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  • Illuminating signs, what do you use and where do you buy it from?

     Jeff Rea updated 1 week, 5 days ago 3 Members · 4 Posts
  • Peter Richardson

    March 29, 2021 at 8:16 am

    Hi everyone,

    I have been in the industry a number of years now and I would like to start making some signs that include LEDs to illuminate them. Nothing over the top, just add a bit more oomph! to a standard sign if you know what I mean?
    I have sold many illuminated signs over the years, but they are always bought in from trade suppliers. I do intend to continue to do this but for some small stuff, i think i really should bring it in-house where I can. My questions to everyone is,

    1 Do you use any LEDs in your smaller stuff like i am talking about?
    2 Who is your go to supplier for LEDs?
    3 I have saw several posts on this site about a sort of bendy rubber led neon. does anyone use this and can give me details on a good supplier?

    I have looked into all this online but its a mine feild and i have read some stories of cheap chinese leds going on fire and i would rather pay a bit more for the right ones than it come back to me later.

    TIA 👍

  • Graham Scanlan

    March 29, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Peter,

    If you’ve sold Bought led illuminated signage for a while you will know that every sign is different. When choosing an LED module there are lots of considerations about the sign dimensions that should dictate the module you choose. Then you have budget vs premium modules. You can save a few quick that ends up costing a few quick more if the installation fails. I would personally recommend a quality system and all from the same place with warranties, and charge accordingly.

    I sold Sloan LED’s in the past (they also do neon bendy alternative)for many years based on quality , backup and warranty.

    Find your local distributor. They should have a specialist, who can work out what’s needed on a particular project. Just send them your artwork and they will tell you the drivers / spacing, quantity and what module you require given you sign depth

    If you are investing to produce yourself you may need to buy boxed quantities of led’s

    As a last note, always use hard fixings as well as the tape fixings provided with the modules

  • Peter Richardson

    March 31, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Thanks for the reply Graham.

    I have come across Sloan a few times in my searches. As you rightly say, I want peace of mind and with something like this, i cant buy cheap. but must also be competitive. difficult.

  • Jeff Rea

    April 8, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Vink lighting does a range of LEDs and similar lighting products. I think they supply Sloan which I understand is are very good products.

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