Sign & Digital Graphics

Recognized Supplier Guide ’19

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16 • March 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ELECTRIC SIGNAGE C lick, click, click, buzzzzzzz. Listen closely and you'll find that could be the sound of a florescent tube light powering on. There's so much effort in the background—as all elements work together within the tube—ultimately creating illumination. Sometimes a slight flicker may occur, and through time per- haps a dark mark appears at one end of the tube. These characteristics are com- mon to this type of lighting, and in many cases problematic as part of a sign project. In signage that employs this type of lighting, such as sign cabinets, other solu- E L E C T R I C S I G N A G E R E T R O F I T S How to approach an LED retrofit project for fluorescent bulbs 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@ gmail.com with ques- tions or comments. Reasons to Retrofit Fluorescent Tubes • Lower maintenance costs/time • Reduce waste from old bulbs • Lower energy costs • More light distribution options tions exist to help improve the brightness and overall efficiency of the sign. The answer is the LED, and it continues to play a major role in not only new sign projects but retrofit jobs that replace tube lights with high-performance diodes. "Five years ago, pre-fabricated LED Bars offered by LED manufacturers that use the existing lamp sockets or raceway for mounting, were still very expensive," recalls Michael Kerber, Director of LED Development at Grimco. "But as costs for these LED bars have become more affordable, the market has shifted more

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