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Extreme Weather Conditions – EVM Sign Maintenance and Safety Service

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With the extreme weather conditions over the weekend set to continue, the Met Office have issued an Amber Warning across Scotland with expectations of flooding and severe gales.

As a contingency, EVM offer sign maintenance services all year round and will be particularly attentive to your needs during severe weather conditions that may cause disruptions to your business. If the winds do affect any of your signs, please be assured that we are standing by to retrieve these within 4 hours of you reporting the damage to us, with the view of reinstating them to full order as soon as weather conditions allow.

If the weather reaches a point where the Met office issues a Red Alert warning we will provide you with an emergency hotline for emergencies out with our normal working hours. In the meantime please contact us on usual office number at 0141 554 2000 for assistance. When you call please have the post code of the location you wish us to attend and details of the damage or incident concerning the signs or hoardings thereby enabling our teams to reach the area concerned with the minimum of delays.


Illuminated Signs – the salesman that never sleeps

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Illuminated Monolith night and day

 

In our last post on preparing your signage for the winter period, we touched upon the great advantages that illuminated signage can yield for your business throughout the year – especially during the winter. As the days are shorter and we’re in the dark for longer, it is important for you to stand out and get noticed.  With this in mind it is important to consider the options available for illuminated signs and how to get the best value out of them.

Neon and Fluorescent Lighting

Traditionally illuminated signs were produced using both neon and fluorescent tubing however these materials were not without fault.

Neon signs are produced by crafting and bending delicate glass tubing into the required design.  This is then illuminated by a means of a high voltage ionizing a purified gas mix.  This type of sign requires significant power to run and will require even more as the gas becomes depleted.  Components of the signs can also experience burnout because of the high voltage needed and unfortunately have been known to be the cause of fires and therefore a fire switch is an essential part of the installation.

Fluorescent bulbs are typically straight components making them ideal for backlit displays and similar signs but not very useful in illuminating signs other than simple square or rectangular shapes. Fluorescent bulbs provide greater benefits than using traditional incandescent lamps producing both more light and emitting less heat. An issue with fluorescent bulbs is their decreased efficiency in adverse weather conditions limiting their use outdoors.

LED Lighting

LEDs are more becoming increasingly economical and more readily available for use in a wide variety of sign making situations.

There are differences in the lighting effects between the different types of bulbs and it is important to understand these differences when considering the best solution to meet your needs.

There are a number of advantages that LEDs have over traditional lighting for your illuminated signs. Firstly they last a lot longer than traditional lighting.  The bulbs we use come with a lifespan guarantee of between 7-10 years.

Secondly they are much, much, cheaper to run than traditional lighting as they use a lower voltage which can provide great cost reductions over the lifetime of your sign. Bear in mind, however, your initial investment will be more than you will pay for fluorescent bulbs but probably much less than you would pay for a complicated Neon sign.

Thirdly because LED’s emit very little heat compared to traditional bulbs they are generally much safer and less likely to fail (or burst into flames) due to heat build-up.

LEDs and Illuminated Signs

The total cost of lifetime ownership of LEDs makes a very attractive investment. Due to the increased lifespan of LED bulbs, there is less need for on-going maintenance. Because LEDs are much smaller than ordinary bulbs or neon tube, and they come on flexible cable, LEDs offer a far better way of illuminating smaller letters in your signs or curved shapes.

When installing your illuminated signage, there are a number of techniques and design effects to help further increase the impact of your sign.

A variety of colours can be produced using LEDs as the colour is controlled through the voltage.  This also means that the colours can be easily changed through a simple electronic controller and set to a timer or a light sensing Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor that will ensure that when the sun is out, your sign stays out as well.

Illuminated signs are becoming a far better investment than they used to be so, if you have an idea for an illuminated sign for your business or operation, then please get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to ensure we turn your bright idea into a bright new sign that will help you get more customers round the clock.

 


Preparing your signage for the worst of winter

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Although we’ve had a relatively mild November so far, winter is very nearly upon us.  Office chatter has been filled with worried flashbacks to last winter and the terrible conditions we all had to deal with.  With this in mind, it was decided that people might benefit from a number of posts relating to signage and the winter months.

To kick things off, we are going to cover ways in which you can prepare your exterior signs for the winter season.  With winter comes the risk of high winds, weeks of snow, low temperatures and heavy rain.  There are a number of signage solutions that could be affected by such conditions and it is important to prepare accordingly.

Street Signs

Issues regarding street signs can usually be solved with a bit of common sense.  As the days are getting darker you should make sure you place them somewhere so they are easily visible to prevent accidents and damage.  If you are using ‘A’ board style signs make sure that they are set up correctly to ensure maximum stability in windy conditions.  If possible, securing your signs to something may help them to stand up to harsh conditions and avoid incidents.  In the case of swing signs, they will usually come with a base that can be filled with either water or sand and if being used, should be properly filled to keep them secure.  Obviously, if conditions are at their worst, to protect your investment the best option is to keep your signage indoors until the weather improves.

Banners

Banners can be quite high risk in adverse weather conditions.  They can become dangerous in high wind conditions if they have not been properly secured and come loose.  It is advised in such conditions, larger banners should be taken down to reduce risk.  When securing your banners, another tip is to use you good quality bungee cords instead of cable ties to reduce the chance of it breaking free.

Post and Panel Signs

Larger signs such as post and panel signs can take a real beating in windy conditions.  To avoid structural damage to this type of sign, it is important to make sure they have been cross braced to strengthen the frame.  In some instances it may also be appropriate for an additional post on the frame for improved stability of larger signs.

Illuminated Signs

Illuminated signs are great during the winter months as the lighting really helps your signage stand out.  Winter in the UK generally means lots of persistent rain and it is therefore important to make sure your illuminated sign is properly sealed to avoid water damage.  You should also make sure that your lighting is set to reflect the short winter days, having the illumination on earlier in order for your sign to have the greatest impact.  Sensors are also available to automate the lighting to help you adjust the illumination for when it’s required.  With this in mind it is also important to check that all your lighting is working properly – nothing says unprofessional more than a half lit sign.

Cleaning and Maintenance

In winter, signs can get dirty quickly so it is important to regularly maintain your signage to send positive signals and provide the right impression of your company.  In the case of illuminated signage, dirt and grime can decrease the lighting effect by as much as 30%!  A great way of cleaning and protecting your signs, especially for stainless steel, is to use some WD40 or even some Johnsons baby oil to have them looking their best.

You can plan for all possible situations and sometimes something happens that is out of your control.  In situations where your signage is damaged due to weather conditions or other factors such as vandalism, EVM provide a call-out service to help you return your signage to its original condition.

If you are looking for signage or just want some advice, we can help.  Also if you have any of your own suggestions, feel free to add them in the comments below.