in traditional light bulbs and there’s no way around that when using this type of lighting.
Since LED lighting has no filaments, all of the electricity goes towards producing light, making them extremely efficient, so they won’t break the bank when it comes to costs. Older neon or fluorescent signs can rack up the electric bill of at least $500 a month and the bulbs also had to be changed each month, meaning an additional $200 expense. The costs, when running an LED sign, can drop down to $50, which is a massive difference. Combine that with the fact that most LEDs can last up to 11 years or 100.000 hours, to be more precise, and you won’t have to worry electrical costs for a long time, allowing you to invest in other areas of your business or your personal life.
The three most used terms in the LED manufacturing industry are pixel, pitch and matrix. A pixel is composed of a group of individual LEDs, whose number can vary from one up to more than 20. The major factor that determines their number is the pitch, also known as the distance between the centers of two adjacent pixels. A smaller distance means the image quality will be higher. The matrix establishes the actual dimensions of the LED sign, expressed by the number of pixels vertically and horizontally. For example, if an LED sign has 32 pixels on the Y scale and 116 on the X scale, the matrix will be 32×116.
There are two main types of LED signs available for purchase: color and monochrome. Depending on your needs, what you’re selling and how much you’re willing to spend on it, one is more suitable than the other. Besides that, the most important determinant that affects their price and their quality is not their actual size, but the number of LEDs in a single pixel, just like the number of cylinders in your car’s engine affects its power output.
When you’ve decided that an LED sign is what your business needs, make sure the ones you are ordering them from are experts at sizing, installing and programming them. RealLED, located in Toronto, is one such expert.
Contact RealLED for more information at http://realled.ca/