Sign & Digital Graphics

October '14

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88 • October 2014 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ELECTRIC SIGNAGE getting the energy savings, the brightness and the color pop. The retrofits we're seeing are more of a complete remodel, plus many potential retrofits still have maintenance contracts," says Bonilla. Deeper Returns But of course not all situations are perfect for LEDs. Morgan Crook of EGL Lighting lends a note of caution regarding double-sided cabinet signs and LEDs since they're typically much deeper than single-sided signs. Depending on the depth of the sign, fluorescent is still a good choice if a suitable "false back" cannot be used. "If you have a single-faced cabinet that is the perfect depth so that the LEDs work out to be 6-12 inches from the face you are in great shape; the sign will look really good. If you happen to have 6-12 inches from the face on both sides, then double-sided LEDs can be a really good choice, or build it out using a single false back. If the double-faced sign is deeper than this it is easy enough to use a separate false back for each face on a double-faced sign, which can really This box cabinet sign project, built by Denver-based Colorado Sign Fabricators, is 24" deep with a double-sided Signbox ll (6500K) system from SloanLED and installed 12" on center. A single- sided strip was installed on the edge of the sign to illuminate the routed design. (Photo courtesy of MidWest Sign & Screen Supply) (Right) Channel letter customers are increasingly requesting thin- ner returns and thinner signs. Traditionally, signs were about 5" deep, but today jobs, such as this 2 1/2" example, call for a shal- lower return. (Image courtesy of Principal LED and Sign Source, Lima, Ohio)

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