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The Sign Syndicate July Week 2 In Review

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Erik Sine


We are closing out the second week and we are about to finalize the slot placement on the board project "The Great White Hope".

The project for where we will be testing initial light output, running daily for 8 hours a day and ending in one year for a final light output measurement to see what has changed for both white Cold Cathode & LED's. We will have a total of twelve slots measuring inside walls of 8" x 3' x 5" deep to simulate a double stroke channel letter. Though this benchmark test will be what it is, a benchmark test in a nearly perfect environment with little outside factor to affect the components, It will give a good indicator on how mainstream and underdog light sources compare to one another. The standard for our project will be 15mm 6500 Snow White.

Even though all sources will vary in brightness and in power consumption, my personal opinion will be that each source will vary for different applications. It will all lead to personal perception and preference.

I've decided to give the Live Chat function another try, I will mass PM or email everyone announcing a group effort for live communication, starting off with one weekly meeting at a set time or daily, why not right?

I've consolidated Sports Central, Comedy Central, and a few other off topics to another new forum "The Dead Prince", which is the name I would give a real bar or pub if I had the opportunity to have one.

"Acrylic Blue" became an interesting thread on, well blue faces for channel letters. This thread had my mind working for a few other applications

"Lighted Channel Letter Returns", finally I got to finishing a demo for a client and I posted a pic in this thread using some Of Manuel from Axiom LED's to illuminate it. I made this particular letter with a shallow metal backing that could be easily screwed to the sides using pins, neon could be used as well and it would work to code. There we some other various pics and descriptions posted which could give people a lot of ideas on doing their own.

Now "LED Message boards" is an older thread from a previous week. I brought it up here because I though this is a must read if you're curious about different LED message board manufacturer's and opinions of the sign companies that set up and install them.

If all goes well with a sign proposal and I get the approval from a design committee I'll be starting a new thread on energy efficient cold cathode powered reverse channel letters, and a unorthodox way of setting them up and installing them.


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