Sign & Digital Graphics

March '20

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3 0 • M A R C H 2 0 2 0 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Environment Again, halo-lit signage can be used in both indoor and outdoor environments; but it can also be deployed during day- time as well as nighttime. "They are great when it is desired for the letter to light at night, but the desire during daylight is for the letter to be a specific metal, like bronze, copper, etc. or a specific architectural look," says Camp. Because the effect of the light is more subtle than more traditional lighting techniques, the daylight does not impact the overall effect of the signage. Problems Create Solutions Technology has been a huge driver in advancing the LED market, which in turn, has developed a need for halo-lit signage. As is typical with advancements in any industry, a problem is recognized and a solution is developed. Illuminated signage is not without its challenges. There could be electrical failures, manu- facturing or installation imprecision, or other obstacles to hurdle. With halo-lit signage, many of these problems have been addressed, as highlighted here: PROBLEM: Neon came first and is a tradi- tional lighting method. SOLUTION: LED provides more versatility, efficiency and overall benefits. Some businesses or potential custom- ers will still cite the fact that they always use neon, and they enjoy the look of it which can't be matched. Never mind that it is less efficient and bulkier than its LED rival. Neon is delicate, and it doesn't take much to break a bulb or tube when han- dling it. "Neon damage in shipping was always a nightmare," says Husk. "LEDs allow for a shallower application as well. With neon, you always had to worry about grounding in shallow two to three-inch deep letters." The versatility and ability of LEDs to fit in tighter spaces to create a sleeker look is unmatched. This has led to more Having the appropriate background against halo-lit channel letters will ensure the effects of the sign are not lost. Image courtesy of SDS Automation. Kip Husk at Husk Signs says, "We have used color-changing LEDs, as well as front-lit and halo-lit on the same letters, for a very cool look for character." Image courtesy of Husk Signs. Letters can be made from various materials in a number of different sizes and styles. Image courtesy of SDS Automation. According to James Cross of SDS Automa- tion, "newer, precision manufactured bend- ing machines like the ChannelBender Series from SDS Automation are so precise, the letter faces do not require flush-trimming." Image courtesy of SDS Automation.

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