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LED Lighting Vs. Neon

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Neon Sign vs. LED Sign – What’s the difference?

One of the best ways to attract attention to your business is having a brightly colored and well-lit sign outside to draw people in. We as a species are visual by nature and if you can catch our eye you are more likely to garner our business. While neon signs have traditionally been the frontrunner when it comes to business advertising, the LED market is becoming more popular.

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The most obvious differences between LED and neon lighting is that neon lighting comes in a hand crafted glass tube. The light is created from reactions with an inert gas that emit a fluorescent color due to the release of energy. Neon tubes are beautifully crafted but they are very fragile and there is a risk of damage to the tube if handled incorrectly.

LED

LED lights and signs are created using light emitting diodes (LEDs) which are strung closely together so that the light they emit overlaps and creates a steady source of light. LED signs are usually lighter and more protected than neon lights as LEDs are often wrapped in their own polymer jacket to protect each diode from external damage. Also, the lifespan of LED’s is much longer than neon, 10 times longer.

Energy efficiency

If you are looking for the most energy efficient lighting or signage option then LED uses much less power than a neon light. Neon bulbs need 15,000 volts to run while LEDs need just 24 volts. If you are thinking about a large outdoor display and contemplating LED or neon then this means a huge saving in running costs if you were to opt for an LED display.

Cost

The following graphic shows the cost difference over time in electrical use between LED and neon signs.

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Summary

There used to be a big difference in illumination ability between the two but over the last several years the advancements made to LED brightness has made that negligible. For that reason we recommend LED’s for your sign illumination. Easier to install, less power to run, not as brittle and fragile.

Our Sign Shop is Growing!

So… we just put the deposit down for our new CNC router and now we have a problem. Where are we going to put this beautiful, new piece of sign making equipment? I guess its chaos until the storm of making room for the 4′ x 8′ table gets completed.  BTW, CNC stands for computerized numerical control and allows us to cut wood, plex, metal to exact specifications. It will free up our creativity and ability to get your signs done on time and in budget!

Attention Getters in the News!

Kevin and Tracey were interviewed today at Attention Getters by Steve Luke with NBC 7 San Diego for a story about the upcoming tax reform for businesses. Something that doesn’t happen everyday, its great to be on TV!

He gave us a good plug about our biz and the printers we use.  Sometimes the day brings wonderful surprises.

 

Tracey on NBC 7

Getting Your Sign Permitted

One of the intimidating aspects of getting signage for your business is the sign permitting process. All the requirements and drawings that are needed can feel like your chasing after an uncatchable rabbit. Here is a short video showing some of the process and hopefully can help you get past the feelings of frustration before they happen. Or better still, bring your sign project to us and we’ll take care of the whole thing!

 

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Fifty Signs in Twenty Seconds!

A short video showing our flat bed printer at work. We love being able to help our clients that are in a time crunch! In this case we were able to print 100 4′ x 8′ coroplast signs in 3 days and make their deadline.

What Makes a Good Sign?

Having spent over 30 years making signs I have found it very easy to spot bad signs, but what makes a good sign? Everyone knows a bad sign when they see it, but what works in making a good sign? First off it has to be readable! Too many signs are designed trying to be cool or hip and the fonts used and graphics incorporated make it impossible to read from any distance. Remember you want your sign to tell people exactly what you do and your offer in a very clear manner. To do that lets go over some of the basics.

1.Use easy to read fonts! If a fancy font is part of your logo fine, but for your message use sans serif type as in helvetica, ariel, or any other easy to read font. Don’t use swirly brush script type fonts to tell your message. They are difficult to read quickly. Legibility is king!

Download a Visibility Chart here!

2. Use a contrasting color combination. Black on yellow, red on yellow. Avoid brown on green or any combination that doesn’t give good contrast and remember that just because it looks good on your letterhead doesn’t mean it will make a good sign.

3. Make sure the size of your sign and lettering is readable to your audience. If it needs to be read from the freeway it has to be considerably larger than if it needs to be seen by people walking by.

4. Experts agree that when it comes to signs, less is better. Seven words or fewer, and no more than three elements per sign.

Your sign should quickly and clearly state three important points:

Who you are — your company name and identity

What you do — this section usually highlights your industry or trade, and is given the greatest prominence

How well you do it — a short slogan or company motto might be used in this area

5. Think in pictures. Graphics and pictures are still worth a thousand words! A picture of a mouth–watering cake may make a greater impact on potential customers than any slogans about baking the best cakes in the county.

There you go, some basics to help you communicate your message to your audience to get return on investment! Of course you can always bring your sign needs to us and we will make sure you get an Attention Getter!

Why the Logo From Your Website Won’t Work for Your Banner

We are asked by clients from time to time to get their logo from the their website to use for their banner, sign, retractable banner stand or feather banner. Here is why that doesn’t work.

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