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 • 23 both the sign maker and end user feel comfortable, however, both parties should learn about any local or federal rules. "Energy savings with most L E D s today are far superior to conventional options," Meyne says. "However, there are some stringent WPF requirements in states like California, as an example, so that always needs to be understood." Enter the Real World It always helps to hear about actual examples when talking about potential projects that involve electrical compo- nents and general fabrication. When analyzing projects on the market and how they are assembled, sign makers can apply the fundamentals and add their own personal touches. Reis recalls a monument sign job for Boston Scientific. "Edge illumination was the only application that would work to illuminate a one-inch thick by four- foot-tall by 24-foot-wide curved acrylic monument sign," he recalls. For projects that include edge light- ing, Reis describes the process from a sign maker's perspective. "Usually the sign makers would ask the LED manu- facturer to suggest a product to cor- rectly illuminate their sign cabinet," he explains. "As an LED manufacturer, I look at the sign makers application and sug- gest the proper product for the desired illumination." As mentioned earlier, the tradeshow world is where many edge-lit applica- tions can be seen. Principal LED recently used this type of lighting as an attention- grabbing element at its booth at a high- profile event. "Our trade show booth at ISA 2018 featured an edge-lit acrylic monu- ment," says Kayla Kling, a member of Principal LED's marketing team. "We used P-LED's high-density Light Tape 600 to light it, and it turned out beauti- fully. Show attendees walked up to it in wonder, asking how it was lit. The piece was a great conversation starter." Describing the process of creating an effective edge lit display, Parks explains, "The LEDs need to point toward the sign, so sign makers need to etch a groove along the edges of the sign so the LEDs can lay flush and face inward." Another way to achieve this look is to mount the lights externally to the frame and point them inward. "This second option lets you bypass etching a groove, since the LEDs are housed—and hid- den—inside the frame instead," Parks concludes. Sign makers should know that they have choices with these displays. There are ways to set projects apart using even the slightest alterations. And of course, don't overthink things. SDG LED options only get better relative to performance/ illumination, white K temp options, colors and even RGB." 2018 CES Innovation Award Honoree RICOH Ri 100 PRINT CUSTOM APPAREL ANYWHERE Everything you need to print custom apparel! Introducing the RICOH Ri 100: The low cost, simple, comprehensive direct-to-garment printing system and 2018 CES Innovation Award Honoree in Computer Peripherals category. START YOUR CUSTOM T-SHIRT PRINTING SERVICE IN A SNAP EASY-TO-USE PRINTING PROCESS LOW-COST INITIAL EQUIPMENT INVESTMENT Call or go to to find out more about the lowest priced DTG printer on the market! 855.863.1638 SEE IT IN ACTION AT NBM, Indianapolis September 13 - 15 Graph Expo, Chicago September 30 - October 2

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