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We have always been proud supporters of our Electric Sign Trade and have always been proactive in doing what it takes to help preserve our Trade and it's most valued tradition....that being Neon.  

 

Despite the misinformation that has been put out about Neon for decades now, Neon is very much a light/energy efficient light source and the most durable light source we have in our trade over time and we have plenty of case history to support this. 

 

 

WATCH OUT

As most of you may or may not know, there has been a huge shortage of the availability of Glass Neon Housings for Neon....and what has been available has been a lot of Chinese Fake UL Marked (Embossed on the glass) Neon Housings in the market for some time.  

 

They Claim a UL mark, BUT...they aren't a U.L. Recongnized accessory or sign component     .i.e. SSI / "Neo" Glass Housings have no valid listing with fake embossed UL Emblem

 

The biggest complaint for some time has been the threads are terrible and it made tightening at times near to impossible.  The other bad aspect was that the glass walls were too thin, and with just a little bit of heat they were cracking or a incidental drop bump might cause them to crack and break prematurely, some simply cracked on tightening mechanically to a sign body .

 

 

Also, it's bad news if you're a Wholesale Shop or Custom Sign Shop integrating these knock-offs into your signs.  It's passing along a fake listed product and should something happen like a "fire" I can't imagine Insurance Companies will be too happy about the use of a "knock-off"  

 

I've done my best in the past to look for and supply vintage housings that were listed for the Neon Arts and help with keeping that art going with Porcelain or older glass housings which we still do have plenty of (#100's & #300's).  But now we have those hard to get components to keep those awesome Neon Open Faced Channel Letters and Wall Signs going without running into shortages of components or options.

 

NOW IN STOCK - Westrim U.L. Recognized Sign Accessories #100, #200, #200P, #300 Neon Glass Housings

 

You can Purchase these from our store or contact us to place an order or inquiry (858) 880-1400  |  orders@thesignsyndicate.com

 

 

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NOW IN STOCK - Westrim U.L. Listed #100, #200, #200P, #300 Neon Glass Housings

 

You can Purchase these from our store or contact us to place an order or inquiry (858) 880-1400  |  orders@thesignsyndicate.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    • Most LED MFG's will just suggest layouts and tell you how many LEDs per foot without telling you how their LEDs will match up against the Standard Lighting in our industry which is Fluorescent HO Lamps.  If you haven't done any lighting for cabinets or never noticed, most fall short of even meeting the luminance that Fluorescent lamps give out on a sign face.   The light that falls short is known as "Usable Light", or light that just gets you there.  It's not Competitive lighting that you would need if your sign I located in a shopping center in competition with other signs looking to be noticed.   So here we have our new BrightON II....       The conventional Fluorescent HO (800ma High Output) Lamp light output is the standard in the Electric Sign Industry.  When loaded, configured, and installed correct with no cross talk, these lamps and ballasts are a VERY good light source that last for years.   Our High Efficient High-End BrightON IV HO LED modules match the light output of Fluorescent HO lamps of our longtime Electric Sign Standards in lighting applications.  More Light for Lesser Power   The Brighton IV LED is Constant Current, uses a High Efficient chip for illumination, mounted on a Aluminum PCB for better thermal cooling...not that we need Aluminum for a chip that is already under driven and produces less heat & resistance due to operating on a 24V System.   With the BrightON IV you'll save money in project costs over buying specialized proprietary channels/bars (Another reason for a sale) by simply purchasing some right angle aluminum channels for the top and bottom of a sign cabinet, and placing aluminum tubing in between to mount your High-End low cost BrightON IV LEDs on.         Double Face Sign Test Cabinet  4’ x 4’ x 12” D Module to face 5” Sign Face 3/16” Plexiglas MC White #7328       Fluorescent HO Lamp System Lamps in single and double faces cabinet fabrication typically are spaced 12” OC (On Center) Sign Face Luminance: 156.5 Foot Candles Power Consumption: 126 Watts     BrightON IV Double Face Sign Cabinet Spacing.  8” OC Module to Module, 12” OC Between Rows for Module to Sign Face in depths of 5” or 3” 5” Module to Sign Face Luminance: 156.5 Foot Candles 3.5” Module to Sign Face Luminance: 164 Foot Candles Power Consumption: 76.8 Watts   126 Watts - 76.8 Watts = 39% Savings in Energy Consumption   Single Face Spacing Suggestions 5” Depth, 9” - 9.5” spacing between rows, 7.5” - 8.5” spacing between modules 3” Depth, 8” - 9” spacing between rows, 8” - 9” spacing between modules     BrightON IV Usable Light Spacing If you want and need "Usable Light", here it is...some cases call for it.  This lighting would be slightly brighter than Hanley's NRG4.   Double Face Sign Cabinet Spacing.  9.5” OC Module to Module, 12” OC Between Rows for Module to Sign Face in depths of 5” or 3” Sign Face Luminance: 134.5 Foot Candles Power Consumption: 64 Watts   126 Watts - 76.8 Watts = 49% Savings in Energy Consumption         Why use the BrightON IV LED?   • For starters it's Constant Current unlike using Principal LED's Constant Voltage Qwik Mods or others.  Constant Current means each module is current regulated with translates to longer life.   • It's a 24 Volt system, which means our system has half the current running through the wiring and board which translates to half the heat & resistance of a 12 volt system.  In other words....Longer Life.   • With a 24V system you're able to use more LED modules on a single 96W channel over a 60W channel.       BrightON IV Aspects     24V High Performance, High Brightness LED Module Half the Amperage, Less Heat & Resistance than a 12V LED Module Aluminum PCB 40 Modules Per Bag 32.5’ (Full Stretch) 1.23 Modules Per Foot Constant Current Regulated, NOT Constant Voltage 175˙ High Efficiency Uniformity Optics 5 year, 50K Lifetime U.L. File E520387         For Inquiries or Orders you can contact us at (858) 880-1400 | orders@thesignsyndicate.com | order through our online Shopping Cart below        
    • SDS Automation is seeking a full-time parts manager with 3-5 years of experience to manage our parts department in our Boulder, CO location. To learn more about this great opportunity and apply for the position, click here: https://www.ziprecruiter.com/job/79b352df  
    • I can only speak for myself but.....I'd be embarrassed to be listed in the newest Signs of The Times June Issue of "Women In Signs"   For as long as I've been in the Sign Industry, and that's since the Spring of 1993...Women have always been in STRONG and POWERFUL positions in the Sign Industry from Sales, Project Management & Ownership.   This Sign Brochure and Rag does (which is what it is slowly creeping back too) nothing more other than Handicap Women.    Women don't need a special issue, trophy, notoriety to underline their "doings" or "Accomplishments", they've been doing it for decades and as long as I can remember.  Well, at least the "Spartan" like Women I know of this industry.  We live in a Merit driven society and we're always judged/advanced by our own production and accomplishments based on our own individual efforts, that's what this country grants us no matter our gender, religion, or background....and we have NO ceiling or cap.     There may be a few in our industry that feel like they can't make it in the world without some sort of handicap, or cut in line because of their gender, religion or background....but I don't know them...well, I'll walk that back...I know a few...VERY few.       I don't know what this rag is trying to get at with this issue, but it's really NOT a Sign of The Times...it's really "Behind the Times".    An article of "The People of The Sign Industry" would be a far better read, and across better merit base rather than "gender" victimization.....Finding content to write about must be slow right now.  
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