Sign & Digital Graphics

February '20

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5 4 • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 • S D G • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Ryan Fugler is a freelance writer and former editor of Wraps magazine. He can be reached at rnfugler@gmail.com with questions or comments. T he topic of borders is a hot one these days. It's shown prominently in the news and is being heavily debated. Though, all politics aside, it can generate a productive and straightforward discus- sion as well. Apply it to illuminated sig- nage and you've got a colorful, useful, highly attractive application that is a fit for many projects. This particular bor- der conversation revolves around LEDs, technology, and improvements. Lighting is an asset that sign users sometimes take for granted. Like elec- tricity in general, lighted signs are expected to work well without much concern. With LEDs now at the forefront of illuminated solutions, a lot of the wor- ries have been tempered. So, with this in mind, sign users should look to maximize their LED investments instead of simply installing them and leaving them as-is. Part of this vision includes using LED border tubing in an illuminated sign project, providing an excellent way to frame or enhance a sign. "LED border tubing can be used as borders around buildings and gas sta- tion awnings, to make letters or logos, or in exposed channel letters," says Colin Woodford, Marketing Manager, Specialty Lighting Division at GE Current, a Daintree Company. "It can be used any- where you've seen neon used in the past. It can also be used to accent signs." As Woodford suggests, there are several applications where LED border tubing is relevant. There are also many benefits to using border tubing in a job, as well as advancements that are making these products more practical in signage. Tube Applications When discussing LED modules, most professionals will immediately think of channel letters or cabinet signs. With border tubing, LEDs can be used in a variety of different ways; some that are outside of the traditional box. "Most applications for LED border tube use it to draw attention to itself, when you outline a building, parapet, canopy, free-standing signs and even channel letters," explains Joe Reis, director-L E D Signage, International Light Technologies. "You are adding visual impact to an existing component, in turn, drawing the viewer's attention." The sign's structure itself is some- thing that can be dramatically enhanced with border tubing. " LED tube lighting is a great architec- tural element that can not only be used to replace skeleton neon, but at interesting effects, like RGB and color chasing and Border Business Using LED border tubing in today's sign projects B Y R Y A N F U G L E R THE LED tubing has been designed to mimic neon in thickness and appearance. Image courtesy of Sloan LED.

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