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How To Maintain LED Signs: 5 Tips For Longer Service Life

How To Maintain LED Signs: 5 Tips For Longer Service Life

The industry standard for the lifespan of modern LEDs is 100,000 hours, or about 10 years. But in order to max out your LED signs’ service life and see the highest return on investment, you’ll need to practice proper maintenance.

Don’t worry—LED sign upkeep is easy, and the team at Horizon Sign Company is here to help.

Read on to learn 5 tips to keep your LED signs looking great for longer, or call (314)-726-5500 to speak directly with a qualified sign expert in St. Louis, MO.

How To Maintain LED Signs: 5 Tips For Longer Service Life

1.    Avoid Problematic LED Sign Placements

When selecting your LED sign installation area, try to avoid:

  • Hanging LED signs within arms’ reach of passersby—Not only does this make your sign prone to obstruction from passing customers, but it also increases the risks of wear-and-tear.
  • Hanging LED signs in areas with high humidity—LED signs hold up well in fairly humid conditions, but if the relative humidity (RH) exceeds 65%, you risk moisture damage on LED screens. Avoid mounting them near gas heaters, cooking appliances, bathrooms, sinks, and plumbing pipes.
  • Hanging LED signs near vents or air conditioners—Doing so can expose your LED signs to high levels of dust and condensation run-off, which can interfere with internal components in some situations.

2.    Dust Your LED Signs Regularly

Most LED signs are made using durable polymer tubes, which stand up very well to handling and regular cleaning. Don’t worry about washing your LED signs, but dust them often, as you would with any electronics.

Dusting is especially important if your LED sign is installed somewhere with fairly high humidity or exposure to water, since it only takes a touch of moisture to turn dust into an unsightly gray-black sludge, which, while physically harmless, can hurt your brand image.

3.    Dehumidify Your LED Sign Display Area When Necessary

If the relative humidity of your LED sign display area exceeds 65%, you should try to dehumidify the space by turning on the air conditioner or using a desiccant to remove some moisture from the air.

4.    Wipe Down Your LED Sign If It Gets Wet

While many modern LED signs are water-resistant and rated for outdoor use, thanks to special acrylic boxes and other protective hardware, it’s still a good idea to wipe them down regularly, as this will eliminate any chance of moisture slipping past the seal and getting into the more sensitive electronic components. Be sure to unplug or switch off your sign before you get to work.

5.    Turn Your LED Sign Off Occasionally

LED signs can be run 24/7 for years, but it’s still a good idea to give them a break whenever possible. The more downtime they get, the longer they’ll last. If your business doesn’t operate at night, for example, and your location doesn’t get enough nighttime traffic to justify off-hours branding, make sure to switch off your sign as part of your closing routine, or use an automatic timer.

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  • Maplewood
  • Rock Hill
  • Webster Groves
  • Clayton, and beyond

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