By Erik Sine
Thought I'd post some pics of a project I recently put up for a group of owners I've been doing some signs for over 15 years, this is the latest project located here in San Diego in Pacific Beach California.
This job was supposed to be up last December, but as you can imagine things don't happen over night like they should in for this project in California and a good reason why business's leave California for other fruitful states in our grand union.
This project was no different and unlike other states.....here,anything built on the beach, you have to go through the California Coastal Commission. This establishment won't be ready after much delay until almost a year later, and set to open this November possibly December.
This project was originally composed of a third sign, a 18' tall projecting sign which got denied in the permitting process. Can't get them all in California I guess you can say.
So we're left to be happy with what THEY allow us to have.
Anyhow, this project is two 4' x 20' Electric wall sign cabinets, 1/8" alum walls and 3" deep open face channel letters spaced 1.5" from the cabinet background. 18mm Tri-Phosphor Voltarc Accent 30 border, and Voltarc 15mm Rare Earth Phosphor Sparkling Blue Letter outline lighting. The owners wanted a halo lighting similar to a previous job so we used Our NC LED's Constant Current Green LED Modules for low light subtle Rear Letter Halo Lighting.
All Lighting Powered by Franceformer's for Neon, and our Union Elecom for the driving the NC Green Constant Current LED's
A big thank you to Joe Walsh of Voltarc for helping us get what was needed for this job, the Neon is Brilliant and of course stands out over the beach night city scape. This Beach won't be needing a light house for lost fisherman after all now thanks to Voltarc!
There aren't very many Neon signs on this coast that I know of, in fact....I can't think of any so these signs are a real beacon. They must be because the owners asked me if after installation and first lighting if I could hook up a dimmer......" a wut??!?!"
Early assembly shots
And a shot of our LED Wall Pass Thru System
A solo illumination shot of our Green Constant Current NC LED Modules, using just a single stroke for a light subtle offering.
Wall Pattern Day. If you're going to do a sign project on a hot summer day you might as well be RIGHT on the beach. All that project stress went away sitting on the scaffolding listening to the seagulls, the crashing of waves, and smell of sea spray. I won't lie, I wanted to just bust out a hammock and go to sleep.
Yes, I was working in Van's....I'm in SoCal, so that's all you need to know!
Westrim Products Graphed Pattern Paper!
By Erik Sine
Curious, but even more curious to see what these letters look like. But I can't imagine it actually eliminates a licensed contractor or electrician. After all, power does need to be brought to said location, AND in most states any property improvements does require a licensed contractor to perform, improve or modify property and structures. I suppose you can go owner builder, but what property owner will actually go through the process let alone a property owner allow one of their tenants to perform exterior work with no guarantee THEY won't burn the building down leaving the property owner with no remedy to recover their loss? How will insurance work where the user can install on their own accord?
Like I said, I haven't seen but it is curious. So many questions when it comes to liability that need answering.
W.Va. sign maker gets utility patent for installation system
February 28, 2015
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tony Wheeler, owner and president of Paris Signs, has been awarded a utility patent for a modular power delivery system he said could change the way electric sign letters are installed.
"The system is the only one of its kind and is approved by Underwriters Laboratory and the National Electric Code," Wheeler said. "The innovative feature is that it allows anyone to install electric channel letters without an electrical license."
Channel letters are custom-made metal or plastic letters that are commonly used on the buildings of business, churches and other organizations for exterior signs. According to its website, the Underwriters Laboratory is a global independent safety science company that promotes safe living and working environments, helps safeguard people, products and places and facilitates trade.
"All over the nation and world there's a safety regulation," Wheeler said. "The Underwriters Laboratory does testing and everything that has the 'UL' symbol means it's safe. All the municipalities throughout the United States require that UL be on signage."
One hurdle Wheeler said his patent helps clear — since signs are required to be UL-approved after installation as well — is the requirement the job be performed by a certified electrician.
"What we did is develop a system where anyone can install channel letters and plug them together," he said. "and it's still UL and National Electric Code-approved."
Wheeler detailed what makes his system worthy of a utility patent.
"We used special wire and special plastic," he said. "It's all molded plastics and three-prong plugs and there's a whole system to all the components. We sell it that way so whenever the client gets the letters it's a quick and easy install and it's already UL-approved so they can get their permit faster."
The system is sold only along with letters, and UL requires Paris Signs to produce the system because of certain criteria that must be met. Wheeler received the patent in late 2014 and will soon launch a website.
"We have an all-new website under construction to use as a direct marketing tool to sell the letters with the patented system," he said. "About 70 percent of our business is repeat customers. Mostly what we have tried to do is sell to sign companies, which works pretty well, but we're actually going to go direct-market to consumers with the new website."
Incorporated in 1991, Paris Signs is located at 2400 5th St. Road in Huntington. Visit www.parissigns.com for more information.
By Erik Sine
So here's a cool lil sign I did recently for a same group of bar/restaurant owners that I do work for.
This is a renovation of an old building where we removed the old 16 year old exterior signs and neon to start anew. This time I also used pure 100% aluminum instead of the jet plate galvinized metal for the sign body and letters. Which also meant it was mainly routed out on the CNC and not so much fabrication by hand. It haas it's +'s and -'s. I like hand fabrication.....call me old fashion. But all the holes to line up this time around!
Early fab pic
One thing was for sure, it was a LOT lighter this go around!
Fresh after painting with Matthews. I didn't get as many pics this time around for this job like I usually do, I was just so damn busy juggling so many hats.
Now starting assembly. .090 rear open face channel letter reflector for halo lighting as well as making the the red lletters punch from the dark background by giving it some contrast. The smaller FCO's for the Neon background on the smaller cabinet are .063 aluminum. Also pictured are the TC-200 Housings for the 18mm FMS BL6500 CCFL Lamps, or Neon!
and of course this sign is powered by the Military grade Transco To Go UNT Tanks, beastly 100% suckers! Makes my forearms cry just looking at them!
One thing I wasnted to do was mix a little LED with Neon. Stop it, they do mix well! From the Sign Syndicate test comparison "Blue Light Special", I chose to use NC LED's constant current blue series to give the open face channel letters a nice lil blue halo lighting.
And of course the NC LEDs are powered by the military grade 90-277v Axiom LED 60 Watt Power Supply
All assembled and ready to load up, Kgirl taking the rear!
Getting this wall sign craned up
My Sexretary and Lead Project Manager checking up on us to see if all is going well as well as cracking the whip over us!
Mixing in some wet location Masters Technologies Boots and sleeving for the open face channel letter FMS 12mm Ruby Red Neon lamps
Porcelain Trasnco To Go TC-200 Housings and brass FMS Neon tube supports
Some derelict we found wandering on the roof, he claimed he knew how to install Neon so we hired him for the day. He was cheap labor, not sure if he was legal help but he was cheap!
Go figure, everything lined up, everything went smoothly, but one damn unit was just an inch too long...Damn Neon benders! Of course, something has to go wrong on an easy day!
The next day. Now I just owe you a day shot!
In the end to summarize the job, it went fairly smoothly from fabrication to installation. I really like the FMS Neon Rich Blue which is the equivelant to EGL's Horizon Blue, for all parameter and interior border tubing we went with a big fat 18mm, the interior horzontal white is FMS Neon's BL6500 Tri-Triphosphor white. The open face channel letters are FMS Neon's Ruby Red, which looks similarly to Tecnolux's Ruby Red. "Bar & Grill" is a 12mm version of the tri-phosphor white.
Gotta love the lighting, good ol Red, White, & Blue!
Annual cost of operation of left on 8 hours a day? $221.00
Electric Wall Sign Recipe:
Transco UNT Tanks magnetic variable seconday transformers, 2 - 9kv, 2 - 15kv units Transco 14 AWG Silicone GTO Masters Technologies Wet Location Boots & Sleeving Trasco Porcelain TC-200 housings FMS Neon 12mm Ruby Red FMS Neon 18mm Rich Blue FMS Neon 18mm, 12mm BL6500 Tri-Phosphor White NC LED's Constant Current .48 watt blue LED Modules Axiom LED's Military Grade 60 watt 10.5 to 15v variable LED Power Supply Transco Federal Bushings FMS Neon Brass Tube Supports Trasnco Toggle Switch
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