Sign & Digital Graphics

September '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • September 2018 • 21 ful in a number of different environments. "It can really be used in any indoor application, whether in the lobby of a hospital, directional signage in an airport, or P.O.P. edge lighting is incredibly ver- satile," says Parks. On top of that, it is an inexpensive option that dresses up a sign in an effective manner and, again, keeps the overall configuration simple. "Compared to other options," adds Huang, "edge lighting aesthetically looks nicer. From a fabrication side, it saves cost on the labor and materials, and it's also helping to make the sign much more even. Plus, wiring is much simpler." Advancements Technology frequently plays a part in how products can be improved in vari- ous settings. Even something as seem- ingly fundamental as edge lighting can be boosted to include state-of-the-art features. "We try to optimize the lighting per- formance and provide a turnkey solu- tion for the client—that's our forte," says Huang. "Sign fabricators like to make things on their own, they are so crafty and creative, but what we are doing is providing a turnkey solution. The acrylic in our products is an optical grade acrylic, it's a Mitsubishi brand. On the back of the acrylic, we etch a dot pattern. That dot pattern is the light guide technology. Those little sign dots reflect light to your eye so you see the light in uniformity." With this type of product, a viewer sees a finer, widely-spread light when standing close to the display, then as he or she moves away from it, the light grows in size and intensity. Principal LED's RGB Light Tape illu- minates this edge-lit restroom sign. (Images courtesy of Principal LED) The real benefit to adding edge lighting to a display is its ability to ramp up the overall look—especially with engraved acrylic signage.

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