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  1. Double row is even better than a single row for your transformer runs that will leave all GTO runs short. What components are used for the glass connections? PK's, 200's, Masters?
  2. Dependable LED Power Supplies that wont' have you returning back to your projects...NOT made in CHINA..…

  3. I've gotten many questions over the last year or so and an email the other day that finally put me over and was the final straw for me. "Do these lamps flash, animate, and dim??? I've been meaning to make a video to answer all those question on the USHIO Utopia LED s14 2 watt bulbs that we stock and have sold a lot of, and well.....finally did it! It's a short quick 1 minute video video but I didn't want to bore anyone out of their mind, but I did have fun doing it, and it gave me a chance to work with controllers again, something I don't get a chance that often because my city doesn't allow for anything flashing or animating . I may do a more in depth video later but i think this one does a pretty good job of it. These LED lamps truly are nicely made and bright lil suckers. Anyone who's bought from us can tell you, well...I've always been very impressed with USHIO of Japan products, they make high-end products and you always get what you pay for! 2 Watt LED Lamp Spec Downloadable Sheet SS-USHIO-s14-1.pdf You can purchase these from our online shopping cart HERE, or order by phone (858) 880-1400 VIDEO
  4. Is America missing from the Sign Industry???

  5. I was curious about the thoughts that come from our community. Is "America" missing from the Sign Industry in our nation? Is it missing from our sign associations, trade magazines, trade shows, & other industry media outlets? Are they doing a good job in representing us? Promoting/celebrating the pride we have for our country? Promoting American Companies, Values, Traditions, etc Just my opinion, But it seems like "Globalism" is pushed/catered to rather than the values we have here at home along with American Exceptionalism. We should focus more here domestically, build what we have here, and the "global, international community" can join us if they want, NOT the other way around. We as Sign Shops get it, but does out "Leadership" I started a poll, would love to get feedback along with your opinion on this
  6. Just caught this, I'm guessing you're talking about the white LED modules? If so yes
  7. We need to have that music playing the background ...."It's a man's world" Here's a couple of things you can show him. This comparison was last taken back in 2015 A big question you'll have to answer is, is the system on a 30ma or 60ma? What diameter tube, 15mm/18mm? Most likely 15mm? At the last recorded picture it was 23K+ hours of operation, or 6.3 years if left on 10 hours a day, or 7.9 years if left on 8 hours a day. Obviously the Neon started out 5 to 46 times brighter over the LED Neon (on a 30 ma system) You can share these with him. If you scan left to right you'll see some vendors/products were replaced, because they degraded so quickly, the Sloan barely has a pulse. The Sloan & GE rigid have lasted because their in a pipe, and it's low wattage low light output so we can expect those to last BUT, the trade off is for long life, low light. If you look closely you can see the individual break down of the diodes trapped in the silicone/gel flexi. With case history we know Neon has a gradual degradation curve in light, LED, is unpredictable and on a chart, up and down, fast hard tangents. In the first couple thousand hours Neon will take a lumen maintenance of 10 to 18% in loss then slowly drop down( Hg/Argon fill), Clear red will not ans is not affected by ambient temperatures because it's just glass and gas with no mercury to condense up in the cold. For power, Colored Hg/Argon Neon 15mm is 3 watts per foot, 2.5 for 18mm. Rigid LED is about 2.5 watts per foot too. So there is no savings to be made UNLESS the Neon system is on a 60ma then you just double it. BUT let's just say you have a parameter of 100 liner foot. NEON 100' x 3w =300w 300w x 8 hours x 365 days x .18 kwh /1000 power (C&C) = $157.68 annual cost of operation if left on 8 hours a day, double that if 60ma, less if the dimeter of the tube is 18mm LED Tubing 100' x 2.5w = 250w x 8 hrs x 365 days x .18kwh /1050 (Electronic) = $125.14 Annual cost of operation, but see all above for pro's and cons $157.68 - $125.14 / $157.68 = 20% saving in cost of operation using LED Lighting Neon 15mm 167 Foot Candles GE Contour 27 Foot Candles 167 - 27 / 167 = 83% more light using Neon ON your ROI, that is yet to be determined but you know the cost of operation savings Cost of LED Material + Labor = Job Cost / 20% savings ($32.54) = years of ROI, in most cases it's 20 to 40 years BUT will you need to re-retrofit the LED as seen above? Here are some Border Tube Diagrams that I dug up from the Neon Installation Guide, a great reference Conventional = BAD Virtual= Good MIDPOINT = IDEAL How many linear feet are is mama working with?? We can break it all down here if you want for shits and giggles To me, already knowing how to work with Neon you'll bring more money home IMO on the labor, rerouting runs, better tranny placement adding better low cost components like Silicone GTO & Caps etc, and it will be MUCH brighter even with new glass than paying than the big upfront cost of just buying the LEDs itself (paying a dist) Also, you can get 60' of Neon on one Transformer and only about 30' of LED on a single power supply depending on the type etc, maybe even more. So less Power supply placement with neon (Labor) Things change of course with costs but looking back based on 500', just lamps, Neon came to $2,250, GE $27,340, Sloan Flexi $21,250
  8. I have some things I can attach here, be back in a bit gotta drop the kiddos off at school
  9. The problem with the flexi LED is the trapped heat, moisture etc and why a few companies left the stuff, very fast light degradation and break down of the individual diodes. So far in our testing and in ideal conditions, very rapid degradation, you'll be lucky to get one to two years before breakdown begins and seeing the visual evidence of that in the gel/silicone tubing
  10. Sorry I do not. Wish I did as it;'s pretty impressive
  11. I could only recommend the GE Rigid tubing, that's the only one that has been lasting in our Border Security Test. My best recommendation is to better re-engineer the border tubing, midpoint wiring and check the loads with a HV meter. The Neon will last much longer and be far cheaper than buying and installing the GE Border tubing. But sell them whatever they want, but the Neon would be more cost effective and probably leaner in margin for you because it will be mostly labor rather than buying GE's material and removing and installing.
  12. Hello from So Cal!
  13. A. Paddy Rowell Sr., former owner of Flexlume Sign Jan. 12, 1928 – Jan. 30, 2017 A. Paddy Rowell Sr., of Orchard Park, longtime owner of Flexlume Sign Co., died Monday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 89. Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Hamburg, was active in the Boy Scouts and graduated from Manlius Military Academy, near Syracuse. He served in the Army National Guard as a mess sergeant during the Korean War. In 1948, he went to work for his father, F. A. “Al” Rowell, an electrician who had operated his own electric sign company before he purchased the bankrupt Flexlume at auction in 1944. Flexlume designed, built and refurbished many memorable signs for local theaters, banks, auto dealers and other businesses, including the marquee at the North Park Theatre and the many incarnations of the marquee at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Flexlume also maintained the signs and the Statue of Liberty lights atop the Liberty Bank building in downtown Buffalo and installed the original scoreboard at the former Rich Stadium. Mr. Rowell succeeded his father as president of the company in 1970 and retired in 2013. The Rowell family sold the business in 2015. He was a member of Western Star Lodge 1185, Free & Accepted Masons and the Ismailia Shrine, where he was a member of the directors’ staff. He also was a past president of the Western New York Winnebago Club, a member of World Sign Associates and a volunteer member of the Orchard Park Civil Defense Team. His wife of 67 years, the former Shirley Jean Kuehne, died on June 17. Survivors include three sons, A. Paddy Jr., Paul R. and Bruce D.; two daughters, Linda J. Ernst and Gail M. Wheeler; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Masonic and military services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in F. E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, 6575 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park. A private funeral service will be held Saturday.
  14. High-End s14 USHIO LED Lamps.....Long Life 50,000 Hours.....Bright 2-watt LED Lamps for all your Sign, Marquee, & T…

  15. Right now we're having a special on our NC LED 6500K White Horse Line. The White Horse like our Reckless line are Samsung chips, Current Regulated modules NOT Constant Voltage The diffused lens gives a 160˚ light output angle for shallow, low profile sign and lighting applications. These come in trays of 100 and their approx 2.25 to 2.5 modules per foot and you can space your rows farther part and still obtain high powered light output for this .90 watts module. You're getting about 40 to 44' feet of light stretched out. All for $89.99 (WH2) per tray for 100 Avoid the cheap constant voltage LED's that use such names as "Eco", "Value", or any other name for a Chinese Import LED that shifts in light, rapidly degrades, and has poor rendering and light output. If you already like and use our Reckless Line, you'll like these! Members can purchase these LEDs by phone (858) 880-1400, emailing us