Signs of the Times - August 2017 - 25
and Rick Ream began to assess the
While the fiberglass portions of
the letters were still in decent shape,
the plywood backers that held the
letters onto the bridge were rotten
and falling apart - definitely not the
part of the letters you want to fail!
The LED wiring was also crispy
and broken, showing open gaps in
the insulation. We knew the effort of
removing these letters and performing a massive overhaul would still
leave us with difficulties in protecting
the wiring from future sun damage.
And we'd still have the same old look
of the same old letters with pinpoint
LEDs around the edges. But we priced
it all up for them anyway.
However, instead of sending just
that refurb contract to them, we took
it upon ourselves to design and quote
a brand-new set of all-aluminum
channel letters with white faces that
would light fully, rather than merely
outlining the letters with light. And it
just so happened that both options
carried the same price tag. (See what
we did there?)
This, along with the fact that we
could change out the letters in one
day, without ever having to remove the
sign for an extended time, prompted
the Expressway Authority to jump on
the new opportunity.
However, before we signed contracts,
Orlando's Mayor, Buddy Dyer, posed
the question: "Can you guys make
these letters full-color LEDs so that we
can change the colors for different
events?" Oh, yes, we can!
Enter Everylite's Crystal RGB