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THREE COMPANIES CONSIDER ELECTRIC-SIGN TRENDS
OF THE IMMEDIATE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.
BY MARK KISSLING

LECTRIC signs are becoming more
customized, more of an architectural
element and customers are demanding
faster turnaround times, according to
the officials of three sign companies
we interviewed: Richard Poyant,
president, and Stephanie Poyant Moran,
director of sales operations, Poyant (New Bedford, MA);
Kevin Keljo, owner, and Darci Keljo, community manager,
Security Signs (Portland, OR); and Jeanne Mandeville,
vice president, Mandeville Sign (Lincoln, RI) - hereafter,
abbreviated to each's company name.

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TRENDS OF THE PAST 3-5 YEARS
It's readily apparent that LEDs have continued to replace
neon, fluorescent and incandescent lighting options for
electric signs. Our latest State of the Industry survey found
that 85% of sign companies use LEDs as the lighting source
for their electric signs (see ST, December 2019, page 32).
Advancements in LEDs' longevity, smaller sizes, multiple
power options, operational savings and, of course, programmability have equated to widespread use. "Color-changing,
dynamic, programmable LED lighting has had a big impact
and a higher level of interest to deliver a landmark sign for
a brand," Poyant said.
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Beyond those, increased architectural applications and
designs that take the structures behind the signs into
account are on the rise, as well. "The influence of architects
and designers outside the sign industry has driven some
unique and innovative techniques to achieve the expected
function and result," Security Signs said. LED lighting
systems have also enabled Poyant to offer new lighting
enhancements, including architectural elements, as well
as signage, and Mandeville Sign has noted an increase in
landlords requiring trim-less letters.
However, permitting electric signs has become more
challenging for companies in certain locations, with
continued tightening of jurisdictional controls, according
to both Security Signs and Mandeville. "[The] review process has also been slower and requires more information
in order to obtain sign permits," Security Signs said.
"Increased rigidity in code interpretation has also made
the process more difficult to navigate." Mandeville Sign
has encountered greater uses of "Unified Plan Development"
at the municipality plan review level to define sign design
details, with an increased need for structural engineering
design and stamped drawings. Fortunately, both Security
Signs and Mandeville also report more municipalities
moving to online permitting platforms, which is streamlining the submittal process.



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