LEDs Shine in Times Square New Year’s Ball

This year the New Year’s Eve ball that will descend over Times Square in New York City will be the biggest ever.  It will also be the greenest.  

Using Philips Luxeon Rebel LED modules (32, 256 of them), the ball is capable of producing more than 16 million colors and a dazzling display of patterns.   All this while operating with 20% less energy consuption. 

The ball weighs over 11,000 lbs. and is built around an aluminum frame that carefully cradles the 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles that are bolted over the LEDs.  While at CNP Signs & Graphics we might questions the use of crystal for long-term durability, for one night, it’s probably going to be just fine.

To see more about the history of the New Year’s ball, click here.

To see more pictures of this year’s ball, click here.

For more about LEDs and outdoor signage, contact your friendly and knowledgeable CNP representative.

Happy New Year!

Jack in the Box Tries Google Wallet

Jack in the Box, according to QSRWeb.com is testing out the Google payment system called Google Wallet in 35 stores in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

A Jack in the Box spokesperson says the move was driven by the desire to keep up with technology and to give customers greater convenience in their payment options.

Another Bright Idea – Sign Company Uses Green Lighting

CNP Signs & Graphics take advantage of SDG&E Business Savings ProgramAs a sign manufacturer, CNP Signs & Graphics has had more than its share of bright ideas over the past 60 years.  None of them, however, has been quite as illuminating as removing 207 light fixtures from their production floor this past month. 

CNP Operations Manager Bob Lenzini explains the move as part of an SDG&E Energy Efficiency Business Incentives program to replace older fixtures.  “For a total cost to the company of $373, we will save over $21,000 this year alone,” says Lenzini.  How’s that for a great return on investment while going green and helping the environment?

CNP Signs & Graphics has several departments in their San Diego manufacturing facility including sheet metal, welding, painting, plastics, shipping and more.  Each area had from half a dozen to several dozen of the old Magnetic ballast fixtures that took 96” inch fluorescent tubes.   Those lights lit up the production floor from early morning until the last worker left late in the evening. 

Today there are the same number of fixtures hanging above the work areas of CNP.  However, the new fixtures are half the size of the old ones – at 4 feet, and they have a couple of other interesting features.  The new ballasts are electronic and much more energy efficient.  The bulbs for the new fixtures are T5.  These replace the old T12. 

Ever wonder what “T” stands for? Tubular.  The number after the “T” is the size of the light measured in 8ths of an inch.  So the T5 bulbs are much smaller, yet are 51% more efficient.  They also produce a better quality of light.  Measured in CRI (Color Rendering Index) the T12 produced about 62CRI, while the new T5 bulbs rated an astounding 85CRI.  And the lumens?  Forget about it.  The T5 outshine the old T12 by 103 LPW (lumens per watt) to a mere 78 LPW.

Of course, as a sign company, this kind of technical data is right up our channel lettering, but Shop Foreman John Murphy put it a bit more clearly when he said “you’ve almost got to wear sunglasses out there.”

A final note on those smart lights – they have motion sensors to know when workers are in the area.  No motion, no light – no light, lower electric bills.   As Bob Lenzini says, “it’s great when making the company greener also makes it more profitable.”