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Help Your LED Sign Survive the Elements

There are a number of advantages to LED signage, from low energy usage to high levels of visibility. One benefit that many people overlook is how durable LED signs are, and how easy they are to maintain.

Unlike neon signs, LED signs do not use fragile glass tubes that burn out quickly and can easily be broken. And unlike printed signs, the display will not fade due to weather exposure. In order to make your durable LED sign last even longer, however, there are several easy actions you can take to extend its life. Use these tips to keep your LED sign glowing bright in any weather.

sign-weather-enduranceUnplug Your Signs

Some of the signs at your gas station you will want to leave plugged in at all times, especially if you sell gas 24 hours a day. But if your station closes at night and you have LED signs that you can turn off, do so. And unplug them too. This saves you energy in the short-term, and in the long-term it spares your sign from having to do unnecessary work. Make a note on your opening and closing checklist reminding employees to take care of the signs.

Wipe Your Signs Down

Like all signs, LED signs collect dust and dirt over time. This is especially an issue if you use LED gas signs in a dry, sandy climate with a lot of particles in the air. Simply wiping the sign down regularly can help to remove a lot of this grime and restore visibility. For larger signs, use a long pole with a rag attached. Avoid using water or detergents. This technique is also handy if blowing snow collects on your LED sign.

Perform Preventative Checks

A disabled LED sign can have a serious effect on your business. It is always better to catch minor issues before they become major problems. Make a schedule for yourself, and routinely check over the equipment your sign uses. Look for wear and tear, weather damage, reduced performance, and increased electricity usage. If you do not have the means to fix a looming problem yourself, schedule professional maintenance.

Position Your Sign Carefully

There are a number of factors that dictate the position of your sign, the largest being the vantage point of your potential customers. But when selecting a location, keep maintenance in mind as well. Avoid selecting a spot where the sign is particularly vulnerable to harsh weather, where the internal computer is at risk of water damage, or where animals and insects may harm the sign. With a little foresight, you can avoid unnecessary damage.

For more tips on keeping your LED sign in perfect running order, consult with the company you purchased the sign from. They know this technology better than anyone, and they will have specific answers to all of your questions. Rely on their expertise to keep your sign in great shape all year long.

 

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