Any Sign makers in the house?
Posted September 26, 2011 - 09:15 AM
Our church has a sign, that need new lighting on a very tight budget.
An electrician no longer in the church used some salvaged commercial lights that are nearly obsolete and need replaced when he rebuilt th sign about 20 yrs ago. This is a Colored Graphic header and a message cabinet below.
We need new lighting and on a budget. 20 below zero is a very real possibility or I would install sockets and use CFL to replace. I have also considered LED but hve not researched the options yt?
Posted September 26, 2011 - 06:40 PM
The local electrical place has been warning us the Standard T12 lamps are being phased out, but they keep telling me the "sign" lamps seem to be exempt. We can get down to 15 below here in the winter, and our lamps seem to hold up OK.
The same electrical supply house is not sure about the end of line date on the outdoor ballasts, they may be phased out in 2012. They have found some conflicting wording and have been unable to get a straight answer from the powers that be.
Is this sign currently lit with standard screw in bulbs or some kind of cfl lamp?
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Posted September 26, 2011 - 08:50 PM
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Posted September 27, 2011 - 08:19 AM
(idenitiy graphics ) and 1 is a message board.
It is currently lit with two 4 ft florecent tubes in each section. There is a tube and ballast out of each section.
To be honest, the cabinet is in bad shape and should be replaced.
My dad got one of those rope(christmas lights) and put in the message section and it is yellow and very dim.
Dad's 80 and one of the depression kid's who never got over making due as cheaply as possible and can be kind of cranky at times(he's earned the right raising 7 children). I would rather give him some time to come to the conclusion himself, that this rope light is not acceptable.
Some times you have to plant the idea and let him grow into it. Often it's the stupidest idea he ever heard, until he thinks of it a few days or weeks later(never remembering that you suggested it).
My inclination, going into winter is to leave things as they are. And plan to build a new cabinet next spring.
One wild idea I have is to build a new cabinet out of the Vinyl fence posts sold at home improvement stores?
They are impervious to weather and look good, never needing paint. The question is whether I can come up with an acceptable lighting solution that does not generate too much heat and melt the vinyl. And I would like something efficent and not likely to become obsolete soon.
Edited by JD DANNELS, September 27, 2011 - 08:26 AM.
Posted September 27, 2011 - 06:10 PM
Posted September 28, 2011 - 07:58 AM
You are right in that Dad said there was a ballast out in each section and it was confirmed by a guy who had been a robotics electrician at Maytag prior to his retirement. I'll see Dad tonight and may get more info.