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Cry Cry the Neon Man

Posted By: Darryl Thompson
Date: Friday, 15 January 2010, at 7:49 p.m.

There is a lot of fuss about neon shops disappearing. There is a lot we all can do about it. Yes, the LED market has done a major hit on our craft and has caused tons of havoc on the smaller neon shops.

Fight back! LED people and converted sign companies both tout that they create huge power savings. That is what makes the sale 90% of the time. Comparative to standard neon setups it is true on the power stand point. None of the companies that I work with or have worked with sold LED’s on the premise of light output.

Channel letters have been taken over by the LED’s. To most shops, channel letters are sort of a “bread and butter” on profit. This can be resurrected if approached correctly.
We know, for a fact that it can be.

This what we have done to save our wholesale glass sales and have made major headway in fighting LED’s in channel letters.

I am not a salesman to the industry, just a concerned brother in the craft.

We have integrated low power primary transformers into our full line of neon setups. Yes those little 12 Volt transformers that are cheap and have a killer lifespan.

For the window units we supply the customer with a standard 12 volt power supply that can be plugged directly into the wall. Cheaper than running a standard night light.

Channel letters we use a 12 volt HV supply per letter and a MEANWELL 12 volt transformer in the raceway or wall mounted. The MEANWELL uses less power than a standard Vinyl Plotter at idle. Literally no power compared to the magnetics and the ventec electronics that everyone usually supplies with a letter set.

Lastly, for all the guys and gals that know cathode.

We use the 12 volt tranny’s to power cathode grids for monument signs. As tested, it is ¼ the draw compaired to several of the industries fluorescent ballasts on the market.

All in all, when it comes to power consumption to the customer, neon wins!
Our sales have not fallen, but have risen. The major plus side to a 12 volt primary is that it can be solar adapted very easy and drastically cheaper.

Those that are interested in the way we work with the low voltage products feel free to contact me.

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