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Halo-lit by Principal LED's
Qwik Tape, these 17 in. tall
reverse channel letters for
Famous Saloon in Nashville,
TN were fabricated by Integrity
Sign Solutions (New Albany,
IN) and installed by ImageLife
Signs & Graphics (Nashville).

DO YOUR HOMEWORK
There are a handful of considerations when choosing the right flexible LED for
your sign project, and the first of those is heat sinks/heat sinking. Heat sinks
refer to the devices within LEDs that absorb and diffuse surplus heat away
from the diode, as too much heat equates to lower light output, color alteration
and a decline in LED life expectancy. Heat sinking issues can be solved at the
production line - the better the manufacturing, the less it becomes a problem.
A common issue with LEDs is hot spots, or areas of uneven brightness within
a lit sign. This can cause LEDs to fail, and amplifies the need for proper distribution of the diodes within an LED. Hot spots can be caused by improper LED
placement, power supply issues, and even the shape and depth of the sign itself.
Soldering one strip of lamps to another is a divisive subject. Failure to solder
increases the risk of moisture damage to LEDs, and improper soldering brings its
own risks. An alternative is a pre-made connector, but that avenue is precarious
because it requires LED plug-ins on either side, which creates more opportunity for
moisture damage. Soldering can be time-intensive and difficult to learn, though. "Some
of us remember when we could run down to RadioShack and pick up some craft or
hobby electrical things to solder up with a circuit board," Hobbs said. "Unless you
have extra arms to help hold things in place when soldering, this is a very tedious
endeavor. And paying two people to stand and solder all day is not cost-effective."

Bitro Group TRACER

OPTIONS APLENTY
The good news for sign companies is that there is a diverse collection of flexible
LED products available. The aforementioned Aurora Flex (270° beam) and

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striping systems, the flexible LED is not utilized quite as much. Not every [lighting]
company has it," said Lenny Diaspro, senior sign territory manager for Graphics
Solutions Group (Dallas), a wholesale distributor, though Diaspro did note that
the market is still developing and that he found the neon replacement technology
attractive. Denny Meyer, general manager of United-Maier Signs (Cincinnati),
said he believes the sign industry has embraced flexible LEDs, but that his
company simply doesn't come across the technology very often. "There's not a
lot of applications for the flexible LED in the majority of the work we do," Meyer
said, "but I'm sure there are sign companies that are using the heck out of them."

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - February 2018

Signs of the Times - February 2018
From the Editor
St Update
At Large
Tech Review
Vehicles + Vinyl
Design Matters
Nuts + Bolts
The Ultimate Soft Sell
Coming to Light
Buy, Merge or Go Home?
New Products
Advertising Index
Last Look
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