Lightboxes provide a vibrant way of displaying your business visuals, so that they really catch the eye of your customers. Display any image: a glossy advertising photograph of your latest product, an announcement of current special offers, a menu to entice passers-by outside a restaurant. Effectively a lightbox is graphic of any size that is backlit and encased in a unit. Because it is backlit it creates a visually dynamic effect which can be used even in low ambient lighting, to stand out clearly and glow appealingly.
With recent advances in LED technology, LED lightboxes are becoming more and more popular and have several significant advantages over the standard ones that use fluorescent lighting:
1. Power saving
LED lighting is extremely energy-efficient, using a fraction of the electricity of fluorescent lighting. This is an especially important concern with lightboxes, which are generally switched on for long periods of time, if not 24/7. This reduces the running costs of the light box considerably.
2. Long lasting
While fluorescent lighting has an estimated life-span of ten to fifteen thousand hours, LEDs last for an impressive thirty five to fifty thousand hours. This means that an LED lightbox can run for far longer than a fluorescent one without any need for maintenance and with no extra costs of replacement bulbs or tubes.
3. Carbon Footprint
In the current climate that expects businesses to look to their carbon footprint, reducing energy use is just one more step on the road to carbon neutral. LED lighting is ideal to use in conjunction with solar power so would be the perfect choice if you are aiming for a totally green business.
4. Slim line
Because LED light units are physically very small, the lightboxes can be equally slim, taking up less space and looking more elegant. This makes them suitable for use as decorative art displays as well as for advertising purposes.
Broken fluorescent tubes are a major health hazard, containing mercury among other heavy metals. They are problematic to dispose of safely too, without contaminating the environment. While lightboxes are less prone to breakages than household fluorescent tubes and CFLs, as there is a solid outer casing enclosing the light fittings, if safety or environmental pollution is a concern, choose LEDs instead. Not only do they last a whole lot longer, reducing the waste disposal load, but they are also a solid state light fitting, so are much tougher and less prone to breakage than glass-encased light bulbs or tubes.