Archive for July, 2010

Lighting The Way – LEDs

LED GreenPix Wall Cells

LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are extremely energy-efficient solid light bulbs, and they make a nice Christmas light set.  Here are a couple of other creative uses of LEDs that set our sign-maker’s hearts aglow. 

 The Wall

 Until fairly recently, LEDs were limited to single-bulb use in applications such as instrument panels, electronics, pen lights and of limited use to the sign industry.  Nowadays, we can think big.  Bigger than channel letters and pylon signs, bigger than building signs.

LED GreenPix Wall Xicui Entertainment Complex in BeijingSimone Giostra & Partners Architects

This wall of solar-powered LEDs is called GreenPix – Zero Energy Media Wall. The great LED wall is powered by thousands solar photovoltaic capture cells.  It is a self-sufficient, organic system that stores solar energy during the day and uses it to illuminate images by night.   You want it? We’ll build you one.

The Water

This is just cool: an LED attachment to your water faucet!  Water out of the tap (or shower) is illuminated blue until the water reaches 89 degrees, then turns to red. 

LED Hot Water 1

LEDs lend themselves to so many applications.  If you have an idea for your business, chances are CNP Signs & Graphics can help.  LED or analog, CNP fabricators know how to light it up.

I didn’t know CNP could help me with…Building Accent Lighting

Neon Night 2

Next time you are out shopping in the evening, pull your eyes from the window displays and take a moment to appreciate the glow coming from the buildings themselves.  Building accent lighting has become a popular way to differentiate businesses, and add to their curb appeal.  Whether this radiant lighting comes from classic neon or LEDs, many businesses designing new buildings or retrofitting an old one are adding this distinctive feature to their plans.   

“A whole range of businesses are incorporating border lighting.  The focus these days is definitely on LED.  Architectural border lighting is ideal for retail, restaurants, casinos, theme parks – really any business that wants to attract customers after dark,” says Bob McCarter, VP Sales at CNP Signs & Graphics, a company with over 70 years in the sign business.

Border Lighting Rendering

”Businesses often replace old border lighting neon with LED. But it’s not always the right solution,” says McCarter.  “Some of the shortcomings of LED include higher up-front cost and fewer color options with less finely-tuned color spectrum compared to their neon counterparts.”

Ease of installation, ruggedness, and operating efficiency remain in the new technology’s favor and mean the LEDs are here to stay, and their myriad uses and performance will only increase over time.