|LED avertising sign board repairs increase during winter|
LED signs, which are growing in popularity across the region because of their high energy efficiency and ability to broadcast multiple messages at once, can be repaired but oftentimes require replacement.
falling victim to colder temperatures that have hit the area and shocked electrical panels on overdrive because of shorter days and longer nights.
Most signs have a lifespan of five years and are very durable, but the weather does take a toll on them as they age. The newer ones typically survive the winter weather we receive, but those that are older than five years have a propensity to malfunction.
frigid temperatures, mostly in the 20s, is the main culprit for LED sign outages.
LED signs are comprised of thousands of tiny light bulbs that fit easily into an electrical circuit.
LED bulbs don’t have a filament that will burn out, but as individual pixels are charged with electricity and glide across the sign’s screen to form words and images, they generate warmth. Like all heat-producing objects, the bulbs can short when met with cold water,
“Air flow is key,” “As long as we don’t experience the winter weather we had last February – the ice, the snow, the craziness – we should be good this year.”
LED signs are becoming a more popular choice, because the federal Department of Energy reports their lights use 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs and last 25 times longer.
Plus, experts say the cost of operating LED signs is dropping dramatically.
“By far, the most important cost of lighting is the energy your lights consume, not the cost of your bulbs,” “Energy-efficient lighting is one of the best investments you can make – low risk, with very high payoff.”
“We also wanted to grab more attention to our business by displaying higher quality messages wirelessly though a laptop,”
spent four hours pulling images and designing messages to upload and has about 20 messages on rotation, each lasting about three to five seconds.
He said he changes the sign’s advertising each week on his laptop, using a computer program that lets him choose from a variety of backgrounds, colors, font sizes and images. He previews his new message before it displays outside.
Fields hasn’t encountered any problems with the sign, which comes with a 3-year warranty, parts and labor included, but said he has noticed an increase in calls for service.
“All machines that are mechanical or computerized are liable to malfunction every now and then, but the simplicity of using this program, makes it worth the risk,” he said, knocking on wood.