Sign & Digital Graphics

January '17

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • January 2017 • 23 can be used in over 100 configurations with a simple lens change or based upon how the product is wired." Sign Cabinet Modules What about larger backlit applica- tions like sign cabinets? While modules can do the job, they typically are labo- riously time consuming. In order to address this need a range of systems are available as fluorescent alternatives to illuminated sign boxes. In this instance understanding the application and loca- tion of the sign is critical to your back- lighting strategy. For large outdoor illuminated signs, it is recommended to use a dedicated sys- tem. A number of manufacturers have systems available, including GE, Sloan, US LED and many others. Many of the "new construction" systems are easy to assemble and install. For companies that are installation-based, many manufactur- ers offer LED systems that fit directly into T-12 sockets for sign retrofits and offer equal levels of illumination and even lighting on standard 12" centers. This year, U S L E D successfully launched its breakthrough TDX product for backlighting either retrofits or new- build cabinets. TDX covers up to 24" of stroke with 370 lumens per module and can evenly light applications from 3" to 18" depths (for recommended mod- ule spacing, visit www.usled.com). This product fulfills their engineering team's goal of developing a class-leading prod- uct, with cost, performance, reliability, and ease of installation as their primary objectives. According to U S L E D president John Allgood, "We've never been more excited about a product in our signage line up than TDX. Compare the total TDX option with any other backlight- ing cabinet solution and you're going to love TDX—a lot!" TDX is available pre-assembled on military grade aluminum extrusions in 4' lengths and in tube lengths for single or double-face applications. With supplied length-to-length connectors there is no need to survey for retrofits. Everything is easily configured in the field. US LED's patented quick-connect wiring system also makes the TDX system even more versatile and reliable. Bitro Group sells its Lattice2G dedi- cated cabinet system that is available in a single- or double-sided option. One advantage of this system is that is particu- larly easy to install in single-sided cabi- nets and it can be "rolled" out directly into the back of the sign, providing even illumination without the added labor of peeling and sticking modules. While true LED cabinet lighting solu- A reel of Qwik Tape Punch LED lights, part of the Qwik Connect System from Principal LED. (Image courtesy of Principal LED) With the Fastest CO 2 and Fiber Lasers on the Market Full Speed Ahead w w w. t r o t e c l a s e r. c o m • Processes 140 in./sec. • Faster pulse speeds for better quality • Engrave and cut a 3"x1" name plate in 11.7 seconds * * Calculation based on time to process 24"x12" sheet (96 plates) with 3 lines each.

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