Electronic Message Centers are becoming a very popular way to market a company. Message Centers are the most cost-effective and most powerful form of advertising. With the most eye-catching graphics you are able to constantly update and change the board as your business grows and changes. Being a custom sign company that takes pride in the quality of each and every sign we sell, we look for the same in a vendor for message centers. As in anything there is a wide range of options when buying message centers, which also means there is a wide range of cost. When looking at purchasing a message center there are many different things that need to be considered such as: where is the product manufactured, where are their supplies from, the life expectancy of the signs, etc. All of this is what goes into purchasing a quality electronic message center.
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Signs! Something that we all utilize and notice on a daily basis, but don't stop to realize what goes into them. Before I got into the sign industry, I didn't think twice about how that sign got there that directed me to the establishment I was looking for. A sign on the front of your business is possibly the most important form of promotion you can do. So, next time you are driving down the road looking for a particular form of business and you spot that sign that directs you where to go think about all the hard work that went into helping it get there. If you need customers to walk through your door, know the best place to come for your signage is right here at Lee Designs!
UL is a company that works for a safer world. UL tests, inspects, certifies, audits, and validates products. There label shows that whatever product that is being used is safe for the user. The UL Mark appears on billions of products annually and is one of the most accepted certification marks in the United States. They are concerned with the safety aspect of all potentially hazardous products and seeing their label means that product is safe. They test and certify a wide variety of products including: marine products, life saving devices, fire suppression, growth, and containment equipment. UL helps new industries create safer living and work environments.
Often signage is put on the back burner until many business owners are almost at the point of opening their business. Upon being contracted, the first step is Engineering, which depending on the jurisdiction is mostly ground signage. Once the engineering is received then we prepare for permit submittal. For ground signage this is a much longer process because there is a lot more paperwork and time involved in the permitting process. Ground signage always requires engineering and a site plan showing location and setback of the sign from the property line. The setback also varies by jurisdiction. Wall signage is a much easier process which just requires the conceptual design and the mounting details for the facade in which the sign will be mounted too. Each jurisdiction also varies on the timing of permit approval. Some can take as little as a week and there are a few that can take up to almost 4 weeks. The clients only responsibility is to supply us with the paperwork needed and most importantly determining the location of the sign. Once permit is approved we go into production. Is it Non Illuminated or Illuminated? If the sign is Illuminated it is client responsibility to make sure sufficient power is ran to the sign location. Lee Designs is a state certified electric sign contractor which means we have the ability to hook up to existing power we are just not licensed to run the electric. The production of signage also varies. Typically for ground signage we estimate at 8-10 weeks and for wall signage typically 4-6 weeks. Of course that can vary as well depending on how intricate the project can be. We always do our best to meet the clients deadline so they have signage at the initial opening of their business. We make the signage process as stress free and smooth as possible for each client but to help the process please make sure to give yourself and us ample time for the signage phase of your project.
Speaking from the point of view of the Sign Designer, I would like to take a minute out of this busy day to address the issue of "LOGO DESIGN"...
The sign business is not one many people are too knowledgeable about. Many people believe there is a store where you can just go grab your signs and put them up! It is not that simple and Lee Designs is all about custom signage. There is a process that we go through to get each and every customer their perfect sign just the way they want it!
How many vehicles pass by your business per day? Each of these vehicles carries potential customers. Studies have proven that the most effective way to interact and maximize this revenue is to connect with these customers through an electronic message center (EMC).
Actually, they are BOTH considered channel letters. There are four types of channel letters: Front lit channel letters, reverse lit channel letters, front and back lit channel letters and open face lit channel letters.
Standard Front Lit Channel Letter – The dimensional letter is aluminum on the back and sides (returns) with internal illumination of either LED’s or neon. The sign face is polycarbonate with plastic trimcaps or metal retainers bolted to hold on the sign face. It is called a “front light channel letter” because the front face is lit up.
Halo Lit/Reverse Channel Letter – Halo Lit Letters or also known as Reverse Channel Lit Letters consist of aluminum faces and sides (returns) mounted onto standoffs away from the wall which project either LED’s or neon Illumination to the wall surface giving the sign a halo effect. This technique is often considered to give the customer a distinguished or unique image.
Front & Back Lit Channel Letter – This letter combines the Standard Front lit letter along with the Reverse/Halo Lit Letter. The sides of the letter are aluminum, the faces are polycarbonate and the back of the sign is open to reflect the LED or neonillumination off of the wall.
Open Lit Channel Letter – As with the standard front lit channel letter, the dimensional letter is aluminum on the back and sides (returns). This sign is typically illuminated with neon. The only difference from the standard front lit channel letter is that the sign face is either clear or this sign does not have a sign face at all so that the internal exposed neon can be viewed.