Illuminated signs are fixtures of our modern city landscapes. It’s hard to imagine life without them! But few among us really stop to think about what it costs to keep those beacons alight 365 days a year.
Granted, sign lighting usually isn’t the biggest drain on your monthly expenses. Thanks to solid-state lighting, the overall energy footprint of electric signs is fairly insignificant.
Still, every illuminated sign you install at your locations does add to your overhead. We can help you keep those costs as low as possible ‒ without compromising on the beauty and effectiveness of your signage.
Here are several ways to reduce what you spend on operating your electric signs!
1. Optimize for Ideal Brightness
Think brighter is always better? Not quite.
According to the Lighting Research Center, many signs are designed to be far brighter than they need to be. Not only does this result in higher energy use, it also contributes to light pollution, which has an impact on all of our lives.
What’s more, signs that are too bright are actually ineffective ‒ or even offensive, Have you ever received complaints from the neighbours about brightness?
The level of illuminance should be such that your sign is readable, but not excessive. Both the International Sign Association (ISA) and the Lighting Research Centre have provided guidance on this matter.
Call a sign lighting professional for help fine-tuning signs at your location. Not only could it reduce your hydro bill, but it’ll ensure your sign gets noticed for the right reasons!
2. Get an Energy-Saving LED Retrofit
The promise of brighter, more efficient LEDs has encouraged their use in all sorts of outdoor lighting applications, including parking lot lighting and backlit signs.
In fact, sign manufacturers have been leaders in championing the adoption of LEDs! By the time LED lamps became widely available in the mid-2000s, we’d already been using solid-state lighting for over a decade.
Today, LED lighting is often the single most energy-efficient options available for commercial signage by far. LED bulbs last 25 longer and use 75% less energy than fluorescent bulbs.
Not ready to replace your signage outright? We can retrofit your single or double-sided sign cabinets on-site. Call us to get an LED sign retrofit quotation!
3. Install Illuminated Sign Controls
Chances are, you’ve got some type of automated control system for your exterior lighting already, like an on/off timer based on the time of day. But what about your illuminated signage?
Lighting controls have been proven to reduce lighting energy consumption by as much as 70%. If your set-up isn’t hardwired for this kind of automation, you could benefit from a wireless control system that can relay commands between signs, sensors and controllers.
4. Be Proactive About Maintenance
You wouldn’t wait until something goes catastrophically wrong to get your car serviced, would you? Don’t let it happen to your illuminated signage either! Preventative maintenance is crucial.
Treat your signage as an investment, The more you keep up with scheduled service, the longer your sign is likely to last ‒ and the less likely it is incur unexpected repair costs. Proactive maintenance could save you a lot of money over the course of its lifetime.
As an added bonus, Sign LITE provides our customers with our innovative Night Watch program at no extra cost! This involves a regular, after dark inspection of your location and a next day report of any locations that need attention. It’s the easiest way to identify quick repairs before unnecessary (and often costly) problems develop!
We repair and service outdoor electric signs for all businesses at competitive rates. Contact us to book your service appointment today!
5. Keep Your Sign Squeaky Clean
This is one of the simplest and fastest ways to cut your costs down a notch, Obviously, a sign that’s covered in dirt, grime and cobwebs doesn’t shine nearly as bright as it should!
By some estimates, cleaning up your outdoor lighting (including illuminated signage) van make them 20-30% brighter at no additional cost whatsoever.
Always follow the steps outlined in your sign’s maintenance manual when it comes to cleaning. Be careful, as the surface could suffer damage from certain cleaning chemicals. When in doubt, just contact a sign lighting service professional!
Your sign is the first impression of your business. A well-functioning, energy-efficient sign is money in the bank! To learn more about keeping your sign at its best, contact the service professionals at Sign LITE today.