Sign & Digital Graphics

April '17

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ELECTRIC SIGNAGE S I G N C A B I N E T S The Life of the Assessing the benefits of sign cabinets in today's market B Y R Y A N F U G L E R Ryan Fugler is a free- lance writer and for- mer editor of Wraps magazine. He can be reached at rnfugler@ with ques- tions or comments. 22 • April 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Lighted Sign Research is important prior to installation to ensure spacing and depth is accurate. (Image courtesy of Principal LED) R ecall, if you can, the first time you checked under the hood of a car. What did you see underneath the attractive paint and protective, contoured metal? To a young kid it probably looked like a mish-mash of random parts that you assumed somehow worked together to make the vehicle go. To the uninitiated, looking at the innards of an electric sign cabinet can be just as confusing as that young kid's first peek at a small-block V8 Hemi engine—a network of closely operating components meant to bring light to this particular display. But to sign profes- sionals—especially those in the electri- cal sign market—the same view can be like a work of art. And it's the core of the lighting ele- ments in a sign cabinet that makes it perform most effectively. For sure there's more than one way to light a cabinet sign, but the one that is becoming more and more ubiquitous is LEDs. Specific to LEDs, much technology has been upgraded to allow sign cabinets to look attractive but also run efficiently. Factors such as product life, brightness, size and affordability have been adjusted in recent years to better fit with sign projects. This is a benefit to sign makers, but also creates a challenge to keep up with all the improvements, and to know what's available on the market. "Remember our sign industry has no standards for performance, brightness, life cycle benefits and costs, energy con- sumption, etc., so the burden is on the sign shop to get educated," says Fritz Grid-type LED solutions are being found in several locations today, especially among national chains. (Images courtesy of Bitro Group)

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