By Erik Sine
With Principal LED and Sloan's V-series (value line) LED lines hitting the market at extremely low pricing I noticed a surge in shops literally flocking to save on peanuts.
Here's a warning, be weary....It seems like Principal LED has taken a large step back in LED module quality as all their LED modules have gone all Constant Voltage.....no longer Constant Current.
Sloan's newest Value 4 line....the 2LED Module is now .96 watts per module with modest light output for that power....this module is also Constant Voltage Not Constant Current. My thoughts on Sloan is for a high wattage module for modest light, it means the chip quality is not very efficient (Light output for power in). They're having to pump in more juice to get more light. More power means more heat, more heat is what kills LED life.
Constant Voltage Modules have no current regulation, their dependent on resistors and light output for the first module on a string is brighter than the last on that same string. Constant Voltage Modules have a much shorter life than a current regulated Constant Current LEDs, where all modules on a string are equally bright.
An efficient LED chip will put out more light for lesser power, the lesser the power the longer the life.
Hold on to those long warranties....if they're still valid. You'll have a lot of paperwork to fill out and keep track of
Sometimes companies get so large they end up using their name to sell products for products that use to be better....
Just some thoughts and opinion
By Erik Sine
For whatever reason they were not able to gain traction N.Glantz & Son closes down their Glantz Dynamic Solutions.
I'm surprised at this news. Every time I get a look at my social media contact and page posts Digital Signage is always on the "rise" and the next big coming.
Anyone know if this is a slow down, conflict in industry meshing, or just not getting off like it's being portrayed?
Around town I just don't see Digital Signage or the Touch Screen market picking up or being used like what we read about in our industry magazines (which can't be a big surprise who believes them anyway). I see very few of it, not sure if the easibility to use for the consumer is not there, an annoyance so it's not being used, or not cost effective for a business to buy?
I could be wrong and it may be widely used in other parts of the country/world than here in Southern California, but we're usually a part of the country that's ahead of the curve on trends.
By Erik Sine
Almo Enters Distribution Agreement with N. Glantz and Son
The professional AV company will acquire assets from the dynamic sign division.Almo Professional A/V announced it has entered into a distribution agreement with N. Glantz & Son to acquire assets from its dynamic digital sign division, Glantz Dynamic Solutions (GDS). As part of the agreement, the GDS business will be led in-house by Almo’s sales and service team along with Terry Tollison, Almo’s newest business development manager for the traditional sign market.
“As a result of this distribution agreement, we are now able to take our leadership and expertise in digital signage directly to the static signage market to help these resellers and integrators incorporate dynamic solutions into their businesses," Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V, said. "The addition of Terry to our specialized BDM team will help make this transition smooth and seamless. We intend to support GDS’s customer base in the sign industry with the same high level of service and support that GDS provided in the past.”
Tollison brings more than 30 years of experience in sales, sign production, manufacturing and leadership positions within the sign industry. Prior to Almo, Tollison was national sales manager for Glantz Dynamic Solutions. He also held sales positions at Custom Sign Images Inc., A&W Sign Company and Reece Supply Co. Additionally, he served as president and owner of Custom Sign Images. Tollison is a Digital Signage Certified Expert (DSCE).
By Erik Sine
So I came across this over the weekend on Sloan LED's Sign Box II and thought I'd post here for anyone interested to kick it around on their spare time. I didn't even have to do much on this one myself but one thing I did see on the Fluorescent side of things is a lot of fumbling around for something that is pretty simple with the simplest kind of knockdown raceway that anyone can just about pick up from their local hardware stores these days. I thought I would finish, or tell the rest of the story not mentioned, and that's what our expected cost would be using one over the other to save in time and what our customer will expect to pay for it.
The Time Elapsed Video
The final product with time
Let's break this down on cost, and cost of operation and take a look at what we just saw and how it relates to our cost, what we will have to sell it for, and what the consumer will have to pay for. Let's just call this a 6' x 5' double sided cabinet.
MATERIALS SHOP COST
LIGHT SOURCES (30')
5) 6' Fluorescent T12 800ma Lamps - $6.04 each x 5 = $30.20
5) 6' Fluorescent T8 800ma Lamps - $22.00 each x 5 = $110.00 (Long Life Lamps)
SignBoxII 20' Roll @ $390.54 each x 2 = $781.08
10' left over, or waste ($195.27)
LAMP SOCKETS / CLAMPS/BRACKETS
10) HO Sockets $1.35 each x 10 = $13.50
Sloan LED's SignBox II LED
Bag of 16 SignBox Clamps = $21.84
Brackets $7.62 each x 10 = $76.20
1) HO Ballast (48' Load) = $62.95
2) Sloan LED Power Supplies $54.05 each x 2 = $108.10
8 Hours a day, 365 days a year. Annual cost of operation.
T12 10.7 watts per foot x 30' = 321 watts
321 watts x 8hours x 365 days x $.12kwh / 1050 power correction = $107.12 annual cost of operation for 8 hours a day
T8 8.37 watts per foot x 30' = 251.25 watts
251.25 watts x 8hours x 365 days x $.12kwh / 1050 power correction = $83.84 annual cost of operation for 8 hours a day
Sloan LED's SignBox II 6 modules per foot @ .9 watts = 5.4 watts/foot x 30 = 162 watts
162 watts x 8hours x 365 days x $.12kwh / 1050 power correction = $54.06 annual cost of operation for 8 hours a day
TOTAL SYSTEM COST BEFORE LABOR
T12 = $106.65
T8 = $186.45
Sloan LED's SignBox II = $987.22
SAVING IN COST OF OPERATION
Sloan LED's SignBox II vs T12 49% or $53.06 savings using SignBox in annual cost of operation
Sloan LED's SignBox II vs T8 35% or $29.78 savings using SignBox in annual cost of operation
MATERIAL COST SAVINGS
T12 vs Sloan LED's SignBox II = $880.57 89% Saving using a T12 system vs Sloan LED's SignBox II
T8 vs Sloan LED's SignBox II = $800.77 81% Saving using a T12 system vs Sloan LED's SignBox II
CONSUMER RETURN ON INVESTMENT USING Sloan LED's SIGNBOX II
T12 $880.57 Material Cost Saving / $54.06 Cost of Operation = 16.28 Years
T8 $800.77 Material Cost Saving / $29.78 Cost of Operation = 29.55 Years
VIDEO SAVING TIME
26 minutes 34 seconds 1 man labor at Journeyman = $33.00 per hour / 2 1/2 hour = $16.50 saving in labor using SignBoxII
Now for the question to all of you. How much would you sell that 6'x5' (30sq') double sided cabinet for with simple faces (White with black lettering) as a Fluorescent and as a Sloan LED's SignBox II System fabrication & installation?
What will your profit margin be?
As a sign shop are we making money paying for and using a higher cost system? In the amount of time it takes to fabricate a complete sign cabinet are we loosing out on money keeping it conventional which has the lower cost and more proprietary (custom)?
Now slightly away from this subject an in another subject to think about.
What's to keep our trade to becoming as a commodity where the consumer can just go to HomeDepot and put their own LED system in where they just peel and stick?
Now a day even schools have wide format printers, so vinyl and printing aren't really apart of the sign trade anymore. The only thing that's left IMO is sign painting, conventional back-lighting and Neon.
When it comes to a mom & pop store sign just about anyone now a day can keep up a sheet of plex, anyone can print film, and just about anyone can pick up LEDs from a lighting store. What will keep our industry as a trade and be turned into a commodity which is the direction being pushed by those outside of our trade ? Large sign programs? Are we killing our own trade by not building unique and proprietary signs that does save money for us and the consumer?
just some thoughts I'd throw out there since so many light source manufacturers are trying to dictate to the sign shop labor and cost and what they should be charging for retrofits like Ventex markets
Are we soon to be just the middleman, the means for manufacturers to sell their products
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