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Understanding IP Alpha-Numeric Designations
No, not Intellectual Property, but Ingress Protection, which specifies the environmental protection that an enclosure provides. Read on...

Not So Hidden Fees from Your Local Municipalities - PERMITS
Towns charge permit fees. This is not news to sign companies. But some spiraling permit costs may require a little more review to assure the sign permit fees are not revenue-raising devices. Read on...

What is Driving LED Cabinet Lighting?
What is pushing LEDs into the sign cabinets your business sells? Is it LEEDS, 'going green,' the end user, or you?

Reinventing EL (Electroluminescent) Into The Mainstream Backlighting World
Electroluminescent products have always been categorized as cool, neat, fun, etc. but have had distinct disadvantages over other types of backlighting solutions up until now. Read on to learn what has changed.

Reinventing EL (Electroluminescent) Into The Mainstream Backlighting World
Electroluminescent products have always been categorized as cool, neat, fun, etc. but have had distinct disadvantages over other types of backlighting solutions up until now. Read on to learn what has changed.

Snapshot of the Sign Industry 3rd Quarter 2008
For’s annual ‘pulse taking’ of the state of the sign industry, we peeked and probed into various facets of the industry to get an idea of the state of our trade before going into 2009.

Hershey’s ­ How Sweet It Is: The Eye-Candy of Times Square
In the middle of all its surrounding Times Square spectaculars, billboards and sign edifices, stands the flagship Hershey Times Square, a retail gift store which is a chocolate confectionary paradise that is the center of the chocolate universe.

Learning the Language of Light for Trade Show Signage
Get some tips and tricks for communicating with the language of light so you can offer value-added advice to your customers.

Illuminated Signs Help McGruff Take a Bite Out of Crime
The National Crime Prevention Council sanctions illuminated signs as a crime prevention tool. Find out how on-premise signs can help your business ­ and your community.

LED, Fiber and Neon Now: A Perspective from Experience
Educating yourself on the many nuances of LED, fiber optics and neon can help you to develop better solutions, enhance customer service and offer a more intelligent look at options for your clients.

Mysterious Art of Electric Sign Pricing
This article will discuss techniques commonly used in pricing electric signage such as illuminated box signs, channel letters, pylon signs, and neon. While some smaller companies will use area (a.k.a. rule-of-thumb pricing), the vast majority of electric sign companies all use the same technique: Cost-Plus pricing.

The Many Advantages of Plasma Display Signage
When it comes to indoor displays, plasma is one of the most versatile media available today. The content for plasma displays is easy to create and manage, especially with a solid software program.

Sign Pricing Series - Pricing Approaches and Accuracy
This series on pricing and estimating will address the most common pricing approaches for different segments of the sign and graphics industry.

The State of Electric Signage, Part I
If we know what this segment of our industry is all about, we may learn to profit from it.

Essential Tools of the Electrical Sign Trade
In these times of increasing complexity, the electric sign installer or maintenance person is faced with a dizzying array of problems that he/she may face when addressing issues that may have arisen with their client’s electric sign.

The Sign Ballast Today
With some sign ballasts tipping the scales at almost 20 pounds, they look as different from household ballast as a Lincoln Navigator does next to a Cooper MINI. Inside however, they’re just ballasts.

Fiber Optics ­ Mysterious or Simple?
Today, fiber optics in its current usage for the sign industry has been around more or less since 1991. Yes fiber optics, in general has been around longer, but as a direct neon alternative, they have not.

The Basics of Fiber Optics, LED and Neon
A basic summary and history of the evolution of Neon, Fiber Optics and LED

Electric Signs & Outline Lighting
Explaining code compliance

Solid State Flasher Basics
Understanding the Triac or 'solid state AC switch'

Flashing Made Simple
A Typical Project Chronicle

Fiber optics
Another option for your lighting needs

Designing A Sign From Within The Box
5 Point Flashers

Get the point?
Incandescent Bulbs and Neon Lamps

The Sub-species: Subcontracting in the Sign Industry
To be or not to be a subcontractor?

The Electric Lease
An Unexplored Profit Circuit

Shop Reputation is Gold
So you don't work in a dog-eat-dog rat race of an industry...

Making Stars
Old for new lighting

Fluorescent Lighting
What, How & Why

Dealing with the Less-than-Perfect Customers
Surrendering to whatever customers want can be bad business


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